Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Michael Irvin and Tom Bombadil walk into a bar

Updated: June 20, 2018
Chronicling, for some reason, every book and short story I've read since The Lord of the Rings in the late Spring of 2017. This is a companion to the rabble-rousing "Selected readings from the Old Lady Book Club," protested openly by AARP, NOW and other pro-civility agencies. You cannot spell literati without ire, nor geriatric without rage.

Critical remarks are avoided in similar fashion to another fine list. Muted titles are rereads. "Library Book Club" selections are noted in red to represent the spectre of death.

JRR Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
The Two Towers (1954)
The Return of the King (1955)

Stephen King
From The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
"The Gunslinger" (1978/2003 revision)
"The Way Station" (1980/2003 revision)
"The Oracle and the Mountains" (1981/2003 revision)
"The Slow Mutants" (1981/2003 revision)
"The Gunslinger and the Dark Man" (1981/2003 revision)

Agatha Christie
Sleeping Murder (1976)

Edgar Allan Poe
"Review of The Quacks of Helicon" (1841)
"Astoria" (1837)

Elmore Leonard
Glitz (1985)

Agatha Christie
The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side (1962)

Edgar Allan Poe
"The Domain of Arnheim" (1847)
"Landor's Cottage" (1849)
"William Wilson" (1839)

Jeff Pearlman
Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty (2008)


HP Lovecraft
"The Nameless City" (1921)

Keith Cameron
Mudhoney: The Sound and the Fury From Seattle (2013)

Elmore Leonard
Pronto (1993)

HP Lovecraft
"The Festival" (1925)

Edgar Allan Poe
"Berenice" (1835)
"Eleonora" (1841)
"Ligeia" (1838)
"Morella" (1835)
"Metzengerstein" (1832)

Stephen King
The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three (1987)


Edgar Allan Poe
"A Tale of the Ragged Mountains" (1844)
"The Spectacles" (1844)
"The Duke of l'Omelette" (1832)
"The Oblong Box" (1844)

HP Lovecraft
"The Colour Out of Space" (1927)

Edgar Allan Poe
"King Pest" (1835)
"A Succession of Sundays" (1841)

Kurt Vonnegut
"2 B R 0 2 B" (1962)

Edgar Allan Poe
"The Devil in the Belfry" (1839)
"Lionizing" (1835)

HP Lovecraft
"The Call of Cthulhu" (1928)
"The Dunwich Horror" (1929)

Charlotte Gordon
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley (2016)


Ian McGuire
The North Water (2016)

Edgar Allan Poe
"The Rationale of Verse" (1848)
"The Poetic Principle" (1848)

Mary Shelley
Frankenstein (or: The Modern Prometheus) (1818)

Edgar Allan Poe
Politian (1835)

John William Polidori
"The Vampyre" (1819)

HP Lovecraft
The Whisperer in Darkness (1931)

Edgar Allan Poe
"The Philosophy of Furniture" (1840)
"The Light-House" (1849)

HP Lovecraft
"The Dreams in the Witch House" (1933)
"The Haunter of the Dark" (1936)

Kurt Vonnegut
"The Big Trip Up Yonder" (1954)

Ben H. Winters
Underground Airlines (2016)


Edgar Allan Poe
"Eureka: A Prose Poem" (1848)

Andrew Boylan
Sacrifice (2016)

Edgar Allan Poe
"A Few Words on Etiquette" (1846) *
"Morning on the Wissahiccon" (1844)
"The Philosophy of Composition" (1846)
"A Few Words on Secret Writing" (1841)
"Fifty Suggestions" (1849)
"Some Account of Stonehenge, the Giant's Dance, a Druidical Ruin in England" (1840)

Robert W. Chambers
From The King in Yellow (1895)
"The Repairer of Reputations"
"The Mask"
"In the Court of the Dragon"
"The Yellow Sign"

Kurt Vonnegut
Player Piano (1952)


Edgar Allan Poe
"Byron and Miss Chaworth" (1844)
"Harper's Ferry" (1842) *

E. Christopher Clark
From Those Little Bastards (2002)
"Revelation"
"Ezekiel and the Harvesters"
"Hacker"
"Vamp"
"Sylvia's Masterpiece"
"Deux ex Machina"

Edgar Allan Poe
"An Opinion on Dreams" (1839)
"Instinct vs. Reason: A Black Cat" (1840) *
"Pay of American Authors" (1845) *
"Wood Pavements" (1845)
"Why Not Try a Mineralized Pavement" (1845)
"Old English Poetry" (1836) *
"The Capitol at Washington" (1839) *

Erik Larson
The Devil in the White City (2003)

Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)

Edgar Allan Poe
"Our Magazine Literature" (1843) *

HP Lovecraft
The Shadow Over Innsmouth (1936)
"Discarded Draft of The Shadow Over Innsmouth" (1931)

Mark Twain
"The Million-Pound Bank Note" (1893)

Edgar Allan Poe
"American Novel-Writing" (1839)
"American Poetry" (1845)

