Monday, December 30, 2019

Mother Horror's Best of 2019


How I Broke This Down...
I know people say things like, "This year flew by!" every year and it's almost cliche and not taken literally anymore, but for me--this year--seriously, where did 2019 go in such a hurry? I'm not complaining. 2019 was a real pain in my ass in a lot of ways--seasoned with some special moments and important milestones but also just some hard trials. That being said, in addition to moving from one house to another, basement renovations all year and going through the first year of a new business, I somehow managed to read 150+ books. I decided to highlight 50 favorite books from the year, total.
Best 10 Novels in 2019
Best 10 Novellas in 2019
Best 10 Short Story Collections or Anthologies
Best 20 Previously Released Titles
also, as per a request, I'll pick some individual short stories to rank as the best of what I read in 2019

* 2019 is the year I tried dark poetry for the first time and fell in love with it.
* I feel like 2019 was an especially great year for author collaborations-some of my favorite reads was written by two voices. I am 100% behind you all for any future collaborations ( I LOVE THEM)! * Because Night Worms is a huge part of my life now, I read for a larger horror audience. This changes the way I engage with a story now; I take into consideration a much more general preference than just my own. I ask myself if a book or writing style would appeal to horror fans at large and I like the way this has broadened my own tastes.
* I'm anticipating two important events in 2020. I was invited by Becky Spratford to be a guest speaker on a panel of others on behalf of horror at the HWA Librarians' Day event in Naperville, IL. I'm excited and nervous! I know I'll get to meet so many of my horror family there and I could talk about horror fiction for a lifetime so this is going to be a real treat. I also bought tickets for Scares That Care in Virginia! I cannot wait to meet fellow reviewers and favorite authors. It's like anticipating a family reunion but without the annoying relatives, you'd rather not meet.
* Podcasts! I did a few podcast episodes this year, I was on GHOULISH with Max Booth III twice and I was a guest on Ink Heist with Shane Keene and Rich Duncan. I really enjoyed it and I hope to do more in 2020. It's like a dream to be on Brian Keene's show and This is Horror, so we'll see!



Best 10 Novels in 2019:

COYOTE SONGS by Gabino Iglesias
THE BONE WEAVER'S ORCHARD by Sarah Read
A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS by Matt Hayward & Bob Ford
GRIND YOUR BONES TO DUST by Nicholas Day
WANDERERS by Chuck Wendig
VIOLET by Scott Thomas
THE REDDENING by Adam Nevill
DOLL CRIMES by Karen Runge
THE FEARING (4 book series) John F. D. Taff
THE WORST IS YET TO COME by S. P. Miskowski






Best 20 Previously Released Titles:

A HOUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF A LAKE by Josh Malerman
BONE WHITE by Ronald Malfi
IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN by Andy Davidson
RED by Jack Ketchum
KNOCK, KNOCK by S. P. Miskowski
WESTLAKE SOUL by Rio Youers
GHOUL by Brian Keene
AT THE END I BURST INTO FLAMES by Nicholas Day
THE BOTTOMS by Joe R. Lansdale
A PLACE FOR SINNERS by Aaron Dries
COME CLOSER by Sara Gran
THE NIGHTMARE GIRL by Jonathan Janz
THE DOG DAYS O' SUMMER by James Newman & Mark Allen Gunnells
SUSPENDED IN DUSK II by Simon Dewar
DREAMING AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS by Israel Finn
TRIBESMEN by Adam Cesare
UNDER THE BLADE by Matt Serafini
BENEATH ASH & BONE by D. Alexander Ward
JIMMY THE FREAK by Mark Steensland and Charles Colyott
TEETH by Kelli Owen




Best 10 Collections or Anthologies 2019

GOWING THINGS & OTHER STORIES by Paul Tremblay
CRUEL WORKS OF NATURE by Gemma Amor
SEFIRA by John Langan
NOBODY GETS HURT AND OTHER LIES by Nicholas Day
UNDER ROTTING SKY Matthew V. Brockmeyer
A LUSH AND SEETHING HELL by John Hornor Jacobs
LITTLE PARANOIAS by Sonora Taylor
THE APOCALYPTIC MANNEQUIN by Stephanie M. Wytovitch
OUT OF WATER by Sarah Read
VARIOUS STATES OF DECAY by Matt Hayward






Best 10 Novellas in 2019

69 by Tim Meyer
RITES OF EXTINCTION by Matt Serafini
IN THE SCRAPE by James Newman & Mark Steensland
DEAR LAURA by Gemma Amor
WALK THE DARKNESS DOWN by John Boden
TO BE DEVOURED by Sara Tantlinger
RATTLESNAKE KISSES by Bob Ford & John Boden
THE PALE WHITE by Chad Lutzke
EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL AND NOTHING BAD CAN EVER HAPPEN HERE by Michael Wehunt
REMAINS by Andrew Cull


Short Stories:
The Last Conversation by Paul Tremblay
The Teacher by Paul Tremblay
It's Against the Law to Feed the Ducks by Paul Tremblay
The Thirteenth Temple by Paul Tremblay
How We Broke by Bracken MacLeod & Paul Michael Anderson (Chiral Mad4)
Golden Sun by Michael Wehunt, Damien Angelica Walters, Kristi DeMeester and Richard Thomas (Chiral Mad4)
The Pool by Jason Sechrest
Comes the Red Man Tom Deady (When the Clock Strikes 13)
Mommy's Girl by Somer Canon (When the Clock Strikes 13)
Carrion: My Wayward Son by James Newman (When the Clock Strikes 13)
A Short Madness by Bracken Macleod (The Seven Deadliest)
All You Care to Eat by John F. D. Taff (The Seven Deadliest)
A Serving of Nomu Sushi by Eric Guignard (That Which Grows Wild)
Last Days of the Gunslinger, John Amos by Eric Guignard (That Which Grows Wild)
*Dirtmouth by Stephen Graham Jones (Haunted Nights Anthology 2017)
*Water Thy Bones by Mercedes M. Yardley (Gutted Anthology 2016)
*Love is a Cavity I Can't Stop Touching by Stephen Graham Jones (Suspended in Dusk II 2018)
*An Elegy for Childhood Monsters by Gwendolyn Kiste (Suspended in Dusk II 2018)
*Living in the Sun on a Fairytale Day by Bracken MacLeod (Suspended in Dusk II 2018)
In the Pines by Matt Hayward (Various States of Decay)
Father's Day by Matt Hayward (Various States of Decay)







3 comments:

  1. **updates TBR**

    Seriously though, this is SUCH a useful list. I've read absolutely none of these!

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