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.