Jonathan M. Cook

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Youth and Other Fictions

Release date: 21 Sept 2011 [1st ed], 20 July 2012 [2nd ed]

Length: 260 pages

Genre: Fiction / Coming of Age

Tagline: "Some stories never end. Some nightmares can never be escaped."


Jack: the lonely boy who hears a voice inside his head.

Jason: the stoic and cynical man who returns home in search of his lost childhood.

Jamie: the pretty goth girl loved and hated by both.

Over the course of ten years, the children of Freedom will watch as their world burns itself to dust and ashes, first over a vicious school rampage and then over something far more insidious.

In the world envisioned by Jonathan M. Cook, reason is a luxury, explanations are elusive, and desperation is absolute.

Includes a Postscript to the novel.


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The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

Release date: 25 Jan 2013

Length: 35 pages

Genre: Poetry


What nightmares sleep doth bring in the absence of reason!

In the comfort and security of our beds, unleashed to run rampant are the sacred and the profane, the extraordinary and the banal.

In these nineteen poems, Jonathan Cook twists love into need and erodes ecstasy into boredom. Here, animals mock humanity's naivete, gods and devils wage quiet wars, and lovers abandon one another to their apathy.


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SINNERMAN

Release date: 14 Feb 2013

Length: 185 pages

Genre: Fiction / Romance / Coming of Age

Tagline: "Beauty fades. Youth comes to an end. All innocence is corrupted."


"Love makes sinners of us all."

In the sleepy Midwestern town of Vespers...

In the sweltering summer heat...

Julian Sane, high school teacher and cad's cad, is a man at war with himself. But a chance encounter with a former student will push him across professional boundaries and force him to confront his personal demons.

From the author of YOUTH AND OTHER FICTIONS comes a love story for those who live in the real world, where love does not conquer all and actions do have consequences.


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Song Key

A number of readers have commented on the role contemporary music plays in SINNERMAN, particularly with regards to the chapter titles. For some thoughts on music and aesthetics, interested readers should revisit Chapter 8, "Tonight, Tonight." What follows here is a key to the songs used as chapter titles throughout the novel.

  • 01. Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son" - Leftoverture
  • 02. VAST - "Pretty When You Cry" - Visual Audio Sensory Theater
  • 03. Oasis - "Champagne Supernova" - (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
  • 04. Marcy Playground - "Sex and Candy" - Marcy Playground
  • 05. Buster Poindexter - "House of the Rising Sun" - Buster Poindexter
  • 06. AIR - "Playground Love" - The Virgin Suicides
  • 07. Lana Del Rey - "Video Games" - Born to Die
  • 08. The Smashing Pumpkins - "Tonight, Tonight" - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
  • 09. Rebekah Del Rio - "Llorando" - Mulholland Drive
  • 10. The Verve Pipe - "The Freshmen" - Villians
  • 11. Jeff Buckley - "New Year's Prayer" - Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk
  • 12. Deadmaus - "Raise Your Weapon" - 4x4=12
  • 13. Joe 90 - "Cars Go By" - Dream This
  • 14. Nine Inch Nails - "The Hand That Feeds" - With Teeth
  • 15. De La Mancha - "Release All Light" - Atlas
  • 00. Nina Simone - "Sinnerman" - Pastel Blues

Songs For Sirens

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