Two Books I like that You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

I like odd books. I like pop stuff, too. I try and read a lot of variety. But I do often find I no longer leave book stores armed to the teeth with new books, yet get lots of off kilter books sent to me from Amazon or used stores. Here’s a couple you likely won’t find haunting the local shops, but were great.

1. Gary Braunbeck, IN SILENT GRAVES. Originally published as THE INDIFFERENCE OF HEAVEN, Braunbeck’s first major novel is a messy masterpiece, a tour de force of horror, memoir,  and fantasy. A quasi magic realist UNDER THE VOLCANO if written by a life time horror writer. Reading it is not easy. The first chapter usually stops a lot of people cold because the imagery is intense and disturbing, but if you do not turn away, a wonderful, powerful, and often times mind bending read awaits.

 

2. Tim Waggoner, THE HARMONY SOCIETY. Imagine if Rod Serling and William S. Burroughs tag-teamed to write a tale of mental breakdown. A surreal tale of work, sex, and death for a teacher at a local college, THE HARMONY SOCIETY is a descriptive delight and wild ride into strange landscapes. Another writer of weird fiction from Ohio, like Braunbeck. Must be something in the water.

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About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jason.ridler.56
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