Reblogged from Reclusive Reads:

Today's offering is The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg



Originally published in 1824, this tale of a man who believes his salvation is predestined, that any act is justifiable and right, including murder. This belief is encouraged by his "adviser", a doppleganger that may be the Devil himself.

A powerful, chaotic novel of madness that influenced Robert Louis Stevenson to write his own tale concerning the duality of man, and a bizarre, colorful history.....beginning with the claim by the author that part of the novel, the Sinner's Memoirs, was actually taken from a real manuscript pulled from the fingers of a corpse exhumed from a Scottish peat bog!

Who could ask for anything more?