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The Cult's 'Top 10' Books of 2009

'The Cult's Top 10 Books of 2009' by Mirka Hodurova

So, let me preface this by saying that I am not entirely comfortable with top ten lists, nor do I consider myself an expert on anything, much less what constitutes the best of the best. But after listening to me rant and rave over the years about whatever my latest book crush that week was, Dennis finally coerced me to compile my personal top ten list, as a feature for the website starting with 2009.

Now, I couldn't possibly get that list together by the end of December, or even January because I rely on the holidays to acquire some of those new, still-only-in-hardcover books (I can only buy so many books).  And so I aimed to post this on Valentine's Day.  After all, this  seemed fitting for a website like ours that celebrates the love affair we all have with books.

A couple of caveats before I post my own, highly personal list:

-I still haven't had time to read John Irving's 2009 release: Last Night in Twisted River, nor James Ellroy's Blood's a Rover, and both authors are favorites of mine.

-Many of the best books I read last year were published before 2009, or were released in paperback in 2009. Also, a couple favorites were still in manuscript form. So if I were to include all those this list would have to be a Top 20. 30? Of all those, the one that I am most compelled to mention is Kockroach by Tyler Knox; it is one of the most imaginative and  startling books that I've read since Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

The Cult's 'Top 10' Books of 2009
by Mirka Hodurova

(In alphabetical order!)

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'Sorry You Asked', Weekly Video Medical Q&A w/ Dr. Josh Bazell

UPDATE: New videos being shot this Friday, March 5th! So if you have a question, ask now! (In the comments section below)

Welcome to our weekly video column with author Dr. Josh Bazell! Ever had pressing and compelling medical questions you wanted to ask? Or perhaps you were just looking to debunk some medical misconceptions? Well then look no further. You've come to the right place. This is 'Sorry You Asked'!

Tune in to this column for updates on 'Sorry You Asked', a place where YOU ask the questions, and Josh does the answering (as long as his schedule permits). We have already posted the first three videos in the column on a new Features page.

Ep. 1 - "Do Cockroaches Really Get Stuck In People's Ears While They're Sleeping?"

Ep. 2 - "Is It True That A Man's Testicle Can Get Stuck In A Twisted Position?"

Ep. 3 - "Is It True That Getting Your Neck Adjusted By A Chiropractor Can Cause A Stroke?"

'Beat The Reaper' by Josh Bazell

Josh Bazell has two personalities. The first, is as the author of Beat the Reaper, the stunning 2009 debut novel that garnered immense critical praise and is now being adapted by New Regency to star Leonardo DiCaprio. The other, is as the MD from Columbia who wrote Beat the Reaper while completing his internship! Here is where those two personalities collide.

Read our exclusive interview with Josh Bazell by Rob Hart, here: Paging Dr. Kickass.

If you haven't already, do yourself a favor, and read Beat the Reaper today!

 Order 'Beat the Reaper' Here!

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Ten Questions with Peter Straub: A Fan Interview

Peter StraubPeter Straub is an awarding winning novelist best known for his works in the horror and fantasy genres. He collaborated with Stephen King on The Talisman and Black House. His latest horror novel A Dark Matter comes out next week.

Posted by Dennis

Rest In Peace, J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger dies at the age of 91.J.D. Salinger, legendary author of such classics as The Catcher and the Rye and Franny and Zooey died yesterday at the age of 91 of natural causes.  He was in his remote house in Cornish, NH during the time of his death, where he lived for decades in a sort of self-imposed auscultation.

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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

"First As Tragedy, Then As Farce" by Slavoj Zizek
Phil Jourdan
The Slovenian post-Marxist strengthens his output with a valuable little book.

Slavoj Zizek has, several times and with increasing emphasis, made it clear what he believes to be the purpose of philosophy: not to answer questions, but ask better ones. Too often this insight is ignored. Critics ceaselessly draw attention to his personal charisma, his “innovative” blend of psychoanalysis and Hegelianism, and his prolific output, all at the cost of taking him seriously as a philosopher.

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Ten Questions for Peter Straub:Winners Announced!

Thanks to everyone that sent in such thoughtful questions. It was difficult to narrow it down to ten.

The following people should expect their signed copies of A Dark Matter  by Peter Straub soon!

Drum roll...

  • Chris P, Supply, NC
  • Brent C, Brooklyn, NY 
  • Jerry F, Brainerd, MN
  • Katherine M, Medford MA
  • Carl L, Monroe, NY
  • India R, Duck, WV
  • Colin M, Lake Zurich, IL
  • John K, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Derek H, Tuam, Ireland
  • Eric B, Hydeville, VT

-The questions and answers will be posted as an interview in February!


Order 'A Dark Matter' Here!

 We have GREAT news for fans of aclaimed horror writer Peter Straub:  A DARK MATTER, Straub's  first novel in six  years  is being released next month on February 9th!

To celebrate, Mr. Straub has kindly consented to a fan-based "interview".  He will answer ten questions and if one of those questions is YOURS, you will receive a free copy of A DARK MATTER before it hits your local book store!

How this works:

  • Email your question to the following email address:
  • Include your first and last name and your mailing  address, along with your question.
  • We will then choose the 10 questions that go to Mr. Straub and notify you if yours is chosen. You will be identified in the the interview by your first name and city.
  • If the same, or a very similar question, is asked, we will either choose the one that was submitted first, or the one that is more grammatically correct and eloquent. So choose your questions and your words carefully!
  • The cut-off date for questions is next Thursday, January 28th at 9:00 PM, Pacific Time.

Peter Straub has received numerous literary honors such as the Bram Stoker Award (several times), the World Fantasy Award, and International Horror Guild Award. He's prolific and amazing and writes some damn scary books!

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Chuck Klosterman

Heartburn and Brain Freeze
Christopher Stipp
Chuck Klosterman interview on

Pop culture needs more people like Chuck Klosterman.

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Reheated Cabbage

'Reheated Cabbage' by Irvine Welsh
Joshua Chaplinsky
A collection of vintage 90’s era stories and a brand new novella from everyone’s favorite literary Scotsman.

Everyone’s favorite literary Scotsman is back, with another helping of profane characters and ridiculous situations. Welsh’s second book of shorts in almost as many years, Reheated Cabbage treats us to a batch of vintage 90’s era stories long since out of print. No more scrounging around in used bookshops and garage sales for obscure anthologies containing a scant few pages to complete your collection, they are all here in one convenient package.

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Happy Holidays from The Cult!

Merry Christmas from!On behalf of the entire staff of, we want to wish you all a Happy Holidays. We had a great year and we could not have done it without you. We also want to thank Chuck Palahniuk himself, for continuing to write great fiction and attract new fans.