Friday, September 18, 2009

The Next Wave of Cult Fiction

So what will be the next work of classic cult fiction and where will it come from? It’s quite impossible to predict, although as one can see from this website, I am following the path of John Lennon and the Mercy Street Café since I believe that it weaves together the mysterious, ineffable qualities that elevate a novel to the status of cult fiction.

But that’s the thrill of discovering a book that takes on a life of its own, a novel that says something that we’ve never heard before, or, at the very least, says something familiar in a way that rotates the world 180 degrees and changes our thinking forever. It may be a manuscript written by a prisoner on an old Underwood typewriter and found in his cell upon death. It may be a handwritten manuscript in the bottom of someone’s desk drawer, someone we’d never suspect of being an author: the unassuming bank teller, the town drunk, or the neighbor next door. The next cult book may be a paperback, a title we’ve never heard of before, sitting on a seat at the train station. It may be a title from a small press that quietly gains momentum or suddenly goes viral. Or it may explode upon the literary scene from a major New York publishing house.

To use a Biblical reference, it comes like a thief in the night—comes out of nowhere—to steal our attention and our preconceived notions about what it means to be human.


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Moby-Dick: The Ultimate Cult Novel
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