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Strangers by Taichi Yamada
I got this solely because of the Bret Easton Ellis quote on the cover. I didn’t find it creepy as much as mildly hypnotising. It’s an eerie ghost story about loss, love and loneliness. The translation is not excellent but it’s still worth reading if you’re remotely into Japanese horror.

The Timewaster Diaries by Robin Cooper
A laugh-out-loud funny day-to-day diary of a man with strange obsessions. He’s wasting his time writing madcap letters to various companies. Contains useless inventions, broken ankles, obsessive inventories, stupid drawings and completely pointless arguments. Surreal and silly.

While the Women Are Sleeping by Javier Marías
A collection of haunting short stories on the supernatural and the macabre. Expect obsessions, doppelgangers, mirroring, ghosts, dark motivations and desperation. Reminds me of Roald Dahl and Jorge Luis Borges.

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Definitely one of my all-time favourite books. I never want it to end. A deep philosophical allegory and biting socio-political satire. It is crucial to your mere existence that you read this book.

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