The New Year is upon us, and with it comes list after list of everyone’s favorite books of 2016. However, here at Zoetic Press we don’t let the constraints of the calendar dictate what thrilled us. Welcome to the Zoetic Press Best of Books List, curated by the staff and placed here in your timeline in hopes it will inspire you to read and discuss. What were your favorite books this year? Let us know! It’s like a comment section book club!
I heard The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year Volume 8. So instead of appreciating it when it came out, I devoured it over one hot day in the summer of 2016. I love horror and I’ll keep reading great stories about ghosts, Lovecraftiana, or witches as long as people keep writing them, but this book was just so stunningly new. It tells the story of Carolyn, a woman raised in a cult-like community devoted to studying a strange library with other children. Carolyn’s voice is compelling and her character is a motley mix of admirable, detestable, and some totally alien traits. Not afraid to be totally madcap, this book is filled with ancient gods of nature, the land of the dead, suburbia, and a mass murderer as absurd as he is dangerous. Where a lesser book would end after the big showdown between the main conflicting parties, this goes on for an unbelievable final act. It’s much more intimate than the rest of the book but goes on to highlight yet another novel type of monstrosity.
-Amelia Gorman, Associate Editor