2015 was a special year for me. It marked the release of my debut novel, We Are Monsters, which is something I’ve been dreaming about most of my life. What makes it even sweeter is the warm reception the book has received from readers and critics alike.
As the year ended, and reviewers began to create their “Best of the Year” lists, I was honored to find We Are Monsters on many of them. Here are links to several “Best Horror Novels of 2015” lists that included We Are Monsters alongside many of my favorite reads from the year as well.
- Calling it, “One of the strongest debut novels in years,” industry icon Brian Keene included it on his “Best First Novels” list.
- Claimed the top spot in The Horror Book Shelf’s “Favorite Reads of 2015”
- Called, “A gorgeous display of conceivable terror that resonates long after reading,” We Are Monsters was included on this list of the “Top Ten Horror Novels of 2015”
- Shotgun Logic’s “Favorite Reads of 2015” (With a special note saying, “Watch this guy, he’s damn good.”)
- Bloodshot Books “Top 13 Reads of 2015”
- Author Glenn Rolfe’s “Top Ten of 2015”
- Frank Michaels Errington’s “Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2015” (Reviewer for Cemetery Dance Magazine):
- The Mouth’s of Madness Podcast’s “Best of 2015”
I read 39 books in 2015, although most of them were published in year’s prior. I’m always playing catch up. Here are my top ten favorite reads from last year, listed alphabetically.
- A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli
- A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (Read my essay on it HERE)
- Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
- Close Reach by Jonathan Moore
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
- Finders Keepers by Stephen King
- Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
- Least of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones
- Slade House by David Mitchell
- The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
There are many exciting developments going on behind the scenes right now that should make 2016 another exciting year. Stay tuned.