Here’s a list of the books that have inspired my writing of A Thousand Screaming Rabbits. These are, I suppose you can call it, my influences:
- Rabbit, Run by John Updike. I enjoy the anti-hero quality of the protagonist in this story. Alasdair is, in some ways, an anti-hero; in other ways, he is the anti anti-hero. This is the first in a series of four books, of which you can find here.
- Ironweed by William Kennedy. A simultaneously sad and uplifting expose of the human spirit. Pulitzer Prize winner. Contemporary writing at its finest. I particularly clung to the relational and familial elements of this story. You can find it for purchase here.
- Dryline Rhapsody by Thomas A. Morgan. A good friend wrote this as yet (criminally) unpublished manuscript. In my estimation, it could very well be the next great American novel. Honest to goodness. Out of all of these books, Dryline Rhapsody is probably the most inspired, the most influential. It is a tale of despair, of discovery, and of a journey. You can find the author’s ongoing blog here, which provides updates on publication, and other stories, scripts, and stage plays.
- On The Road by Jack Kerouac. If you have not read this, you most certainly should. It is a rite of passage, for young men and women, for the old, the impassioned, the adventurers. The narrative is genuinely amazing, so fluid and liminal. Above all, I think, On The Road has been an inspiration for a number of years, and not strictly one that influences my writing, but my living as well. You can find the 50th Anniversary Edition here.
- The Trick Is To Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway. The story follows the manic, obsessive breakdown of a young woman desperately existing- and breathing- through a series of mental travails; one of which is an eating disorder. There’s a lot of inner voice narration (truly haunting) that I loved. You can find the novel here.
- Ask The Dust by John Fante. A story about a new writer in 1930s Los Angeles. It is, at the very least, occupationally inspirational. You can find it here.