I am thrilled to be working with R.B. Wood again, and I am also thrilled to share my new flash fiction story. "Marta's Smile" is now at the Sudden Fictions Podcast, narrated by R.B. Wood himself. The story prompt was "secret crush", and this was my take on a very creepy(crawly) crush. Listen to the… Continue reading Listen to my new flash fiction story “Marta’s Smile” at the SUDDEN FICTIONS PODCAST
Thrilled and honoured that my story “Silver and Shadow, Spruce and Pine” is now at the beautiful journal One Wild Ride. Read my story (first published in Flash Fiction Online), my reflections on aging, and all the other wonderful stories in the journal.
by Maria Haskins
When Grandmother disappears from the nursing home, Marika is the only one who understands what’s happened. The family and staff, they wonder how and why a 96-year-old woman could walk out of her room unnoticed and disappear in the middle of the night. They whisper about dementia and Alzheimer’s. They make phone calls to the police and hospitals.
Marika looks at the window left ajar and shivers in the cold spring air.
She’s already seen the deep paw prints in the flowerbeds outside, the muddy tracks leading across the nursing home’s parking lot towards the greenbelt by the creek. She knows that Grandmother is not missing but gone.Taken.
Grandmother told her the stories. About the woods where she grew up and lived most of her life. About the fog that wraps itself around the branches of the pines in the moonlight. About the shadows that…
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I just sent out Jackie's Bottle & Other Stories, an exclusive short story collection, to my supporters on Patreon. It contains all my Patreon exclusive stories from 2021 and 2022, including several stories about Jackie & Alice (who first appeared in "The Guitar Hero" in Kaleidotrope). Link to the collection on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/happy-new-year-76646486 Link to… Continue reading A Patreon-exclusive short story collection
It's that time of year again: time to make a list of the work I had published during the year. (That's all an eligibility post is, really: a list of your work that was first published during the current year.) I had two new stories published this year: THE MORTHOUSE – in The Deadlands #12. Read the issue… Continue reading My awards eligible work for 2022
I'm moderating a panel at AugurCon this Sunday! This upcoming Sunday, November 27, I'm moderating a panel at the online event AugurCon. The panel is Horrific Imaginations: Mastering Fear & Tension, and the panelists are Suzan Palumbo, A.C. Wise, and David Demchuk. We will be talking horror and horror writing, and the description of the… Continue reading I’m at AugurCon this weekend
It's been a while since I sent out a newsletter, and this life & writerly recap is Very Late, but if you're here and if you're reading this, I am very grateful. Thank you. ❤ If you want to hear from me on a more regular basis, you can support me on Patreon and get access… Continue reading A (late) life & writerly recap of September 2021 – November 2022
Very excited to be part of this year's ChiCon. I'll be attending virtually, and I'm on three different panels: So You Want to Be a ReviewerThe ExpanseIntroducing Speculative Fictions All the details about the Con are available at the official website: https://chicon.org/ You can buy a membership to attend virtually, if you're not able to… Continue reading My #ChiCon schedule!
Very excited today, because my story "The Morthouse" is now available to read in issue #12 of The Deadlands. It's available to subscribers right now, and is also available to read online. Get the issue by subscribing!Read the story online. The gorgeous cover is by Julie Dillon, and I LOVE it. The Ferryman does make… Continue reading Read my new story “The Morthouse” in THE DEADLANDS!
I have a new story out today in The Bureau Dispatch Volume 02: Dispatch. It's part of a fantastic issue, full of amazing stories and amazing writers. Check out The Bureau DispatchRead my story "The Parlor" I'm thrilled and grateful to have my story in such a beautiful publication and in such great company. Huge… Continue reading New story! Read “The Parlor” in THE BUREAU DISPATCH Volume 2
Thrilled to announce that my short story "The Brightest Lights of Heaven" will be part of the new Weird Horror Short Stories anthology from Flame Tree Publishing. Read more about this anthology. "The Brightest Lights of Heaven" was first published in Fireside Fiction, and it's a strange and dark story about friendship and imagination, good… Continue reading My story “The Brightest Lights of Heaven” will be reprinted in the WEIRD HORROR anthology from FLAME TREE
I have a brand new non-fiction post at the SFWA blog: "10 Hands-On Tips For Writing Flash Fiction". This is one of the first times I've had a non-fiction piece published that contains writing advice, and I want to stress right out of the gate that these are tips, not rules. As with any writing,… Continue reading New non-fiction post at the SFWA BLOG: “10 Hands-On Tips For Writing Flash Fiction”
My science fiction story "And You Shall Sing To Me a Deeper Song" is now available at StarShipSofa, narrated by Summer Brooks. I'm so excited for this audio version of my story, and grateful to StarShipSofa for giving it a great second home. Listen to the story. The story was originally published in Interzone #280.… Continue reading Listen to my story “And You Shall Sing To Me a Deeper Song” at STARSHIPSOFA
I am thrilled and honoured that my short story collection Six Dreams About the Train and Other Stories is on the Locus Recommended Reading List! I am in some amazing company here and I am so grateful to everyone who read and reviewed this book. The Locus Recommended Reading List Vote for your favourites (including… Continue reading My short story collection SIX DREAMS ABOUT THE TRAIN is on the LOCUS Recommended Reading List!
My story "Tony Roomba's Last Day on Earth" about a cat, a Roomba (that is not a Roomba), and an alien invasion is now at Escape Pod, brilliantly narrated by Roderic Aust. This story was originally published in Diabolical Plots, and I am thrilled to bits about this reprint. Listen to Tony Roomba's Last Day… Continue reading Listen to my story “Tony Roomba’s Last Day on Earth” at ESCAPE POD!
My story "Sunlit Surface, Depths Below" is in the November issue of Mermaids Monthly! I'm so excited to share a fantastic TOC with so many amazing writers. This story was originally published in R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast. Read the story. Other fiction and poetry in the November issue of Mermaids Monthly: How to Give… Continue reading Read my story “Sunlit Surface, Depths Below” in MERMAIDS MONTHLY
It's that time of the year again when I look back on the stuff I've had published during the year, make a list, and let people know that, yes, this work is awards eligible for 2021. My main awards eligible publication this year is my short story collection Six Dreams About the Train and… Continue reading My awards eligibility post for 2021
This month's story for my Patreon supporters is a brand new one, and it was inspired by my participation in the Infernal Salon in support of Strange Horizon's Kickstarter. At the Salon, several writers (including me) agreed to a writing challenge: to write a story or poem or SOMETHING in 30 minutes, based on special… Continue reading New story on Patreon: “Maya’s Harp”
I have a brand new story in Martian - The Magazine of Science Fiction Drabbles! Since it's a drabble, it is of course 100 words, so it won't take you long to check it out. And while you're there, check out the other stories to: it's a wonderful publication, full of tiny story gems. Read… Continue reading Story day! Read my new story “One Thing” in MARTIAN
I have a brand new story in LampLight Magazine Vol 10, Issue 1. The issue is already in your inbox if you're a subscriber, and otherwise you can pick up your copy from the Apokrupha store: https://apokrupha.com/product/lamplight-volume-10-issue-1/ My story, "A Blank Space Where She Ought to Be" is a story that took me a long… Continue reading Story day! Read my brand new story “A Blank Space Where She Ought to Be” in LAMPLIGHT!
This writerly recap is Very Late, but thanks so much for being here and reading this! If you want to hear from me on a more regular basis, you can support me on Patreon and get access to special content there. (If you’re not familiar with Patreon, find out more here: What Is Patreon?) You can also get… Continue reading My writerly recap for January – August 2021