I like how it feels to read Kafka. I don't find complex plots or themes engaging (bit slow and not well read), I just enjoy the mood a book sets for me.
Asking for some recommendations of other authors that put a strong emphasis on mood. Ty, ty.
murakami. i dislike him for this reason but he should be up your alley.
ishiguro is similar.
possibly you'd be into lauren groff, bit less 'pure mood' but it's juicy imagery.
i laud your pic btw, good kafka pairing
>no complex themes
Do you think The Castle was about a particularly difficult-to-reach castle?
You get a lot of that from older horror stories. There's the obvious Romanticism stuff like Poe or Robert Browning, or the Victorians, as well as some of the earlier weird fiction like Clark Ashton Smith or Algernon Blackwood. None of those are usually shooting for complexity beyond trying to be spooky.
My favorite that falls under that category is probably "The Willows" by Blackwood, quick read and really atmospheric