My Reading Highlights of 2015

In 2015 I read approximately 205 novels, novellas and graphic novels.

 

That’s around 110 novels, I counted them and it’s exactly the amount of novels I read last year but with double the amount of audios at 42 (makes me think there’s some cheating going on but no, I double checked), 80 novellas & short stories and only 15 graphic novels.

 

Best novels (I’m going to do this in blocks of 3’s because I can’t separate them, its bloody impossible) and its surprising how many audio's are amongst them, 2 from the top 3.

 

A Definitely Maybe 3-way tie for top spot

 

 

William Peter Blatty - The Exorcist (probably shades it for my favourite)

Stephen King – IT (What can I say - its a monster)

Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere (Brilliant Urban Fantasy)

 

Next up

 

 

 

Harper Lee – To Kill A Mockingbird (a classic)

Neil Gaiman – The Ocean at the end of the lane (loved it)

Stephen King – Needful Things (Not many peoples favourite but its one of mine)

 

 

And the final 4 of my Top 10 comprising of more modern stuff.

 

 

Adam Nevill – Last Days (Nail biting tension)

Craig Saunders – Left To Darkness (Humour and horror combined perfectly)

Barbie Wilde – Voices of the Damned (Superb erotic/horror anthology)

Will Elliott - The Pilo Traveling Show (hell its Gonko)

 

Not quite there but deserve a mention

 

 

 

Mylo Carbia - The Raping of Ava DeSantis (Revenge doesn't come any sweeter)

Joe Lansdale – The God of the Razor (Will be reading more from Mr Lansdale)

Cormac McCarthy – No Country for Old Men (What a narration from Tom Stechschulte)

Simon Kurt Unsworth – The Devils Detective (dark and awesome)

Johnny Shaw – Dove Season (brilliant characters, good fun)

Stephen King – Joyland

Johnny Shaw – Plaster City

James Dickey – Deliverance (Will Patton narrates and is fantastic)

Lee Thompson - The Devil Gave Them Black Wings

Brian Keene – The Rising

William Faulkner - Light in August

Michael McDowell - The Elementals (great psychological horror)

Barbie Wilde – The Venus Complex (erotic & psychotic first person thriller)

 

 

Best Novellas

 

Again I'll do this in a couple of groups because I can't separate them and in no particular order.

 

 

Kealan Patrick Burke - Sour Candy

Michael McBride - Snowblind 2: The Killing Grounds

Edward Lorn - Cruelty: Episode 9 &10 

 

And in the second cut.

 

Lee Thompson – With Fury in Hand

Clive Barker - The Hellbound Heart

Michael Patrick Hicks - Consumption

 

 

Graphic Novels

 

Easiest one of the lot, there's 2 that stand out a mile ahead of the others and that's

 

The Sandman: Overture (simply stunning in its entirety)

Bedlam volume 1 (Just Madder Red and a violently brash story)

 

 

And Finally my Discoveries of the year, well the lovely Barbie Wilde would have to be up there closely followed by Johnny Shaw, Mylo Carbia, Michael Patrick Hicks, Michaelbrent Collings is one I intend to read more of, along with Joe Lansdale and the usual Gaiman, the King and James Lee Burke.

 

So thats it, job done.