... peddling superlative retro gaming books by Jerry Ellis since 2017.
The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x ... AVAILABLE NOW
The Book of the Game of the Film ... SOLD OUT
Arcade Imperfect ... COMING SOON (ETA 2019/20)
Jerry Ellis first discovered the joys of video gaming at the tender age of five, when his father bought him a 1978 Hanimex 8881 Electronic Colour TV Game for Christmas. A Grandstand Munchman tabletop game and a Donkey Kong Game & Watch soon followed, before the VIC-20 became the first home computer to infiltrate the Ellis household in 1982. Jerry later upgraded to the Acorn Electron and the Commodore 64 before temporarily turning his back on gaming in disgust as the 8-bit era drew to a close.
Jerry's favourite game is Firebird's colourful Gauntlet clone, Druid, which he once completed in an all-night session with his cousin. The fact that he was always forced to play as the Golem rankled for many years, but he's over it now.
Golem Books was launched in 2017 to support the release of The Book of the Game of the Film, a long-overdue follow-up to The 8-Bit Book -- 1981 to 199x, which had been published eight years earlier. At the Golem Books website you will be able to find out more about both books, the author, Jerry Ellis, and any forthcoming projects. You can also order the new paperback edition of The Book of the Game of the Film, as well as the paperback edition of The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail Jerry Ellis at -- you can also call Jerry directly on 07989 199710.
The Book of the Game of the Film
Hundreds of games were released in the '80s and early '90s as tie-ins with some of the world's most popular films, books, pop groups, television programmes, comics, tabletop RPGs and high-street brands. Author Jerry Ellis mounts a defiant, 150,000-word defence of one of the most unfairly frowned-upon trends of the electronic gaming industry's formative years.
“… so much content you’ll be reading this for some time… the education you're being given by the author is simply brilliant…”
+++ The paperback and hardcover limited editions of The Book of the Game of the Film are both now officially sold out! Thanks to all who bought one! +++
UK: £17.99 + £3.00 P&P = £20.99
EUROPE: £17.99 + 8.75 P&P = £26.74
W'WIDE: £17.99 + £14.10 P&P = £32.09
Also available from Golem Books...
The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x - Paperback Edition
A wistful look back at over two hundred of the most influential, inspiring and downright interesting games of the 8-bit era.
“… wonderfully presented… a varied and a highly informative read…” — Retro Gamer (Treasure of the Month, December 2009)
“… a truly varied read… effortlessly jumps from nostalgia to gaming history and even touches on design philosophy.” — Obsolete Gamer
“… a real gem… depicts a whole epoch with dynamism and precision.” — grospixels.com
The 8-Bit Book - 1981 to 199x (paperback) is now only £11.99 plus p&p (£2.75 within the UK, £5.90 to Europe, £9.00 outside Europe).
UK: £11.99 + £2.75 P&P = £14.74