Pete’s Favourite Horror Stories of 2013 – Part Four

Back on the 17th of October 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 read a lot of stories in 2013, very few of them had that year as a publication date, in fact only seventy (excluding anything from TTA), and it’s from that ‘gene pool’ I’m making this selection.

My choices are highly subjective, and I would probably come up with a different list tomorrow.

To repeat myself from previous posts – it’s all 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, and so they don’t appear on the list.

And as I’ll continue reading 2013 stories for the first few months of 2014, if not longer, I may periodically update this list as the whim takes me. Thankfully I’m not reading for a Year’s Best volume or anything like that, and so have no deadlines to meet or anyone to please, other than myself.

Anyway, 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

The Careless Companion by Gary Fry – Shades of Nothingness

Stabilimentum by Livia Llewellyn – Shadows Edge

Chalk by Pat Cadigan – This Is Horror chapbook

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

By Bone-Light by Juliet Marillier – Prickle Moon

With Friends Like These by Gary Fry – Shades of Nothingness

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

Prickle Moon by Juliet Marillier – Prickle Moon

Laburnums by Nina Allan – Stardust: The Ruby Castle Stories

The Demons of New Street by Gary Fry – Shades of Nothingness

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