In 2014, I read 35 novels, 17 novellas, and 157 short stories.

Instead of limiting my favourites to lists of ten or fifteen titles, I’ve included everything I liked. (As usual, not all of these were published in 2014.)

Favourite Novels

A Walk Among the Tombstones — Lawrence Block
The Girl with All the Gifts
— M.R. Carey
Dead Men’s Boots
— Mike Carey
— Blake Crouch
The Deep
— Nick Cutter
The Peripheral
— William Gibson
Death Bed
— Stephen Greenleaf
Grave Error
— Stephen Greenleaf
The Glass Key
— Dashiell Hammett
The Thin Man
— Dashiell Hammett
Dying Is My Business
— Nicholas Kaufmann
— Stephen King
Our Lady of Darkness
— Fritz Leiber
The Ritual
— Adam Nevill
— David Nickle
— Nic Pizzolatto
Wild Fell
— Michael Rowe
Night Moves — Alan Sharp
Letters from Hades — Jeffrey Thomas
The Fall of Hades — Jeffrey Thomas

Favourite Novellas and Novelettes

The Good Husband — Nathan Ballingrud
Jaws of Saturn
— Laird Barron
Texas City, 1947 — James Lee Burke
All Through the House
— Christopher Coake
Mefisto in Onyx
— Harlan Ellison
— Tom Franklin
— Nick Mamatas
Faithless — Joyce Carol Oates
The Green Hands — Jeffrey Thomas
Midnight Emissions — F.X. Toole

Favourite Collections and Anthologies

North American Lake Monsters — Nathan Ballingrud
The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All — Laird Barron
Turn Down the Lights — edited by Richard Chizmar
The Best American Noir of the Century — edited by James Ellroy and Otto Penzler
Voices from Punktown — Jeffrey Thomas

Favourite Short Stories

“The Hospice” — Robert Aickman
“The Same Dog” — Robert Aickman
“The School Friend” — Robert Aickman
“Clean Slate” — Lawrence Block
“The Gulf” — Poppy Z. Brite
“Mrs. Henderson’s Cemetery Dance” — Carrie Cuinn
“The Paperhanger” — William Gay
“Render Unto Caesar” — Ed Gorman
“Iris” — Stephen Greenleaf
“At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom” — Amy Hempel
“Paranoia” — Shirley Jackson
“Old Doc Yak” — Louis L’Amour
“The Naturalist” — Maureen F. McHugh
“Elevated” — Gary McMahon
“Dial Tone” — Benjamin Percy
“Ghost Birds” — Nic Pizzolatto
“The House on Cobb Street” — Lynda E. Rucker
“The Last Reel” — Lynda E. Rucker
“Fry Day” — Melanie Tem
“The Color Shrain” — Jeffrey Thomas
“Saigon Dep Lam” — Jeffrey Thomas
“Spider Gates” — Jeffrey Thomas
“The Swing” — Don Tumasonis
“Bookends” — Michael Wehunt

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