When I was young, we were constantly exposed to the works of Peter Rosegger, who was a hero in Styria, my home state. He wrote incredible stories with a focus on our region, so he was one of the favorites.
We also constantly read these terribly violent stories by the Grimm Brothers. I mean, the cleaned-up versions of these are nowhere near the horror stories we used to read. It’s no wonder my brother was a total scaredy-cat and afraid to walk home alone after you realize he had been exposed to the tales of the Grimm Brothers.
Who knew that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be the go-to guy for what to read next? I cannot help but think of Neil Gaiman’s wonderful line about his own craft every time I see a picture of the Governor/Terminator: “I make things up and write them down.”