Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Josh Jabcuga’s Sugar Rush (December 2019 Edition)

Your High Fructose, Lo-Fidelity Guide to Snap! Crackle! Pop Culture! This month, Josh Reveals His Favorite Book of 2019!

Mark Sieber is one of us.

Sieber is a fan, a genre enthusiast, a defender of physical media, a collector, a critic, and a writer.

I list critic and writer separately, because Sieber wears many hats, and in his case, he’s earned the distinction of being a critic and a writer. It’s never been more evident than with the collection of writings in his book published this year by the venerable Cemetery Dance Publications, He Who Types Between the Rows: A Decade of Horror Drive-In.

Yes, there’s that old adage that everyone is a critic, and with the advent of social media, it sure feels like everyone has an opinion and is quick to the draw to fire off a few rounds. Not all of those opinions are informed, and few fall into the same league as Sieber, who has been in the trenches and witnessed firsthand the drive-ins, the multiplexes, the horror paperback boom of the 80s, the rise of the small press and boutique labels in the 90s, the evolution of home video from VHS to DVD to Blu-ray, along with the ascent of writers like Joe R. Lansdale, David J. Schow, Joe Hill, Brian Keene, and Robert McCammon, to name a few.

Name a writer and Sieber is most likely not only familiar with their work, but well-versed in it, as well. Name a character actor, a scream queen, or a straight-to-video auteur, and Sieber has been there, bought the ticket, and watched all the special features on the DVD release.

In other words, Mark Sieber knows his stuff.