Though this year has been mostly dedicated to settling into London life and exploring my surroundings, being part of this project has been a professional highlight, doubly so since I finally held this substantial tome in my hands.
Between the heavy hard cover with shiny spot-gloss embellishments, all the gorgeous art, and an afterword by John Carpenter himself, it's a hefty accomplishment by the Printed in Blood publishing team.
Meeting so many excellent artists and fellow horror film enthusiasts was a treat, as was finally shaking hands with Steve Hoveke after a year's worth of email interaction. The fans were a lovely bunch, as was everyone at Forbidden Planet, where I have to return very soon for proper browsing. I did manage to swoop up Hiroshi Unno's The Art of Decadence on my way out.
Sartorial homage to The Thing's frosty landscape was paid with an oversized furry hat, but my attempts to get everyone to dress in Antarctica chic didn't quite pan out, with one notable exception: Scott Woolston's impressive parka.
Sometimes, a great horror film gets under your skin and multiples – The Thing has been worth every goosebump all along, but now it's really part of me.
Until the Future,
A little video snippet of the signing: