50 Great Dark Books for the Dark Days of Winter

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Geek Love, Katherine Dunn

Carnivals are dark spaces to begin with (all those decaying clown heads and burned-out bulbs and hysterical children — or was that just a nightmare I had?), but the traveling circus in Dunn’s cult novel is the most disturbing one around, populated by a family of freaks, both in body and mind. And darkest yet is the mind of Arturo the Aqua-Boy, the Machiavellian mastermind who cultivates the pain of those around him.