Jon's Take Ten

Jon works hard in the back room receiving merch and reinforcing antisocial tendencies. He has a wife and young son that are both adoring and adorable. On the second Thursday of the month, he hosts the Literary Horror Book Club here at Quail Ridge. Occasionally, he writes creepy fiction. 

Here are Jon's ten favorites with his reviews included.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307346612
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Published: Broadway Books - October 16th, 2007

Zombies are a metaphor for our age, and this is the stand-out work of the genre. Half adventure, half civics lesson. Brooks has a rare knack for educating while entertaining. 

Where the Wild Things Are (Caldecott Collection) Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064431781
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Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2012

My very first favorite book, read to me by my parents and now read by me to my own little wild thing. I remember immersing myself in the details of the artwork, and it still transports me.

Deliverance (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385313872
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Published: Delta - September 10th, 1994

The very last book of my college career, also the very first adult novel that I ever enjoyed. This book shook me out of my literary indifference and showed me the power of storytelling.

The Fermata (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679759331
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Published: Vintage - January 24th, 1995

Revealing narrative of a man who can stop time and uses his ability to undress women. Uncomfortably funny, and convinced me that any concept, no matter how perverted, can be literary.

The New York Trilogy: City of Glass/Ghosts/The Locked Room (Contemporary American Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140131550
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Published: Penguin Books - March 23rd, 1990

A trio of dark and surreal mysteries that infect the imagination. Auster weaves themes of solitude and isolation into hypnotic fiction.

Hot Water Music Cover Image
ISBN: 9780876855966
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Published: Ecco Press - May 31st, 2002

When I moved to Los Angeles after graduation with little more than the clothes on my back, Bukowski gave me perspective that helped me to survive, allowing me to find humor and beauty in very lean times.

North American Lake Monsters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781618730602
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Published: Small Beer Press - July 16th, 2013

I read a good amount of short horror stories, and occasionally I encounter an author who just nails it. A truly great collection by a North Carolina author.

The Wind in the Willows Cover Image
ISBN: 9780689713101
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - March 31st, 1989

Perhaps my all-time favorite book, disarmingly charming but also rich with lessons about friendship and bravery. 

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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories: (penguin Orange Collection) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143129455
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Published: Penguin Books - October 18th, 2016

I came to H. P. Lovecraft late, but soon devoured his entire body of fiction. “The Call of Cthulhu” is one of his signature stories and one of my favorites

The King in Yellow Cover Image
By Robert W. Chambers, H. P. Lovecraft (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781557423689
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Published: Wildside Press - September 10th, 2005

This is a handful of haunting stories loosely connected by a haunted play and a strange kingdom called Carcosa. Very influential on my own writing.