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Anathem
By Neal Stephenson


Anathem, the latest invention by the New York Times bestselling author of Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle, is a magnificent creation: a work of great scope, intelligence, and imagination that ushers readers into a recognizable—yet strangely inverted—world. Fraa Erasmas is a young avout living in the Concent of Saunt Edhar, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers, protected from the corrupting influences of the outside "saecular" world by ancient stone, honored traditions, and complex rituals. Over the centuries, cities and governments have risen and fallen beyond the concent's walls. Three times during history's darkest epochs violence born of superstition and ignorance has invaded and devastated the cloistered mathic community. Yet the avout have always managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe, becoming out of necessity even more austere and less dependent on technology and material things. And Erasmas has no fear of the outside—the Extramuros—for the last of the terrible times was long, long ago. Now, in celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fraas and suurs prepare to venture beyond the concent's gates—at the same time opening them wide to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fraa, Erasmas eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected." But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the brink of cataclysmic change. Powerful unforeseen forces jeopardize the peaceful stability of mathic life and the established ennui of the Extramuros—a threat that only an unsteady alliance of saecular and avout can oppose—as, one by one, Erasmas and his colleagues, teachers, and friends are summoned forth from the safety of the concent in hopes of warding off global disaster. Suddenly burdened with a staggering responsibility, Erasmas finds himself a major player in a drama that will determine the future of his world—as he sets out on an extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to the most dangerous, inhospitable corners of the planet . . . and beyond.
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The Graveyard Book
By Neil Gaiman


Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family. . . . Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, the graveyard book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
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Haunted
By Chuck Palahniuk


Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: Twenty-three of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter- sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months," and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them. But "here" turns out to be a cavernous and ornate old theater where they are utterly isolated from the outside world—and where heat and power and, most important, food are in increasingly short supply. And the more desperate the circumstances become, the more extreme the stories they tell—and the more devious their machinations become to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/nonfiction blockbuster that will surely be made from their plight. Haunted is on one level a satire of reality television—The Real World meets Alive. It draws from a great literary tradition—The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, the English storytellers in the Villa Diodati who produced, among other works, Frankenstein—to tell an utterly contemporary tale of people desperate that their story be told at any cost. Appallingly entertaining, Haunted is Chuck Palahniuk at his finest—which means his most extreme and his most provocative.
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Fallen Nation: Babylon Burning
By James Curcio


Fallen Nation: Babylon Burning is a psychedelic roadtrip across the highways of the modern collective unconscious. It's a world where just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you, where the things you dream about can come back to haunt you when you wake, and where the end of this world is just the beginning of another. "A progressive fictional universe created by a wickedly talented scribe... Philip K Dick might have company someday." Author James performs in industrial rock concerts, bitches incessantly on his blog, skulks about in dark recording studios, and writes dystopian graphic novels and novels for a generation of disenfranchised drug addicts.
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Join My Cult!
By James Curcio


Religions. Philosophies. Advertising campaigns. Gurus. Prozac. All of these drugs are sold as answers to our deepest questions: Why are we here? What truly has meaning? For a group of young adults desperately searching for meaning in the bleak McMansion sprawls of Suburban America, these questions are of the essence. When none of the accepted avenues of thought or behavior make sense any longer, they wander into an unknown territory of magick, drug use, and shamanic exploration. Through satire and drama, Join My Cult takes you on an inward initiatory journey and a deeply hypnotic experience. "Join My Cult! reads like a stroboscopic MTV docu-drama of Ulysses and Illuminatus!" -Peter Carroll
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The 30 Trials of Ix and the Angels
By Mark Durant


The 30 Trials of Ix and the Angels follows Ix Pantheos on a surreal journey into the depths of consciousness on a quest for redemption.... from his awakening in a ruined castle through his travels to the moon, the sun, and beyond, carried along by the songs of thirty angels as they initiate him into the mysteries of consciousness and the nature of existence. The answer seemingly found and the journey apparently nearing its end, Ix then finds that he must suffer the destruction of his former self, and face a new struggle to hold onto all that was revealed to him. Born of a series of meditations performed by the author, and utilizing an eclectic mix of various world religious and occult philosophies, the story is a surreal journey into the depths of the mind, echoing Ix’s own quest to redeem both himself and mankind. While it stands alone as an engaging read for those unacquainted with the various schools of inquiry that comprise the fertile field within which it took root, it retains that symbolism which may prove insightful to like-minded readers who find themselves treading its obscure paths.
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The Terror & Other Tales:
The Best Weird Tales of Arthur Machen, Volume 3


