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Something for the Halloween Weekend, 2009


Dawn of the Dreadfuls — not normally my kind of book cover, but hey it’s Hallowe’en and I think Quirk Books knocked this out of the park (full disclosure: Quirk are distributed by Raincoast Books in Canada).

And continuing the spooky theme…

Hallorave — Fantagraphics have been posting previews of the first volume of Mezzo and Pirus’ “extraordinary suburban horror trilogy”, King of the Flies, on their blog all this week. Pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. It looks intense:

Devices and Contraptions Extraordinaire — “The world’s first exhibition of steampunk art” at the  Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, England. There is a blog accompanying the exhibition by curator Art Donovan (via ReadySteadyBlog).

Dark Star — Michael Dirda’s review of The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard, published by W.W. Norton, in the Washington Post:

In “The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard” devastated worlds are matched with even more devastated psyches. But these aren’t simply “myths of the near future,” they are probes sent down into the desolate heart of the here and now. As Ballard knew, reality has become just a subgenre of science fiction.

And finally…just for Hallowe’en, here’s a great vintage cover for Bram Stoker’s Dracula seen at the Golden Age Comic Stories blog (via the awesome, but not entirely safe for work, This Isn’t Happiness):

Normal, non-spooky, service will resume next week…

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