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My 2014 Reading List

Sadly, one of the things I sacrifice when writing, is reading. Ironic, huh? By the paltry size of these lists, you can see I’m not a prolific reader. Or maybe I was just writing a lot. Either way, I still managed to settle down long enough to consume the following fare. For whatever reason, when I’m writing fiction I prefer reading non-fiction. Which is one of the reasons my 2014 list is weighted towards non-fiction. In no particular order…


  • Something from the Nightside (Nightside, Book 1), by Simon R. Green
  • The Reapers are the Angels, by Alden Bell
  • The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All: Stories by Laird Barron
  • Kill the Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel, by Richard Kadrey
  • Arthur Machen Collected Works: 23 Tales of Horror & Other Fiction Short Stories, by Arthur Machen
  • Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2) by Jim Butcher
  • Hellboy, Vol. 4: The Right Hand of Doom Paperback, by Mike Mignola


  • Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting, by W. Scott Poole
  • Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing, by Melissa Mohr
  • Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint, by Andrew R. Chesnut
  • Can We Still Believe the Bible?: An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions, Craig Blomberg
  • Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen, by Douglas E. Cowan
  • The 10 Big Lies About America: Combating Destructive Distortions About Our Nation, by Michael Medved
  • 13 Things that Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time, by Michael Brooks
  • Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times, by Os Guinness
  • The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield
  • Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage, by Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet
  • The Dore Gallery: His 120 Greatest Illustrations (Dover Pictorial Archives), by Gustave Doré
  • Faith and Doubt, by John Ortberg
  • The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, by Timothy Keller
  • Calvin vs. Wesley: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice, by Don Thorsen
  • Your Life as Story, by Tristine Rainer

My favorites of 2014:

FICTION: The Reapers are the Angels and Arthur Machen’s Collected Works.

NON-FICTION: Can We Still Believe the Bible?, Holy Sh*t, and The Reason for God.

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  • Kessie December 31, 2014, 8:47 AM

    Hm, and I wondered where all the spiffy occult research in Ghost Box came from. 🙂

    • Mike Duran December 31, 2014, 9:04 AM

      Kessie, funny you mention that. I have a “Ghost Box Research” file which includes lots of cutting-edge brain research stuff, quantum physics, paranormal happenings, and Sumerian archeological discoveries.

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