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GOTH giveaway winners

Thanks, all who entered! There were so many good horror movies listed and defended that I couldn’t decide. So I made Intern Kathleen* do it.

And here are the winners!

It was exciting to see so many diverse movie recommendations– only one or two movies were nominated twice! Here are the four winners:

First up is Carrie, whose short comment reminded me of the horrors of VHS-only films and salivating domestic pets running amok.

I also enjoyed Seth Ellis‘s insightful suggestions, and include his conclusion for the benefit of the readers: “…the turning from the mundane to the horrifying can be very short.”

Third is Sarah Hayes, for both her reference to Otsuichi and her attention to cinematography.

Last but not least, the fourth book goes to Misty Warner, whose entry made me want to laugh and cry under a table at the same time.

Congrats to all!

*Not the Intern Kathleen from 2012-2013 who later appeared in The Battle Royale Slam Book, a new one, also named Kathleen. Must have been a demographic bulge of Kathleens about twenty years ago.

It’s the GOTH giveaway contest!

Have you seen that Goth is coming back? We plucked the old translation from the wreckage, dusted it off, made it fresh again with a brand-new, previously untranslated novelette! And now you can win a copy, for free!

By now you are likely familiar with our giveaway contests: we ask a question, you write a little essay or poem answering it in the comments of this point, and on Friday afternoon we pick for winners. We ship anywhere. The question this time:

What is your favorite obscure horror film and why? Yes, feel free to creatively misinterpret the word “obscure”, but if you name Nightmare on Elm Street or something, we are going to look at you funny.

To get you revved up, here’s a trailer for the 2008 Japanese film adaptation of Goth:

So, let us know what spooked you, cinematically (and obscurely) and you may win a copy of Goth!

PS: yes, the secret motivation for this contest is to get a good personal recommendation list of obscure horror films.

It’s your GENE MAPPER winners!

Lots of great choices this time around, but here are the four entries in our Gene Mapper giveaway contest!

First up is Crane! We wouldn’t be a Japanese publisher if we didn’t like austere poetry. We’ll run the whole comment right here for your viewing pleasure:

secrets no
people watching glass
ceaseless eyes : eyes ceaseless
glass watching people
no secrets

We also liked Sarah C’s comment for her shout out to Fujii pal Paolo Pacigalupi here. Gene Mapper‘s vision of the future isn’t all bad, so we hope the book makes you feel better!

Then there is Dr. Phil, who managed to terrify us with a future without backwards compatibility. How would you like to be a 3G phone, forever?

Finally, Chris P. is terrified of the surveillance society, so he clearly needs a paperback since he sure won’t be buying the ebook.

Congrats all!

It’s the GENE MAPPER giveaway contest!

Happy June, all! We are super-excited for this month’s release, Taiyo Fujii’s hard SF novel Gene Mapper! The book has already received a great review from Publishers Weekly, which called it a new kind of cyberpunk novel. it’s near-future, scientific, and strangely whimsical in a way.

Gene Mapper is a story about a lot of “next steps.” The Internet has been replaced and upgraded; Augmented Reality is commonplace, as are genetically modified organisms. So that’s our theme for this week’s contest—what’s next? What emerging technology are you most interested in? Frightened of? (Don’t say jetpacks! There won’t be any jetpacks!) Tell us about it in a comment below: be serious, be funny, provide links, write a poem. Communicate in English, Japanese, Spanish, German, or Greek. We’ll read it. The best four will win a hard copy of Gene Mapper.

The future is now!


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