Arthur Machen produced some of the most evocative weird fiction in all literary history. Written with impeccably mellifluous prose, infused with a powerful mystical vision, and imbued with a wonder and terror that he felt with every fiber of his being, his novels and tales will survive when works of far greater technical accomplishment fall by the wayside. The Terror is a short novel that inspired a host of imitations of its basic plot—animals turning against human beings. Several other tales in this volume do involve nothing supernatural—"The Islington Mystery", a murder tale pure and simple; "The Cosy Room", a conte cruel about the guilty conscience that plagues a murderer; "The Children of the Pool", a story that suggests the supernatural but proves to be one of psychological horror. Machen's witchery of words makes these works something more than mere crime stories; his vision, which always looks over the horizon of the known to the impenetrable mysteries beyond.
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J.G. Ballard: Quotes
By J. G. Ballard, V. Vale


400 pages of quotes from visionary writer J.G. Ballard, edited by V. Vale. Full of futuristic insight with passages about the future, the past, 9-11, war, death, suburbs, cities, technology, relationships and more. Grouped by topic to be easily navigated, also with index. Contains over 50 art-quality photographs by Ana Barrado, Charles Gatewood and others. Small-sized (5"x7"), to be readily carried around in your pocket or purse.
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The Technopriests - Volume 2
The Rebellion
By Alexandro Jodorowsky


To fight power one must have it, but power always has a price. Through its technology and mind numbing entertainment, the Technopriest guild controls the entire galaxy. Albino, bastard son of a space pirate, has only one goal, to become a member of the Technoguild and destroy the guild from within. The path to become a Technopriest is a difficult one and Albino must face many trials before he can fulfill his destiny. Meanwhile, Albino's mother, brother and sister conclude their perilous quest to find the brutal pirate who fathered Albino. Rebellion tells the story of Albino's continuing training to become a member of the powerful Technoguild to destroy the guild from within. Writer Alexandro Jodorowsky, co-creator of The Metabarons and The Incal and writer/director of the famous cult films El Topo, Santa Sangre, and The Holy Mountain, collaborates with artist Zoran Janjetov and digital artist Fred Beltran to create a universe that is truly imaginative and limitless.
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The Seed
By Davide De Angelis


Soon to be a major motion picture, The Seed is an experience, an event, an epic adventure- the unfolding of a radical new mythology. A sensual, fast-streaming ride charged with unforgettable beauty, violence and the mysterious psyche of altered states. The Seed depicts a strange future where people have lost the ability to dream. But in this new Dark Age, a few have been born with the gift to re-ignite the liminal power of dreaming through the telling of stories they bring back from the nightside of reality. Now, the most daring and gifted storyteller, The Dreamweaver, faces a crisis which threatens to destroy the fabric of the new order. His dreams are being invaded by emanations from the timeless hallucinogenic zone of The Seed... "This is the work of a powerful new talent." -David Bowie
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The Last Pentacle of the Sun:
Writings in Support of the West Memphis 3
By Brett Alexander Savory


On May 5, 1993, in West Memphis, Arkansas, three 8-year-old boys were brutally murdered. They were found bound ankle-to-wrist with their own shoelaces, severely beaten and dumped in a nearby stream. Several weeks passed and police were stumped-not even a suspect in the case. The public clamored for an arrest. A month later, detectives finally made three arrests: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.-teenagers who just didn't fit in: they wore black, listened to heavy metal music and read horror novels. Spurred on by a local "expert," police decided the murders were part of a satanic ritual, despite the lack of evidence of such at the crime scene. But this mattered little: they had three young misfits-one of whom, Misskelley, had confessed to the murders after a grueling eight hours of police questioning. He recanted it hours later, but by then it was too late. Surely a jury could not convict these three boys without proof, without a shred of physical evidence. Not in America. But they were convicted. Circumstantial evidence and a clearly coerced confession was enough to send Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin to prison for life, while Damien Echols, considered the "ring leader," was sentenced to death. He is currently on death row, awaiting lethal injection. Collected here are case-related fiction and essays by some of the best dark fiction writers working today, as well as eight pages of black-and-white illustrations by horror-master Clive Barker. This project is a fundraiser for the West Memphis 3 Defense Fund.
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An Opening Act Of Unspeakable Evil
By Jim Munroe


