So, then. 2016...
You know what? Let's not. There are going to be entire books written about this dumpster fire of a year, which seems to have been ground zero for every terrible idea of history and crass coincidence, and I have no desire to depress myself or you further.
Especially because this here is supposed to be a celebration: a reflection on all the great material I've read this year, a chance to take stock and say 'here's what was good'.
And it turns out, a lot was very good indeed. So, the normal rules apply; these are the best things I read this year, even if they didn't come out this year. I appreciate that makes things a little idiosyncratic, but a) there's plenty of 'proper' 2016 lists out there, so feel free to fill yer boots and b) this is my damn list. Also, it won't all be horror – I read pretty widely.
Also also, this isn't a 'best of'' list – this is a 'Kit's favorites' list. I don't claim to have a powerful subjective measure for discerning the quality of a story – I just know what I like and why. With that in mind, here are the works I enjoyed reading the most in 2016. The line between my favorites and the honorable mentions is both thin and wobbly – if you like the sound of any of the below, my strong advice is to check it out. It wouldn't be here if I didn't love it.
Let's talk about the good stuff.
Short Story of the year: