Back on the 23rd of July I listed my favourite horror stories ‘so far’ of 2013, 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 2013.
Some context – over the past three months, for various reasons, I’ve concentrated on reading novels, so the total of stories read with a 2013 publication date has only risen to 57, a mere five more than last time. This figure was arrived at from two anthologies, a few chapbooks, plus a smattering of previously unpublished pieces from collections. And I’m not including anything published by TTA in these listings.
My choices are highly subjective, and I would probably come up with a different list tomorrow.
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, as long as you appreciate it’s a slightly soiled feather pulled from the bottom of a budgie’s cage and not a peacock plume.
NB: As they were all over sixty pages in length, I decided to regard three of the stories from Nina Allan’s collection Stardust as novellas, which is why they are not appearing in positions 1, 2 and 3 on the list.
So, for what it’s worth, Pete’s Favourite Horror Stories of the Year So Far:-
Bor Urus by John Langan – Shadows Edge
B-Side by Nina Allan – Stardust: The Ruby Castle Stories
A. H. by Nina Allan – Microcosmos
Feral by Anne-Sylvie Salzman – Darkscapes
Higher Up by Nina Allan – Microcosmos
Getting Out of There by M. John Harrison – Nightjar Press chapbook
Stabilimentum by Livia Llewellyn – Shadows Edge
The Fox by Conrad Williams – This Is Horror chapbook
A Blue Story by Anne Michaud – Girls & Monsters
The House on North Congress Street by Jason A. Wyckoff – Dark World: Ghost Stories
Touch Me With Your Cold, Hard Fingers by Elizabeth Stott – Nightjar Press chapbook
Roadkill by Joseph D’Lacey – This Is Horror chapbook
Soul Masque by Terry Grimwood – Spectral Press chapbook
Laburnums by Nina Allan – Stardust: The Ruby Castle Stories
…he was water before he was fire… by D. P. Watt – Shadows Edge
Come Into My Parlour by Reggie Oliver – Dark World: Ghost Stories
The Falling Dark by Daniel Mills – Shadows Edge
Into An Empire by John Howard – Written by Daylight
The Vast Impatience of the Night by Mark Fuller Dillon – In a Season of Dead Weather
Wheatfield With Crows by Steve Rasnic Tem – Dark World: Ghost Stories