"He only knew that his child was his warrant. He said: if he is not the word of God, then God never spoke." - Cormac McCarthy, The Road.
“Creative work is often driven by pain. It may be that if you don’t have something in the back of your head driving you nuts, you may not do anything. It’s not a good arrangement. If I were God, I wouldn’t have done it that way.” ~Cormac McCarthy
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
He may have come late to the table (it was published in 1994) But John Berendt joins Capote and Mailer in nailing a factual account of murder to a "fictional" surmising of events. A book as much drenched in atmosphere and odd, larger-than-life characters, as trailing Spanish Moss on live Oaks, fever pitch humidity and the eeriely misleading charm of genteel Savannah. Unquiet ghosts abound.
'Not much for me to say about this that hasn't already been said better - except I believe everybody should read this book twice: Once as a child and again as an adult. We'd all have a bit more perspective on the human condition I'd imagine.
Published in 1955, this altogether creepy and deceptively simple short story from the Queen of Deep South Oddity, reads like a world just out of focus or kilter. This will have your skin itching long after you've finished reading it. The characters - June Star, John Wesley, The Misfit, Bobby Lee and Hiram, not to mention Pity Sing the cat - and their roles within this deeply unsettling tale will haunt you, too.
Outer Dark , Cormac McCarthy, published 1968. Rinthy and Culla's apocalyptic descent down the darkest of roads. I first read this black, beautifully dreadful tale, as an American import bought at the now defunct Compendium Books in Camden. 'Never been the same, since...
Where are you going, Where have you been?Short story by Joyce Carol Oates. First published in Epoch Magazine, Autumn, 1966. One of the eeriest little tales you're ever likely to happen upon. Connie and the diabolical Arnold Friend appear to pre-empt something of the Manson Family by some three years. In its few short pages it manages to peel away - rotten onion-like - all that was awful and un-nerving, about that brightly lit west coast idealism. A bad trip, man...
A brilliantly bold and evocative story that mixes historic, social and esoteric reality. Chaplin, Marx and Charles Babbage all crossing paths within the story of music hall Dan, the Ratcliffe Highway murders, Hawksmoor, the masons, a supernatural killer stalking the streets of ol' London town and gawd knows what else. Again, Brilliant.