Ever walked in on a roommate in, uh, the middle of something? When Kate interrupts Lilith's demonic ritual, it's pretty awkward, but it gives her a great idea for a new online journal: roommatefromhell.net. Whether her roommate is unholy or just unhinged, Kate's not sure. But she knows a good show when she sees it, and convinces Lilith to perform her strange ceremony at their art gallery launch -- and then open for a metal band. The kids love it. They take the show on the road, and somewhere along the way Kate's role changes from tour manager to go-go dancer. Touring with a demoness is fun, but Kate can't ignore the creepy people from Lilith's past that are coming to their shows. And as the rituals get more intense and more bloody, Kate starts to wonder if she's gotten in a little too deep. It's not quite rock and roll, but she could still lose her soul.
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The System of the World
(The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 3)
By Neal Stephenson


The colossal and impressive third volume (after Quicksilver and The Confusion) of Stephenson's magisterial exploration of the origins of the modern world in the scientific revolution of the baroque era begins in 1714. Daniel Waterhouse has returned to England, hoping to mediate the feud between Sir Isaac Newton and Leibniz, both of whom claim to have discovered the calculus and neither of whom is showing much scientific rationality in the dispute. This brawl takes place against the background of the imminent death of Queen Anne, which threatens a succession crisis as Jacobite (Stuart, Catholic) sympathizers confront supporters of the Hanoverian succession. Aside from the potential effect of the outcome on the intellectual climate of England, these political maneuverings are notable for the role played by trilogy heroine Eliza de la Zour, who is now wielding her influence over Caroline of Ansbach, consort of the Hanoverian heir. Eliza has risen from the streets to the nobility without losing any of her creativity or her talents as a schemer; nor has outlaw Jack Shaftoe lost any of his wiliness. What he may have lost is discretion, since he oversteps the boundaries of both law and good sense far enough to narrowly escape the hangman. In the end, reluctant hero Waterhouse prevails against the machinations of everybody else, and scientific (if not sweet) reason wins by a nose. The symbol of that victory is the inventor Thomas Newcomen standing (rather like a cock crowing) atop the boiler of one of his first steam engines. This final volume in the cycle is another magnificent portrayal of an era, well worth the long slog it requires of Stephenson's many devoted readers.
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Quicksilver | The Confusion


Club Zero-G
By Douglas Rushkoff


Teaming up with Canadian independent comic artist Steph Dumais, Rushkoff has delivered America's answer to Japan's anime: a mind-altering journey into a universe where consensus reality is up for grabs. The story follows Zeke, an unpopular, gangly, 19-year-old college student who has discovered a terrific new club where he is accepted and popular. There's only one catch: everyone at the club is dreaming. It only exists in the shared dream consciousness of its participants. If at all.
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In the Shadow of No Towers
By Art Spiegelman


In his first new graphic novel since the groundbreaking Maus, Art Spiegelman presents a deeply personal, politically charged, and graphically emotionally stunning account of the events and aftermath of September 11th, 2001. In a large, 2-page-spread format, Spiegelman relates his experience of the national tragedy in drawings and text that convey — with his singular artistry and his characteristic provocation, outrage, and wit — the unfathomable enormity of the event itself, the obvious and insidious effects it had on his life, and the extraordinary, often hidden changes that have been enacted in the name of post-9/11national security and that have begun to undermine the very foundation of American democracy. Also, Spiegelman shares a small folio of classic Sunday comics pages from the early years that resonate eerily today.
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The Filth
By Grant Morrison


