The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 13, No. 1

From My Diaries

by Guillermo del Toro

I love the idea of an all-story magazine. Furthermore, I love the fact that it can endure so long. The drawings that illustrate this issue were taken from the pages of my older diaries. They contain brief visual ideas and images (some of them quite extreme) about biology, camera staging, set design, etc., etc.—all rather ad hoc—for movies that have yet to be realized. One is a movie I cowrote for American Zoetrope almost fifteen years ago: Monte Cristo, which is meant to be a Gothic-Western version of the famous Dumas novel. Most were done fairly rapidly with a rollerball marker and a handful of Prismacolor pencils—here and there I allowed the luxury of alcohol markers or water-based markers. At least a decade old, these drawings are now artifacts of a rapidly receding youth, but they still feel as odd and as personal to me as the day I sketched them. Please forgive their garishness and allow me to reside in these honored pages for this issue alone.

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