TOP 25: My Favorite Reads for 2019

This year has flown by in a blur—I can’t believe it’s nearly over. As most of you know, I’ve dealt with personal tragedy this year. I don’t want that to be the focus of this post, but it has overshadowed most of the last six months of my life, and leads me to what I want to mention next. Through the darkness there have been some moments of light along the way, and many of those moments have come from the horror community. The friendships that I’ve developed, and the books that I’ve read along the way have provided moments of happiness despite my disposition. Consider this my official “shout-out” to the friends and the books who have brightened my days in 2019.

I know you can all relate when I speak of books I want to hug. The following books are on my “2019 Favorites” list for that reason and much more. When I was narrowing down this list, I asked myself “Which books am I still thinking about to this day?”. These are the Top 25 that are still on my mind, listed in no particular order. All of these books were 4 or 5 star ratings for me. Some of them were published prior to 2019. If you’re curious to know more on my thoughts, you can check back on this blog or my GoodReads page for the full reviews.

 

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  • WALK THE DARKNESS DOWN by John Boden
  • OUT BEHIND THE BARN by John Boden and Chad Lutzke
  • THE SAME DEEP WATER AS YOU by Chad Lutzke
  • CATTYWAMPUS by Robert Ford and John Boden
  • RATTLESNAKE KISSES by Robert Ford and John Boden
  • MASS HYSTERIA by Michael Patrick Hicks
  • WHAT DO MONSTERS FEAR? by Matt Hayward
  • BRAIN DEAD BLUES by Matt Hayward
  • VARIOUS STATES OF DECAY by Matt Hayward
  • A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS by Robert Ford and Matt Hayward
  • WELCOME TO THE SHOW (various authors; curated by Matt Hayward, edited by Matt Hayward and Doug Murano)
  • BLOOD CRAZY by Simon Clark
  • CLICKERS by J.F. Gonzalez
  • INNER DEMONS by Robert Ford
  • THE GOD BENEATH MY GARDEN by Robert Ford
  • EXORCIST FALLS by Jonathan Janz
  • THE DARK GAME by Jonathan Janz
  • COYOTE SONGS by Gabino Iglesias
  • AND HER SMILE WILL UNTETHER THE UNIVERSE by Gwendolyn Kiste
  • IN THE SCRAPE by James Newman and Mark Steensland
  • REMAINS by Andrew Cull
  • LULLABIES FOR SUFFERING (various authors; edited by Mark Matthews)
  • GRIND YOUR BONES TO DUST by Nicholas Day
  • LITTLE PARANOIAS by Sonora Taylor
  • ON THIS, THE DAY OF THE PIG by Josh Malerman

 

 

 

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