The mutant child of Alan Moore, Terence McKenna and Robert Anton Wilson, Morrison has emerged as one of only a handful of comics writers with a true voice and vision. He's as fascinated by paranoid conspiracy theories and the Kabbalah as he is by superhero archetypes. They're all played out in this psychedelic science fiction adventure. Like his best-known works 'The Invisibles' and 'Doom Patrol', this story follows a subterranean organization with terrifying science at its disposal—but in a break from Morrison's previous works, covert government agency the Hand is actually working to maintain the status quo against the mass hallucinations of a society that needs to dream. The story follows Greg Feely, a balding, middle-aged man who wants nothing more than to look at porn and care for his sick cat. It soon emerges that Feely is actually Ned Slade, special negotiator for the Hand. As Feely/Slade tries to decide which personality he really is, he takes on such twisted entities as deviant superman Spartacus Hughes; Anders Klimakks, a porn star with black semen and irresistible pheromones; the Libertania, a giant ocean liner that's its own country; and Dmitri, a deadly communist monkey assassin.
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The White People and Other Stories:
The Best Weird Tales of Arthur Machen
By Arthur Machen, S. T. Joshi


Born in Wales in 1863, Machen was a London journalist for much of his life. Among his fiction, he may be best known for the allusive, haunting title story of this book, "The White People", which H.P. Lovecraft thought to be the second greatest horror story ever written (after Blackwood's "The Willows"). This wide ranging collection also includes the crystalline novelette "A Fragment of Life", "The Angel of Mons", (a story so coolly reported that was imagined true by millions in the grim initial days of the Great War), and "The Great Return", telling of the stately visions which graced the Welsh village of Llantristant for a time. Four more tales and the poetical "Ornaments in Jade" are all finely told. This book is part of an expanding collection of 'Cthulhu Mythos' horror fiction and related topics.
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Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache:
Adventures in the First Person
Edited By Clint Catalyst, Michelle Tea


37 writers with one rule: each story must be told in the first person. A dream cast of literature's new avant-garde, sandwiched with a few writers appearing in print for the first time. The end product is what one editor calls "a wonderful sampling of oddities, like a dangerous box of chocolates or an unmarked prescription bottle." Scary, funny, chaotic, moving, intimate glimpses into lives on the fringe, that will get you up close and personal with speed freaks, scat freaks, gender benders, shoplifters, sober virgins, cybersexualists, Tourette's syndrome fetishists, and even a naked Butoh dancer. Includes work by Dennis Cooper, J.T. Leroy, Inga Muscio, Eileen Myles, Alvin Orloff, Shawna Kenney, Charles Anders, and more.
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Voice of the Fire
By Alan Moore


In a story full of lust, madness and ecstasy, we meet 12 distinctive characters that lived in the same region of central England in the span of 6000 years. Their narratives are woven together in patterns of recurring events, strange traditions and uncanny visions. First, a cave-boy loses his mother, falls in love, and learns a deadly lesson. He is followed by an extraordinary cast of characters: a murderess who impersonates her victim, a fisherman who believes he has become a different species, a Roman emissary who realizes the bitter truth about the Empire, a crippled nun who is healed miraculously by a disturbing apparition, an old crusader whose faith is destroyed by witnessing the ultimate relic, two witches, lovers, who burn at the stake... Each interconnected tale traces a path in a journey of discovery of the secrets of the land.
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And the Ass Saw the Angel
By Nick Cave


NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK Cave's only novel to date takes on the southern gothic in this bizarre baroque tall tale satirizing religious fanaticism. Euchrid Eucrow, despised ungainly son of a trapper father and "slobstress" mother, grows up mute but divinely inspired during the 1940s and '50s in a rural swamp peopled with cartoon-like sinners, tricksters, retardates and imbibers of moonshine. Euchrid heeds a winsome guardian angel, along with talking beasts (the title evokes Balaam's ass), and is obsessed with human cruelty and carnality. The foundling Beth, becoming revered as a child-saint, believes Euchrid is divine. The plot, rife with gory atrocities, is relayed through clotted, gutsy prose which ranges from poetic to rabid, and is interspersed throughout with graphs, lists, genealogies and scraps of Scripture.
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Diary: A Novel
By Chuck Palahniuk


DIARY takes the form of a 'coma diary' kept by one Misty Tracy Wilmot as her husband, Peter, lies senseless in a hospital after a suicide attempt. Once Misty was an art student dreaming of creativity and freedom; now, after her marriage and return to once quaint, now tourist-overrun Waytansea Island, she is just a resort hotel maid. Peter, it turns out, has been scrawling vile messages all over the walls of hidden rooms in houses he has been remodeling - an old habit of builders but dramatically overdone in Peter's case. Angry homeowners are suing left and right, and Misty's dreams of artistic greatness are reduced to ashes. But then, as if possessed by the spirit of Maura Kinkaid, a fabled Waytansea artist of the nineteenth century, Misty begins painting again, compulsively. The canvases are taken away by her mother-in-law and her doctor, who seem to have a plan for Misty-and for all those annoying tourists... DIARY is a dark, hilarious, and poignant act of storytelling from America's favorite, most inventive nihilist. It is Chuck Palahniuk's finest novel yet.
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The Monk
By Antonin Artaud


