Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Achilleos, Chris

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(1947-    ) Working name of fantasy illustrator Christos Achilleos, born in Cyprus, in the UK since 1960. He is widely renowned for his meticulously painted fantasy erotica, done in an elegant, polished style. He works in cell paint with brush and airbrush on illustration board.

CA studied scientific and technical illustration at Hornsey College of Art, but quickly turned to fantasy and sf book covers. He has produced cover paintings for editions of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Pellucidar books, Robert E Howard titles, John Norman's Gor books, as well as for editions of books by H G Wells, Michael Moorcock and Target Books' Dr Who series (1975-1977). In 1974 he began the series of erotic paintings for Paul Raymond's girlie magazine Mayfair that brought him worldwide recognition. He continues to produce fantasy book covers and movie posters, including Corgi Books' Star Trek series (1983-1984) and Heavy Metal Movie (1980). [RT]

other works: Beauty and the Beast (graph 1978); Sirens (graph 1986); Medusa (graph 1988).

Christos Achilleos


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.