A dive into the books that have inspired me



Cormac McCarthy

Blood Meridian, the evening redness in the west, is a book of clashing wills, violent men, and the violent west. Follow the kid as he bands with a group of soldiers hunting the scalps of Native Americans, lest they be scalped themselves. It is a dangerous book, revealing a bloody Western history in that those who sought peace through violence found violence with no peace. In the end, evil will never die, so says “The Judge.”



C.S. Lewis

If you are looking for science-fiction with plenty of truth, look no further than “Out of the Silent Planet” by Clive Staples Lewis. One of the most influential authors in the 20th century, C.S. Lewis is most well known for his children’s series, “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Many people don’t know of his other notable works such as his space trilogy, this book being the first. It holds a compelling story and imaginative conscious that many authors have drawn from to be creative themselves. I know I would not be the reader, writer, or man that I am today without his influence.



Neil Gaiman

“American Gods” was the first book that truly made me want to write. What Neil Gaiman did with myths and folk tales, making them come alive and seem so real, awakened the desire within me to want to explore everything that stories are capable of doing. So I started with a novel since scrapped that I titled, “The Eighth,” about a new and emerging deadly sin that threatened to shake our understanding of morality. The story featured the anthropomorphic personification of the seven deadly sins in a battle to eradicate this new and emerging sin to secure their place in humankind’s dogma. This idea was far better than I was as a writer. So it sits in the back of my mind, percolating. “American Gods” was much like this to my understanding. It’s a valuable lesson in patience. Art that sits is art that flourishes.