My Top Ten Books: 2008 Edition

December 31, 2008

Without further ado (without, actually, any ado at all), here are my Top Ten Books of 2008. Some of these were published before 2008; some of them won’t be published until 2009. But I read ’em in ’08, so that’s when they count for me. And since the New Year is just a couple of hours away, it doesn’t look like anything is going to come along and shake up the list.

1. TWILIGHT by William Gay
2. DUMA KEY by Stephen King
3. BALTIMORE, OR, THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER AND THE VAMPIRE
 by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola
4. HELLBOY: EMERALD HELL by Tom Piccirilli
5. THE COLD SPOT by Tom Piccirilli
6. MONEY SHOT by Christa Faust
7. INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer
8. WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson
9. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN by Cormac McCarthy
10. THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman

Hope you read some good books this year – if you’d like to share, leave me a list in the comments section. I’m always looking for something new to read.

Happy New Year!


What I Read: 2008 Edition

December 30, 2008

2008 was a good year for me, reading-wise. Not spectacular, but solid. I built up my To-Be-Read pile rather than knocking some of it down, but that’s okay – a glance at the titles stacked on deck has me really looking forward to 2009.

I’ll post my Top Ten later in the week, but for now here’s a look at all the books I read over the past 12 months:

SLASH by Slash with Anthony Bozza
MONKEY LOVE by John Paul Allen
MISTER B. GONE by Clive Barker
THE HARVEST by Scott Nicholson
HARD ROADS by Steve Vernon
DUMA KEY by Stephen King
MONEY SHOT by Christa Faust
LOSING LATITUDE PART 1: DEATH, DADS, AND DEMONS by Cory Cramer
LOSING LATITUDE PART 2: THE PAST COMES BACK TO HAUNT US by Cory Cramer
DEAD SEA by Brian Keene
TWILIGHT by William Gay
DARK DELICACIES II: FEAR  edited by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb
GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD by Michael Chabon
THE HELLBOUND HEART (20th Anniversary Edition) by Clive Barker
HELLBOY: EMERALD HELL by Tom Piccirilli
BALTIMORE, OR, THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER AND THE VAMPIRE
 by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola
COLD HOUSE by T.M. Wright
BONE SOUP by T.M. Wright
SELDOM SEEN IN AUGUST by Kealan Patrick Burke
THE DANGEROUS ALPHABET by Neil Gaiman and Chris Grimley
THE NIGHT CLASS by Tom Piccirilli
HITMAN: MY REAL LIFE IN THE CARTOON WORLD OF WRESTLING by Bret Hart
THE COLD SPOT by Tom Piccirilli
A WHISPER OF SOUTHERN LIGHTS by Tim Lebbon
COFFIN COUNTY by Gary Braunbeck
THE SOUND OF MIDNIGHT by Charles L. Grant
DARKER DISCOVERIES edited by James R. Beach
BLIND WILLOW, SLEEPING WOMAN by Haruki Murakami
CHILDREN OF THE NEW DISORDER by Tim Lebbon & Lindy Moore
INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer
CLOSE TO SHORE by Michael Capuzzo
EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES by Lynn Truss
OCCASIONAL DEMONS by Rick Hautala
WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson
WHO CAN SAVE US NOW? edited by Owen King and John McNally
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN by Cormac McCarthy
BRIMSTONE TURNPIKE edited by Kealan Patrick Burke
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
FLESH IS FLEETING…ART IS FOREVER by Gary Braunbeck
THIN THEM OUT by Kim Paffenroth and R.J. & Julia Sevin
THE PINES by Robert Dunbar
ELSEWHERE by William Peter Blatty
GUN WORK by David J. Schow
THE FIRST QUARRY by Max Allan Collins
JUST AFTER SUNSET by Stephen King
OLD FLAMES/RIGHT TO LIFE by Jack Ketchum
BATMAN: DEAD WHITE by John Shirley

This is a fairly diverse list for me. There is, of course, a good helping of horror, but also more nonfiction, more biographies (even if they are by a guitar player and a wrestler, they count), and more crime/noir. I fell in love with the Hard Case Crime series this year, and already have several lined up for 2009. I’ve also got some other things out of my comfort zone in the lineup for next year – some philosophy, more nonfiction, and the like. I’m toying with the idea of keeping a running list here at the site – watch the list of pages up top to see if it appears.

See you in a couple with my Top Ten.


ELSEWHERE Review

December 28, 2008

ElsewhereMy review of William Peter Blatty’s upcoming haunted house novel Elsewhere is now available online at Dark Scribe Magazine.


Mark Your Calendars

December 23, 2008

Just got the tentative lineup for 52 Stitches, the online Flash Fiction project that kicks off in January. Looks like my story “Sitting Up With Grandpa” will go up on August 30th. Naturally there will be reminders around then, but I figured someone is bound to give you a calendar for Christmas (doesn’t everyone get a calendar for Christmas?), and what better way to break it in than making a note of my new story?

In closer news, I should be having some book reviews appear early next year at a popular site with a cool name. More on that when it happens. In the meantime, unless something big breaks, we’re going dark until the new year, when I’ll be back with my favorite books of 2008. Merry Christmas!


Fifty-Two Stitches

December 9, 2008

The contract is signed, so I’m glad to be able to announce that my flash fiction story “Sitting Up With Grandpa” will be a part of the lineup of Fifty-Two Stitches, which promises a new story a week throughout 2009, culminating with a paperback containing all the stories. I don’t know when “Grandpa” will appear, but don’t worry – there will be plenty of reminders once a date is set!

You can learn more about Fifty-Two Stitches here and here.


“…and today is his birthday….”

December 6, 2008

The new trailer for next year’s Friday the 13th remake is out.

I love the return of the “death count.”