Friday, December 31, 2010

My Top Ten of 2010

End of year lists are hard to do. You always feel like you're forgetting a story or you're snubbing someone whose work you really admire. My list is just stories that have stuck with me for one reason or another. Sometimes it's the subject matter, others the writing, and other times it's what the story taught me either as a person or a writer. That's what makes them best for me.

I have to admit that I haven't read as many online crime stories as I usually do and my favorites were listed over at Chris Rhatigan's blog back a few weeks ago and I'll repost them here in case you missed them.

1. “Portraits of Detroit: Wylie Edwards” by Patricia Abbott

2. “Dead Things” by Michael Bracken

3. “Free” by Ian Ayris

4. “Why I Should Avoid Married Women” by Jim Harrington

5. “Dog Fight” by Aaron M. Wilson

In print, I enjoyed the hell out of all the stories in the first issue of Needle magazine but I've got to say that Kent Gowran's ".44 Blues" has really stuck with me. And in the second issue of Needle, I have to say that David Cranmer's "The Sins of Maynard Shipley" is the one that keeps drifting through my mind.

And now, my list of ten online stories that "tripped my trigger" this year.

1. "The Truth and all Its Ugly" by Kyle Minor

2. "Shootout" by William Hart

3. "Whiskey Meets Rock & Roll" by Mike Dennis

4. "The Quick...And The Dead" by Bill Crider

5. "Hawkins Boy" by Charles Dodd White

6. "Gunpoint" by Fred Blosser

7. "Missed Calls" by Glenn Grey

8. "Crack Whore" by David Hardin

9. "Clockwork Fairies" by Cat Rambo

10. "The List" by Kieran Shea


Unknown said...

Thanks for including my story!

sandra seamans said...

It was a masterpiece, Bill! I can only hope to be that good someday.

David Cranmer said...

Thanks, amiga.

One of the highlights of 2010 was working on "Under the Sun" and our other surprise that is cooking.

You're the best!

Happy New Year!

Glenn Gray said...

Glad you enjoyed "Missed Calls," Sandra. I'm thrilled to be on your list. Happy 2011!

Paul D Brazill said...

Smashing selection!

sandra seamans said...

Happy New Year, gentlemen!