We (by which I mean my husband) received a copy of Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions for the holidays (by which I mean my husband's birthday). And as you can see I've grown rather fond of it myself. Del Toro is one of our favorite directors, and Hellboy II in particular holds a special place in our relationship, particularly as one December we each ended up accidentally buying it for the other. This book is gobsmacking, filled to bursting with his drawings, character sketches, journal pages, and notes for all of his films, including ones that have yet to be produced, like the infamous Mountains of Madness. It also has essays by such luminaries as Neil Gaimain and James Cameron, and photographs of his marvelously macabre home, Bleak House. The book is an inspiring, all-you-can-eat visual buffet, and a must-have for fans of del Toro's oeuvre and/or fantastical films in general.
(And thank you, Josh Izzo!)