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In 2018, I read 45 novels, 21 novellas, and 274 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 2018.)

Favourite Novels

Blood Standard — Laird Barron
A Long Line of Dead Men — Lawrence Block
The Neon Rain — James Lee Burke
The Naming of the Beasts — Mike Carey
Thicker Than Water — Mike Carey
The Little Sister — Raymond Chandler
Indigo Slam — Robert Crais
L.A. Requiem — Robert Crais
The Last Detective — Robert Crais
The Saturday Night Ghost Club — Craig Davidson
Experimental Film — Gemma Files
Dark Places — Gillian Flynn
I Am The River — T.E. Grau
Raising Stony Mayhall — Daryl Gregory
Aloha from Hell — Richard Kadrey
The Outsider — Stephen King
The 37th Mandala — Marc Laidlaw
Jackrabbit Smile — Joe R. Lansdale
Prayers for Rain — Dennis Lehane
Hollywood North — Michael Libling
Ghost Road Blues — Jonathan Maberry
The Blue Hammer — Ross Macdonald
Unbury Carol — Josh Malerman
First Blood — David Morrell
The Rook — Daniel O’Malley
Invisible Monsters — Chuck Palahniuk
They Say A Girl Died Here Once — Sarah Pinborough
The Family Plot — Cherie Priest
The Cabin at the End of the World — Paul Tremblay
Web — John Wyndham
My Name Is Legion — Roger Zelazny

Favourite Novellas and Novelettes

The Other Side of the Mountain — Michel Bernanos
Resume Speed — Lawrence Block
The Warren — Brian Evenson
The Twilight Pariah — Jeffrey Ford
Wylding Hall — Elizabeth Hand
The Ballad of Black Tom — Victor LaValle
Nightflyers — George R.R. Martin
Sandkings — George R.R. Martin
A Song for Lya — George R.R. Martin
Forest Under the Sea — Koji Suzuki
The Tired Sounds, A Wake — Michael Wehunt

Favourite Collections and Anthologies

The Girlfriend Game — Nick Antosca
Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume 1 — edited by Laird Barron
The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway — Ernest Hemingway
Bleeding Shadows — Joe R. Lansdale
The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard — Elmore Leonard
Nightflyers — George R.R. Martin
The Lord Came at Twilight — Daniel Mills
Aickman’s Heirs — edited by Simon Stantzas
All We Want Is Everything — Andrew F. Sullivan
Dark Water — Koji Suzuki
Over the Darkening Fields — Scott Thomas

Favourite Short Stories

“Carnal Quartet” — Nick Antosca
“The Thickness of Clown Blood” — Nick Antosca
“Night Dog” — Matthew M. Bartlett
“The Howling Man” — Charles Beaumont
“The Hungry House” — Robert Bloch
“The Boy Who Disappeared Clouds” — Lawrence Block
“Someday I’ll Plant More Walnut Trees” — Lawrence Block
“The Aleph” — Jorge Luis Borges
“Seven Minutes in Heaven” — Nadia Bulkin
“The Colomber” — Dino Buzzati
“White Rabbits” — Leonora Carrington
“Nine Last Days on Planet Earth” — Daryl Gregory
“Black Ass at the Cross Roads” — Ernest Hemingway
“Landscape With Figures” — Ernest Hemingway
“Nearer to Thee” — Stephen Graham Jones
“Author’s Tea” — Louis L’Amour
“The Man Who Stole Shakespeare” — Louis L’Amour
“Underground Economy” — John Langan
“Smoke Ghost” — Fritz Leiber
“The Naked Goddess” — Daniel Mills
“The Lord Came at Twilight” — Daniel Mills
“Mother Jones and the Nasty Eclipse” — Cherie Priest
“Fabulous Beasts” — Priya Sharma
“Pumpkinheads” — Andrew F. Sullivan
“Self-Cleaning Oven” — Andrew F. Sullivan
“Towers” — Andrew F. Sullivan
“Cabin 13” — Scott Thomas
“The Book That Finds You” — Lisa Tuttle
“The Pine Arch Collection” — Michael Wehunt
“Mimic” — Donald A. Wollheim


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