The Best Gifts for Geeky Book Lovers

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what are words worth? And what’s the conversion rate on a picture book? While we might not have all the answers, Sideshow Gift Guides have got you covered — hardcovered.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift this year for the book lover in your life, there’s no wrong way to share the joy of words. The best shelves contain countless fantastical worlds, behind-the-scenes insights, and vibrant visual journeys nestled between the covers. From cookbooks to pop-up books and everywhere in between, you can dive into the pages of pop culture and enjoy a unique reading experience.

With ample books available right now at, ready to ship to you, get ahead of the gifting game and ensure there’s no shortage of stories you can share for the holidays this year.

The Octunnumi® Fosbit Files Prologue — Custodian Edition

Enigmatic and thoroughly engrossing, The Octunnumi book is the must-have read of the holiday season. Exclusively available through Sideshow, The Octunnumi Fosbit Files Prologue (Custodian Edition) is a beautiful 520-page book whose narrative quite literally leaps off the pages thanks to the ever-expanding experience. With additional inserts and an augmented reality component hosted through a dedicated companion app, The Octunnumi bridges worlds between fantasy and sci-fi and promises to be an unforgettable adventure for readers curious enough to step through the portal to imagination.

Available and ready to ship from Sideshow now, the Custodian Edition features exclusive content not found in previous editions and is a perfect way to begin your Octunnumi adventure. To find out more about the Fosbit Files, visit The Octunnumi official site.

Sideshow: Fine Art Prints Vol. 2

Give the gift of an art gallery this holiday season with Sideshow: Fine Art Prints Vol. 2, the next look at our expanding collection of illustration collaborations with dozens of world-renowned artists. Covering the Sideshow Art Print Program’s releases from 2017-2018, this deluxe hardcover edition features over 100 releases reproduced in a collectible coffee table book available now. Read in-depth details and witness an artistic evolution from concept sketch to final image featuring iconic characters from Star Wars™, Marvel, DC Comics, and more.

A Die Hard Christmas

For the loved one in your life who swears that Die Hard is a Christmas movie, you have the chance to delight them with A Die Hard Christmas. Written by Doogie Horner in the style of the “Night Before Christmas” poem and featuring illustrations by J.J. Harrison, this festive tale is set to become a holiday classic in your life. What better in-stock stocking stuffer than the daring actions of John McClane to accompany your candy cane?

Court of the Dead: Rise of the Reaper General

Delve into the depths of the Underworld in the first prose novel release available now from Court of the Dead, an imaginative horror fantasy series where the unlikeliest of heroes must resist their darker natures to save all of existence. A perfect introduction for curious souls, Court of the Dead: Rise of the Reaper General tells the story of Demithyle, a reaper and Mortis Knight created by Death to help make amends for the Alltaker’s gravest mistake.

Author Beatrice Van Slee and creator Tom Gilliland weave a dreamy, perilous, and otherworldly adventure through the afterlife and this nearly 500-page hardcover story is filled with black and white illustrations by Rachel Roubicek and full color spreads by Fabian Schlaga, immersing readers in a richly detailed world.

DreamWorks Dragons: Adventures with Dragons: A Pop-Up History

For an interactive adventure through a beloved film franchise, don’t miss DreamWorks Dragons: Adventures with Dragons, a pop-up book that explores the Island of Berk and its fire-breathing inhabitants. This colorful volume features over two dozen pop-up scenes, tactile elements, and other novelties woven in through the beautifully illustrated pages, as readers get to relive the enduring adventures of Hiccup and Toothless across the ages. Let your imagination take flight with these beloved dragons, ready to ship to you now!

James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction

Whether you dream of reaching the final frontier or long for a galaxy far, far away, James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction has enough information to keep even Skynet entertained through the history and evolution of science fiction filmmaking. Available now, this book features interviews with some of the biggest sci-fi film names — Guillermo del Toro, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ridley Scott, and Steven Spielberg — on topics like alien life, time travel, space, apocalyptic outlooks, intelligent machines, and more. With additional rare concept art and iconic imagery from the sci-fi films, televisions, and novels, this book spans an incredible genre that continues to redefine humanity’s dreams and fears for the future.

Be sure to watch the accompanying 6-part AMC television series for an even more exciting exploration through these fantastic worlds.

Friends: The Official Central Perk Cookbook Set

Could this book be any more perfect for the Friends fan in your life? Invite your own friends over and prepare a fabulous meal (with plenty of coffee) thanks to more than 75 recipes inspired by and directly from the iconic series. The recipes in this book range from appetizers and small bites to drinks and desserts, plus the official set includes an exclusive matching apron to wear while you work! Sit back while you sip your I Hate Rachel Thai Iced Tea or snack on Joey’s Peanut Butter Spoon Shaped Cookies & Jam. Come back from Christmas and remind everyone, “We were on a holiday break!”

Book of the Dead- Necronomicon Prop Replica

A little light reading never hurt anyone … but if your friend has the Book of the Dead on their holiday list, you might want to call an exorcist, just in case. This prop replica is latex-cast (no human flesh to be found) and features 36 pages based on actual illustrations featured in the screen-used Necronomicon from Evil Dead 2. Shipping next year, this is an unconventional entry into any pop culture library. Whatever you do, don’t speak ancient languages in front of this thing.

The holidays are a perfect time to get ahead of your reading list — which of these titles are you interested in adding to your home library? See any gifts for your favorite geeky readers? Let Your Geek Sideshow and tell us in the comments!