Monday, January 11, 2021

Best Collections, Anthologies, and Short Stories in 2020


 

Awhile back, I posted my Best Horror Books 2020 List. Not included were all the author collections and anthologies I read last year. These were my favorite (in no particular order)

Anthologies & Collections:

1. DEATHTRIPPING by Andersen Prunty

2. A BRIGHT ENCHANTED SUFFERING by Eric Larocca

3. THE VALANCOURT BOOK OF WORLD HORROR STORIES edited by James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle

4. INTO THE FOREST AND ALL THE WAY THROUGH by Cynthia Pelayo

5. WYRD AND OTHER DERELICTIONS by Adam Nevill

6. DON'T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS edited by Jonathan Maberry

7. PLACES WE FEAR TO TREAD edited by Brhel & Sullivan

8. A COMPLEX ACCIDENT OF LIFE by Jessica McHugh

9. CASCADE by Craig Davidson

10. FINAL CUTS edited by Ellen Datlow

11. GRAVEYARD SMASH edited by Jill Girardi

12. MISCREATIONS edited by Doug Murano & Michael Bailey

13. THESE EVIL THINGS WE DO by Mick Garris

14. SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire edited by Nicole Givens Kurtz

15. CHILDREN OF THE FANG and Other Genealogies by John Langan

Honorable mention: I feel weird choosing anything I had something to do with so WE ARE WOLVES, WORST LAID PLANS and DEAD AWAKE are all near and dear to my heart.

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Short Stories:

"Deep in the Heart" by Waylon Jordan from WORST LAID PLANS

"Paper Doll Hyperplane" by R. B. Payne from MISCREATIONS

"Doodlebug" by John Boden from ARTERIAL BLOOM

"Attack of the 50ft Indian" by Stephen Graham Jones

"Ugly" by Mick Garris from THESE EVIL THINGS WE DO

"Into the Darkness Fearlessly" by John Langan from CHILDREN OF THE FANG

"Hyphae" by John Langan from CHILDREN OF THE FANG

"The One We Tell Bad Children" by Laird Barron from FINAL CUTS

"A Ben Evans Film" by Josh Malerman

"Holes" by R. A. Busby from GRAVEYARD SMASH

"Until There's Nothing Left" by J. A. W. McCarthy from GRAVEYARD SMASH

"Templo Mayor" by V. Castro from GRAVEYARD SMASH

"The Child" Carmen Baca from GRAVEYARD SMASH

"The Roll of the Dice" by Beverley Lee from GRAVEYARD SMASH

"Graveyard of the Lost" by Tracy Fahey from GRAVEYARD SMASH

"The Invitation" by Janine Pipe from GRAVEYARD SMASH

"Some Kind of Monster" Tim Waggoner

"The House on Dandy Lane" by Christy Aldridge from DEAD AWAKE

"To Burn the Black Church" by The Sisters of Slaughter from DEAD AWAKE

"Pretty Little Lanterns" by Ronald Kelly from THE HALLOWEEN STORE And Other Tales of All Hallows' Eve

"Cosmic Cola" by Lucy A. Snyder from HALLOWEEN SEASON

"Curfew" by Kev Harrison (a Short, Sharp, Shocks!)

"An Invitation to Darkness" by Hailey Piper (a Short, Sharp, Shocks!)

"The One That Knows No Fear" by Steve Stred (a Short, Sharp, Shocks!)

"The Lost Girl & Spindleshanks" by Alyson Faye (a Short, Sharp, Shocks!)

"Asylum of Shadows" by Stephanie Ellis (a Short, Sharp, Shocks!)

"Bits"  by R. A. Busby (a Short, Sharp, Shocks!)

"Desiccant" by Craig Laurence Gidney from SLAY

"Love Hangover" by Sheree Renee Thomas from SLAY

"No God by Hunger" by Steve Van Samson from SLAY

"The Man with a Face Like a Bruise" Andersen Prunty

"Depravity Road" by Ronald Kelly from SEASONS CREEPINGS

"Backstairs" by Anders Fager from WORLD HORROR STORIES

"The Time Remaining" by Attila Veres from WORLD HORROR STORIES

"The Deer God" by Wendy Wagner from PLACES WE FEAR TO TREAD

"Bare Bones" by Jude Reid from PLACES WE FEAR TO TREAD

"Here in This Place is a Means to an End" by Chad Lutzke from PLACES WE FEAR TO TREAD

"Cold-Blooded Old Times" by J. A. W. McCarthy from PLACES WE FEAR TO TREAD

"Laughter in the Night" by Sonora Taylor from PLACES WE FEAR TO TREAD

"Hopscotch for Keeps" by Hailey Piper from PLACES WE FEAR TO TREAD

"Devil's Elbow" by C. W. Briar from PLACES WE FEAR TO TREAD

"The Bone Man of Sanatorium Lake" by Andy Cull from PLACES WE FEAR TO TREAD




















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