‘Tis the season… for losing your damn mind trying to figure out what to get the obsessive pop culture junkie on your gift list. Look, we get it, these people are impossible to shop for – but have no fear, for we are here to help. Flavorwire has combed through the best new stuff for book lovers, music fans, movie buffs, and more, and are happy to present to you our suggestions for the stuff they have to have this holiday.
FOR ARTY BOOKWORMS
We’ve made no secret of our love for The Folio Society, who create handsomely bound, newly illustrated editions of classic books. They’ve been on a real host streak lately, with creepy reissues of The Shining and The Exorcist, an ingeniously designed Philip K. Dick double-header, and their ongoing James Bond series. Other recent highlights include two more jaw-dropping Jane Austen volumes (Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey), a sensational new edition of Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man, and my personal favorite, a beautiful new reissue of The Little Prince that preserves Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic illustrations, but adds a second “commentary” volume of preliminary sketches and drawings, with page-by-page descriptions.
If you’re looking for something a little less highbrow, then Grady Hendrix’s Paperbacks From Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70s and ‘80s Horror Fiction, a meticulously researched, energetically written, and entertainingly illustrated compendium of trends, publishers, creators, and all those fabulous covers.