In 2010 I read 72 novels, 14 novellas, and 243 short stories. I’m doing things a little differently this year. Instead of limiting my lists of favourites to ten or fifteen titles each, this year I’m just going to put down everything I liked. Why not! I read lots of great stories in 2010, and I don’t see the point in leaving any of them out. So here are my favourites, in no particular order. (As usual, not all of these were published in 2010.)

Favourite Novels

Before I Wake — Robert J. Wiersema
Slippin’ into Darkness — Norman Partridge
Fletch — Gregory Mcdonald
Savage Season — Joe R. Lansdale
Breeding Ground — Sarah Pinborough
Gun, with Occasional Music — Jonathan Lethem
Horns — Joe Hill
A Savage Place — Robert B. Parker
The Night Country — Stewart O’Nan
The Preserve — Patrick Lestewka
The Switch — Elmore Leonard
The Drowning Pool — Ross Macdonald
Boneshaker — Cherie Priest
Chasing the Dead — Joe Schreiber
The Ax — Donald E. Westlake
The Town That Forgot How to Breathe — Kenneth J. Harvey
Health Agent — Jeffrey Thomas
Everville — Clive Barker
The Lady in the Lake — Raymond Chandler
A Book of Tongues — Gemma Files
Prime — Poppy Z. Brite
Quarry — Max Allan Collins
The List of Seven — Mark Frost

Favourite Collections / Anthologies

Pretty Monsters — Kelly Link
Occultation — Laird Barron
The Darkly Splendid Realm — Richard Gavin
Gates of Eden — Ethan Coen
Lesser Demons — Norman Partridge
You Might Sleep — Nick Mamatas
The Archer Files, The Complete Short Stories of Lew Archer — Ross Macdonald
From Beneath These Fields of Blood — Gary A. Braunbeck
The White Hands and Other Weird Tales — Mark Samuels
Worse Than Myself — Adam Golaski
Lovecraft Unbound — edited by Ellen Datlow

Favourite Long Fiction / Novellas

Return to Hell House — Nancy A. Collins
Pretty Monsters — Kelly Link
Eliminate the Improbable — Nick Mamatas
Jonah Arose — Tom Piccirilli
Midnight Picnic — Nick Antosca
The Wide, Carnivorous Sky — John Langan
1922 — Stephen King
Mysterium Tremendum — Laird Barron

Favourite Short Stories

“–30–” — Laird Barron
“The Dark Materials Project” — Sarah Langan
“Hindsight” — Sarah Langan
“Every Wrong Turn” — Tim Lebbon
“Machines of Concrete Light & Dark” — Michael Cisco
“The Rendering Man” — Douglas Clegg
“However…” — Gary A. Braunbeck & Lucy A. Snyder
“The Well” — Chris F. Holm
“The Impasse” — Mark Samuels
“Out of Touch” — Simon Strantzas
“The Happy Man” — Jonathan Lethem
“Midnight Blue” — Ross Macdonald
“The Astral Mask” — Richard Gavin
“The Bitter Taste of Dread-Moths” — Richard Gavin
“joanierules.bloggermax.com” — Nick Mamatas
“Real People Slash” — Nick Mamatas
“The Night Swimmers” — Jeffrey Thomas

2 Comments for Favourite Reads of 2010

  1. January 1, 2011 @ 11:04 am
  2. Wow. I’m honored to be in such good company. Thanks, Ian!

  3. Ian Rogers
    January 1, 2011 @ 11:07 am
  4. It’s a great story, Chris. I should have really put 8 Pounds up there. Even though I don’t own the actual e-book, I think I’ve read almost all of the stories in it.

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