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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Wolf in White Van (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Universal Harvester (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Devil House (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of 33⅓ Books

The Smiths' Meat is Murder (By: Joe Pernice) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society (By: Andy Miller) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis (By: Warren Zanes) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Neil Young's Harvest (By: Sam Inglis) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love's Forever Changes (By: Andrew Hultkrans) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prince's Sign 'O' the Times (By: Michaelangelo Matos) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abba's Abba Gold (By: Elisabeth Vincentelli) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prince's Sign 'O' the Times (By: Michaelangelo Matos) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground and Nico (By: Joe Harvard) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unknown Pleasures (By: Chris Ott) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland (By: John M. Perry) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let It Be (By: Colin Meloy) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
James Brown's Live at the Apollo (By: Douglas Wolk) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jethro Tull's Aqualung (By: Allan F. Moore) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let It Be (By: Steve Matteo) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Radiohead's OK Computer (By: Dai Griffiths) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pet Sounds (By: Jim Fusilli) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ramones' Ramones (By: Nicholas Rombes) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Led Zeppelin IV (By: Erik Davis) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street (By: Bill Janovitz) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grace (By: Daphne A. Brooks) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Armed Forces (By: Franklin Bruno) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murmur (By: J. Niimi) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Low (By: Hugo Wilcken) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Endtroducing (By: Eliot Wilder) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kick Out the Jams (By: Don McLeese) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (By: Geoffrey Himes) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Band's Music From Big Pink (By: John Niven) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (By: Kim Cooper) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stone Roses' The Stone Roses (By: Alex Green) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sly and the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On (By: Miles Marshall Lewis) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique (By: Dan LeRoy) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doolittle (By: Ben Sisario) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nirvana's In Utero (By: Gillian G. Gaar) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Highway 61 Revisited (By: Mark Polizzotti) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
33 1/3 Greatest Hits, Volume 1 (By: DavidBarker) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Who's The Who Sell Out (By: John Dougan) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guided By Voices' Bee Thousand (By: Marc Woodworth) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Bloody Valentine's Loveless (By: Mike McGonigal) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs (By: L.D. Beghtol) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion I and II (By: Eric Weisbard) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life (By: Zeth Lundy) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark (By: SeanNelson) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark (By: SeanNelson) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark (By: SeanNelson) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation (By: Matthew Stearns) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Byrds' The Notorious Byrd Brothers (By: Ric Menck) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica (By: Kevin Courrier) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime (By: Michael T. Fournier) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Tribe Called Quest's People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (By: Shawn Taylor) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brian Eno's Another Green World (By: Geeta Dayal) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Steely Dan's Aja (By: Don Breithaupt) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rid of Me (By: Kate Schatz) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
PJ Harvey's Rid of Me: A Story (By: Kate Schatz) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
U2's Achtung Baby: Meditations on Love in the Shadow of the Fall (By: Stephen Catanzarite) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Belle & Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister (By: Scott Plagenhoef) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pink Moon (By: Amanda Petrusich) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (By: Carl Wilson) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Swordfishtrombones (By: David Smay) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Throbbing Gristle's Twenty Jazz Funk Greats (By: Drew Daniel) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Master of Reality (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Patti Smith's Horses (By: Philip Shaw) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slayer's Reign in Blood (By: D.X. Ferris) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Facing Future (By: Dan Kois) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Richard and Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights (By: Hayden Childs) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Afghan Whigs' Gentlemen (By: Bob Gendron) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pogues' Rum, Sodomy and the Lash (By: Jeffrey T. Roesgen) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flying Burrito Brothers' The Gilded Palace of Sin (By: Bob Proehl) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wire's Pink Flag (By: Wilson Neate) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Big Star's Radio City (By: Bruce Eaton) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elliott Smith's XO (By: Matthew LeMay) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Illmatic (By: Matthew Gasteier) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Madness' One Step Beyond... (By: Terry Edwards) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flaming Lips' Zaireeka (By: MarkRichardson) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fleetwood Mac's Tusk (By: Rob Trucks) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Facing Future (By: Dan Kois) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
