20. A Choir Of Ill Children, by Tom Piccirilli (2003)

Imagination and daring are vast in Tom Piccirilli’s A Choir Of Ill Children, a unique Southern Gothic tale told through the eyes of alternately lovable and reprehensible oddities. The main character, Thomas, is a descendant of supernatural forces that have long governed the swamplands of Kingdom Come county, and when’s not taking care of his conjoined triplet siblings (who share one brain and speak in sing-song), Thomas is avoiding fatal reprimanding from a crew of elderly witches who call Kingdom Come’s shots. With Piccirilli’s penchant for insightful analysis and rich character development, A Choir Of Ill Children is a freak show with tremendous heart.