Peter Usborne: The Man Behind Iconic Paranormal Book Series Dies Aged 85

March 30, 2023 9:00 PM ‐ Books

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Peter Usborne
The literary world mourns the loss of Peter Usborne, the visionary founder of Usborne Publishing and the driving force behind the iconic paranormal book series 'The World of The Unknown' and 'Supernatural Guides.' Usborne's passion for producing captivating and educational children's books, paired with his innate curiosity for the unexplained, led to a legacy that has both entertained and enlightened generations.

Peter Usborne founded Usborne Publishing in 1973 with a commitment to creating high-quality children's books that fused engaging design, illustration, and editorial content. Usborne Publishing quickly garnered a reputation as a trailblazer in the industry, not unlike the iconic Ladybird books.

Usborne's foray into the paranormal genre began in 1977 with the release of 'The World of The Unknown: Ghosts,' which was re-published in 2019 due to overwhelming demand from nostalgic fans. The series continued with 'UFOs' and 'Monsters,' each offering a careful balance of skepticism and wonder that resonated with young readers.
Usborne's 'The World of the Unknown' Series

The resurgence of 'The World of The Unknown' series in recent years is a testament to its enduring appeal and cult status within the paranormal community. Owing to a growing demand from nostalgic fans and paranormal enthusiasts alike, Usborne Publishing decided to re-release the series, beginning with 'Ghosts' in 2019. The books have not only found their way back into the hands of those who cherished them in their youth, but also introduced a new generation to the world of the paranormal.

Usborne Publishing was also known for the 'Supernatural Guides' series, which included titles such as 'Haunted Houses, Ghosts & Spectres,' 'Vampires, Werewolves & Demons,' and 'Mysterious Powers & Strange Forces,' captivated young minds with their detailed illustrations and comprehensive exploration of the paranormal.

Peter Usborne's dedication to making books accessible to all children, coupled with his innate ability to blend education and entertainment, has left an indelible mark on the literary world. His work has sparked imaginations, nurtured curiosity, and fuelled a fascination with the unknown for countless young readers.

In the words of the statement announcing his passing, "Peter was an exceptional publisher, an inspirational leader, and a very kind and generous man who will be sorely missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him."

Rest in peace, Peter Usborne. Your passion, creativity, and commitment to 'doing things better' will live on through the legacy of the books you've created and the countless young lives you've touched.

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