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In 2017, I read 32 novels, 14 novellas, and 162 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 2017.)

Favourite Novels

Little Heaven — Nick Cutter
Last Days — Brian Evenson
Lily — Michael Thomas Ford
Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier — Mark Frost
Harrison Squared — Daryl Gregory
Sleeping Beauties — Stephen King & Owen King
I Am Providence — Nick Mamatas
The Death House
— Sarah Pinborough
A Perfect Machine — Brett Savory
Blue War — Jeffrey Thomas
Deadstock — Jeffrey Thomas
The Lighted Hand — Michael Wehunt
Miami Blues — Charles Willeford
What the Hell Did I Just Read? — David Wong
Nine Princes in Amber — Roger Zelazny

Favourite Novellas and Novelettes

Tomahawk Park Survivors Raffle — Laird Barron
Rangel — Matthew M. Bartlett
Loaded — Joe Hill
Agents of Dreamland — Caitlin R. Kiernan
A House at the Bottom of a Lake — Josh Malerman
Red Cells — Jeffrey Thomas

Favourite Collections and Anthologies

Swift to Chase — Laird Barron
Cathedral — Raymond Carver
Probably Monsters — Ray Cluley
Sylvan Dread — Richard Gavin
The Nameless Dark
— T.E. Grau
The Collected Stories — Amy Hempel
The Earth Wire and Other Stories — Joel Lane
Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade — Joe R. Lansdale
Greener Pastures — Michael Wehunt

Favourite Short Stories

“A Small, Good Thing” — Raymond Carver
“All Change” — Ray Cluley
“Bloodcloth” — Ray Cluley
“I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing” — Ray Cluley
“The Cyclorama” — Laird Barron
“Termination Dust” — Laird Barron
“Word Doll” — Jeffrey Ford
“Beach Town” — Amy Hempel
“Jesus Is Waiting” — Amy Hempel
“The Clearing” — Joel Lane
“Other Than the Fair” — Joel Lane
“The Mainz Psalter” — Jean Ray
“The Shadowy Street” — Jean Ray
“The Gladiator Lie” — Kelly Robson
“The Dying Season” — Lynda E. Rucker
“The Town of Cats” — Hagiwara Sakutaro
“It Flows From the Mouth” — Robert Shearman
“Genius Loci” — Clark Ashton Smith
“Beside Me Singing in the Wilderness” — Michael Wehunt
“Dancers” — Michael Wehunt
“An Ending (Ascent)” — Michael Wehunt
“October Film Haunt: Under the House” — Michael Wehunt
“Onanon” — Michael Wehunt
“The Gales of the World” — Robert J. Wiersema


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"When every third paperback — not only trumpets the blurb encomium of some author only slightly better-known than the person who wrote the book itself — impertinently declares itself a HUGO NOMINATED or HUGO CONSIDERED or HUGO NOTED or HUGO WINKED AT book, well, to be kind, the cachet has long since been tarnished beyond even the aid of Brasso. Common sense, which seems to be a commodity in short supply among amateurs who reside more in the Land of Urban Fantasy than they do in the realm of pragmatic business career, ought to tell writers and their editors and even the nameless drudges who write cover blurbs for Tor and Berkley and Roc, et al, that when a phrase like 'Nebula Winner' has been reduced to the level of white noise, to mere bibble-babble, that it has lost its exclusivity, has lost the power to generate any electrical clout of exclusivity. The analogy holds for the slathering of 'SFWA Member" on an unsolicited manuscript."
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