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In 2016, I read 26 novels, 16 novellas, and 200 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 2016.)

Favourite Novels

Stalking the Angel — Robert Crais
Let the Right One In — John Ajvide Lindqvist
Bird Box — Josh Malerman
I’m Thinking of Ending Things — Iain Reid
Butcher’s Moon — Richard Stark
Plunder Squad
— Richard Stark
Vermilion — Molly Tanzer
Disappearance at Devil’s Rock — Paul Tremblay
The Martian — Andy Weir

Favourite Novellas and Novelettes

Man with No Name — Laird Barron
Story of Your Life
— Ted Chiang
Fume
— Richard Gavin
We Are All Completely Fine
— Daryl Gregory
Anchor
— John Langan
At the Edge of Ellensburg
— Livia Llewellyn
Horses
— Livia Llewellyn
The Account of David Stonehouse, Exile
— Daniel Mills

Favourite Collections and Anthologies

Cold Hand in Mine — Robert Aickman
Can Such Things Be?
— Ambrose Bierce
Autumn Cthulhu
— edited by Mike Davis
Safe Inside the Violence
— Christopher L. Irvin
Hap and Leonard
— Joe R. Lansdale
Get in Trouble
— Kelly Link
Engines of Desire: Tales of Love and Other Monsters
— Livia Llewellyn
Hair Side, Flesh Side
— Helen Marshall
Things Don’t Break
— Richard Rosenbaum
Tiny Deaths
— Robert Shearman

Favourite Short Stories

“The Night Wire” — H.F. Arnold
“Andy Kaufmann Creeping Through the Trees” — Laird Barron
“Nemesis” — Laird Barron
“At Night, When the Demons Come” — Ray Cluley
“Click” — Brian Evenson
“Grave Goods” — Gemma Files
“A Natural History of Autumn” — Jeffrey Ford
“The Stiles of Palemarsh” — Richard Gavin
“Prisoners” — Ed Gorman
“Turn Away” — Ed Gorman
“The Truffle Pig” — T.E. Grau
“Shomer” — Glen Hirshberg
“Digging Deep” — Christopher L. Irvin
“Non Gratum Anus Rodentum” — Brian Keene
“The Oak and The Pond” — Joe R. Lansdale
“What Kept You So Long?” — John Ajvide Lindqvist
“I Can See Right Through You” — Kelly Link
“The Lesson” — Kelly Link
“Secret Identity” — Kelly Link
“The Engine of Desire” — Livia Llewellyn
“Blessed” — Helen Marshall
“Sanditon” — Helen Marshall
“Something Lost, Something Gained” — Seanan McGuire
“Family” — Maura McHugh
“Water Main” — S.P. Miskowski
“The Caretakers” — David Nickle
“Body Horror” — Richard Rosenbaum
“The Middle of Things or, 1922 and All That” — Richard Rosenbaum
“The Oughts” — Richard Rosenbaum
“Things Don’t Break” — Richard Rosenbaum
“After the Fall” — Jeffrey Thomas
“The Night is a Sea” — Scott Thomas
“Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” — Alyssa Wong


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