Back in July I did a list of my favourite books of the year so far, and as it’s now October time for another update.
For the months July through September, I read a total of thirty three books, some of which were really, really rather short. I’ve also started but not as yet finished eight other titles. Nothing about this is an exact science.
So, in the order I preferred them when I wrote the list ten minutes ago (and, of course, it may be subject to change), here’s my top thirteen books for 2015 so far, with new entries shown in bold:-
The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings – Angela Slatter (Tartarus Press)
Fearful Symmetries – Edited by Ellen Datlow (CZP)
The Death House – Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)
The Devil’s Detective – Simon Kurt Unsworth (Del Rey)
The Wolf in Winter – John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Black Tongue – Marko Hautala (Amazon Crossing)
Gifts for the One Who Comes After – Helen Marshall (CZP)
Ghosters – Ralph Robert Moore (Sentence Publishing)
The Loney – Andrew Michael Hurley (Tartarus Press)
Probably Monsters – Ray Cluley (CZP)
Blood 20: Tales of Vampire Horror – Tanith Lee (Telos Publishing)
Signal to Noise – Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris)
The Spectral Book of Horror Stories – Edited by Mark Morris (Spectral Press)
It breaks down as six novels, five collections, and two anthologies. Tartarus Press appear twice on the list, and CZP has three listings.
I’m too lazy to check publications dates, but quite a few of the titles listed weren’t first published in 2015, so it is a ‘best of Pete’s reading in 2015’ rather than ‘Pete’s best of the year’ (a not too subtle distinction) and, of course, I only read a fraction of what gets published.