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Near + Far
Cat Rambo
Amigurumi Knits: Patterns for 20 Cute Mini Knits
Hansi Singh
Metro 2033
Dmitry Glukhovsky
Southern Gods
John Hornor Jacobs
Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural
Robert Louis Stevenson, Orson Scott Card, Jack London, Tanith Lee, Walt Whitman, Guy de Maupassant, Isaac Asimov, Ivan Turgenev, Johann Ludwig Tieck, Marvin Kaye, John Dickson Carr, Bram Stoker, Tennessee Williams, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Richard Matheson, Johann Wolfgang
Howdunit Forensics
Garnethill
Denise Mina
The Autopsy and Other Tales
Michael Shea, Laird Barron
Alice Hearts Welsh Zombies
Victoria Dunn
Blood & Water
Hayden Trenholm, Camille Alexa, Claude Lalumière, Derryl Murphy, M.L.D. Curelas, Kevin Cockle, Douglas Smith, Jean-Louis Trudel, Julie E. Czerneda
The Unwritten, Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity - Yuko Shimizu, Peter Gross, Mike Carey, Bill Willingham It's a graphic novel about stories and how they impact the real world. I mean, one of the lines is "Stories are the only thing worth dying for", and at that point it becomes rather hard for me to be objective, even without the Kipling/Wilde/Twain cameo.

It's interesting, it's smart, it's original as hell. It's clearly setting up for more developments, both in terms of plot and in terms of the world.

The protagonist's name is Tommy Taylor, both in the story and in the story-the-story's-about. He's a man who (rather unhappily) makes a living off the fact that he's identified with/as the young wizardly protagonist of the books his father wrote... sort of as if Rowlings had mysteriously vanished and her son Harry Potter had grown up as the target of a lot the fannish devotion. He's working the convention circuit when a young woman stands up during Q&A and asks him who he is, since pictures taken in his early childhood are actually pictures of someone else, and his SIN appears to belong to a woman who died a while ago, and...

Things develop from there.

I hesitated a bit before putting the "horror" tag on the book, but decided in favour of it. It's slightly distant--horror does show up, but it seems to more often be something the story is about than something that's happening in the story. Still, I think it counts.