Friday, July 28, 2006

Cult Fiction

The Rough Guide to Cult Fiction has the following list of 67 books which "have won enough acclaim, abuse or affection to earn them - but not necessarily their authors - cult staus".

253 by Geoff Ryman (1998)
A Rebours by J. K. Huysmans (1884)
The Aerodrome: A Love Story by Rex Warner (1941)
All The King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (1946)
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa (1977)
Black List, Secton H by Francis Stuart (1972)
The Blind Owl by Sadlegh Hedayat (1937)
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen Gould (2001)
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)
Chateau D'Argol by Julien Gracq (1938)
Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi (1947)
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)
A Conferderacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1980)
Confessions of Zeno by Italo Svevo (1923)
Corner Boy by Herbert Simmons (1957)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon (2003)
The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys (2002)
Delano by John Orozco (1998)
Distant Star by Roberto Bolano (1996)
Elvis and the Apocalypse by Steve Werner (2001)
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer (2002)
A Fan's Notes by Frederick Exley (1968)
Fast One by Paul Cain (1932)
Funnymen by Ted Heller (2002)
Greek Love by Katherine Dunn (2002)
The Golem by Gustav Meyrink (1915)
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler (1992)
Hadrian VII by Baron Corvo (1904)
Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton (1941)
Hear of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1902)
Heartland by Wilson Harris (1964)
A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov (1840)
The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury (1975)
The History of Luminous Motion by Scott Bradfield (1989)
Homeboy by Seth Morgan (1990)
I am Still the Greatest Says Johnny Angelo by Nik Cohn (1967)
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country by William H. Gass (1969)
The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares (1940)
The Land of Green Plums by Herta Muller (1996)
The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa (1958)
Little Big Man by Thomas Berger (1964)
Lost Horizon by James hilton (1933)
The Magic Christian by Terry Southern (1959)
The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton (1908)
The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil (1930)
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potocki (1815)
Moscow Stations by Venedikt Yerofeev (1997)
Pavane by Keith Roberts (1968)
The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve (1998)
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg (1824)
Q by Luther Blissett (1999)
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers (1903)
Rock Salt and Glissandos by Steve Fisher (1991)
Some Hope: The Patrick Melrose Trilogy by Edard St Aubyn (1998)
Sppon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters (1915)
The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass (1959)
Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal (1976)
The Tribe of Palos Verdes by Joy Nicholson (1997)
The True Story of a Vampire by Eric Stenbock (1894)
Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis (1992)
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann (1966)
Vernon God Little by D. B. C. Pierre (2003)
The Vulture by Gil Scott-Heron (1969)
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (1920)
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908)
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon (1996)
Wonderful, Wonderful Times by Elfriede Jelinek (1980)

I love The Rough Guide to Cult Fiction because, like this list - which in the book is padded out with substantial paragraphs about each book and why it merits inclusion - it is such an eclectic mix of things which I have mostly never heard of and acts like a million signposts to interesting new worlds.

1 comment:

porcelain skull said...


thats amazing work you've done,

thank you,

that michael francis itkin bookplate, its incredible,

where i work, we have a room of harry clarke's drawing's ( edgar allen poe series) and stained glass works,


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