Thursday, July 5, 2018

THE BLACK BESTIARY: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium


Okay, below is a list of the National Book Store branches where you can pick up a copy of The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium now!

Click to embiggen! ('Coz, you know, otherwise, it's teeny...)

Please feel free to repost the images or to link back here, so we can spread the word about The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium (the follow-up to The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo).
It contains a new batch of creature entries (written by Budjette Tan), and a whole lot more narrative stuff, written by yours truly, with illustrations by Kajo Baldisimo, Bow Guerrero, and Mervin Malonzo.
(A closer look at the Table of Contents can be found here.)

If you haven't picked it up, please do so.
And if you've already got a copy, please tell your friends and family to pick up their own copies as well! Get extra copies too, if you can!
Spreading the word about the book will not just help with the chances for more future Alejandro Pardo compendiums, but will also serve as a rallying cry for the printed word.
I don't know about you, but I definitely prefer a world where people aren't just reading tablets or their phones, but are actually holding books, with covers and pages (and that awesome new book smell!), in their hands.
Power to the Printed Word!

For more on The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium, an article can be found here.

My complete and unedited answers to the Q&A used as a basis for the article can be found here.

A 15-second video can be found here.

Another article can be found here.

Brief glimpses of some of the new creature entries (art by Mervin) can be found here.


And, for those of you seeking out copies of The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo, these are the NBS branches that currently have the title in stock.


Happy hunting, and remember, if you don't see it on the shelves, please ask for it.
And please spread the word, people!
The sooner we get those copies flying off the shelves, the sooner Summit will look at getting another Alejandro Pardo compendium out there...

you can’t drink just six,

Dave

Thursday, June 28, 2018


¡QUÉ HORROR2018
Candidate #9

THE ENDLESS
(April 2017)


"Can you have power over yourself if you give up any amount of authority to something else?”


Okay, full disclosure, I have, thus far, loved all the cinematic work I’ve seen from co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead:
Resolution, which landed squarely in the ¡Q horror! 2013 rundown (check out the original Candidate post for it here; check the Comments!);
“Bonehead,” their contribution to V/H/S: Viral;
And Spring, which I talk about here, a post where “Bonehead” is also briefly mentioned.

They’re back with their third co-directed feature, The Endless, and yes, indeed, I love it too!

“So a decade ago, I tell you that you’re livin’ in some sort’a death cult, and not only were you not bright enough then to figure it out, you actually came back.
“You are not smart. You never have been, no.
“I mean, all kids are dumb, but you’re like some sort of retarded hobbit or somethin’.”

Benson and Moorhead, playing brothers Justin and Aaron, escaped a so-called “UFO death cult” and have been trying vainly to reintegrate into society for years, but find themselves returning to Camp Arcadia for a “visit” in the hopes that it can help get Aaron out of his “slump.”
Needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway), Aaron’s hopes for closure bear some bizarre and unsettling fruit.

For those of you who’ve already seen Resolution, the experience of watching The Endless will be enriched by that previous viewing of Benson and Moorhead’s initial co-directed feature, and what you saw in Resolution will likewise inform your viewing of The Endless.
Let’s be clear though: you don’t need to have seen Resolution for The Endless to make sense, but if you’ve seen both, it raises your appreciation for both films significantly.

And now, as usually happens here at the Iguana, I will need to leave it at that.
Best to come into The Endless knowing as little as possible, or, to co-opt a line from Hal (Quantico’s Tate Ellington), “Saying more would be like trying to explain an impossible color.”

“Don’t ever give in. Not once.
“The trick to this whole thing is to not be afraid of something that’s… horrifying. And everyone’s afraid of it.
“But if you let it control you one time, it’s gonna f*cking control you over and over again.”

(The Endless OS courtesy of impawards.com.)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


¡QUÉ HORROR2018
Candidate #8

A QUIET PLACE
(March 2018)


If you've seen the trailer, then you know the set-up: there are savage and lethal things that are attracted to noise, threatening to annihilate the human race.

To quote Elmer Fudd: “Be vewy vewy quiet.”

A Quiet Place, John Krasinski’s third directorial feature, ropes in Krasinski’s real-life spouse, Emily Blunt, as the pair portray the Abbotts, Lee and Evelyn, trying to keep their children safe and (heh) sound in this taut, tense, and at times relentless crackerjack title.

As finely crafted a horror film as this is though, what breathes life into the scenario is the cast--which includes the deaf Millicent Simmonds--who all need to convey emotion largely through expression and (subtitled) sign language.
So that’s a huge part of the draw.
Oh, and of course, the creepy-a$$ creature design by ILM.

In the words of co-screenwriter Bryan Woods, A Quiet Place was partially born from a desire “… to do a modern-day silent film that lived in the suspense genre.”
Well, sir, mission accomplished.
With a sequel currently in development, there’s no better time like the present to catch this one.

(A Quiet Place OS courtesy of impawards.com.)

