25 graphic novels to read before you die


Here they are, peeps, in no particular order. I focused here on stand-alone books.

1. The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

2. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

3. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

4. The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg

5. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

6. Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet

7. Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

8. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

9. Stitches by David Small

10. Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine

11. Uzumaki by Junji Ito

12. The Arrival by Shaun Tan

13. Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

14. Epileptic by David B.

15.  Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

16. Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

17. Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar

18. Palestine by Joe Sacco

19. Watchmen by Alan Moore

20. Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle

21. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

22. Maus by Art Spiegelman

23. Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

24. Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince

25. Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt

Of course, I’m only scratching the surface here. What are some of your favorites?

25 Netflix recs for fans of the bizarre


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

1. Pi

2. Alice

3. Rubber

4. Blue Velvet

5. Cannibal! The Musical

6. The Toxic Avenger

7. Oldboy

8. John Dies at the End

9. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

10. Big Trouble in Little China

11. Barbarella

12. Total Recall

13. Twin Peaks

14. Black Mirror

15. Comedy Bang! Bang!

16. Labyrinth

17. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

18. Life 2.0

19. Kung Fu Hustle

20. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

21. James and the Giant Peach

22. The Fifth Element

23. Portlandia

24. The Dark Crystal

25. Teeth

New horror book from Jeremy C. Shipp

In The Fishbowl We Bleed (1)

A model in a beaded dress claws off her own face, her nails working on her skin like potato peelers. A woman surgically removes her fingers to become the ragdoll her husband always wanted. A disturbed billionaire hires a professional companion to act as his own personal hamster. IN THE FISHBOWL, WE BLEED collects nine stories from the chthonic imagination of Jeremy C. Shipp — acclaimed author of VACATION, CURSED and ATTIC CLOWNS.

Table of Contents:
The Tubes
The Stills
Balloon Boy
The Worm Men

Check out the book on:


Amazon UK

“Jeremy C. Shipp’s boldness, daring, originality, and sheer smarts make him one of the most vital younger writers who have colonized horror literature in the past decade. Shipp’s modernist clarity, plus his willingness to risk damn near everything, put him up at the head of the pack with the very best.”
—Peter Straub, author of Ghost Story

“Shipp’s clear, insistent voice pulls you down into the rabbit hole and doesn’t let go.”
—Jack Ketchum, author of The Girl Next Door

“Jeremy C. Shipp is one of the most dynamic forces in horror.”
—Scott Nicholson, author of McFALL

“I’m convinced Jeremy Shipp is a little bit crazy, in the best possible way.”
—Jeff VanderMeer, author of City of Saints & Madmen and Shriek: An Afterword

“Jeremy Shipp is a very good drug.”
–John Skipp, author of The Emerald Burrito of Oz

“Shipp’s flashbang stories will turn your mind inside-out.”
—Ronald Damien Malfi, author of Passenger

Jeremy Shipp is an incredibly talented author. His impressive stories are as intelligent, entertaining, and moving as they are strange. Read him now.”
—Carlton Mellick III, author of The Egg Man

“Jeremy C. Shipp writes about horrible things in marvelous ways. A weird, funny, brutal, transcendent read. Highly recommended.”
—Michael Louis Calvillo, Bram Stoker Finalist author of I Will Rise

“…intriguing, challenging, literate, provocative…”
—Piers Anthony, author of the Xanth series

10 children’s books to read before you die

Here you go, peeps.

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry


2. Momo by Michael Ende


3. The BFG by Roald Dahl


4. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster


5. Holes by Louis Sachar 


6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 


7. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare


8. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


9. The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley


10. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang


111 imaginative films to see before you die

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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


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

25 Netflix recs for horror/thriller fans


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

Guest Post by Jason Sizemore

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

Writing Tips

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