I think one thing I'm going to enjoy most about this event is that the horror genre doesn't really have that established canon of "great" works that you find in the superhero genre. There is no Watchmen of horror; the great stories are still largely unrecognized in the modern age. That makes creating these lists both more difficult and more liberating, as there is no body of work that you're more or less expected to have read in order to have an opinion. Any given back issue could prove to be the greatest horror story ever written; everyone has an equal chance of uncovering something amazing on their list.
If I really wanted to, &/or felt the need to because of lack of possible candidates, I could probably make a case (with myself, if not necessarily successfully with the iron tyrant shax) for one superhero story & one quasi-superhero story (Marvel horror character from the '70s boom). I don't anticipate that happening, though I'll certainly mention them as honorable mentions later. I'll be interested to see if anyone buys the first one, in particular, as eligible.
I'm considering having a thread for everyone to post their runner-ups prior to the countdown.
What do you guys think?
Depends on how settled people are on their choices, I guess. I anticipate no second- or third-guessing of my picks, especially with so few involved.
OTOH, with the Christmas lists, more than once I've swerved on a pick at some point during the 12 days; if we'd listed those anticipated runners-up beforehand, I'd presumably have deprived myself of those options.