Giger's Alien is a 1979 behind the scenes book covering H. R. Giger's experiences working on the film Alien, written by Giger himself and published by Morpheus International. It is a collection of photographs, artwork, sketches and letters detailing Giger's work on the production and the design of the titular Alien creature. It was first published on May 1, 1979, and has been reissued twice — by original publisher Morpheus International in 1993 and Titan Books in 2003.

Publisher's Summary

Alien has caused an unprecedented response. No small part of this is due to H. R. Giger whose designs for the film are the backbone of the story.

Giger's Alien provides a complete record of the months and months of painstaking work that resulted in two hours of terrifying celluloid. Sketches, original paintings, photographs of scenery and the Alien under construction and scenes from the film are linked by Giger's detailed diary of his thoughts and actions at the time.


  • The book shares its name with the documentary Giger's Alien, which was likewise produced by Giger himself and similarly studies his design work on the film. In fact, the title screen in the documentary is the same piece of art used as the book's cover.
  • The book's title (Giger's Alien) is also a popular nickname for the original Alien seen in Alien.
  • Several copies of the book were given away as part of a contest run in Alien3 Movie Special #2.