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All the writers were limited to books and comics in the outsider, crime and confessional genres.
They could also only pick two works by the same writer. That screwed me with Bukowski and Fante...

Jeffrey P. Frye
The author of Bank Robber: Stories From The Life, One Crazy Day and Bank Blogger.

As with his movie choices, Jeff Frye's picks focus mostly on crime. Or, as he would call it, research.
There are also some edgy books like 'Little Miss Awesome,' (Thanks, Jeff!) and a diverse range of autobiographers whose worlds are unique.

1. The Cartel (D. Winslow)
2. The Looming Tower (L. Wright)
3. Tread (C. Lindemuth)
4. The Heart of a Woman (M. Angelou)
5. The Lords of Discipline (P. Conroy)
6. Pulp (C. Bukowski)
7. Killing The Rising Sun (B. O'Reilly & M. Dugard)
8. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
9. The Last Confederate Coin (Dr. J. Jackson & S.G. Garwood)
10.Little Miss Awesome (S. Hussy)
11. Drug Story (u.v.ray)
12. Roots (A. Haley)
13. Life (K. Richards)
14. Shantram (D.M. Roberts)
15. Turning Angel (G. Isles)
16. The Hunt For Red October (T. Clancy)
17. Atlas Shrugged (A. Rand)
18. The Power of The Dog (D. Winslow)
19. Lords of The North (B. Cornwell)
20. Killing Lincoln (B. O'Reilly & M. Dugard)

Jeffrey Frye's Favourite Books

David Noone
The author of Saint of the City.

Pitch black noir and gothic horror marks David Noone's choices.
If you want to take an eye-opening trip to the dark side, these can guide you...

1. In A Lonely Place (D.B. Hughes)
2. A Hell of a Woman (J. Thompson)
3. The Plague (A. Camus)
4. High Rise (J.G. Ballard)
5. Kicks (J. Reed)
6. Dr. Haggard's Disease (P. McGrath)
7. The Fall of the House of Usher (E.A. Poe)
8. The Singer (C. Unsworth)
9. Bye Bye Blondie (V. Despentes)
10.Hangover Square (P. Hamilton)
11. The Flowers of Evil (C. Baudelaire)
12. Blue of Noon (G. Bataille)
13. Mygale (T. Jonquet)
14. A Rebour (J-K. Huysmans)
15. Wise Blood (F. O'Connor)
16. The Picture of Dorian Gray (O. Wilde)
17. Ice (A. Kavan)
18. Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf (D. Madsen)
19. No Strings (M. SaFranko)
20. The Furnished Room (L. Del Rivo)

David Noone's Favourite Books

Ally North
The author of Little Miss Awesome.

"This seems like mostly female orientated character studies, but I DO love a lot more than that.
I hate lists, but the key with this is that ALL of the stories are about survival."

1. Voyage In The Dark (J. Rhys)
2. Daddy's Girl (D. Drechsler)
3. Ham On Rye (C. Bukowski)
4. Northline (W. Vlautin)
5. The Handmaid's Tale (M. Attwood, adaption by R. Nault)
6. One Hundred Demons (Lynda Barry)
7. Dirty Havana Trilogy (P-J. Gutierrez)
8. Did You See Me? (S. Calle)
9. Drug Story (u.v.ray)
10.Fahrenheit 451 (R. Bradbury)
11. The Secret Diary Of Laura Palmer (J. Lynch)
12. Nausea (J-P. Sartre)
13. Calvin & Hobbes (B. Watterson)
14. Steps (S. Hussy)
15. Steppenwolf (H. Hesse)
16. Hangover Square (P. Hamilton)
17. Wide Sargasso Sea (J. Rhys)
18. One Crazy Day (J. Frye)
19. The Motel Life (W. Vlautin)
20. Jimmy Corrigan (C. Ware)

Ally North's Favourite Books

u.v. ray
The author of We Are Glass, Black Cradle, The Migrant and Spiral Out.

Drugs, obsession, and individualism are the primary themes of u.v. ray's picks...

1. The Outsider (A. Camus)
2. Atomised (M. Houellebecq)
3. Less Than Zero (B. Easton Ellis)
4. Joe Gould's Secret (J. Mitchell)
5. The Motel Life (W. Vlautin)
6. Betty Blue (P. Dijan)
7. 1984 (G. Orwell)
8. Slaughterhouse 5 (K. Vonnegut)
9. Of Mice And Men (J. Steinbeck)
10. The Catcher In The Rye (J.D. Salinger)
11. Survivor (C. Palahniuk)
12. Last Exit To Brooklyn (H. Selby Jr.)
13. The Fuck Up (A. Nersesian)
14. Junky (W. Burroughs)
15. Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (H.S. Thompson)
16. The Big Sleep (R. Chandler)
17. Fireball (T. Keevil)
18. Factotum (C. Bukowski)
19. The Sea Wolf (J. London)
20. Lock The Lock (T. Trantino)

u.v. ray's Favourite Books

Steve Hussy
The author of Steps and Back.

"As ever, the list just seems to show my obsession with isolated characters.
I self-banned (to avoid coming across as an MSP egotist) Dirty Work. But it's brilliant..."