AC DC's Highway To Hell (By: Joe Bonomo) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (By: Christopher R. Weingarten) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pavement's Wowee Zowee (By: Bryan Charles) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Van Dyke Parks' Song Cycle (By: Richard Henderson) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slint's Spiderland (By: Scott Tennent) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Radiohead's Kid A (By: Marvin Lin) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Johnny Cash's American Recordings (By: Tony Tost) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ween's Chocolate and Cheese (By: Hank Shteamer) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rolling Stones' Some Girls (By: Cyrus R.K. Patell) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine (By: Daphne Carr) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Talking Heads' Fear of Music (By: Jonathan Lethem) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dinosaur Jr.'s You're Living All Over Me (By: Nick Attfield) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Television's Marquee Moon (By: Bryan Waterman) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Portishead's Dummy (By: R.J. Wheaton) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace (By: Aaron Cohen) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dangerous (By: Susan Fast) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flood (By: Elizabeth Sandifer,S. Alexander Reed) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson (By: Darran Anderson) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (By: Kirk Walker Graves) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sigur Rós's (By: Ethan Hayden) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Andrew W.K.'s I Get Wet (By: Phillip Crandall) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II (By: Marc Weidenbaum) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Entertainment! (By: Kevin J.H. Dettmar) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Smile (By: Luis A. Sanchez) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blank Generation (By: Pete Astor) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
J Dilla's Donuts (By: Jordan Ferguson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oasis' Definitely Maybe (By: Alex Niven) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exile in Guyville (By: Gina Arnold) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Grey Album (By: Charles Fairchild) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beat Happening (By: Bryan C. Parker) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (By: Michael Stewart Foley) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Freedom of Choice (By: Fred Armisen,Evie Nagy) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Workingman's Dead (By: Buzz Poole) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Live One (By: Walter Holland) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Metallica (By: David Masciotra) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bitches Brew (By: George Grella Jr.) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Parallel Lines (By: Kembrew McLeod) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Geto Boys (By: Rolf Potts) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Psychocandy (By: Paula Mejia) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hangin' Tough (By: Rebecca Wallwork) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dig Me Out (By: Jovana Babovic) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Donny Hathaway's Donny Hathaway Live (By: Emily J. Lordi) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angelo Badalamenti's Soundtrack from Twin Peaks (By: Clare Nina Norelli) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth (By: Michael Blair) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uptown Saturday Night (By: William Fulton,Patrick Rivers) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Suburbs (By: Eric Eidelstein) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bob Mould's Workbook (By: Walter Biggins,Daniel Couch) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Homogenic (By: Emily MacKay) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Raincoats (By: Jenn Pelly) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jawbreaker's 24 Hour Revenge Therapy (By: Ronen Givony) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fugazi's In on the Kill Taker (By: Joe Gross) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drive-By Truckers’ Southern Rock Opera (By: Rien Fertel) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Siouxsie and the Banshees' Peepshow (By: Samantha Bennett) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tori Amos's Boys for Pele (By: Amy Gentry) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
dc Talk’s Jesus Freak (By: Will Stockton,D. Gilson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Odetta’s One Grain of Sand (By: Matthew Frye Jacobson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Petty’s Southern Accents (By: Michael Washburn) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shangri-Las’ Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las (By: Ada Wolin) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible (By: David Evans) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Massive Attack’s Blue Lines (By: Ian Bourland) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wild Tchoupitoulas’ The Wild Tchoupitoulas (By: Bryan Wagner) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wendy Carlos's Switched-On Bach (By: Roshanak Kheshti) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Ballads (By: Santi Elijah Holley) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
D’Angelo’s Voodoo (By: Faith Pennick) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
David Bowie's Diamond Dogs (By: Glenn Hendler) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elton John's Blue Moves (By: Matthew Restall) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Judy Garland's Judy at Carnegie Hall (By: Manuel Betancourt) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Suicide's Suicide (By: Andi Coulter) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Various Artists' I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (By: Ray Padgett) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope (By: Ayanna Dozier) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elvis Presley's From Elvis in Memphis (By: Eric Wolfson) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
24-Carat Black's Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth (By: Zach Schonfeld) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Carole King's Tapestry (By: Loren Glass) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pearl Jam's Vs. (By: Clint Brownlee) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Donna Summer's Once Upon a Time (By: Alex Jeffery) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Duran Duran's Rio (By: Annie Zaleski) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roxy Music's Avalon (By: Simon A. Morrison) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sam Cooke’s Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 (By: Colin Fleming) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid (By: Alyssa Favreau) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lyric and Coloratura Arias (By: Ginger Dellenbaugh) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly (By: Sequoia Maner) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Britney Spears's Blackout (By: Natasha Lasky) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earth, Wind & Fire's That's the Way of the World (By: Dwight E. Brooks) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Minnie Riperton’s Come to My Garden (By: Brittnay L. Proctor) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Babes in Toyland’s Fontanelle (By: Selena Chambers) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Madvillain's Madvillainy (By: Will Hagle) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Topograph: New Writing from the Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Author John Darnielle was born on March 16, 1967 in Bloomington, Indiana. He grew up in Southern California and had an abusive step dad that he lived with. He lived in Portland, Oregon after high school and he developed an addiction to hard drugs, one of which was methamphetamine.

