There's nothing thematic going on here. Just some books I'd like to read. Also, I swear I made this list before I saw Brandon's (Kawabata must be in the air).
Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance, Kenneth Silverman
The Undertaking: Life Studies from a Dismal Trade, Thomas Lynch
Marcovaldo, or Seasons in the City, Italo Calvino
Palm-of-the-Hand Stories, Yusanari Kawabata
Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather
Railsea, China Mieville