From Transient Realities by Chris Round

Required Reading is a monthly roundup of the good stuff: links, projects, videos, and cool things I’m reading and watching.  These are the things to get your brain moving and make your day just a little better – fun, informative, and a little addictive.

Between moving into my new house (Yay adulthood!) and working on some immensely fun but time-consuming new projects I haven’t had a ton of time to surf the net this month – but here are a few spooky and fun things to get you ready for Halloween tomorrow (which I will be spending on an airplane, in civilian clothes, because I’m not sure if traveling is costume will make me a favorite with security). I’ve also been pouring through a lot of books the last few days including re-reading a lot of old Clive Barker during a bad bout with a cold spent in bed, checking out Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep (so good), and Johnny B Truant and Mark Platt’s The Beam (still reading this one so the verdict is still out). I’m about to leave for two straight weeks on the road, but I will be sharing one or two new stories while I am gone. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Milos Raijkovic’s animated collages of human robots are totally engrossing (and a little creepy, but hey, it’s Halloween)

I share my studio with a pretty cool guy named Scott Gable, he just spent four months traveling all around asia and has started to post some really eye catching images from the trip.

I’m a little in love with this simple and perfect video from National Geographic about the importance of photography.

There is a lake in Tanzania that kills and turns to stone any animal that touches it, but Nick Brandt uses these mummies to create serene images in his new book.

A look inside the creative insights of Guillermo Del Toro’s creepy notebook – just in time for Halloween.

Congratulations to my intern Valerie for being named as a student winner in ASMP NY’s Image 13 photo contest AND being a judges choice recipient – Go Val!

Stuck on naming your new product, service, or domain? Let the marvels of modern science help you out by using Wordoid to generate some strange names.

The fifty greatest horror movie posters of all time – Poletergeist and Inferno are still two of my favorites.

I get so tired of the who is or isn’t a photographer debate, I don’t care what people call themselves if they are doing what they are crazy about. Jeremy Cowart just made a pretty perfect post about the whole topic that you should check out.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty damn excited that The Sandman is coming back today.

This will make everything better.

SHAKE from Variable on Vimeo.

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