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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

This week Shelf Porn and our ongoing “Robot Sixth Gun” features collide, as The Sixth Gun writer Cullen Bunn shares his inner sanctum with us. If you’d like to show off your shelves here, drop me an email and we’ll make it happen.

Now let’s hear from Cullen …

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My wife calls my office “the dungeon,” and it’s appropriately dark and dreary, I guess. I try to surround myself with the things that inspire me today or that meant something to me when I was a kid. There’s very little in the way of rhyme or reason to my bookcases. I’ve thought about spending a couple of days and really organize, but as it stands I’m able to locate the things I need pretty quickly. I think a great deal of my childhood was spent at yard sales and flea markets, and most of my toys and “collectibles” look like they came from such places. They’re scratched up and chipped and dusty … and I like them that way.

This was the second bookcase I built, but it is the one I go to most frequently. The bulk of my trade paperbacks are here. There’s a shelf dedicated to Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, and even though I have packed the vast majority of my paperbacks away, I keep a bunch of my favorite anthologies and books by some of my favorite writers (Robert R. McCammon, Skipp & Spector, Richard Laymon, Joe R. Lansdale) here at all times. In the background you’ll see some Shogun Warriors (which, next to Micronauts, were my favorite childhood toys), a poster of Cthulhu, and a portrait of H. P. Lovecraft by the uber-talented Francesco Francavilla.

Right there on my Lovecraftian shelf is my collection of Call of Cthulhu role-playing game material. I haven’t played in years, but the game was so well done and inspirational, I can’t bear to pack those books up. A few bits of Lovecraft arcane include a statue of Cthulhu, a Cthulhu action figure, and the Lovecraft Tarot. The green beast up on the top of shelves is Krusher, another childhood favorite.

Up top we’ve got a photo autographed by the cast of Evil Dead. A couple of shelves down, the world’s baddest ice cream man (and amazingly nice guy) Reggie Bannister (Phantasm) signed his photo, “Balls in the air, dude!”

The bins along the floor contain magazines and trades I couldn’t fit on the shelves. A couple also contain the Vampire: The Masquerade role-playing game books. Again, I haven’t played in years, but I couldn’t pack these away just yet.

Here we have my more collectible and valuable books, whether they’re old, rare, autographed, or collectible editions. My Arkham House volumes fill the top shelf (and part of the second). There on the second are some Cemetery Dance editions … and the first edition of Salem’s Lot I purchased for two bucks at a flea market. A few years ago, I won a contest and I now receive every book author Brian Keene publishes. The limited editions from that prize are on the lower shelf.

These were the first set of shelves I built, and they are mostly dedicated to my hardcover books and prose trade paperbacks. The top shelf, as you can see, is where the majority of my geek pride is displayed.

One day, I’m going to pass all of this wonder on to my son … and he’ll probably promptly donate it to Goodwill.

Yeah, right there in the corner behind Force Commander, Acroyear, and Baron Karza is my ceramic, musical hillbilly moonshine bottle.

Of particular note here is the gothic girl bobble head doll—the “trophy” for my first gross-out contest win! Down below is an autographed photo of Jeffrey Combs from Reanimator that reads, “Cat dead … details later.”

In the corner is a Godzilla photo autographed by Haruo Nakajima—the first Godzilla.

Thanks for giving me the chance to share my collection. Somewhere in this mess is the key to what made me turn out the way I did.

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