Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Library Addition: Ray Bradbury’s Christmas Wishes 1986

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Slowly but surely collecting all of these:

Bradbury, Ray. Christmas Wishes 1986. Self-published, 1986. First edition 8 1/2 x 11″ broadsheet, folded once (as mailed), otherwise Fine- with slight wrinkling. inscribed by Bradbury: “Hans N!/Ray Bradbury”. A one page poem, like all Bradbury’s Christmas broadsheets. This one says “From Maggie & Ray Bradbury,” but I’m not sure it was actually co-written by his wife. Bought off eBay for about $35.

Bradbury Christmas 1986

Library Addition: Signed 1989 Ray Bradbury Christmas Broadsheet

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Picked up another signed Ray Bradbury Christmas broadsheet off eBay:

Bradbury, Ray. A Christmas Wish 1989: The Bread of Beggars, The Wine of Christ. Privately printed, 1989. First edition broadsheet, a Fine copy, inscribed by the author: “Tim!—Love!—Ray!” Bought off eBay for $34 plus shipping.

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The slight shadowing on the left side is a scanner artifact, probably a result of leaving it in the protective plastic while scanning it…

Shoegazer Sunday: Crocodiles & Dum Dum Girls “Merry Xmas, Baby (Please Don’t Die)”

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

For a little seasonal cheer, enjoy Crocodiles & Dum Dum Girls “Merry Xmas, Baby (Please Don’t Die)”.

Library Additions: Two Signed Michael Swanwick Books

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Two Michael Swanwick books:

  • Swanwick, Michael. Not So Much Said the Cat. Tachyon, 2016. First edition trade paperback original, a Fine copy, new and unread. Signed and dated by Swanwick. His latest short story collection.
  • Swanwick, Michael. Solstice Spirits. Dragonstairs Press, 2015. First edition chapbook original, #62 of 100 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy new and unread. Four brief seasonal tales. Though dated 2015, I was only able to obtain it recently, and it’s already sold out from the press.
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    Copies of both of these will be available in the new Lame Excuse Books catalog I’m sending out on Monday.

    This Might Get Your Goat

    Monday, December 21st, 2015

    I blame Dwight.

    Evidently there’s a Swedish charity that’s trying to raise goat awareness or some damn thing, and to do so they’ve released a Christmas album.

    Sung by goats.

    And by “sung,” I mean “torturing you ears.”

    Yes, it’s Jingle Cats with goats. If you’re in dire need of finding a way to make guests leave at the end of a Christmas party, I think this will provide the answer…

    Merry Christmas!

    Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

    To celebrate Christmas, here’s The Dropkick Murphys with “The Season’s Upon Us.”

    Godzilla Christmas Tree

    Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

    The search for the coolest Christmas tree is officially over. You’re never going to beat the giant, fire-breathing Godzilla Christmas tree of Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall in Tokyo.

    Merry Christmas!

    Rare Exports: A Weird Christmas Horror Movie

    Monday, December 24th, 2012

    In his tomb in upthrust Lapland
    Dead Kris Kringle lies dreaming

    If you’re looking for a weird Christmas horror movie, you could do a lot worse than the Finnish movie Rare Exports. The son of a reindeer herder/butcher finds out that a team just over the border in Russia are drilling into a mountain they believe to be a tomb.

    It quickly becomes apparent that the tomb is that of Santa Claus. And the real Santa Claus is not the jolly fellow of Coke commercials, but a fearsome punisher of the wicked that looks a lot more like Krampus:

    What makes the film work is certain cold, gritty, unsentimental realism. It really does look like it was filmed in a tiny village in Ass End of Nowhere, Finland. Save an unconvincing CGI helicopter at the end, and the strange coda that gives the film its name, I thought everything about the movie worked pretty well. Of recent Scandinavian horror films, I thought this worked better than Dead Snow, but not as good as Let the Right One In.

    Worth viewing, and available on Netflicks.

    I was going to do a longer review, but I’m running out of Christmas.

    A Christmas Story, in 30 Seconds, With Bunnies

    Saturday, December 24th, 2011

    Pretty much self-explanatory.

    Thanks, Angry Alien!

    And a Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

    Austin: Christmas on 37th Street

    Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

    It’s that time of year. If you haven’t been to the Austin’s 37th Street display of lights, this video from illustrator Doug Potter gives you an idea of what it’s like.

    Merry Christmas!