Xmas Bash Dec. 18. Go!

Just a quick note to say that there will be an Xmas Bash this year, but I will not be hosting it. Friend of the website Casey Roberson is taking over as host, handling the programming, and probably doing other things that can’t be mentioned in polite company. (Friend of the website Adam Lore has provided the promotional artwork.)

The event benefits The Trevor Project and seems like it will consist of similar content to previous Bash events. I say “seems like” because I have no idea what you will or won’t see, so that will be a nice change of pace for me.

TV episodes, music, chat, nonsense, the whole nine yards.

You can register at this Facebook link, where more information will be posted as it becomes available. I hope you are all well and I hope to see you there. Thank you.

Announcing: Trilogy of Terror VII

I wonder how many years running I’ll be able to start these announcements with “What a fuckin’ year, eh?”

Anyway, last year we celebrated Halloween by leaning directly into the worst tendencies of man with George A. Romero’s First Dead Trilogy. This time, let’s just have fun with some silly movies that have no social relevance or satirical value at all. None! I promise! Why are you looking at me that way?!

Beginning Oct. 17, join me for Trilogy of Terror VII: Vehicular Homicide. It will consist of longform analyses of the following films:

  • Duel (1971) – coming Oct. 17
  • Death Race 2000 (1975) – coming Oct. 24
  • Christine (1983) – coming Oct. 31

I’m posting this announcment far in advance so that you will have plenty of time to seek out and watch the films, if you’re interested. Death Race 2000 appears to be available in its entirety, for free, on YouTube. Christine also seems to be there, albeit in parts. Duel is available for purchase or rent through Amazon, iTunes, and probably lots of other places.

This was the first year that I invited readers to vote for one of the films, so thank you to all who participated on Twitter and Instagram. Voters selected Christine as the third film, so if you preferred that I wrote about Killdozer or Maximum Overdrive instead, you can blame everybody who isn’t me, for once!

This is one of the very first ideas I had when I started this series way back before the world ended, and I’m excited to finally cover it. If you choose to watch along, you’ll find quite a wide variation in terms of both tone and quality, and that’s always fun.

Also, it’s a heck of a selection of directorial talent. Steven Spielberg directed Duel, John Carpenter directed Christine, and Roger Corman produced Death Race 2000…though from what I’ve read he did some meddling that went well beyond his role as producer. No idea if we’ll get into that, but there you go.

I’m looking forward to covering these, and I sincerely hope you enjoy the essays. Now to actually write the damned things…

Available now: Summer Invasion Game Bundle (and updates)

For the next two weeks, you can download the Summer Invasion Game Bundle from StoryBundle by paying whatever you like. I’m honored to be a part of it, as I’ve supported StoryBundle many times in the past and I’ve gotten a lot of fantastic eBooks out of it.

This bundle includes two of the most recent Boss Fight Books titles: my book on Resident Evil, and Gabe Durham’s excellent book on Majora’s Mask. I helped edit the latter, so this is like an honor within an honor.

If you don’t have my book yet, this is a great way to get your hands on a digital copy. And if you do have it…well, you probably don’t have all of the others, so maybe give it a go anyway! Even better is the fact that proceeds benefit Women in Games. Please do check it out and consider extending your support.

Also, HELLO, as long as we’re here, a few updates:

Resident Evil on Amazon: A few of you have asked about the availability of physical copies through Amazon. Right now, it is only available through them as an eBook. (Which, again, you can get right now through StoryBundle with some other great stuff!) It will be available in physical form through Amazon, though there has obviously been a delay. That’s not something I am in any position to speak about with authority, but it is coming. In the meantime, you can pick up physical copies through Boss Fight Books directly or autographed through me. I apologize for the inconvenience, and I sincerely appreciate your support.

The next book: Last month I signed a contract for my next book, and I look forward to sharing information about it…but I can’t do that quite yet. What I will say is that it’s another topic that’s close to my heart, and it should make a lot of people very happy. I am currently researching it and putting together a very rough outline. It will be a while before I have a full draft and maybe even longer before I’m able to share anything official, but stay tuned. These are exciting times and I am grateful beyond words for a platform and an audience. Thank you.

Trilogy of Terror VII: Good lord, it’s almost that time, isn’t it? It feels like only yesterday that I was complaining about movies made by YouTubers who invested a lot of energy, love, and money into their work. I am pretty sure I know what my topic will be this year, but I’m still narrowing down the specific films that I will cover. I’ll announce those as soon as I decide, or as soon as I run out of time and panic. It’s another topic I’ve been wanting to cover since the series started, so I think it will be a good one.

Star Trek movies: I am watching the Star Trek movies and will write about the Star Trek movies.

That’s all for now. I’ve been busy with work and other projects, but I am alive and I could not be more grateful for your patience. Things may be a bit slower around here, but I hope you continue to stick around. Good stuff is coming, and I love you all.

Autographed copies of Resident Evil available

Next month will be the first anniversary of my Resident Evil book’s publication date. About a year ago as I write this, copies were being sent to various outlets and their reviews started going live. It was an exciting time. It still is, to be honest. It feels like forever ago and it feels like yesterday.

One thing I’ve wanted to do for a while and…haven’t gotten around to doing is making some autographed copies available for anyone interested. What better time to do so? Other than a few months ago maybe?

Anyway, I have now set aside 50 copies of Resident Evil. I will sign and number them as they are ordered, and I will remove ordering information from this post once they are all gone. Each one comes with a bookmark that was previously only available to backers of the Boss Fight Books pre-order campaign. I had a few left over, so I figured, what the hell.

The cost is $20, which is about the cost of a new copy plus shipping. If you would prefer to order directly through Boss Fight Books for any reason, by all means do so! But they will not be autographed or include the bookmark.

This offer is only available to U.S. residents, unfortunately. If you live in another country and are interested, email me first and I will figure out the cost.

To purchase:
If you’d like a numbered, autographed copy of Resident Evil with a limited-edition bookmark, send $20 USD via PayPal to reed.philipj [at] gmail.com. In the notes section, include your shipping address and the name you’d like me to make it out to.

And that’s it. Books will be shipped within three days. Probably much quicker, to be honest, but hey, just in case: three days.

That’s all for now. Thank you, all of you, for your support.

Well, okay, one more thing:

Stay tuned!