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Just about to finish reading Crash by J.G. Ballard, and I want to read something equally sinister and depraved after
Collection of shorts... http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/spring-2008/review-teatro-grottesco-by-thomas-ligotti-reviewed-by-kealan-patrick-burke/
A couple of those shorts bored me a bit but for the most part it's amazing.
Related Current 93 collaboration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_KhjJNJiio&feature=related
It's also my favourite book.
I also read 'House of Holes' By Nicholson Baker last month, which is pretty insane, but I don't have the faintest idea if I liked it or not.
I found High Rise by Ballard similarly sinister.
Also 'In the Country of Last Things' by Auster.
Better than Crash in my mind. Along with Concrete Island, forms a perfect urban dystopia trilogy by Ballard.
Been sitting in my shelf for ages. I started 'The Drowned World' but it just didn't seem to stick for me.
American Psycho, whilst good, is overrated in that it is far from BEE's best book. I'd recommend Glamorama instead.
In fact, most things Chuck Palahnuik are really weird and disturbing.
Out or Grotesque- Natsuo Kirino
Great book, utterly demented
but Cities of the Red Night is really good
is a completely unhinged and utterly incredible three-horned astral voyage through London's occultist backalleys
By Will Self
all of the Stewart Home books
but naked lunch is the one. It's the only book ive read twice and the only book i can think of that makes as much sense starting on page 50 than it does starting on page 1
Mine would be 'House Of Leaves' by Mark Z Danielewski - an astonishing book. Also the only book where just the physical act of reading it has lead to people staring at me (those that have read it will know why)...
no book has made me feel as genuinely quite anxious reading it before or since.
that she could have just as easily been saying 'Daddy, I want to play Hallways.'
did you guys know that on the hardcover edition the cover is smaller than the pages? <3
I really Liked Lanark and have Something Leather floating around somewhere but this sounds amazing
but on the strength of this I definitely want to check Lanark et al.
Definitely interested in reading some other stuff by him.
George Bataille, he's also written a bit about Sade.
Who could appreciate George Bataille.
chuck palahnuik is a terrible writer. stop reading his books.
particularly for the juxtaposition between black humour and fairly graphic horror.
Poppy Z Brite, Are you Loathsome Tonight? or The Exquisite Corpse, similar to the above but the former strays more into gothic\adult fairy tale territory.
on so many levels.
Rawhead rex, The Midnight Meat Train and In the Hills, the Cities are the best.
Any freakier/depraved and it would be Naked Lunch.
I think it's a common problem with him, he doesn't seem to know how to end his books.
but Glamorama doesn't feel in the slightest bit overlong.
Even so, Lunar Park is the pinacle, in my book.
Is his best, in my view, but Glamorama is a close second indeed.
love this french writer and iggy pop made a jazz concept album about this sci-fi-ish novel.
Another great example of how much Amis hates Keiths.
Incest by Marquis De Sade? If you've read Lolita it's an eye opening pre-cursor.
A kid with eidetic memory maybe or maybe not cutting off a tramp's head on the tube and then fucking the bleeding stump.
Never really got into House of Leaves- far too physically cumbersome to read on the commute to work and the first 100 pages or so are dead boring. I've only ever given up on about three books in my entire life, but I've no regrets about consigning my copy to a dusty corner in my bedroom. Maybe one down I'll download a copy and read it in bits over about three years.
About the most disgustingly depraved policeman, a bloody great read. Some chapters are even written from the perspective of his tapeworm.
Frequently very batshit - including an orgy at sea, a man dressed as a rocket stealing drugs from a political conference, etc.
Also just generally worth reading, for all the times that it is highly frustrated - and you WILL be frustrated - it is highly rewarding.
Cows by Matthew Stokoe
Utterly horrific. Was gagging while reading this. The opening is a bit like Badd Boy Bubby if you've ever seen that
J-Pod by Douglas Coupland is a riot
Pig Tales: A Novel of Lust and Transformation by Marie Darrieussecq
A woman goes to work in a beauty parlour and gradually morphs into a pig....
Seems to fit your criteria nicely. It was quoted on the back of MSP's legendary The Holy Bible, in case you weren't already aware:
"You're obliged to pretend respect for people and institutions you think absurd. You live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions you despise, condemn and know lack all foundation. It is that permanent contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretences of your civilization, which makes you sad, troubled and unbalanced. In that intolerable conflict you lose all joy of life and all feeling of personality, because at every moment they suppress and restrain and check the free play of your powers. That's the poisoned and mortal wound of the civilized world."
I once quoted that in full for an English homework assignment about society, because that's the kind of avowedly pretentious teenager I was.
really don't get why this book remains so unloved.
also Spares by Michael Marshall Smith
I've got another of his hanging about, Skin Palace (maybe), not sure why I haven't read it.
as is the censor of maisel stuff.
same with skin palace myself. mus read
By Gunter Grass would be worth reading if you haven't already. It's pretty weird anyway.