1. Wait Until Spring, Bandini (J. Fante)
2. Journey To The End Of The Night (L.F. Celine)
3. Factotum (C. Bukowski)
4. The Captain Is Out To Lunch... (C. Bukowski)
5. This Is Not Fame (D. Stanhope)
6. Saguaro (C. Mell)
7. The Free (W. Vlautin)
8. Hangover Square (P. Hamilton)
9. Notes From Underground (F. Dostoevsky)
10. Hunger (K. Hamsun)
11. Voyage In The Dark (J. Rhys)
12. Mooch (D. Fante)
13. The Criminal (J. Thompson)
14. The Rum Diary (H.S. Thompson)
15. Ask The Dust (J. Fante)
16. Shit Magnet (J. Goad)
17. Voices (S. Shubin)
18. Cherry On Top (C. Mell)
19. A Rage In Harlem (C. Himes)
20. I Am David (A. Holm)

Steve Hussy's Favourite Books

Another 150 Must-Reads Not Mentioned Before
Adapted from the Savage Kick Reading List

--- Ryunosuke Akutagawa

--- Lynda Barry
What It Is

--- Amy Bingaman
Let Me Out

--- Ivan Brunetti

--- Charles Bukowski
Post Office
Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
Love Is A Dog From Hell
Last Night of the Earth Poems
South of No North
Septuagenarian Stew
Shakespeare Never Did This
Hot Water Music
The Most Beautiful Woman In Town
Tales of Ordinary Madness
Notes of A Dirty Old Man

--- Charles Burns
Black Hole

--- William Burroughs

--- Eddie Bunker
Dog Eat Dog
Animal Factory
No Beast So Fierce

--- Truman Capote
In Cold Blood

--- Louis-Ferdinard Celine
Death On The Installment Plan
Castle To Castle

--- Harry Crews
Feast Of Snakes
A Childhood
Classic Crews

--- Fyodor Dostoevsky
House Of The Dead
Crime and Punishment
The Gambler

--- Debbie Drechsler
The Summer Of Love

--- Will Eisner
The Spirit
A Contract With God
Invisible People
Life On Another Planet
To The Heart Of The Storm

--- Dan Fante
Chump Change
Corksucker / Short Dog
A Gin Pissing Raw Meat...

--- John Fante
1933 Was A Bad Year
The Road To Los Angeles
Dreams From Bunker Hill
West Of Rome
The Brotherhood of the Grape
The Big Hunger
The Wine Of Youth

--- Jeffrey P. Frye
Bank Blogger
Bank Robber: Stories From The Life

--- Barry Gifford
The Wild Life of Sailor & Lula

--- Jim Goad
The Redneck Manifesto
Answer Me #1-4

--- William Lindsay Gresham
Nightmare Alley

--- Dashiell Hammett
The Maltese Falcon
The Thin Man
Red Harvest

--- J.R. Helton
Below The Line

--- Chester Himes
If He Hollers Let Him Go
Blindman With A Pistol
The Real Cool Killers
Big Gold Dream
All Shot Up
Heats On
Cotton Comes To Harlem
Plan B

--- Herbert Huncke
Herbert Huncke Reader

--- Steve Hussy

--- Franz Kafka
The Trial

--- Jack Kerouac
On The Road
Big Sur

--- Joe R. Lansdale
Savage Season
By Bizarre Hands
The Drive-In
Mucho Mojo
Cold in July
The Bottoms
Freezer Burn
Rumble Tumble
A Fine Dark Line

--- David Lapham
Stray Bullets
Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses
Murder Me Dead

--- Jeff Lemire
Essex County
Lost Dogs
The Underwater Welder

--- Michael Lesy
Wisconsin Death Trip

--- Eddie Little
Another Day In Paradise

--- Malcolm Lowry
Under The Volcano

--- Joe Matt

--- Norman Mailer
Naked And The Dead
Advertisements For Myself

--- Richard Matheson
I Am Legend

--- Horace McCoy
Kiss Tommorow Goodbye

--- Carson Mell
The Blue Bourbon Orchestra

--- Robert McGowan
A Long Perambulation
South Main Stories

--- Yukio Mishima
Spring Snow
Runaway Horses
The Temple Of Dawn
The Decay Of An Angel
Temple Of The Golden Pavilion

---Seth Morgan

--- Walter Mosley
Devil In A Blue Dress

--- Mohammad Mrabet
The Lemon

--- Friedrich Neitzsche
Thus Spake Zarathustra

--- David Noone
Saint of the City

--- Kem Nunn
Dogs of Winter

--- Flannery O'Connor
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
Wise Blood

--- Tony O'Neill
Black Neon

--- Harvey Pekar
American Splendor

--- Erich Maria Remarque
All Quiet On The Western Front

--- Robert Sabbag

--- Mark SaFranko
Hating Olivia
Lounge Lizard
God Bless America
The Favor
Dirty Work
Blossoms and Blood
The Suicide

--- Seth
It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken

--- Seymour Shubin
The Hunch
The Captain
Witness To Myself
Anyone's My Name
The Man From Yesterday
Never Quite Dead
Lonely No More
Why Me?
The Good and the Dead
Remember Me Always

--- Iceberg Slim
Trick Baby

--- Doug Stanhope
Digging Up Mother

--- Italo Svevo
Confessions Of Zeno

--- Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
Diary of a Mad Old Man
The Key

--- Studs Terkel

--- Wallace Terry

--- Jim Thompson
A Hell Of A Woman
A Swell Looking Babe
Killer Inside Me
The Getaway
POP. 1280
After Dark My Sweet

--- Tommy Trantino
Captain Delicious and the Kid from "SK#4"
The Angel

--- Dalton Trumbo
Johnny Got His Gun

--- Willy Vlautin
Don't Skip Out On Me

--- Charles Willeford
The Woman Chaser

--- u.v. ray
We Are Glass
Spiral Out
The Migrant