i can't seem to escape cormac mccarthy.
i've always been a sucker for southern gothic. i come from a rural, religous background... and though i'm from the north, the bloodsoaked west and rabid religiosity of the south really enthrall me. i've read a lot of flannery o'connor and william faulkner, and mccarthy is the modernday torch bearer of that type of prose. currently halfway through 'blood meridian'. i was in iceland last month, and the desolate, desert-like landscape brought reading the book even more to life.
nick cave's 'and the ass saw the angel' is also a great piece. it isn't the most thrilling narrative, (it was his first novel), but it's beautifully written, and is drenched in the old testament, bloodyminded violence that informs all his music