“Equal parts Hell’s Angels
and Pauline Kael, Vern is a National Treasure!!!" - Guillermo Del Toro, director of Pan’s Labyrinth
“Film criticism genuinely gets no better than this. I would be jealous if I didn’t enjoy reading him so damn much” - ‘Moriarty’, Ain’t It Cool News West Coast Editor
• Advance praise for Seagalogy
“We can't believe this actually exists, but the world is certainly a better place for it.” - New York Magazine
“Uproariously funny... the film book I never knew I always wanted to read."
"There were many points in reading Seagalogy
where I was suddenly laughing out loud, which is more than I could say for the smirky-at-best experience of reading
SWPL and Douchebags... Vern might begin the book in an ironic Chuck Norris Fact–style context, but as he moves through the Seagal oeuvre, he falls into a weird sort of man-love with his subject. It's a real narrative journey, it's informative, and it's written in a clear voice with a consistent, tongue-in-cheek tone. This is a book that I want to hold onto forever; it makes me laugh, but it also has more value than dozens of other slapped-together humor books churned out by publishers desperate to acquire some tiny, melting slice of cultural currency." thestranger.com
"Seagalogy is a raucous, thigh-slapping and informative read that can murder spare time as easily as Steven Seagal can break peoples’ necks. In short Vern’s Seagalogy is an unexpected gem." --mania.com (Mania Grade: A. Maniac Grade: A+).
"With the obsession of a fan and the authoritative tone of a professor, Vern takes us through every film with attention to plot, themes, dialogue, influences and even politics... This book shouldn't exist in this form, it shouldn't be so wise-crackingly funny, but it does and it is." --denofgeek.com (4 stars out of 5)
"Now I had never heard of the author before breaking this book's arm, throwing its head through a car windshield and calling it a life. But now the duder will stay in my noggin since he has earned my respect via this affectionate, in depth and often side splitting piece of work." --Arrow in the Head (3.5 out of 4)
"Seagalogy not only made me laugh my ass off, but sent me to Amazon to buy some of the early Seagal DVDs I didn’t already own. This book is an instant cult classic." --Bookgasm
As a frequent writer for Ain't It Cool News, Vern
has gained notoriety for his unorthodox reviewing style and his expertise in "the films of Badass Cinema." His review of the slasher movie CHAOS earned him a wrestling challenge from its director; his explosive essay on the PG-13 rating of LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD prompted Bruce Willis himself to walk barefoot across the broken glass of movie nerd message boards to respond. Guillermo Del Toro, the director of PAN'S LABYRINTH, called Vern "a national treasure."