Monday, December 7, 2009

Weekend in Wichita: My Purchases

As my work schedule is now changing dramatically (and with it, hopefully, an equally dramatic pay raise), my wife and I headed to the comparable big city of Wichita this past Friday in order to celebrate what could be my last weekend off in the foreseeable future. Having just been paid--with a nice little dose of Holiday Pay, thank you, Turkey Day--I took the opportunity to do a little shopping for myself. I wound up with a nice pile of purchases that covered all three sides of my psyche.

The Freak In Me
Frankenstein: The Monster Wakes

($2.50, Bookaholic)

"The nightmarish creature created by Victor Frankenstein takes on new life in a collection of stories by Max Allan Collins, Barbara Paul, Daniel Ransom, Brian Hodge, Rick Hautala, and other masters of the horror, fantasy, and science fiction genres."

Ghoul by Brian Keene

($4.00, Bookaholic)

"June 1984. Timmy Graco is looking forward to summer vacation, taking it easy and hanging out with his buddies. Instead his summer will be filled with terror and a life-and-death battle against a nightmarish creature that few will believe even exists. Timmy learns that the person who’s been unearthing fresh graves in the cemetery isn’t a person at all. It’s a thing. And it’s after Timmy and his friends. If Timmy hopes to live to see September, he’ll have to escape the...GHOUL."

Silver Scream

($2.50, Bookaholic)

"From the broken down picture palaces to glorious neon drive-ins, from the has-been stars of yesterday to the ambitious, rapacious would-be stars of tomorrow, Silver Scream presents the best that terror has to offer. Includes works from Clive Barker, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, and more."

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

($4.00, Bookaholic)

"Sooner or later, the dead catch up . . .

Judas Coyne was a collector. The bizarre, the uncanny, the grotesque. A cookbook for cannibals. A used hangman’s noose. A snuff film. Many of these objects were gifts from the black-clad fans who made his metal band a legend and made him rich."

We'll see if Young Joe can keep up with his daddy Stephen...

Drive-In Cult Classics 8 Movie Set

($6.99, Best Buy)

Featuring Pick Up, The Sister-In-Law, The Stepmother, The Teacher, Trip With The Teacher, Best Friends, and Malibu High.

Idle Hands

($5.99, Borders)

I shouldn't even have to qualify this in words.  Just look at the picture below.

The Geek In Me
Camelot 3000 TPB

($7.50, Bookaholic)

I don't know much about this comic, but I'm a sucker for epic comic book storylines in collected form.  Especially when they're affordable.

The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creature

($9.99, Barnes & Noble)

Don't let the title fool you. This book is more about world mythology and religion than fairy tales and Middle Earth.  I've been strangely obsessed with Greek Mythology since my father killed himself--along with philosophy and psychology.  Yeah...I've got strange reading tastes.  You should see my bookcase.

The Further Adventures of Batman

($2.00, Bookaholic)

Fourteen all-new tales of the Caped Crusader by Robert Sheckley, Henry Slesar, Joe R. Lansdale, Max Allan Collins, Mike Resnick, Karen Haber and Robert Silverberg, Stuart M. Kaminsky, Edward Wellen, William F. Nolan, Howard Goldsmith, Edward D. Hoch, George Alec Effinger, Ed Gorman, and, yes...Isaac Asimov!

Marvel: The Characters And Their Universe

($19.99, Barnes & Noble)

"The mythological giants of popular culture include Captain America, Silver Surfer, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, The X-Men, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and many others. For 60 years Marvel has not only brought these larger-than-life heroes to their fans but has also created and sustained a coherent universe where all their adventures take place. In a discussion of the evolution of these superheroes, Michael Mallory draws on informative interviews with cartoonists such as Stan Lee, Joe Simon, and Roy Thomas. Illustrated with incomparable reproductions of comic art and hundreds of photographs from film and TV. This oversized book with leatherette cover measures 14.3 x 11.1 x 1.6 inches."

Veronica Mars, Season One

($19.99, Target)

Fuck the haters, this show was killer! It was a hip, youthful and more accessible Twin Peaks. And I'm totally geeked to own it!

The Beat In Me
2666 by Roberto Bolaño

($18.00, Borders)

"Roberto Bolaño is a master of digression. Among the countless stories that he tells in 2666, his 900-page cinderblock of a novel, there is not one that feels incomplete. (Considering that Bolaño died in 2003 before he finished the final book of the five-part sequence, that’s quite a feat.) In his hands, narrative tangents, followed to their logical (or illogical, as the case may be) conclusions, fill in the spaces opened up by the boundlessly layered story lines."
This book looks to be quite interesting...but also pretty daunting.  We'll see if my interest can maintain.

Armageddon In Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut

($7.50, Borders)

The world has not been the same since Mr. Vonnegut left us. He was the last of my literary heroes, and I would read a shopping list if he wrote it. Why not? I've already seen drawings of his asshole.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

($9.99, Best Buy)

Catching a brief moment of this great film on TV while enjoying a post-coital cigarette, it made me long to see it again. The only goal in mind the next morning was finding it on DVD.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack

($9.99, Best Buy)

The tracks "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" and "Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby" are worth the price of admission alone, two folksy bluegrass tunes both beautiful and slightly creepy at the very same time.

I suppose it should also be noted that we saw Brothers in the theater while we were there. It was a pretty good flick, but my major qualm lies in the fact that the trailer showed you every single high note in the film. In essence, if you've seen the preview, you've seen a streamlined version of the movie, and there aren't in major surprises to fill the gaps or keep you interested along the way.


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  1. While more work always blows, it's great to hear about the pay raise. Good luck man and enjoy your purchases. I'm sure we'll be getting some reviews sometime soon.

  2. The reviews shall be forthcoming, Robert. And the pay raise isn't a sure thing yet, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. We're attempting to arrange it so that I can get actually get paid for the job I'm doing--second in command--as opposed to the job I was hired for--mindless office drone and filler-outer of paperwork.



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