Recently I've been rather too busy with writing and other projects for very much blogging. So, to make up for it, I have decided to share just a few of my favourite reads of 2016. More later I'm sure, but for now, here they are:
|The Best Short Stories of Garry Kilworth is an expansive, multi-genre collection of tales by a |
master writer. There are so many great short stories here, spanning many years, including one of the
finest examples I've read: Blood Orange. If you haven't read it yet, you really should!
|Jason A. Wyckoff's second collection The Hidden Back Room is every bit as good as |
his first, Black Horse and Other Stories. It contains some wonderful tales,
particularly the title story, which is satisfyingly strange indeed.
This is yet another great collection from Tartarus Press.
|The New Uncanny is from a few years back, but with stories from, among others, Ramsey Campbell,|
Christopher Priest, Nicholas Royle, AS Byatt and Hanif Kureishi, it's well worth a read.
One of the most memorable stories here is Ped-o-Matique, by Jane Rogers, which may well
change permanently your view about what to do whilst waiting around for delayed flights in airports!
|Stories of the Strange and Sinister is a fascinating collection by a much underrated writer of strange stories.|
In The Steam Room is one of Frank Baker's better known tales and is present here in all its mundane
glory. Baker wrote in a minor key and is therefore often overlooked; but but if you're a
fan of the weird I feel he's well worth a read.
|Greener Pastures is a collection of Michael Wehunt's superb, left-field stories. Are they |
horror, fantasy or literary? Probably a mixture of all three. They are certainly
complex, emotionally charged and grounded in a strange version of reality.