Monday night. Part 6.
Marc Giai-Miniet is a French artist who makes creepy and fascinating dioramas that tend to feature reproductions of human organs, crime scenes, submarines in basements and wait for it … libraries.
The miniature tableaus are terrific examples of art’s ability to transform seemingly predictable, mundane scenarios into absurd, freakish, and beautiful visual experiences.
Giai-Miniet’s libraries are detailed and striking, replete with book cover art, author names, and identifiable typography. Occasionally a diorama’s title will conjure a loose narrative, an obscure starting point from which the viewer might further consider the art via
If you’re a fan of Ghosted or Nailbiter, then there is something you should know…
Those books wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Joshua Hale Fialkov. Fialkov and I have been friends for a few years now and one of the constants is that we yell at each other about our books and our work. A few years ago I was unhappy with the direction of my career and my writing in general. Mostly I felt like I wasn’t writing the kind of books I wanted to. Which was all my fault. It was like there was a mental block in my head stopping me from doing what I wanted.
But Fialkov was making the kind of books I wanted to… with books like Elk’s Run, and Tumor and Echoes.
I would bitch and moan about how I wanted to write books with darker themes with black humor and horror. But I wasn’t. For whatever dumb ass excuse I was making I was making, I wasn’t.
Fialkov smacked me over the had a few times and helped snapped me out of it. It was more than a “Just do it.” Fialkov pointed me in the right direction and shoved and kicked me in the ass to make sure I went down that path. And now I’m much happier doing the kinds of books that I love like Ghosted and Nailbiter.
Which brings me to Fialkov and The Devilers from Dynamite. This is the kind of book Fialkov excels at. It’s in that vein as his best works and I think fits alongside the Bunker and The Life After. If you want to see a writer at work that directly influenced Ghosted and Nailbiter, read all of Fialkov’s comics, but pick up The Devilers as well. It’s a great horror book with a twist that has that great Fialkov edge to it. If you like my work, you should enjoy it. I know I did.
HERE IS A PREVIEW OF #2: