Seriously, this is the kind of self-promotion by promoting others that I wish were more rampant. Andrew Nette did a hell of job letting us know what we were in for in Gunshine State with his The Heist Always Goes Wrong series of posts and Eryk's current virtual promotional tour is easily my favorite one since Nette's.
The Strand - Six Great Southern Crime Novels
The Hard Word - A Dime Bag of Drug Fiction to Roll Up and Smoke
Writers Read - on Ernest J. Gaines' A Gathering of Old Men
Washington Independet Review of Books - interviewed by E.A. Aymar
And today at HBW I'm pleased as proverbial punch to have him dishing on cult-inspired fictions and non...
by Eryk Pruitt
If you're like me, often wondered what it would take to get twenty young women in yoga pants to do your bidding on a daily basis. What would it be like to control the impressionable minds and bodies of today's youth? Is it possible to avoid the missteps made by Jim Jones and David Koresh and have a family full of obedient followers that live happily ever after?
I answer all of these questions and more in my latest novel, What We Reckon.
But I assure you that I did more research for this topic than simply sitting on the side of a mountain and daydreaming what my horizons might look like if they were peopled with young lovelies picking strawberries. I actually dusted off the library card and got to work.
Now, if you want to start a cult, I have assembled a little instruction manual for you.
The Ashes of Waco - Dick Reavis and
A Place Called Waco - David Thibodeau
The news media documented well the government's side, but this twin pairing of non-fiction tomes is essential to understanding the other side of what went down outside of Waco, TX during the Spring of 1993. Dick Reavis, an investigative reporter for the Dallas Observer at the time of the siege, dared take on the government's story and produced the definitive account of the standoff.
Raven - John Jacobs and Tim Reiterman and
A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown - Julia Scheeres
You have two choices here: Heartbreaking, emotional storytelling, following the lives of several players in the Jonestown drama, unsure who will live and who will die…or an exhaustive, definitive inquiry into every fact, detail, and nuance of Jonestown.
Beyond the Yellow Brick Road by Bob Meehan
Want to start your own cult? You need a "front." There is no better front than self-help, including drug rehabilitation. Mandino's power of positive reinforcement is a great manual for talking the talk, but if you want to walk the walk, you'll need Meehan's how-to guide on how to manipulate young minds.
My copy is autographed.
at his website.