Panayam with Mervin Malonzo

Tabi Po Komiks

Initially, the discussion for Tabi Po by Mervin Malonzo by Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books’ boook of the month for November was supposed to take place this December. There were some unseen snags in the planning, however, that we decided to schedule the meet and greet with the author earlier next year. Making good on his word about a probable meetup with our group before the year ends, we finally had the opportunity to chat with him just this Saturday. Continue reading

Tabi Po: Isyu 2 ni Mervin Malonzo

Tabi Po 2 - Thumb

Kung ang unang isyu ay pasilip lamang, ang ikalawang isyu ng Tabi Po ay isa nang pagsangkot nang buong-buo sa papalawak na mundong iniinugan ng mga tauhan at sa pagkakaugnay ng kanilang mga buhay sa panahong lipos ng ligalig at pagkalugami. Magsisimula ang ikalawang yugto ng Tabi Po sa kuwento ni Salome at kung paano siya makatatakas mula sa galamay ng mga taong yumurak at pinagsamantalahan siya. Continue reading

Tabi Po: Isyu 1 ni Mervin Malonzo

Tabi Po: Isyu 1 - Book Review

Lunduyan ng Tabi Po ang masining na pagkakadibuho ni Malonzo, at di malayong maihahambing na waring ipininta ang bawat panel ng komiks; may angking daloy at sining ang pagkakawarat ng mga laman, ang pagwakwak ng mga leeg, ang tilamsik ng dugo. Ang estilo na rin ng kanyang pagguhit ang masasabing puwersa magigiit sa mambabasa na buklatin pa ang mga pahina upang tunghayan ang buhay ni Elias kung paano makikitungo sa mga tao at sa patuloy pang pagtalos sa kanyang sarili bilang isang aswang. Continue reading

Si Janus Silang at ang Labanáng Manananggal-Mambabarang

Janus Silang Book 2

Sa pagbubukas ng Janus Silang at ang Labanáng Manananggal-Mambabarang ay muli tayo nitong inaanyayahan sa mundong punó ng kababalaghan, misteryo, at pantasya. Continue reading

Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon ni Edgar Calabia Samar

Janus Silang - book cover

Pinatutunayan lang ng akdang ito ang mayamang tradisyon ng ating panitikan; na maaari itong gamitin para sa mga makabagong kuwentong naangkop sa ating modernong panahon at bigyan ito ng makabagong panlasa, ilahad ito sa nakakapukaw, naiibang paraan, na tiyak na kagigiliwan ng mga mambabasa. Continue reading

Nine Supernatural Stories edited by April Timbol Yap and Lara Saguisag

Nine Supernatural Stories — Book Cover

Breaking Supernatural ( A Book Review of Nine Supernatural Stories edited by April Timbol Yap and Lara Saguisag ) Pushing the cobwebs aside and giving an old-timer a modern spin, Nine Supernatural Stories, published by The University of the Philippines … Continue reading

Afraid: The Best of Philippine Ghost Stories edited by Danton Remoto

Afraid: The Best Philippine Ghost Stories — Book Cover

Ghost Stories Through the Night ( A Book Review of Afraid: The Best Philippine Ghost Stories edited by Danton Remoto ) It was on a dreary afternoon on All Soul’s Day, November 2, just as dusk approaches, when I decided to … Continue reading

The Attack of the Clones

First Week of November Book Finds

No, this post has nothing to do with the recent buzz about Disney buying the Star Wars movie franchise from Lucasfilm. What I’m referring here as “clones” are the bunch of books I already have that, in any which way, … Continue reading

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

'Salem's Lot — Book Cover

The Town Knew Darkness (A Book Review of Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot) Far more complex than his debut Carrie, Stephen King ups the ante in his sophomore hit ‘Salem’s Lot, published in 1975.  Raising the bar of horror from a … Continue reading

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula — Book Cover

More Than Bats, Castles, and Fangs (A Book Review of Bram Stoker’s Dracula) Conceivably, no other single work in horror fiction has had a greater impact than Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Published in 1897, Stoker’s vision of the vampire, based from … Continue reading

Tales of H. P. Lovecraft Selected and Edited by Joyce Carol Oates

Tales of H. P. Lovecraft — Book Cover

Weirder Than You Think (A Book Review of Tales of H. P. Lovecraft edited by Joyce Carol Oates) Without a doubt Howard Philips Lovecraft, or more commonly known as H. P. Lovecraft, is one of the greatest writers the turbulent … Continue reading

The Weird, Grotesque, and Gothic this August

H. P. Lovecraft - Author of the Month

It’s been months now since I last read a Horror book, but the “Voice,” my incorporeal guide and eternally influential Book-Muse, obnoxiously yanks my sleeves and lets me focus my gaze elsewhere — elsewhere meaning a fantasy book (it’s been … Continue reading

The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining — Book Cover

This Inhuman Place Makes Human Monsters (A Book Review of Stephen King’s The Shining) Acclaimed by both readers and critics, Stephen King’s third novel, The Shining, published in 1977 on the heel of two previous runaway bestsellers Carrie and ‘Salem’s … Continue reading