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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
Pines
— 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
Revival
— Stephen King
Our Lady of Darkness
— Fritz Leiber
The Ritual
— Adam Nevill
Eutopia
— David Nickle
Galveston
— 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
Poachers
— Tom Franklin
Arbeitskraft
— 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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"If you’re a newcomer submitting to top-drawer anthologies or magazines, you need to bear down, work hard, and get about as serious as a heart attack, because the simple truth is that your story doesn’t have to be as good as the submissions from the “name” writers you’re competing against, it has to be BETTER… and I’m talking better by a long shot, not by a hair. Otherwise, why should an editor take a chance on you, an unknown, rather than give the slot to an established pro with a name readers will recognize when they eyeball the table of contents page? (Simple editorial equation: name recognition = Joe Reader reaching for his wallet. It may not seem fair, but that’s the Law of the Jungle when it comes to selling short fiction. Get used to it.)"
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