This mock-up cover is for one of my all-time favourite novels: Stone Junction. The author, Jim Dodge, is one of the greatest writers you’ve probably never heard of. He published three novels during the late 1980’s to 1990’s, and went off to do something esle instead. Those three novels – Fup, Not Fade Away and Stone Junction – make most other far more prolific writers look utterly redundant. While reading them you feel you are in the presence of an ancient bard, parsing powerful wisdom with wit and passion. I cannot recommend this one highly enough, but must also warn you that afterwards you’re not going to be able to go back to reading (insert name) as they’re going to look rather insubstantial by comparison. It would be like going from The Stooges to Wham!, or from Coltrane to Kenny G.