Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Cult Cinema #27: The Ninth Rule

Fight Club (1999)

The single easiest and laziest thing in the world right now would be to start an essay about this movie with a gag about the First Rule of Fight Club, and the Second Rule of Fight Club, and the juxtaposition of the two and whether they're amusingly the same or amusingly not the same.

The second easiest and laziest thing in the world right now would be to make some point about how it would be the easiest and laziest thing in the world right now to joke about the First Rule of Fight Club. Which is to say, I'm beaten before I start whatever I do because this movie has, in the more than twenty (twenty!) years since its release, sewn up all the discourse. Everyone knows what the first two rules of Fight Club are, even the people who have never seen it. And the film is firmly in that peculiar category of movie which is undeniably great but shouldn't ever be anyone's favourite movie.

Obviously there are spoilers, but the likelihood is that if you get any distance into this, you've probably seen it (or read Chuck Palahniuk's book, or both, but let's face it, it's more likely you've seen the movie) so there we are.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

We Don't Go Back, Shivering Circle: Quarantine Surplus

OK, look. In April, I was supposed to be speaking at two conventions, and so back in February I bought a big stack of books to sell. Well, you know what happened. So now I have all these books and nowhere to sell them, and like a lot of self employed people, revenue streams are looking pretty thin in the coming months. So, would you like a copy of my Bram Stoker Award-nominated book We Don't Go Back: A Watcher's Guide to Folk Horror or my role-playing game The Shivering Circle? Direct from the author? You are, apparently, in luck. A few kind people have already approached me with offers of cash for books, so here we are.

I should note that you can still get them from Amazon and DrivethruRPG, and probably cheaper in the former case, although Amazon's prices fluctuate, so, hell, I don't know. But if you buy direct from me, I'll sign them, and give you ebook versions of both, and stick in some of my zines and things too. I've got 16 copies of We Don't Go Back and 20 copies of The Shivering Circle looking for homes at the time of writing.

A final caveat: while the post office is open, and I can send these. I cannot guarantee in the current circumstances how quickly they will arrive. Also, please, if you're international, check whether you can get postage at all (for example, I recently discovered to my cost that it's currently illegal to send printed matter to Brazil, and has been for a while, and no, I don't know why that is).

By the way, over at my Patreon page, I'm doing ghost story readings. Just in case you were interested.

Edit: We Don't Go Back has sold out! Which I am so very grateful for. Thank you! 

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