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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A trio of dark and surreal mysteries that infect the imagination. Auster weaves themes of solitude and isolation into hypnotic fiction.
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.
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.
Perhaps my all-time favorite book, disarmingly charming but also rich with lessons about friendship and bravery.
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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
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.