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