First off, I just want to say this has been one crazy year for the Speak-Reeves family, after moving across the damned country to settle back in my hometown of Bettendorf. I can’t say it’s all gone according to plan—in fact, almost nothing has happened like we planned it—but we’re settling in OK and figuring things out. Reznor is doing very well academically, though moving to a new town/school is the LAST thing a fourteen-year-old wants to do. We’re all more than a little homesick, even now. Michelle’s been hard at work—like, fingers-to-the-bone style—and Speak Art Studio is growing because of it. I think 2020 will be a good one for our family.
Also, this next year should see the release of at least one, or maybe two new books by the end of 2020. In February, I will launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund the editing, cover design, and marketing of my new novel The Last House. I’ll be posting more about that after the new year! And I continue to work through the draft of the third Bettendorf Tales novel.
My Favorite Horror 2019
2019 was another good year for horror—not as stellar as 2018, but it sure had some great moments. Three of the young auteurs had new offerings this past year, all of whom further pushed the boundaries of the genre. Though I can’t say any of their sophomore efforts quite rose to the level of their debut films, they remained well worth seeing and two of them made my list. So, without further ado, here are my ten favorite horror movies of 2019. A lot of these films are on the Shudder streaming service, so if you don’t have it, I highly recommend subscribing.
This list is not my idea of the “best” horror movies of the year, just my personal favorites set into some kind of order only because I enjoy that kind of thing. Several other films could have made it here, but these were ultimately the ones I settled on.