While researching authors I wanted to contact about contributing a poem or story to our upcoming Alice in Wonderland Anthology, I ran across an interesting article at Flavorwire entitled “10 Essential Surrealist Books for Everyone” — featuring a list curated by Shane Jones, author of Light Boxes. I figured I’d contact the living authors and check out their work — some are familiar names, while others were new to me.

Here’s the list (with my notes):

The Hundred Brothers by Donald Antrim (I subsequently found this novel at my favorite used bookstore and am looking forward to reading it.)

The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns (I really want to read this one — sounds fascinating.)

Nothing by Blake Butler (I recently checked out Blake Butler‘s 2011 novel There is No Year — one of the most original books I’ve come across in a long, long time.)

The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich (I checked out this book from the L.A. Public Library — it features the thinking person’s zombies.)

The Man Suit by Zachary Schomburg (We ran a poem — “Experiment in Invisibility” — from this remarkable collection a few weeks ago.)

The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs (From the King of Surrealists.)

Wide Eyed by Trinie Dalton (I checked out a library copy and read a few stories — she’s got a voice!)

Zirconia by Chelsey Minnis (We ran an amazing poem — “The Aquamarine” — from this collection a few weeks ago and received a terrific response. Chelsey Minnis has some serious fans out there.)

The Way Through Doors by Jesse Ball (I recently checked out Jesse Ball’s novel Silence Once Begun — fascinating.)

In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan (A perennial favorite from an all-time favorite author.)