Friday, June 1, 2018


¡QUÉ HORROR2018
Candidate #7

THE EXORCIST Season 2
(September 2017)


"Is there, like, some... stupid Bible verse you can say, or something?”


I only now finally got around to wrapping up my viewing of the second season of Fox’s The Exorcist TV adaptation, so I’m writing this post in the wake of the series’ cancellation last month, and that’s a shame, really.
While I do think its first season was a stronger beast, there was still a lot to commend in its sophomore outing.

But, with its cancellation, we’ll never get to see the new character dynamics that the final episode sets into place, nor the content of the message Marcus (Ben Daniels) gets in the closing seconds, nor the fresh circumstances of Fr. Bennett’s (Kurt Egyiawan), errr, new calling.
Unless of course, some other network or streaming service comes along to resuscitate the show.

For now though, The Exorcist Season 2 gets the ¡Q horror! seal of approval.

“You can start by asking God for help.”
“Does it matter if I don’t… exactly, totally believe?”
“No. No, it doesn’t matter.”


Parting Shot: As with its first season, there are a number of callbacks to the cinematic Exorcists, including one in the closing minutes of the final episode that, if you’re a horror film buff, you should see coming a mile away…
(As to whether this scene was also meant to telegraph the narrative possibilities of a potential third season--which they were clearly laying the foundations for--is anybody’s guess at this point…)

(The Exorcist Season 2 OS’ courtesy of impawards.com.)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


¡QUÉ HORROR2018
Candidate #6

THEY REMAIN
(January 2018)


"History is so full of shadow.

Opening with a quote from H.P. Lovecraft’s “Hypnos” (“Wise men have interpreted dreams, and the gods have laughed.”), Philip Gelatt’s They Remain deploys two elements from the horror arsenal--isolation and inexplicability--to excellent and unnerving effect.

Following a two-person, three month research mission to find a “… previously uncharacterized element--genetic, environmental or otherwise--one that might change the way we view our relationship to the natural world,” the film (based on the novella “—30—” by Laird Barron) is a slow burn descent that relies more on mood and atmosphere than narrative cause and effect, a refreshing change from Hollywood horror’s tendency to over-explicate, as if horror were made up of mere plot points in dire need of tedious exposition.

Gelatt made it onto the Candidates list for ¡Q horror! 2012 as well, for his feature directorial debut, The Bleeding House.
Here’s hoping he cracks into the main rundown this year…

“The world is large and unknowable.
“No one ever really knows anything.”

(They Remain OS courtesy of impawards.com.)



Thursday, May 10, 2018

THE BLACK BESTIARY: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium


Okay, check this graphic out to see where you can pick up a copy of The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium now!


Click to embiggen!

Please feel free to repost the image or to link back here, so we can spread the word about The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium (the follow-up to The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo).
It contains a new batch of creature entries (written by Budjette Tan), and a whole lot more narrative stuff, written by yours truly, with illustrations by Kajo Baldisimo, Bow Guerrero, and Mervin Malonzo.
(A closer look at the Table of Contents can be found here.)

If you haven't picked it up, please do so.
And if you've already got a copy, please tell your friends and family to pick up their own copies as well!
Spreading the word about the book will not just help with the chances for more future Alejandro Pardo compendiums, but will also serve as a rallying cry for the printed word.
I don't know about you, but I definitely prefer a world where people aren't just reading tablets or their phones, but are actually holding books, with covers and pages (and that awesome new book smell!), in their hands.
Power to the Printed Word!

For more on The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium, an article can be found here.

My complete and unedited answers to the Q&A used as a basis for the article can be found here.

A 15-second video can be found here.

Another article can be found here.

Brief glimpses of some of the new creature entries (art by Mervin) can be found here.

Again, check the graphic out to see where it's currently available.
I've been informed by the grapevine that in at least one instance, in one branch of a bookstore chain, they already had the book in stock, but the copies were still boxed and had not yet been put on display.
So, if you don't see it on the shelves, please ask for it.
And please spread the word, people!

you can’t drink just six,

Dave

Friday, May 4, 2018

THE BLACK BESTIARY: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium


Okay, a new article on The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium can be found here.

My complete and unedited answers to the Q&A used as a basis for the article can be found here.


The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium (the follow-up to The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo) contains a new batch of creature entries (written by Budjette Tan), and a whole lot more narrative stuff, written by yours truly, with illustrations by Kajo Baldisimo, Bow Guerrero, and Mervin Malonzo.
A closer look at the Table of Contents can be found here.

For more odds and ends:

A 15-second video can be found here.

Another article can be found here.

Brief glimpses of some of the new creature entries (art by Mervin) can be found here.

If you haven't checked it out, please do so!
And if you've already got yourself a copy, please recommend it to whoever you think may like it as well.
As per the Summit announcement, it's out now in bookstores, newsstands, supermarkets, and convenience stores nationwide.

you can’t drink just six,

Dave