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Glenn’s Top 10 Novels and Novellas of 2014

by Glenn Rolfe

Okay, it’s the end of the year. That means it is top ten time!  2014 saw me increase my reading output from about fifteen to twenty novels in previous years, all the way up to the seventy plus that I’m sitting at now. A lot of things played into this huge upswing. One, I got real serious about my writing, and to write you need to read! Using my Kindle more and the suddenly hot trend of novellas also made a difference.  The latter so much so that I’ve decided to do my top ten novels, and my top ten novellas.

I decided to keep these lists to books released in 2014. Keep in mind, there were plenty of great books that I didn’t have time to get to. These aren’t all horror pieces, but that’s the way I roll. Without further ado….




  1. Pride by Chantal Noordeloos
  2. The Waiting by Hunter Shea
  3. The Plasm by William Meikle
  4. Sophan by Kevin Lucia
  5. Linden Manor by Catherine Cavendish
  6. Exorcist Road by Jonathan Janz
  7. Conduits by Jennifer Loring
  8. Decoration Day by Vic Kerry
  9. Legacy by JG Faherty
  10. The Vagrants by Brian Moreland




  1. The Martian by Andy Weir
  2. The Montauk Monster by Hunter Shea
  3. Dust Devils by Jonathan Janz
  4. The Summer Job by Adam Cesare
  5. Ugly Little Things by Todd Keisling (This was a collection, but the stories were amazing)
  6. Nameless: The Darkness Comes by Mercedes M. Yardley
  7. The Dark Servant by Matt Manochio
  8. The Family Tree by John Everson
  9. Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M. Yardley
  10. Dark Vengeance by Russell James


*novels #2-4 could easily switch places. They were all pretty awesome.


All said and done, there are eleven Samhain Horror pieces in my twenty selections. I am a member of the Samhain family, but I promise that in no way did that sway my selections. I have been a HUGE fan of the man behind the scenes, Don D’Auria. He worked this kind of magic with Leisure Books/ Dorchester Publishing for years. The reason I started writing horror was because of all of the strong stories he chose for their line. He knows his stuff, or we have the same taste. Either way, Don and Samhain is a winning combination.

As for the rest…

I got the chance to read quite a bit of awesome stuff this year from people I’d never read before: Chantal Noordeloos, Todd Keisling, Adam Cesare, Kevin Lucia, and many, many more that I am happy to read again in 2015.


These titles (and many more by the authors) can be found on Amazon and other fine outlets (maybe even in a bookstore near you).


Here’s to another amazing 2015!

Be sure to check out my debut novella with Samhain Publishing, Abram’s Bridge. Out January 6th. (Pre-order today!)


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