So very excited about this! My story "The Brightest Lights of Heaven" (originally published in Fireside) has been translated into Japanese and is available in Babelzine #3. It's part of a fantastic issue. PDF's of the zine are available at https://babeluo.com/!
Author: Maria Haskins
New story in BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES!
My story "The Whisper of That Blood" is in the new issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies! It's available to subscribers, and from Amazon and Weightless Books, right now and will be online later this month. Huge thanks to Scott H. Andrews and the team at BCS for giving this witchy story such a great home.… Continue reading New story in BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES!
Read my new creative non-fiction essay in NIGHTMARE
My non-fiction essay "A Piece of Paper, Burned" is now available to read free online in Nightmare Magazine. This piece is about my maternal grandfather Klas, my great grandfather Roland, and magic on a piece of paper. Every word is true, and it's based on my grandfather's notes and journals about his childhood and life… Continue reading Read my new creative non-fiction essay in NIGHTMARE
New essay in THE DEADLANDS!
I have a new essay in the latest issue of The Deadlands. It's a very personal one, about the death of our dog last year, about grief, and about dogs in the afterlife. The essay will be available online in May, but you can already read the entire issue (as a free download): https://thedeadlands.com/issue-24/ UPDATE:… Continue reading New essay in THE DEADLANDS!
Cover reveal for my new short story collection!
So this is happening! I have a new short story collection coming in July from Brain Jar Press, and it has an amazing cover: It also has a foreword by E. Catherine Tobler, and you can preorder it now from Brain Jar. It will be available from other places soon in both ebook format and… Continue reading Cover reveal for my new short story collection!
Listen to my story “The Morthouse” at PODCASTLE!
I am so thrilled that my story "The Morthouse", first published in The Deadlands, is now also at Podcastle, beautifully narrated by Eleanor R. Wood. Listen to it here. Read it in The Deadlands. Working with Podcastle, or any of the Escape Artists podcasts, is always a wonderful experience, and this time was no exception.… Continue reading Listen to my story “The Morthouse” at PODCASTLE!
Listen to my new flash fiction story “Marta’s Smile” at the SUDDEN FICTIONS PODCAST
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
Silver and Shadow, Spruce and Pine
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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A Patreon-exclusive short story collection
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
My awards eligible work for 2022
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 at AugurCon this weekend
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
A (late) life & writerly recap of September 2021 – November 2022
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
My #ChiCon schedule!
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!
Read my new story “The Morthouse” in THE DEADLANDS!
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!
New story! Read “The Parlor” in THE BUREAU DISPATCH Volume 2
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
My story “The Brightest Lights of Heaven” will be reprinted in the WEIRD HORROR anthology from FLAME TREE
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
New non-fiction post at the SFWA BLOG: “10 Hands-On Tips For Writing Flash Fiction”
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”
Listen to my story “And You Shall Sing To Me a Deeper Song” at STARSHIPSOFA
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
My short story collection SIX DREAMS ABOUT THE TRAIN is on the LOCUS Recommended Reading List!
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!
Listen to my story “Tony Roomba’s Last Day on Earth” at ESCAPE POD!
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!