Wolf in White Van is the debut novel by John Darnielle, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. It follows Sean, who, as a teenager, survived a self-inflicted “accident” only to become horribly disfigured. Since the event, Sean lives even more so inside his mind, his imagination transfiguring the minutiae of everyday life into dramatic plots. He makes a living writing a mail-order game, where survivors of a reactor meltdown journey to a remote fortress, somewhere in Kansas, the Trace Italian. Darnielle is the frontman of The Mountain Goats, whose 2009 album 'The Life of the World to Come' was inspired by which book?