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10 + 1 things to disturb, depress and inspire

Mr. C. F. Phillips
 
House Of Leaves
House Of Leaves
"Pretentious, long, occasionally pornographic but the most engaging book I've ever read, and surprisingly moving."
Planescape Torment - White Label Range (PC CD)
Planescape Torment - White Label Range (PC CD)
"An epic (but too-short) game about identity, suffering, compassion and responsibility. Or to put it another way, you can find your own petrified severed limbs and club people with them. Cool."
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
"Huge and intriguing, I see it as a companion volume to House of Leaves, only with less (or less obvious) irritating post-modern wibbling."
Pixel Juice
Pixel Juice
"Darkly surreal short stories set in a futuristic Manchester, anyone? Amazing."
Dying, in Other Words (Paladin Books)
Dying, in Other Words (Paladin Books)
"Oh good God. A horror story in the very truest sense of the word."
Lost Highway [DVD] [1997]
Lost Highway [DVD] [1997]
"David Lynch seems to know just how to drive the metaphorical skewer into my head and give it a good swish around."
Little Earthquakes
Little Earthquakes
"One of the best, most honest albums ever written. Potent stuff, too - less chicken soup for the soul, more chicken sacrifice."
One Head, Two Arms, Two Legs
One Head, Two Arms, Two Legs
"To hear it is to fall in love again. Would that all pop were this fine."
Homogenic
Homogenic
"Ranging from downright coolness to downright beauty, all in the space of 45 minutes."
Happiness / Inconsiderate Bitch
Happiness / Inconsiderate Bitch
"Violins, sarcasm and self-hatred, all in a surprisingly crisp sugar shell. Ain't life fun?"
Chiff Chaffs And Willow Warblers
Chiff Chaffs And Willow Warblers
"Really rather nice"