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This list was put together by Jeremy C. Shipp, Joshua Shipp, and Lena Coleman.

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas

2. The Fifth Element

3. Big Trouble in Little China

4. Labyrinth

5. The Dark Crystal

6. Spirited Away

7. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

8. The NeverEnding Story

9. The Fall

10. Memento

11. The Muppet Movie

12. Paprika

13. The City of Lost Children

14. Pan’s Labyrinth

happinesskatakuris15. The Happiness of the Katakuris

16. Dark City

17. Ghost in the Shell

18. Mulholland Drive

19. The Secret of Kells

20. Being John Malkovich

21. Hellboy

22. Fight Club

23. Akira

24. Redline

25. Total Recall

26. Spellbound

27. Planet of the Apes

28. Serenity

29. Dune

30. Blade Runner

31. Avatar

32. Ghostbusters

33. Beetlejuice

34. The Lord of the Rings series

35. The Lego Movie

36. Men in Black

37. Princess Mononoke

38. Ponyo

39. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

40. Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare

41. WALL-E

42. The Evil Dead series

43. Moon

44. Totoro

45. Willow

46. Tron

deadleaves47. Dead Leaves

48. Godzilla series

49. Alien(s)

50. The Wizard of Oz

51. Evangelion Movies

52. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

53. The Secret of NIMH

54. Fantasia

55. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

56. The Three Lives of Thomasina

57. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

58. Sin City

59. Captain EO

60. Raising Arizona

61. Cool World

62. Darby O’Gill and the Little People

63. Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure

64. Team America

65. Like Water for Chocolate

66. Dead Alive

67. Eraserhead

68. King Kong

69. House 2

hausu70. Hausu

71. The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

72. The Harry Potter series

73. Where the Wild Things Are

74. Little Nemo

75. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

76. Brazil

77. Adaptation

78. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

79. Who Framed Roger Rabbit

80. The Princess Bride

81. The Matrix

82. Hook

83. Mars Attacks!

84. Moulin Rouge

85. Švankmajer’s Alice

86. Metropolis

87. Flash Gordon

88. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

89. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

90. Stargate

91. Kung Fu Hustle

92. The Triplets of Belleville

93. Jurassic Park

94. Rashomon

95. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

96. Toys

97. Dick Tracy

98. Batman

returnoz99. Return to Oz

100. Mad Max

101. The Blob

102. Gremlins

103. The Last Starfighter

104. Spawn

105. Kick-Ass

106. The Last Unicorn

107. 2001: A Space Odyssey

108. Black Swan

109. The Toxic Avenger

110. Duck Soup

111. Delicatessen

We’re just scratching the surface here. What are some of your favorite imaginative films?


More date ideas from JCS:

-travel back in time and play childish pranks on your ancestors

-get possessed and see who can spin their head the fastest

-serenade each other with melodicas

-see who can transmogrify into a pineapple first

-create a kitten-sized elephant in a lab

-watch a ballet performed by trained velociraptors

-explore the Grand Canyon in a catbus

-spoil a picnic being held by giant ants

-use a shrink ray to travel into each other’s hearts

-come up with a world domination plan together

-search for hedgehog ghosts

-touch your eyeballs together

-organize a civil war reenactment with Furbies

-bake unbirthday cakes for each other

-feed the dinosaurs

-build a robot butler out of Commodore 64s

-put Schrödinger’s cat inside Pandora’s box and see what happens


Here you go, gnomies. These are in no particular order.

1. Nightcrawler

2. You’re Next

3. Let the Right One In

4. The Babadook

5. Oldboy

6. I Saw the Devil

7. The Machinist

8. Rosemary’s Baby

9. Pontypool

10. Ju-On: the Grudge

11. The Eye 2

12. Dragon Tattoo Trilogy

13. The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari

14. The Exorcist

15. Oculus

16. Saw

17. Scream

18. A Nightmare on Elm Street

19. Ravenous

20. Hellraiser

21. The House of the Devil

22. The Host

23. Following

24. The Others

25. Blue Velvet

On the surface, I come across as milquetoast. Other than the strange accent and pale skin, there’s nothing outwardly remarkable about Jason Sizemore. This is one reason I started Apex Publications. Ten years later, I wrote For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher to chronicle some of the more outlandish incidents during that decade.

