Friday, December 16, 2016

The best novels of 2016



Here is my list of  top ten novels of 2016.in order of preference. I also added various other bests under the list.

1. THE HEAVENLY TABLE - Donald Ray Pollock
2. DARK MATTER - Blake Crouch
3. MONGRELS - Stephen Graham Jones
4. BEFORE THE FALL - Noah Hawley
5. THE VIOLATORS - Vincenzo Bilof
6. A HOUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF A LAKE - Josh Malerman
7. DEAD SOULS - J. Lincoln Fenn
8. PUNK ROCK GHOST STORY - David Agranoff
9. DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL'S ROCK - Paul Tremblay
10. SQUIRM WITH ME - Andersen Prunty

Now the best of the rest.

Best single author anthology (tie)
THE DOLL MAKER AND OTHER TALES OF TERROR - Joyce Carol Oates
ECSTATIC INFERNO - Autumn Christian

Best multiple author collection
TALES AND SCALES - edited by John Palisano

Best YA Novel
THE GREATEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER - Jeff Strand

Best novel of 2015 read in 2016
ZERO SAINTS - Gabino Iglesias

Best WTF! Novel (besides the already mentioned THE VIOLATORS)
VAMPIRE GUTS IN NUKE TOWN - Kevin Strange

Best non-fiction
TIME TRAVEL - James Gleick

Best Poetry book
RHYME & REBELLION - Harry Whitewolf

Best journal/magazine
DARK DISCOVERIES

And finally some honorable mentions which means I am distraught because I couldn't put more than 10 books on a top ten list. No particular order (this just happens to complete all the 2016 novels I gave five stars to.)

THE ONE MAN - Andrew Gross
BLISTER - Jeff Strand
LONG FORM RELIGIOUS PORN - Laura Lee Bahr
I WILL ROT WITHOUT YOU - Danger Slater
THE POISON ARTIST - Jonathan Moore

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