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    Kimberly’s “Top Five Collections/Anthologies of 2018”

    Genres: Alien Contact, Bizarro, Cosmic Horror, Creature Feature, Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Extreme Horror, Fiction, General, Ghost, Gothic, Haunted House, Horror, Lovecraftian, Mystery, Mystery & Detective, Noir, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Psychological Horror, Sci-Fi, Southern Gothic, Supernatural, Suspense, Thriller Format: eBook **These are my personal “Top Five Collections/Anthologies of 2018”.  These are collections that I have READ in 2018, not necessarily published in that year (although many were).**   THE SEA WAS A FAIR MASTER, by Calvin Demmer:  This collection of flash fiction stories was brought to my attention by fellow reviewers.  I honestly never thought much about “flash fiction” before.  If anything, I was under the assumption…

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    “BEST BOOKS READ IN 2018”, by Kimberly

    Genres: Bizarro, Creature Feature, Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Extreme Horror, Fiction, Ghost, Gothic, Haunted House, Horror, Lovecraftian, Mystery, Noir, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Southern Gothic, Supernatural, Suspense, Thrillers, Thrillers & Suspense, Victorian, Weird Tales Format: eBook **Each year I average between 150-200 reviews, so I like to post a list of the year’s “Best Books Read” from my personal selection of reads.  These are not necessary books that were published in this calendar year (although many are), but books that I chose to read, and that left a strong impression on me–standing out from among the rest.  This particular year was a tough one, as my overall count was lower,…

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    {Extra} Kimberly’s “BEST READS in 2017”

    Genres: Creature Feature, Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Extreme Horror, Fiction, Horror, Law & Crime, Occult & Supernatural, Police Procedural, Psychological Horror, Supernatural, Thriller Averaging over 220 books/novellas/anthologies a year, I usually go with a top twenty list and a separate top five collections/anthologies.  Here are my personal favorites from this year’s reading.  *Note:  these were not all published in 2017, just the ones I read in 2017.*   BOOKS/NOVELLAS 1. SUBHUMAN, Michael McBride:  Looking back over my lists, I think Michael McBride has kept the number one spot for as long as I’ve been doing these.  That’s no coincidence if you’ve read any of his novels/novellas.  This man can write ANYTHING…

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    {Extra} My Top 20 Books of 2016, & Top 5 Anthologies/Collections

    Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction *Since I average 225 books/collections a year, I’ve highlighted the Top 20 Novels/Novellas that stood out for me in 2016.  Following that is my Top 5 Anthologies/Collections of the year. MY TOP 20 NOVELS/NOVELLAS OF 2016 1. CHILDREN OF THE DARK, Jonathan Janz–emotional, coming-of-age, and fantastic characterization all across the board.  This one stood out in so many areas that I had to list it as my #1. 2. UNIDENTIFIED, Michael McBride–the latest novella by Michael McBride; need I say more? (Available for purchase soon!) 3. LITTLE DEAD RED, Mercedes M. Yardley–a “fairy-tale” style novella, where the subject matter is anything BUT!  This was the first…