I’m not what you call loquacious. In high school, I was awarded with the “Most Quiet” award my senior year. All the ladies love the creepy quiet ones!

Yet, despite the demure exterior that so many see when they look at me, I don’t feel like I’m anything of the norm. Perhaps that’s why I feel so at home in the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. They let me unleash, be myself, get my freak on.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling you, dear reader, a freak or weirdo.

Though this being Jeremy Shipp’s blog I do have to wonder about you

Sorry for the digression. I am here to talk about the things that made me who I am. A tribute to those things that you and I enjoy so much.

First and foremost, I love science fiction. It doesn’t matter what media. Two of my favorite things in the world are the television series Lost and Battlestar Gallactica (new school, please). A science fiction novel has greatly shaped the way I view the world—The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. I adore Brian K. Vaughn’s Y: The Last Man.

The possibilities of the future have long pushed me toward an optimistic worldview. For ten years I ran Apex Publications and juggled a day job before I was able to escape my corporate bonds and declare FREEDOM while showing them my bare bum. Now I work solely for myself and get to do the one thing in life I enjoy more than most anything else: publishing, editing, and writing. Thank you, science fiction!

Second, I love fantasy. The world of Middle Earth allowed my imagination to have that “What if?” moment every time I opened J.R.R. Tolkein’s work. The time I spent watching Xena: Warrior Princess with my parents evoked a sense of fun and adventure. The lessons I learned reading Stephen Donaldson’s misogynistic anti-hero Thomas Covenant showed me that even the worst of us can become better…at least marginally. Neil Gaiman and Sandman made it okay to dream and be yourself. The Princess Bride showed the world that giants can have a heart. If you stay focused on your goal, you’ll eventually reach it. Thank you, fantasy!

Third, I love horror. Brian Keene shocked me with his deep sense of family love and devotion in The Rising. Garth Ennis and his Preacher series warned me that there are some assholes out in the world who delight in making your life a living misery, but ultimately, they’re all part of a grand design. Alien showed me that if you keep your cool in the worst of circumstances that you give yourself the best chance of survival Thank you, horror!

Life is what you make of it. You open your eyes and find meaning in those things you enjoy. For me, for Jeremy, and for you, we are shaped by the grand imaginations of wonderful authors, directors, artists, and other creators. While that road is fraught with occasional peril, it is a path of delight and wonderment.

While I might be a quiet guy, I’m living a crazy and vibrant life. Unfortunately, the crazy sometimes bleeds out to the real world. If you don’t believe me, check out chapter 2 of For Exposure. You’ll discover a combination of ham and sexual proclivities that will disturb most and titillate a handful. Thank you, For Exposure!

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For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher
Apex Publications
182 pages
ISBN: 9781937009304


jasonBorn the son of an unemployed coal miner in a tiny Kentucky Appalachian villa named Big Creek (population 400), Jason fought his way out of the hills to the big city of Lexington. He attended Transylvania University (a real school with its own vampire legend) and received a degree in computer science. Since 2005, he has owned and operated Apex Publications. He is the editor of five anthologies, author of Irredeemable, a three-time Hugo Award loser, an occasional writer, who can usually be found wandering the halls of hotel conventions

Here are some more JCS writing tips to help you along on your journey.

-discuss your future with your cats

-burn your toast

-eat the burnt toast

-search the thrift store for hidden treasure

-fall asleep on the floor

-take 30 minutes to search your mind for a specific word

-eat cold pizza

-knit sweaters for your cat

What are some alternatives to fireworks, you ask?

