Ten dark fantasy/weird books (unranked) that had a great influence on my writing:
1. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
2. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
3. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
4. Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
5. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
6. Ghost Story by Peter Straub
7. The Dunwich Horror and Others by H.P. Lovecraft
8. Dracula by Bram Stoker
9. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
10. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
~ and ~
Noncontroversial statements (my idiot filter):
1. The earth is a globe, not flat.
2. Evolution is a fact.
3. Astrology is bunk.
4. Earth is more than 4 billion years old.
5. Human activity is responsible for climate change.
6. Vaccinations do not cause autism.
7. The only thing that crashed at Roswell was a weather balloon.
8. Humans and non-avian dinosaurs did not coexist.
9. In WWII, approx. 6 million Jews died at the hands of Nazis.
10. The Apollo missions were not a hoax.
And so on.
I'd really like to get this journal back to being an actual journal. But I'm trying to avoid all the "I wrote nothing much again today" posts.