After that, he went back to California and worked as a psychiatric nurse in Norwalk, California at Metropolitan State Hospital. He lived on the grounds for awhile, playing guitar and composing songs when he was not working. Using a boombox, he recorded some of the songs.

After he left the hospital he went to college from the years 1991 until 1995 at Pitzer College (later getting an English degree), all the while, still working on recording music. A friend put together some of Darnielle’s music and released in 1992 under the name of “Taboo VI: The Homecoming”. Some of his music, deals with certain things that have happened to him in his life.

He also writes certain series that have titles or story lines that are similar to each other. There is the series about going to different places with the idea being that running from a problem is not going to be very helpful in the end. There is also “Alpha” that deals with a couple and their history; there was an entire album done about this couple.

John has been named one of the best living songwriters by Paste magazine. He usually sings, plays guitar and piano, usually with the Mountain Goats.

His first book was called “Black Sabbath: Master of Reality” and was part of the “33 1/3” series of books that focus on the legacy or making of an album. Different installments in this series are written by different writers. In 2014, “Wolf in the White Van” was released, which was his first novel.

He has lived in different cities in such states as: Oregon, Iowa, Chicago, and California; as well as Durham, North Carolina. He has two kids and his wife (named Lalitree Darnielle, who played banjo on Mountain Goats’ “New Asian Cinema” EP).

“Master of Reality” is the first stand alone novel and was released in the year 2008. This book is about Roger Painter, and through him, we hear Sabbath’s third album. He is locked in an adolescent psychiatric center in southern California and the year is 1985.

He has no Walkman and yearns for comfort. He describes the music of Black Sabbath in way that you would describe something foreign to someone. Like air to a fish or something. He hopes that by doing this, his captors will give him back his tapes.

“Wolf in White Van” is the second stand alone novel and was released in the year 2014. Trace Italian is a strategy and survival game. Sean Phillips is disfigured and has been since he was seventeen and makes up imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. In his tiny apartment located in Southern California, he makes up grand adventures where anything, both bright and dark, are possible; whether they are real or not are another matter.

The game is a text based adventure role-playing game that you play through the mail. Sean is able to guide his players from all over the world around his intricately made up terrain. They can explore and make their way through turn by turn as they seek safe haven in the future America that is pretty bleak.

Lance and Carrie are in high school in Florida and explore Trace. They take the game into the real world and it ends disastrously. Sean has to answer for it. It pulls him back through time, back to the moment of his departure from the reality that most people live in. He left this world in a self inflicted way.

“Universal Harvester” is the third stand alone novel and was released in the year 2017. Things get morbid in a small town when the footage on VHS tapes turns up at Video Hut.

In Nevada, Iowa, Jeremy works at the counter. It is in the middle of the state and the name is pronounced “Nev-ay-da”. Set in the late nineties and before DVDs. Over in Ames, there is a Hollywood Video that threatens the Video Hut. It has got its regulars and the predictable rush during the late part of afternoon. Good enough for Jeremy, after all, it is a job that makes him money. He gets to watch any movies he wants, it is quiet and regular; not to mention, he likes Sarah Jane, the owner and it gets him out of his house. In the house, him and his father try to keep themselves from missing his mother. She died six years back in a car accident.

Stephanie Parsons comes in to return “Targets” (an oldie but goodie that stars horror icon Boris Karloff), one that Jeremy got for the store. She has a weird complaint for him. She says that something is on the tape, but does not say what. Then, another woman (named Lindsey) brings back a new release; she says that a whole other movie is on the tape.

He finally takes a look and in the middle of the film, the movie goes away and an image of a barn pops up with the sound of someone breathing. Same with the store’s copy of the movie “Targets”. It is creepy and created by the same person. The barn looks like the one that is located outside of the town. It freaks Jeremy out and does not really want to look deeper.

Sarah becomes obsessed with the whole thing; there is no denying the creepiness of the videos. There is a disturbing feeling now, in what was a quiet town. Life will never go back to being normal after this.

This author wrote a novel that is simply a work of art; it does not offer an explanation about itself at all. It is a peculiar book that some will be unable to understand. Fans of the novel found the story here to be clever, and is well written with characters that are vibrant, clear prose, and a creepy enough story to engage the readers. Here is an author to watch, as he is just going to get even better the more he puts out novels.

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