As wide and eclectic as Surrealist artist Antonin Artaud's portfolio is, it contains only one work of fiction: a reworking of Matthew Lewis' story of sexual obsession: The Monk, of 1794. Unlike traditional translations, Artaud's version simply used the text as a starting point as he discarded entire chapters and stamped his own distinctive identity on the work. Now, Artaud's version is translated into English for the first time.
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Hey Nostradamus!
(A novel)
By Douglas Coupland


In 1988, a catastrophic episode of teen violence changes a suburban community forever. HEY NOSTRADAMUS! is Douglas Coupland's keenly observant exploration of this tragic landscape. With unflinching candor and black humor, HEY NOSTRADAMUS! follows various voices across two decades: the teenagers whose ordinary preoccupations with sex and spirituality will never evolve past that moment; the parents whose sudden exposure to their children's passionate underground world threatens their deepest convictions; and those who come to know the troubled survivors only later in life, who will only ever have an inkling of what really transpired. Utterly unexpected, HEY NOSTRADAMUS! wrestles with religion and with sorrow and its acceptance. It will take you to a place you didn't know existed.
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The Da Vinci Code
By Dan Brown

An intelligent and lucid thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a collection of fascinating esoteria culled from 2,000 years of Western history. A murder in the silent halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who manages to leave gruesome clues that only his daughter, cryptographer Sophie Neveu, and Robert Langdon, a famed symbologist, can untangle. The duo become both suspects and detectives searching for not only the murderer but also the stunning secret of the ages he was charged to protect. Brown has created a page-turner that also provides an amazing interpretation of history. His hero and heroine embark on a lofty and intriguing exploration of some of culture's greatest mysteries--from the nature of the Mona Lisa's smile to the secret of the Holy Grail.
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Anarchy for the Masses:
The Disinformation Guide to the Invisibles
By Patrick Neighly, Kereth Cowe-Spigai


An extremely forward-leaning series about conspiracy, magic, anarchy, world travel, the history of dissent, consciousness, fringe science, aliens, the quest for the Holy Grail, the future, pop culture, and the fifth dimension, 'The Invisibles' is a landmark in the literature not only of comics but also of social activism, consciousness theory, and the mechanics of changing the world for the better. Just as 'The Invisibles' is a comprehensive guide to life in the 21st century, ANARCHY FOR THE MASSES is a comprehensive guide to 'The Invisibles': it includes not only full annotations to every issue, and critical analyses, but also exclusive interviews with creator and writer Grant Morrison and all of the artists who molded Morrison's scripts into the breathtaking reality of The Invisibles.
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Razor Wire Pubic Hair
By Carlton Mellick III


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Electric Jesus Corpse
By Carlton Mellick III


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Satan Burger
By Carlton Mellick III


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House of Leaves
By Mark Z. Danielewski


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The Club Dumas
(The Ninth Gate)
By Arturo Perez-Reverte


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William Blake:
The Complete Illuminated Books
By William Blake


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Foucault's Pendulum
By Umberto Eco


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Brion Gysin: Here To Go
By Terry Wilson


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The Process
By Brion Gysin


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Maldoror
By Comte De Lautremont


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Cryptonomicon
Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman

By Neal Stephenson


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Alan Moore:
Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman

By Gary Spencer Millidge


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Cages
By Dave McKean


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Sandman, Book 1
Preludes and Nocturnes
By Neil Gaiman


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The Invisibles:
The Invisible Kingdom
By Grant Morrison


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Invisibles 1
Invisibles 2
Invisibles 3
Invisibles 4
Invisibles 5
Invisibles 6


Labyrinth of Chaos
By Brian Wallace


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Wicked
The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
By Gregory Maguire


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Valis
By Philip K. Dick


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The Best Short Stories of J.G. Ballard


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