I now have three favorite books.
‘The Great and Secret Show” by Clive Barker is my personal benchmark for horror and horror mythology.
“The Physiognomy” by Jeffrey Ford is, for me, the perfect blend of weirdness and dark fantasy. This book changed the way I think about writing.
“Lullaby” by Chuck Palahniuk was also brilliant. The themes of life, death, construction and deconstruction (among others) was threaded perfectly throughout the story. One thing I LOVED is that Palahniuk is twisted but not in a gratuitous manner whatsoever. Are all Palahniuk’s books this great? I can’t wait to find out. Oh, and if you know the proper way to pronounce his last name let me know.