Rachel Joyce
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012)


William Peter Blatty
Which Way to Mecca, Jack? (1959)

Stephen King
The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands (1991)


HP Lovecraft
The Shadow Out of Time (1936)

Edgar Allan Poe
"Letter to B––" (1836)
"Review of 'The Culprit Fay' and Other Poems and 'Alnwick Castle' With Other Poems" (1836)
"Review of Poems" (1837)
"Review of 'The Old Curiosity Shop' and Other Tales and Master Humphrey's Clock" (1841)
"Critical Notes Exordium" (1842)

E. Christopher Clark
From Those Little Bastards (2002)
"Sam"
"Two Weirdos, a Shovel and Lots of Open Land"
"The Breakdown"
"A River Runs Through These Three Points of View"
"God (The Fine Art of Letting Go)"

Robert W. Chambers
From The King in Yellow (1895)
"The Demoiselle d'Ys"
"The Prophets' Paradise"
"The Street of the Four Winds"

Graham Norton
Holding (2016)


John Buchan
The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915)

HG Wells
The Sleeper Awakes (1910)

Edgar Allan Poe
The Journal of Julius Rodman, Being an Account of the First Passage Across the Rocky Mountains of North America Ever Achieved by Civilized Man (1840)

E. Christopher Clark
From Those Little Bastards (2002)
"Death by Cursor"
"Out of the Groove"
"Those Little Bastards"
"The Perfect Pitch"
"The Girl Who Isn't Ready"

Shirley Jackson
"The Daemon Lover" (1949)
"My Life With RH Macy" (1941)
"Colloquy" (1944)
"Pillar of Salt" (1948)
"The Intoxicated" (1949)


Robert W. Chambers
From The King in Yellow (1895)
"The Street of the First Shell"

Angela Flournoy
The Turner House (2015)


Robert W. Chambers
From The King in Yellow (1895)
"The Street of Our Lady of the Fields"
"Rue Barrée"

Edgar Allan Poe
"Ballads and Other Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow" (1842)
"Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne" (1842)

Bruce McCulloch
Let's Start a Riot: How a Young Drunk Punk Became a Hollywood Dad (2014)

Agatha Christie
The Secret Adversary (1922)

HP Lovecraft
At the Mountains of Madness (1936)

Edgar Allan Poe
"The American Drama" (1845)

Jeffrey Archer
Kane and Abel (1979/2009 revision)


Edgar Allan Poe
"Marginalia" (1845–1849)
"Some Secrets of the Magazine Prison-House" (1845)
"Literary Small Talk" (1839)
"Palæstine" (1836)
"Anastatic Printing" (1845)
"Street-Paving" (1845)

Stephen King
From Four Past Midnight (1990)
"The Langoliers"


Edgar Allan Poe
"Intemperance" (1839) *
"Cabs" (1840) *
"A Moving Chapter" (1844)
"Desultory Notes on Cats" (1844)
"A Chapter of Suggestions" (1844)

Stephen King
From Four Past Midnight (1990)
"Secret Window, Secret Garden"

Edgar Allan Poe
"Souvenirs of Youth" (1843)
"The Head of St. John the Baptist" (1843)
"Memo to Rufus W. Griswold, Esqre., Boston, Mass." (1841)

Shirley Jackson
"Like Mother Used to Make" (1949)
"Trial by Combat" (1944)


Philip K. Dick
"Second Variety" (1953)

Shirley Jackson
"The Villager" (1944)


Philip K. Dick
"Exhibit Piece" (1954)

HP Lovecraft
"Fungi From Yuggoth" (1929–1930)

Sam Eastland (Paul Watkins)
Eye of the Red Tsar (2010)


Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968/2008 revision)


Shirley Jackson
From "The Lottery" and Other Stories
"The Witch" (1949)
"The Renegade" (1949)
"After You, My Dear Alphonse" (1943)
"Charles"
(1948)

Stephen King
From Four Past Midnight (1990)
"The Library Policeman"

Edgar Allan Poe
"The Literati of New York City" (1846)
"Autography" (1836)
"A Chapter on Autography" (1841)
"An Appendix of Autographs" (1842)
"A Chapter on Science and Art" (1840) *

Stephen King
From Four Past Midnight (1990)
"The Sun Dog"

Edgar Allan Poe
"Pinakidia" (1836)
"Omniana" (1840) *

Samanta Schweblin
Fever Dream/Distancia de Rescate ("Rescue Distance") (2014/2017 translation)

Edgar Allan Poe
"Doings of Gotham" (1844)

George Saunders
From Tenth of December (2013)
"Victory Lap" (2009)
"Sticks" (1995)
"Puppy" (2007)
"Escape From Spiderhead" (2010)
"Exhortation" (2000)
"Al Roosten" (2009)
"The Semplica Girl Diaries" (2012)
"Home" (2011)
"My Chivalric Fiasco" (2011)

Matthew Dicks
Something Missing (2009)

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