Saturday, March 20, 2010
Reviews about THE CLINIC
"To me, [THE CLINIC] is the most fully-executed story of the four, just because it seamlessly marries the dreamlike quality of Baldisimo’s light, airbrushed images to the irrevocably showbiz backdrop of Lyn’s encounter with the supernatural. The story offers an unforeseen turn-around--just when you thought the worst thing Lyn would have to face was a tiyanak, you are greeted with a pleasant surprise: that there are more frightening things than unborn babies. The incidents that occur while Lyn is unconscious at the titular Clinic evoke a variety of reactions, among them the morbid wonder and mild disgust of good horror. The idea it leaves with the reader is the sort that persists long after you’ve put the book down, and this is a phenomena which, depending on how you look at it, is the worst or best thing that a horror story can do."
Deficient in Darkness: A review of Underpass by Fidelis Tan
"I have never accepted, at least on my literature’s style of writing, the use of flowers to symbolize a woman’s sexual organ. And with this credence, I never incorporated flowers and butterflies on my works to denote womanhood in terms of sex and rock and roll. A vagina is a vagina. No less, no more. But when I read the Underpass, a graphic anthology comprising of four different stories of Summit Media, I changed my mind. The Clinic by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo is a one good comic story."
"Face your worst fear as they say. Summit Media comes up with this Graphic Anthology called Underpass and collects 4 original stories from today's great minds like Gerry Alanguilan and Budjette Tan. (It's Summit's take on putting komiks mainstream) For some strange reason, we like being scared. We Filipinos have this thing for the mythological/paranormal creatures and these 4 short stories will give you that. I think that Budjette Tan is probably the best person to talk to when discussing Aswang, Duwendes, Kapres, Tiyanaks and Manananggal. The writer's brilliant when it comes to these creatures."
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THE CLINIC is part of the horror anthology UNDERPASS (now available in bookstores and magazine shops nationwide)
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