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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 12:43 am:   

Hmmm, I'm in a quandry which you nice folks might be able to help me out of (or make worse for me). I've got a 10 Amazon voucher to spend. There are so many nice things to spend it on, I just don't know what to buy. Got any recommendations for me?

Book-wise, I prefer short stories to novels (I tend to buy most of my books from the small presses so I'm not used to buying the more "mainstream" stuff on Amazon). I like my horror to be scary by suggestion rather than blood and gore.

Then there's the possibility of comics or graphic novels. Most I've seen are either superhero stuff (boring!) or too much violence. Is there any nice supernatural comics/graphic novels out there, or something a bit weird?

I'm also into weird and wonderful artwork, so something like that which showcases an artist's work might be nice. Any ideas?

Film-wise, again it's the "scaring by suggestion" old-style films I like. I don't have many DVDs, so it might be nice to expand my collection. What would you recommend?

You see, there's so much stuff I could buy I just don't know what to spend a tenner on - help!
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 12:45 am:   

Oh heck - it should read "ARE there any ..."
Grrrr.
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.165.182
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 02:01 am:   

I can recommend Pictures Of The Dark. Not a bad story collection. The author's name escapes me, though... :-)
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 91.110.193.25
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 02:10 am:   

I can recommend it too. In fact I can't praise it highly enough. This is a real live book like they used to publish. It's also one of the Friar's best production jobs.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 91.110.193.25
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 02:14 am:   

Simon, if you're reading this, feel free to give me a call. I'm having a latish night and am kind of wired. If you're off to bed now, no worries...
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Lincoln Brown (Lincoln_brown)
Username: Lincoln_brown

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 121.219.80.254
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 03:22 am:   

Caroline, how about 'Banquet for the Damned' by Adam Nevill? Should still be available in paperback.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Banquet-Damned-Adam-L-G-Nevill/dp/0753513587

Or how about 'Bernie Herrmanns Manic Sextet', an excellent short story collection from Gray Friar Press. http://www.grayfriarpress.com/catalogue/herrmann.html
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.143.128.177
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 10:04 am:   

Film; Portrait of Jennie.
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 06-2008
Posted From: 86.168.160.222
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 10:25 am:   

I recommend 'Pictures of the Dark', too:
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/pictures_of_the_dark__by_simon_bestwick.htm
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Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
Username: Ramsey

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.93.21.74
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 11:32 am:   

Not a graphic novel in quite the usual sense (no dialogue), but Shaun Tan's The Arrival is splendid and extraordinary.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.26.90.161
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 12:42 pm:   

I recommend Pictures of the Dark, too. :-)
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 08:35 pm:   

Thanks, boys!

Now I'm in another quandry - "Pictures of the Dark" clearly gets the most votes, but the idea of a graphic novel with no dialogue recommended by Ramsey really gets me interested. I'll check both out! In fact, I'll check out all of your suggestions and see which tickles my fancy most.
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Skunsworth (Skunsworth)
Username: Skunsworth

Registered: 05-2009
Posted From: 89.242.207.147
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 09:52 am:   

Another for the mix: Junji Ito's Uzumaki - my favourite graphic novel (technically it's three, as it's a 3 volume set) is simply brilliant.

S

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