“Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher are in power. The Berlin Wall and the Twin Towers still stand. Fans wonder if George Romero and Dario Argento will ever make Twilight of the Dead and Lachrymae… Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman live in Crouch End and Nutley. Some say Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is too grim ever to get released, and certainly wouldn’t be passed by the BBFC… Kristen Stewart and Daniel Radcliffe haven’t been born. Peter Jackson has just made Bad Taste in New Zealand. Doctor Who is about to be cancelled. Few people have heard of the Internet. VHS has trounced Betamax, and rules the high street rentals. Vincent Price and Peter Cushing are still alive…”
Kim Newman, from his introduction to Nightmare Movies.