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  • #30384

    Steam Crow
    Administrator

    Welcome, fellow Scholar. You’ll find all matter of tomes here, including our vast array of Obscurian Arcana and the holy Formulae. This back room is for Dark Librarians & Relic Guardians ONLY; this is where we can relax our minds, have some tea, and discuss the matters of our Order at hand.

    #31436

    Natalie Slaughter
    Monster Ranger

    I’ve preordered this book, How To Merit in Monsters, and I cannot WAIT for it to come out. It seems right up our alley.

    #31507

    Steam Crow
    Administrator

    Man, that sounds strangely familiar:

    A new chapter book series teeming with monsters, the biomes they roam, and the hopeless scout troop out to save them.

    When a scout troop learns that their sleepaway camp is really a training ground for protecting the earth’s most endangered species―monsters―the lowest-ranked Troop D (or Troop Dweeb, as the other troops refer to them) is next in line to earn their Monster Merit Badges.

    In How to Merit in Monsters, join Troop D on a mission to rescue the legendary Big Foot, whose water supply has been contaminated. With the help of their troop master and the ever-handy century-old Scout’s Handbook, they might just have a chance!

    #33466

    K. Burd
    Monster Ranger

    Oooh…I wanna read that too! Will have to add it to my ever growing book list…

    Skull Ranger/Relic Guardian here, but a truly bookworm-ish one.

    #34573

    Caitlin aka Cat
    Monster Ranger

    Hi, I’m Caitlin, aka Cat, Carter from Torrance. I’m a new Dark Librarian/Relic Guardian….considering also Yokai Rangers tho for my love of kaiju.

    #36645

    Guillermo the IVth
    Monster Ranger

    Will be posting monthly spoiler-free capsule reviews as recommendations from the Monster Rangers’ Tucson Troop’s Cucuy Party Book Club Reading Meetings. While the selections will mostly be bookishly Dark Librarian-centric, some will be of interest to other branches for general monstrousness & imaginative adventuring. If you’ve read these and want to chime in on them, please do.

    To lead off for April:

    shadow-of-the-wind-cover

    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon — Dark Librarians should relish the tale of a young boy given care of a book from a secret library. But why does this book need protection in the first place? Perhaps the faceless stranger in bandages who suddenly shows up outside his house at night might know! Translated into over 40 languages, this Barcelonaoense novel’s not your normal Bildungsroman — it’s an exceptional one.

    #36771

    Guillermo the IVth
    Monster Ranger

    necronomicon

    The Necronomicon by Abdul Alhazred — All Dark Librarians are probably familiar with this darkest of books. Supposedly a fictitious tome of necromantically cosmic spellwork and portent, some say that it may have been a real book secretly cosseted within H.P. Lovecraft’s father’s esoteric library. Whatever the truth, there have been at least five versions of this book to surface, each different, all offering secrets man was not meant to know. Conjure Guard bait, indeed. We recommend the Skoob Books version with the expansive introductory essay by Colin Wilson. For a more grimoire-style experience, the Simon version will give you goetia and gate openings Summerian style. [Pictured Necronomicon custom crafted & authored by Zarono.]

    #37612

    Guillermo the IVth
    Monster Ranger

    For June:

    the king in yellow

    The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers — Before Lovecraft’s dreaded Necronomicon, Chambers wrote a short story cycle about a banned  & rare medieval play which then plagued its readers with otherworldly incursions, or caused them to Imaginate strangeness about themselves, all linked to a mysteriously corruptive figure: the eponymous King in Yellow! What a dangerous drama for Dark Librarians to covet!

    #38382

    Guillermo the IVth
    Monster Ranger

    The Club DumasFor July:

    The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte  — Dark Librarians could take a page out of unscrupulous book detective & protagonist Richard Corso’s playbook. Hired to research the few remaining editions of a book supposedly meant to conjure the devil, he travels across Europe to compare the copies. Of course the owners of these books aren’t the usual sort of animals, and in his search Corso begins to attract the deadly attentions of the unknown. Turned into The Ninth Gate movie, the book contains even more worms within its pages, including a whole excised subplot involving Alexandre Dumas.

