Watching the recent film The Road on DVD has me now wanting to seek out Cormac McCarthy's novels. This is the second bleak, but amazing film I've seen based on his work (No Country For Old Men is the other) and it just amazes me now that I've missed out on reading anything by him. Many critics make him out to be a present day Faulkner. Both in eschewing straight narratie convention and in picking out hidden corners of American civilisation (or lack thereof) as a setting.
I'm going to start with Child of God, I think. Short, and if I dig it I'll move on to Blood Meridian.