Title: Strange Matter #31 – Rilo Buru’s Summer Vacation, a.k.a. “A Summer Buru”
Authors: Johnny Ray Barnes Jr. and Marty M. Engle
Cover Artist: Wildstorm Studios
Summary: Once upon a time, there was a fairly small monster who lived in a fairly large house on a fairly large hill in a small town called Fairfield. Now, this was no ordinary town, nor was this an ordinary run-of-the-mill monster, but a creature unique to all his peers. For this was a monster who liked people, lived among people, and did all he could to make the world a better, safer place for people. Why, his best friends were the children from Fairfield Junior High.
Now, for such a small monster, Rilo Buru had many big adventures… but he never imagined his biggest adventure would happen when he wasn’t trying to have one at all…
NOTE: I originally planned to have this finished as a Christmas gift, but because Christmas/my actual birthday was such a disappointment (what with my Grandpa’s death a week prior) I decided to make June and my half-birthday the do-over for my 30th so here is my first “Halfmas” gift to you all.
It’s our first Strange Matter recap in years, and it’s of a book that never got printed! For anyone who doesn’t remember, during my first year at Point Horror I provided a recap for “The Raven Woman,” which would’ve been the 17th book in the Fear Street Sagas series had it not been cancelled. Thankfully, there’s a preview for “The Raven Woman” in “The Hand of Power,” the 16th and final Sagas entry.
Now originally, this recap was limited only to the preview available in “Escape from Planet Earth.” However, Marty Engle sent me a PDF of the unfinished draft for “Rilo Buru’s Summer Vacation” AND allowed me to recap it! [Wing: This is such a cool thing to do for the site. Thanks, Marty Engle, so much, and thanks, Jude!]
In the past year I’ve been focusing more on my YA book collecting, both horror and regular fiction such as the Baby-Sitters Club and its two religious alternatives, The Twelve Candles Club and The B.Y. Times. I’ve been doing a lot of shopping on eBay in an attempt to hunt down books before their prices get jacked up. Seriously it’s fucking frustrating over how much people are trying to charge for these stories. Over on eBay I bought “House of the Living Dead,” the second book in the Australian Hair-Raisers series, for like $10 American with shipping from an Australian seller. The same book’s listed on Amazon for SIX. HUNDRED. DOLLARS. [Wing: Hit me up with your list of missing BSC books, I might have some to send you! I say in a comment as if I’m not about to email you, too. Just want to share with the readers. I’m a giver like that.]
During my hunting I have slowly tried to fill the gaps in my Strange Matter collection alongside my other collections such as Goosebumps, Shivers, and Spinetinglers. I’m two books away from finally owning the entire 62 Goosebumps original series. I’ve also acquired the first books in series like Insomniacs, Eerie Indiana, Watchers, American Chillers, and Michigan Chillers.
I managed to track down the entirety of the Strange Matter books out of fear the prices would be ridiculous. I splurged to order all of the last four after I saw one of them was listed for $50 at the LOWEST on Amazon.