Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Kafka has some way with words that makes everything seem like a slow, surreal nightmare. This story, in simple, straightforward language, manages that feeling while still being somewhat comical. Gregor Samsa wakes one morning to find he's transformed into a giant insect-like creature who's smell and appearance so horrify his family that they can't bear …

Starting at the action

I'm listening to Kafka's Metamorphosis, and the first sentence is him waking up as a giant insect. This is how stories should be told. So many other writers, amateur or not, would write however many thousands of words about the day before it happened--but why waste time getting there? Since the story is about him …

Stranger Things: Season 2, episodes 3 and 4

This show is getting dark. There is something incredibly creepy about what is happening to Will, and I stayed up late to watch another episode I wasn't planing on because of it. This show really knows how to do creepy and dark, without having obnoxious jump scares or shocking blood and violence. That's something I've …

The New York Trilogy, by Paul Auster

I don't read a lot of (or any, really) literary fiction. But I was recommended this book, or, trilogy of novellas, I guess, by a friend and was impressed by its strangeness. It grabbed my attention right from the start by being about a writer who seems to be confusing himself with his characters. Then …