When the single-disc I, Robot DVD was released in 2004, DJS was beleaguered with questions like “Where’s all that behind-the-scenes shit you shot in Vancouver in 2003? Where are all those supplements you supposedly co-produced?” Savvy 20th Century-Fox marketing wizards had decided to double-dip the release, you see. In general, double-dipping works like this: the studio releases a bare-bones version of the film on disc as soon as feasible after its theatrical release, then within the following year releases it again, this time with supplements and extras. Some of the most notorious “dippers” in DVD-land have got to be Terminator 2 and Stargate (nobody seems to know exactly how many different releases of those films are on DVD, but there are multiple variants).
To get to the point: The supplements incorporating all the footage DJS spent nine weeks shooting during principal photography in British Columbia in 2003 are on this 2-disc set. Finally. It’s nowhere near all the footage he actually shot … but it streets on 24 May 2005, so maybe people will stop asking him now whether he shot that ultra-lame EPK “behind the scenes” crapola on the original 1-disc.
Easy to miss : This is the Dark Delicacies anthology, edited by Del Howison (proprietor of the eponymous bookstore) and Jeff Gelb (of Hot Blood fame) for Carroll & Graf softcover publication September 2005. Of the 14 out of 20 total contributors enumerated on the cover, DJS is not one of them, having been consigned once again to the ignominy of “and many more.” Since the “many” is only about a third of the people listed upfront, it doesn’t constitute as “many” as are already on the cover. (Message to Lisa Morton: Where did we go wrong?! Who have we offended NOW?!) The inference lent by the sell text is that Richard Matheson has contributed “an original tale of terror and the macabre,” when in fact he only wrote the introduction. All this smoke and white noise makes it easy to miss the fact that this book contains a new DJS story (ironically titled) “The Pyre and Others,” to which you are heartily recommended.
The world-famous “Raving & Drooling” column, written by DJS for Fangoria Magazine (1992-96), acknowledged by fans as one of the most popular features of the magazine ever, CAN BE YOURS … although, weirdly, a lot of people haven’t realized it yet.
All 41 of the original columns have been buffed to a high gloss, annotated, updated, and collected into a book called Wild Hairs, which won the 2001 International Horror Guild Award for Best Nonfiction. You can own this comprehensive book right now, no kidding!