Back on the 10th of April I listed my favourite stories ‘so far’ of 2012, and three months on it’s time to update that list.
The situation remains as in the previous post – while I’ve read a lot of stories, very few of them have a publication date of 2012 – though I have managed to read enough that there are actually twenty titles in my Top Twenty, which is an achievement not to be sniffed at.
Some context – so far this year I’ve read a total of 51 stories with a 2012 publication date (three magazines, one anthology, a few chapbooks, plus a smattering of previously unpublished pieces from collections). And I’m not including anything published by TTA in these listings.
It remains a bit of fun, though if anyone wants to regard appearing on this list as a feather in their cap, then that’s cool too.
Okay, here are my favourites of the year so far:-
Us, After the House Came Back by Felicity Dowker – Bread and Circuses
Our Island by Ralph Robert Moore – Where Are We Going?
The Sick Mannes Salve by George Berguno – Shadows & Tall Trees #3
A Guide To Surviving Malabar by Ian Shoebridge – Where Are We Going?
To Wish on a Clockwork Heart by Felicity Dowker – Bread and Circuses
The Eyes of Water by Alison Littlewood – Spectral Press chapbook
The Elephant Girl by Nina Allan – Shadows & Tall Trees #3
L’Anneau de Verre by Don Tumasonis – Shadows & Tall Trees #3
The Discord of Being by Alison Littlewood – Where Are We Going?
Lilies by Gary Budgen – Morpheus Tales #16
Rough Music by Simon Kurt Unsworth – Spectral Press chapbook
Kill All Monsters by Gary McMahon – Shadows & Tall Trees #3
Night Fishing by Ray Cluley – Shadows & Tall Trees #3
Joe & Me by David Moody – This Is Horror chapbook
The Female of the Species is More Deadly Than the Male by Felicity Dowker – Bread and Circuses
Overnight Bus by Marion Pitman – Where Are We Going?
Underpass by Daniella Geary – Where Are We Going?
Xana-La by Stephen Palmer – Where Are We Going?
The Chain by Frank Roger – Where Are We Going?
A Faraway City by Joel Lane – Where Are We Going?