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

Saturday, April 14, 2018

2018 SUMMER KOMIKON POST-KON POST

Firstly, thanx so much for everyone who turned up for this year's Summer Kon, and for all you mighty fine folk who passed by the Alamat table to pick up some 'Verse.
Quite simply: thank you.


And for everyone who turned out to support the official launch of the follow-up to The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo, The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium another round of thanx.
For everyone who shared their thoughts and enthusiasm, Pardo approves of you mightily!

I understand that deliveries to bookstores will be taking place next week, and I'll be posting any pertinent updates here, as well as any further links from the good people at Summit Books. Thanx again, guys!
And extra thanx to Reno and Mica for manning the Alamat table while I was off at the Summit booth for the book signing! Lifesavers!
And thanx to the Komikon crew as well, for yet another awesome Summer Komikon.

In case you haven't heard, The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium 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.

Check out previews of some of the new creature entries here,* and check out the round-up post (which has some more BB-related links) here.

Hope all you mighty fine folk who weren't able to attend Summer Kon pick the book up at your favorite bookstore!
Let's all support the printed word, 'cause having that fresh new book in your hands, with that brand new imaginative territory just waiting to be explored... no other sensation quite like it...
Vive le livre! (Or something like that...)

you can’t drink just six,

Dave

* Just to clarify, while Kajo and Bow do have illustrations in BB, the art of the five creatures featured in the article are all by Mervin. (And, as noted on each image, all illustrations appear courtesy of Summit Books.)

Friday, April 13, 2018

2018 SUMMER KOMIKON LAUNCH

THE BLACK BESTIARY: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium


Okay, new article highlighting five of the new creature entries from The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium (launching tomorrow, April 14, at Summer Komikon) can be found here.*

Check out the round-up post (which has some more BB-related links) here.

The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium 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.

[Click to embiggen!]

BB will be available at the Summit booth (which will be located outside the main Kon area, in the lobby, at L101 on the floor plan). 
Get your copy early, enter the main Kon area, and mosey on down to the Alamat table (B36) to have it signed.

You'll be entitled to discounts on most of the 'Verse comics if I sign your copy of BB on Saturday!
(Offer good for the duration of Summer Komikon 2016 on April 14, Saturday, and while supplies last.)

I'll also be at the Summit booth from 2 to 4 PM, signing alongside other members of the creative team. (Kajo and Bow have indicated they will be present, though no word from Mervin that I've heard.)

Plus of course, new 'Verse releases here!

You might also want to visit the Visprint booth (against the wall on the right side once you've entered the main Kon area), if you're in a science-fiction mood to check out the Seroks collections (Iteration 1: Mirror Man and Iteration 2: Once in a Lifetime) and if you're in a horror/dark fantasy mood, some of the remaining Penumbra novellas.

And there you go.
Set the date: April 14 (tomorrow!) at the Bayanihan Center on Pioneer.
#komikonph

Hope to see all you mighty fine folk at Summer Kon!

you can’t drink just six,

Dave

* Just to clarify, while Kajo and Bow do have illustrations in BB, the art of the five creatures featured in the article are all by Mervin. (And, as noted on each image, all illustrations appear courtesy of Summit Books.)
 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 SUMMER KOMIKON LAUNCH

THE BLACK BESTIARY: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium


Okay, so let's see...

A 15 second video for The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium (launching this coming Saturday, April 14, at Summer Komikon) can be found here.

I talk a little bit about it here, and a Q&A with me can be found here.
Plus, there's a Summit article here.
Travel to distant parts of the World Wide Web with just a few clicks!
Modern technology... awesome.*
And please share those links, yeah?

So there you have it.

The Black Bestiary: An Alejandro Pardo Compendium will contain 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.

[Click to embiggen!]

BB will be available at the Summit booth (which will be located outside the main Kon area, in the lobby, at L101 on the floor plan). 
Get your copy early, enter the main Kon area, and mosey on down to the Alamat table (B36) to have it signed.

You'll be entitled to discounts on most of the 'Verse comics if I sign your copy of BB on Saturday!
(Offer good for the duration of Summer Komikon 2016 on April 14, Saturday, and while supplies last.)

I'll also be at the Summit booth from 2 to 4 PM, signing alongside other members of the creative team. (Kajo and Bow have indicated they will be present, though no word from Mervin that I've heard.)

Plus of course, new 'Verse releases here!

You might also want to visit the Visprint booth (against the wall on the right side once you've entered the main Kon area), if you're in a science-fiction mood to check out the Seroks collections (Iteration 1: Mirror Man and Iteration 2: Once in a Lifetime) and if you're in a horror/dark fantasy mood, some of the remaining Penumbra novellas.

And there you go.
Set the date: April 14, this coming Saturday (Two! Days!! Away!!!), at the Bayanihan Center on Pioneer.
#komikonph

Hope to see all you mighty fine folk at Summer Kon!

you can’t drink just six,

Dave

* Unless it's used to spy on you, or tries to murder you 'cause it's a killer robot... in which case, not awesome.