City of Saints and Madmen
I’m in the middle of having my mind blown by Jeff Vandermeer’s City of Saints and Madmen. It’s kind of ridiculous that I’ve gotten this far in life without ever encountering this book — because it’s an amazing accomplishment, creepy and lovely and riveting and beautifully, beautifully written. And right up my alley. This is the kind of novel I want to write, one day.
And there’s even a movie — a short impressionistic deeply disturbing piece about some terrible event in the history of Ambergris, based on the sequel to Saints and Madmen, Shriek. Check it out.