I write fantasy inspired by science and science-fiction inspired by folklore, along with the occasional other weirdness.
- “ApocaList: The Surprising Origins of 7 Everyday Words” – A list story using the etymology of 7 words to tell a tale of wild AI critters attacking people. 850 words, forthcoming from Daily Science Fiction.
- “Sacred Chords” – In a dieselpunk-ish world where music is both religion and weapon, a shell-shocked soldier is imprisoned for playing forbidden chords. Published in the anthology Recognize Fascism, from World Weaver Press, October 2020. 2,000 words.
- “Rattlesnake Tears” – “Three years ago, when I was thirteen, my mother first showed me how to change into a snake.” Published in Hybrid Fiction, Issue 5, August 2020. 3,600 words.
- “Four and Twenty Blackbirds” – A fairy-tale retelling: After their mother is executed for witchcraft, Marta and her brother Johan escape into the forest, only to run afoul of a very different witch. Published in Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, July 1st, 2019. 3,700 words.
- “How to Confront the Sphinx Haunting Your Garden” – “If you are consulting this guide, you live alone in the house at the end of the lane, and a sphinx has been haunting your overgrown garden.” Published in Flash Fiction Online, June 2019 issue. Podcast at Toasted Cake, August 2020. 850 words.
- “[Year Redacted]” – “I regret to inform you that the world will be ending sooner than expected.” Published in Cicada Vol. 17, No. 3; Jan/Feb 2015. 900 words.
- “The Taemor” – A poem of childhood. Podcast in Tales to Terrify No. 69; May 3rd, 2013. 25 lines.
- “The Bohemians” – In the near future, a young “artist” designs and sells temporary mental disorders, while lusting after a woman who’s own “art” is an extreme level of body-modification that may have carried her beyond human; written in “period vernacular,” if you creed what I’m phoning. Published in Ideomancer Vol. 11, Issue 3; Sept 1st, 2012. Podcast at The Overcast, March 2016. 2,600 words.
- “Just Around the Corner” – A group of guys relaxing at a bar consider the question: What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen? Podcast in Tales to Terrify No. 21; June 1st, 2012. Printed in Tales to Terrify Volume 1; Oct 27th, 2012. Reprinted in Allegory E-zine Volume 27/54; May 1st, 2015. 1,600 words.
- “Supermarket Music at the End of the World” – A young woman exploring the ruins of a drowned town finds a teen living in an abandoned supermarket. 1,900 words, pending revision.
- “Dear Joriah Kingsbane, It’s Me, Eviscerix the Sword of Destiny” – A letter from a sapient magic sword to its wielder saying: it’s over between us. 950 words, seeking publication.
- “A Heart of Porcelain, Laced in Gold” – Historical fantasy set during Japan’s feudal era; Natsumi is a “living statue” serving in the court of a powerful lord, where she meets dark-skinned foreigner called Yasuke. 4,000 words, seeking publication.
- “A Pearl for Her Brow” – In a Bronze Age fantasy world ruled by creatures called azra, a human girl adopted and raised by a wealthy azran family meets an urchin of her own kind. In progress.
- “The Last God-King of Ossyr” – A fantasy adventure of Gladiator meets The Epic of Gilgamesh with a queer female protagonist. In progress.
- “Seeing Blue” – Prehistoric fantasy: Injured, mourning, and far from home, an aging huntress stranded on a mountaintop discovers a color she has no name for. 5,400 words, seeking publication.
- A Death in Oleander – Dieselpunk-ish fantasy; Three Parts Dead meets Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries with a disabled POC protagonist. In progress.
- And more…
Projects on Hiatus
- The Dream Quarry – Online collections of fiction by other authors.
- The Stepping Stones – An epic fantasy novel about a young woman who challenges sacred tradition when she becomes the first female to manifest the signature powers of an all-male warrior elite.