Here are some ideas:

-train lightning bugs to make a dragon shape
-super fast jazz hands
-think about baby elephants playing with ribbons
-jump as high as you can and clap
-juggle flaming Smurfs
-cat jumps onto the fridge and meows really loud
-pop rocks mixed with edible glitter exploding in your mouth

This scene from Jurassic World looks really intense.


Date ideas from Jeremy C. Shipp:

-write and perform a Garbage Pail Kids musical

-build a giant cat mecha

-look at the Ark of the Covenant and see who melts first

-get X-rays and look at each other’s skeletons

-prevent an apocalypse

-cause an apocalypse

-see who can summon the cutest demon

-transmogrify into dragons and conquer the world

-make voodoo dolls of each other and kiss the dolls simultaneously


About this project

Globcow #1 will be a 20-page, all-ages comic by Jeremy C. Shipp (writer/creator) and Tabby Freeman (artist). Each page will be full color.

Check out our Kickstarter campaign here. Any support would be most appreciated.

Let’s meet some of the characters, shall we?


Globcow is a little demon who decides to leave the underworld so that he can become an angel. His heart’s in the right place, but his teeth often get him into trouble. In his spare time he likes to bite everything in sight, collect porcelain clowns, and ride around on dogs. Will this little weirdo ever earn his angel wings?


Maria is the coolest angel around. At least, she likes to think so. When she’s not at home dressing her cats in Victorian gowns, Maria’s protecting the world from giant demonic hedgehogs and other terrifying creatures of the underworld. Of course, she’s more than a little annoyed when she’s forced to mentor Globcow. What will people think if they see her hanging around with a stinky little demon? Will Maria teach Globcow the ways of kindness and friendship, or will she quit her day job and start a hat store for cats?


Harry’s a flying pig, but you can see that, can’t you? Harry is Maria’s boss, and he dresses like a hard-boiled detective because he looks darn good in an overcoat. Don’t you think?


The Blade Dragon has power beyond comprehension, and he’s a big meanie. Can Maria and Globcow defeat this monster and save the day? Did we mention the dragon can breathe flaming swords?

(Characters by Jeremy C. Shipp. Character designs by Tabby Freeman.)

This funds raised by this campaign will help cover artist fees, shipping and printing costs, advertising costs, etc.


If we reach $7000, Globcow Issue #2 will be created in 2016 and everyone who pledges $10 or more will receive a digital copy of this second issue. Those who pledge $25 or more will receive a print and digital copy. 

The Author: Jeremy C. Shipp

Jeremy C. Shipp is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Cursed, Vacation, and Attic Clowns. His shorter tales have appeared in over 80 publications, the likes of Cemetery Dance, ChiZine, Apex Magazine, Withersin, and Shroud Magazine. Jeremy enjoys living in Southern California in a moderately haunted Victorian farmhouse with a yard full of gnomes and an attic full of clowns.

His online home is jeremycshipp.com.

Follow him on Twitter at @JeremyCShipp.

The Artist: Tabby Freeman

Redheaded and rad. Big glasses and lots of scarves. Doesn’t actually own a pug. Sometimes makes art on the web.

Check out more of Tabby’s work at http://artoftabby.tumblr.com/

Follow her on Twitter at @Tabrakadabra

Click here to visit the Kickstarter page. Backers can get signed print copies of the comic, handmade demon plushies, and other cool prizes. Thanks so much for your support!

Writing Tips from Bram Stoker Award-nominated author Jeremy C. Shipp.

-wear lucky pajamas

-bounce ideas off your cats

-dress your pencils in tiny suits

-cry yourself to sleep

-dream about zebras

-bite your fingernails

-tell your cats you love them

-eat cold beans over the sink

-cultivate new fears

-talk with the moon

-search for answers and fail

-decorate your insecurities using glitter

-get a tattoo of your cat

-pace the room

-eat fries

-tickle your inner demons

-dress your inner child in Jedi robes

-dip your ego in chocolate

-convince your id it’s a chicken

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