Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Top Ten Reads of 2022

It's that time of year again. Remember, these are the books I read in 2022, not books that were published that year. 

10. Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

A revenge tale about two fathers finding the men who murdered their sons. The action is exciting and the sense of loss throughout the book is palpable. 

9. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

A woman who doesn't remember anything about her past studying the strange mansion she finds herself in. A book full of wonderful imagery. 

8. Death's End by Liu Cixin

I only put The Three-Body Problem on my honorable mentions last year. While it is a good book, the trilogy really picks up in the second and third book. This one, the third, is an imaginative view into the far, far future when the world is so different, it becomes alien to the present. 

7. Tears of a Komsomol Girl by Audrey Szasz

Part coming of age story, part study of Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, part look into the last days of the Soviet Union, Szasz's first full novel is an amazing, brutal, and surreal work. 

Full review here. 

6. Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

One of the bleakest horror books I've read recently, this story about a world where cannibalism is normal is an incredibly affecting story. 

5. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

A unique alternative history that looks at a Nazi-occupied United States from the perspective of everyday people. It's also full of interesting concepts about the nature of reality and the perception of history. Definitely my favorite of Dick's that I've read so far. 

4. The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin 

The second in The Three-Body Problem trilogy. The book is a fascinating dive into psychology, sociology on a cosmic scale, and a gripping thriller. My favorite of the trilogy. 

3. Coin Locker Babies by Ryu Murakami

The stories of Kiku and Hashi, two boys abandoned in coin-operated lockers as infants. They grow up to become a pole-vaulter with deep anger issues and a queer rock star. The story only gets stranger from there. The best I've read from Murakami so far.

2. Stoner by John Williams

The tragic tale of an undistinguished academic, his failed relationships, and his derailed career. It's an excellent novel about a simple man crushed by the weight of the world. 

1. Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter 

The story of Jack Levitt, a man who never had it made. This is often labeled a crime novel, but it's more of a study of a man who has to turn to crime to survive. Sad at times, hilarious at others, it's my favorite read of 2022.

Honorable Mentions

- We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
- The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale
- Children of the New Flesh, edited by Chris Kelso and David Leo Rice
- Contempt by Alberto Moravia

Monday, December 26, 2022

New Review at Substack

Over at my Substack, I have a new review of the latest novel from Bob Freville. 

Read it here, and please consider subscribing if you haven't.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

A Door is a Door is a Door is a Jar

I've had three poems in the latest, winter 2022, edition of Door is a Jar magazine

You can either get it from the website or pick it up at the nearest Barnes and Noble.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Two Halloween Poems + Ebook Sale

Over at the Malarkey Books website, I have two gloomy poems for Halloween. 

Also, for the remainder of Halloween today, my book of plays is only $0.99 at Godless.com.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Corpses on the Vine at Substack

Over at my Substack, I posted a surrealist piece that used AI to assist in its creation. 

Read it here.  

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

New Story at Expat Press

My short story, "Messages from Paradise," has been published over at Expat Press. It's a surreal horror piece written as a series of text messages. Thank you very much to the kind folks at the press for publishing this on their site. 

Read it here. 

Monday, September 19, 2022

Out Now: PLAYS/hauntologies

PLAYS/hauntologies is out now from Madness Heart Press. You can get the ebook directly from the Madness Heart website, or from Godless. Physical copies are available from the Madness Heart website and Amazon. You can also get the ebook on Kindle

You can watch the book trailer for it here on YouTube

Christina Pfeiffer of the Mothers of Mayhem podcast had this to say about the book: ""Every play is stunning, beautiful, and forces the reader to question things. But 'An American Demon' is, by far, one of the most beautiful works I have read this year. Just... this is going to live rent free in my head until I die."

If you enjoy the book, please consider giving it a review on Goodreads

Thank you everyone for your support.