Unlike most 'Best of' lists, the Galericulate Awards has no predetermined categories. This means I can make up all sorts of stuff and be as parochial, corrupt and biased as I want. However, in an attempt to revive my fading credibility, I have in fact selected some mighty fine pieces of writing for your delectation and delight. If you don't like at least some of my award winners you are either brain dead or the sort of weirdo who would top himself for a bet.
So without more ado, meet the 2013 red carpet treaders. Oh, and have a great fecking Christmas, OK?
The Grande Dame of Indie writing's erudite and moving collection of Holocaust poems shines like a beacon of truth in a dark world.
Bernie Snow's 'Damaged Posse' series gets off to a cracking start with this novel containing a cast of zany, offbeat characters and a twisting storyline.
The boy from Tennessee gives us a fascinating and brave insight into a life of wanderlust.
This fascinating family saga is set against the backdrop of twentieth century Bavaria.
Longing, loss, desire and great storylines - it's all here.
Guns, girls, heists, explosions and a satisfyingly large body count. What more do you want to stave off the winter ennui?
Most Lip-Smacking Short Story Collection Based On A Pack of Cards: 'Allegories of the Tarot', edited by Annetta Ribken
Most collections from different authors have at least one turkey (whether or not it's Christmas), but not this collection! Great stuff!
George Orwell meets Edgar Allan Poe meets .. oh, just read it, OK?
Oh, and if you're fed up with books, here's a picture of my dog. He's just chewed up most of the Christmas presents. Still think he's cute?