The Nightmare Factory
Thomas Ligotti, in his own words, writes of "a world that both surpasses and menaces this one." He is the contemporary master of the "weird tale," and yet his style is so intellectually intriguing, he has as much in common with Borges and Kafka as with Lovecraft and Machen. If you haven't discovered Ligotti yet, this edition is a great opportunity to do so: it collects all 39 stories from previous collections, plus 6 new ones--also, a forward by Poppy Z. Brite, and an introduction by Ligotti on "What are the consolations of horror?"
My friend, Roy Kesey, will write your socks off. Or will make you love him. Or will ask you to pull out your hair. And you will do it.
A collection of short stories and essays by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges dealing with themes of time, space and identity. If you're a fan of Italo Calvino, definately get into Borges.