    #38883

    Guillermo the IVth
    Monster Ranger

    For August:

    book of common dread

    The Book of Common Dread by Brent Monahan — Dark Librarians & Skull Rangers should revel in this first-person tale of a rare book curator who roommates with an uncommonly beautiful lady with a tragic past. Their prestigious university library contains a certain scroll that may be of interest to a local “psychic” who may be more than he seems! This duology for marketing or timing or whatever reasons should’ve been as notable as Anne Rice or Poppy Z. Brite, but somehow never gained the pallid undead laurels it deserved.

    #39205

    Guillermo the IVth
    Monster Ranger

    For September:

    prose edda

    Prose Edda — This is the ur-book, the first stories that inspired all stories hence, the sourcebook of Norse Cosmology. We find the dwarves created from maggots in a primordial giant’s corpse, a cosmic cow who licks the first of the Gods from the ice, accounts of Nine otherworlds occupied by different beings, of trolls, Alfar, fire giants, and essentially the roots of all creatures monstrous as part and parcel of the World Tree’s factions. This book inspires Tolkien to write his series that births the fantasy genre. Yes, it always all goes back to Norse Mythology and Norse Lore.

    #39206

    Guillermo the IVth
    Monster Ranger

    We would also like to take a quick interim book club moment for a cinema comment instead: We recently took in all three The Librarian films in a search for Dark Librarian inspirations, and just wanted to say we found the first two really goofy and not worth our time. That third one, The Judas Chalice, however, we rather enjoyed for its much darker contexts. Like the BPRD in Hellboy, there’s a secret organization that safekeeps artifacts, and there’s a loan of adventurous situations from Indiana Jones (though Noah Wyle’s certainly no Harrison Ford). Given the 1-out-of-3 ratio, we’re unsure if we want to watch the TV series. Any of you watch these? If so, what did you think?

    #39477

    Guillermo the IVth
    Monster Ranger

    For October:

    anno-dracula cover

    Anno-Dracula by Kim Newman — Like an alternate Monstru, a world of vampires unliving in a society alongside humans happens when one very important event goes the other way — Dracula wins, becoming Prince Consort to Queen Victoria. The properness of English society changes to an awkward détente as immortals integrate the class system at all levels. Author Kim Newman’s as good as his peers Gaiman & Moore, yet his work never really made the marketing transition across the pond. If you like LXG, you’ll love the SteamGoth of this. Skull Rangers could possibly make an effective contingent civilization plan from this novel.

    #40332

    Guillermo the IVth
    Monster Ranger

    For November:

    labyrinths

    Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges — This short story collection contains a library story that’s sure to win all the Dark Librarians’ bibilophiliac hearts: “La biblioteca de Babel“, where a library of endless hexagonal rooms (much like our pursuit of badges) is the whole entirety of the universe (much akin to the interdimensional book-lined vaults of Black Acre Lodge’s library). And that’s just the setup for one tale. The other 22 stories are equal paragons of magical realism that will imaginate your brains into bloody red clouds spreading themselves beyond the horizon. Borges rules.

    #40348

    Guillermo the IVth
    Monster Ranger

    Another interstitial between-the-Book-Club inquiry: Have any of you read Slave Labor’s Rex Libris graphic novels? There’s some Dark Librarian grist in the set-up where the secret Ordo Bibliotheca is based beneath the Middleton Public Library, headed by a certain Ibis-headed god who runs a network of highly-trained Librarians to safekeep the special collection and retrieve books & late fees. There’s a point halfway through the first of two volumes where it jumps the shark and goes into space. Yet throughout there’s alot of monster action, and the dialogue and referencing as a whole runs the gamut of philosophy, history, speculative science, the occult, and more with verbal dexterity, which was what kept me until the end. Warner Bros had contracted someone to film script this in 2007 and then in 2012 the film rights went to another studio but so far nothing’s come of it. James Turner’s art also has something of Steam Crow’s aesthetic to it. While the goofy factor leaves me unable as a whole to recommend it, there’s narrative things Dark Librarians could totally mine from it.

    rex librix map diagram

     

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Steam Crow

Daniel has a lifelong fascination with Monsters, Halloween, illustration, pen & paper rpgs, collecting miniatures, watching movies, and listening to and playing music. He's been a graphic designer since 1994; Monster Rangers is a culmination of all of his personal projects in one. He lives in Arizona with Dawna and Goblin, and runs the Steam Crow.