GALVANIC SCALE OF TEMPORAL DECAY
From your humble beginnings tinkering on a small, dusty workbench, you’ve raised yourself up to be a titan of technology, a master of all mechanical moveables. And because punctuality is of the utmost importance to your crafts, you must always keep with you a fine timepiece. It would not be fitting for someone of your stature to have an unadorned wrist, or to be the late party holding up the launch of an airship. No no, that will not do at all.
For you, we humbly offer this stunning apparatus of rare mid-Victorian invention. It measures the decay of time using Carnot’s second law of thermodynamics, and sports a handsome “Galvanic Scale” dial with a hinged magnetic-fastening pressure cover hatch. The entire apparatus is hinged to a pewter bracelet adorned with copper coils and plastic pipes, with an adjustable steel fastener for a bespoke fit. And should you find the occasion to offer the Steam-Powered Entropy Calibrator Watch as a gift, you’ll find it most afternoonified upon a hexagonal pillow inside a black and gold gift box of the same shape.
For our customers with nickel allergies: These are made of English pewter, which is a mixture of tin, antimony, and copper. It is free of both lead and nickel. The fastener is surgical-steel, which is a mixture of chromium, nickel, and molybdenum.
On a dark, haunted night, a Russian oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles--where each storyteller spins a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings--and prays to survive the challenge.
Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food.
First course: With bad consequence, a ramen chef refuses to help a beggar, and a band of pirates get more (and less) than they were bargaining for after their encounter with a drowning woman turns ghastly.
Hungry Ghosts is cooked up by the infamous author and chef, Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Emmy-Award winning TV star of Parts Unknown) and acclaimed novelist Joel Rose (Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster, back again from their New York Times #1 best seller, Get Jiro!). Joining them this issue are stellar artists Alberto Ponticelli and Vanesa Del Rey, with amazing color by Jose Villarrubia, and a drop-dead cover by Paul Pope