Last month some of my recommendations were on display. I would like to highlight a few of my favorite books of weird fiction.
The Drowning Girl by Caitlin Kiernan
If you like authors like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, or James Joyce, I heartily recommend you try reading Caitlin Kiernan. This first person narrative from an extremely unreliable source details her chance encounters that both threaten and save her life.
The Devil You Know by Mike Carey
Mike Carey’s lead character is Felix Castor, a modern exorcist. Castor, forced into a job by financial obligations, must unravel the reason for the death of his target before his employer fires him or those responsible for her death catch up with him.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Murakami is one of Japan’s best known authors in the West. His strange fiction involves a blending of the mundane with the symbolic and spiritual. This is among Murakami’s best works, a complex and layered story that ranges in time, space and plane of existence.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Suzanna Clarke
This novel reads like it was written by a contemporary of Charles Dickens or Jane Austen. It employs dry wit while telling an alternate history set during the Napoleonic wars. It mixes adventure with a comedy of manners to tell the story of the effort of two men to return magic to England.