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“[Terror] expands the soul, and awakens the faculties to a high degree of life; [horror] contracts, freezes and nearly annihilates them …. and where lies the difference between horror and terror, but in the uncertainty and obscurity that accompany the first, respecting the dreading evil?” -Ann Radcliffe ___________________ A book of disquiet. Images/narratives evoking menace, nightmare-logic, the irreal, the uncanny, the abject, and sinister ambiguity. Running list of tour de force & “post-genre” horror alongside lingering, dreamlike films of any genre. I’m a sucker for Lynch vibes. As noted by my username, I’m a bookman by trade. I add… Read more

“[Terror] expands the soul, and awakens the faculties to a high degree of life; [horror] contracts, freezes and nearly annihilates them …. and where lies the difference between horror and terror, but in the uncertainty and obscurity that accompany the first, respecting the dreading evil?” -Ann Radcliffe
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A book of disquiet. Images/narratives evoking menace, nightmare-logic, the irreal, the uncanny, the abject, and sinister ambiguity.

Running list of tour de force & “post-genre” horror alongside lingering, dreamlike films of any genre. I’m a sucker for Lynch vibes.

As noted by my username, I’m a bookman by trade. I add movies to this list that feel linked to certain strands of literature, for example/recommended reading:

-Franz Kafka’s ‘The Trial’, ‘The Castle’, ‘The Burrow’, ‘A Country Doctor,’ et al
-Juan Rulfo’s ‘Pedro Paramo’ & ‘The Plain in Flames’
-Roberto Bolaño’s ‘2666’, ‘Distant Star’, ‘Antwerp’, ‘Amulet’, ‘By Night in Chile’, & more or less all of his short fiction
-William H Gass’ ‘In the Heart of the Heart of the Country’ & ’Omensetter’s Luck’
-Julio Cortazar’s ‘Blow-Up’ collection, ‘62: A Model Kit’, & ‘Cronopios and Famas’
-Marcel Schwob’s ‘The Book of Monelle’ and ‘The King in the Golden Mask’
-Alain Robbe-Grillet’s ‘Djinn’, ‘The Erasers’, ‘Recollections of the Golden Triangle’ & ‘La Maison de Rendez-vous’
-Angela Carter’s entire bibliography (do yrself a favor, friendo)
-‘The Obscene Bird of Night’ & ‘A House in the Country’ by José Donoso
-Comte de Lautréamont’s ‘Les Chants de Maldoror’
-Leonora Carrington’s short fiction (or for that matter, her paintings)
-Unica Zürn’s ‘Trumpets of Jericho’
-Joy Williams, but especially ‘The Changeling’
-Harold Pinter’s major plays (‘The Birthday Party’ & ‘The Room’ are my favorites)
-Silvino Ocampo’s short fictions
-Adolfo Bioy Casares’ selected shorts (as available from New Directions) + his novella ‘Invention of Morel’
-Heinrich von Kleist’s prose tales
-Agota Kristof’s ‘The Notebook’
-Samuel Beckett’s ‘Molloy/Malone Dies/Unnameable’ trilogy, ‘Endgame’, ‘Waiting for Godot’, ‘Nowhow On’, and ‘Embers’
-David Markson’s ’Wittgenstein’s Mistress’ & ‘Going Down’
-‘The Book of Fantasy’, as compiled by JL Borges, Adolfo Bioy-Casares, & Silvina Ocampo
-John Hawkes’ ‘The Cannibal’, ‘The Lime-Twig’, ‘The Beetle Leg’, & ‘Travesty’
-Short fiction of JG Ballard
-‘The Cardboard House’ by Martín Adan
-Ishiguru’s novel ‘The Unconsoled’ & short piece ‘A Village After Dark’
-’I’m Not Stiller’ & ‘Man in the Holoscene’ by Max Frisch
-Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Suttree’, ‘Outer Dark’, & ‘Child of God’
-More or less anything by Brian Evenson, Thomas Ligotti, Mary Caponegro, or Michael Cisco
-‘Fra Keeler’ by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
-Experimental texts of BS Johnson
-‘Murder’ by Danielle Collobert (run, don’t walk, to your library)
-Strange & brutal pseudonoirs of Yuri Herrera
-Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ & ‘The Secret-Sharer’
-Evan Dara’s ‘Flee’ & ‘The Lost Scrapbook’
-Herman Melville’s ‘The Confidence-Man’ & ‘Pierre’ (plus certain swaths of ‘Moby-Dick’ and his magazine tales)
-The Lynchian short novels of João Gilberto Noll
-The winding works of László Krasznahorkai
-Word-gnarly texts of Ben Marcus, Gordon Lish, and Diane Williams
-‘The Pale King’ by David Foster Wallace, and the stories ‘Mr Squishy’ and ‘The Soul is Not a Smithy’
-Boris Vian’s deeply fucked up play ‘The Empire Builders’
-William T Vollmann’s ‘Rainbow Stories’, ‘The Ice-Shirt’, ‘You Bright & Risen Angels’ and ‘Last Stories & Other Stories’
-Poetry of Aase Berg, Alejandra Pizarnik, Charles Baudelaire, Karyna McGlynn, & Henri Micheaux, and Maggie Nelson’s fabulous hybrid work ‘Jane: A Murder’

(among tons of others)

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