Sunday, 1 January 2017

Favourite Short Stories of 2016

2016 has seen some amazing fiction published and I managed to (mostly) keep a list of my favourite short stories this year. In alphabetical order (by author) they are:

And Ashes in Your Hair by Simon Bestwick (Something Remains - anthology)
The Wrath of the Deep by Simon Bestwick (The Hyde Hotel)
The Scythe by Ray Bradbury
White Rabbit by Georgina Bruce (Black Static)
The Great Silence by Ted Chiang (Electric Lit)
A Tale Before Supper by Ray Cluley (This is Horror)
S.K. by James Cooper (Postscripts 36/37)
Damnatio Ad Beastias by Kristi DeMeester (Apex)
Floodwater by Kristi DeMeester (The Dark)
The Sound That Grief Makes by Kristi DeMeester (The Dark)
The Marginals by Steve Duffy (Black Static)
Melpomene's Heirs by Evan Dicken (Clowns - anthology)
A Whisper in the Reeds by Nerine Dorman (African Monsters - anthology)
Shadow Boy by Lora Gray (Shimmer)
Foul is Fair by Tyler Keevil (Black Static)
The Ice Plague by Tim Lees (Black Static)
Postcards From Natalie by Carrie Laben (The Dark)
Man of the House by V.H. Leslie (Black Static)
The Blue Room by V.H. Leslie (The Hyde Hotel - anthology)
The Oestridae by Robert Levy (Black Static)
Anthony's Vampire by Seanan McGuire (Nightmare)
Trying to Get Back to Nonchalant by Ralph Robert Moore (Black Static)
On the Road by Nnedi Okorafor (African Monsters - anthology)
Rusties by Nnedi Okorafor & Wanuri Kahiu (Clarkesworld)
The Chickens and the Three Gods by Kit Power
Tohoku by Danny Rhodes (Black Static)
The Old Roads by Lynda Rucker (Burrow Press)
Blonde by Priya Sharma (Interzone)
Egg by Priya Sharma (Mithila Review)
The Jacaranda Wife by Angela Slatter (The Dark)
Dog by Reece Shearsmith (Dead Funny - anthology)
Deep within the Marrow, Hidden in my Smile by Damien Angelica Walters (Black Static)
Sugar, Sin & Nonsuch Henry by Damien Angelica Walters (Sing Me Your Stars - Collection)
Darkness and Darkness by Robert Freeman Wexler (Postscripts 36/37)
Reapers Rose by Ian Whates (Nightmare)
The Men from Narrow Houses by A.C. Wise (Liminal)


Favourite Fiction of 2016 - Novels & Novellas

My favourite novels of the year:

Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
The Feast of All Souls by Simon Bestwick
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang
Day Four by Sarah Lotz
Slade House by David Mitchell
The Life & Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
They Say a Girl Died Here Once by Sarah Pinborough
Unwholly by Neal Shusterman
Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M Yardley

My favourite Novellas of the year:

Lantern Rock by Stephen Bacon
Stag in Flight by S.P. Miskowski
The Hammer of Dr Valentine by John L Probert

Saturday, 31 December 2016

My Writing Year - 2016


For me, 2016 has been the year of unfathomable exhaustion and (as a very dear friend put it) no headspace. Despite that, I somehow managed to tick a few things off the bucket list.

First off, two of my stories were shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award (Short Story and Novella categories). Then, later in the year, I sold a story to The Dark, and then, just this month, I found out that the story As Cymbals Clash, has been chosen for Paula Guran's The Years Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017. Serious Bucket List moments.

So, what has been published this year.

Snowbooks re-released my novella, The Bureau of Them.
Frightful Horrors released an ebook, Shadow Moths, containing two of my short stories - Blood Moth Kiss and We Make our Own Monsters Here.
The Coyote Corporation's Misplaced Song in The Hyde Hotel (anthology)
In the Macabre Theatre of Nightshade Place in Postscripts
As Cymbals Clash in The Dark 
A Silent Comedy in Clowns - The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix (anthology)

Forthcoming in 2017
As Cymbals Clash in The Years Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017
The Gargoyles of Killfellen House in Sherlock Holmes's School For Detection

Will post my favourite novels/short stories of the year tomorrow.