Story day! Read my story “Dead Meat” in APPARITION LIT!

My science fiction / horror story "Dead Meat" is now available to read in the Retribution issue of Apparition Lit! Huge thanks to the fantastic team at this zine for giving this story a great home. I'm part of a fabulous TOC, and you can pick up this issue by subscribing to Apparition Lit, or… Continue reading Story day! Read my story “Dead Meat” in APPARITION LIT!

Listen to my story “Hare’s Breath” at CAST OF WONDERS (also a Hugo Awards spotlight for SHIMMER & E. Catherine Tobler)

My story Hare's Breath was originally published in Shimmer in 2017. It is now available in audio format, brilliantly narrated by Katrin Kania, at Cast of Wonders. HUGE thanks to the team at Cast of Wonders for giving this story a wonderful second home. It's a story that was inspired by some very real and… Continue reading Listen to my story “Hare’s Breath” at CAST OF WONDERS (also a Hugo Awards spotlight for SHIMMER & E. Catherine Tobler)

Story day! Read my story “Stars Above, Shadows Beneath” in the anthology TALES OF MAGIC & DESTINY

It's story day! My fantasy story "Stars Above, Shadows Beneath" is now available to read in the new anthology Tales of Magic & Destiny from Inklings Press! Get the anthology at mybook.to/MagicDestiny The original inspiration for this story was my visit, a very long time ago, to the temple at Dendera in Egypt. Something about… Continue reading Story day! Read my story “Stars Above, Shadows Beneath” in the anthology TALES OF MAGIC & DESTINY

8 brilliant short stories I read in June

June was a month full of excellent speculative fiction, and hey, that seems to be the thing for every month. I picked 8 wonderful stories for my blog, and also featured 10 excellent stories in my roundup at B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. Read my other short fiction roundup for June at B&N. Revival, by… Continue reading 8 brilliant short stories I read in June

Read my flash story “When the Dragons Came” from R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST

My latest story for the Word Count Podcast was based on the picture story prompt below. I started writing a very different story than this one, but the news headlines about children in cages were on my mind, and eventually, another story came to me. Listen to the latest episode of the Word Count Podcast.… Continue reading Read my flash story “When the Dragons Came” from R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST

New from me at B&N: “The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections & Anthologies of 2019… So Far”

My latest post at B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog is now live. Huge thanks to editor Joel Cunningham for asking me to share my picks for best short story collections and anthologies for 2019 (so far). It's always hard to pick a "best of", but at least it's a happy problem, to have so much… Continue reading New from me at B&N: “The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections & Anthologies of 2019… So Far”

Read my new story “The Brightest Lights of Heaven” in FIRESIDE FICTION

It's story day! My story about friendship, how important the rules of a game can be for kids (and adults), love, loyalty, and a lot more is now available to read in Fireside Fiction. The story will be available to read online later in July, but you can get a hold of it right now… Continue reading Read my new story “The Brightest Lights of Heaven” in FIRESIDE FICTION

Listen to my new flash story “When the Dragons Came” on R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST

I have new flash story on the latest episode of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast, and the story prompt this time was the beautiful picture below. Listen to the episode. I was actually writing a different story for this episode, but ended up changing it because of the headlines I've been reading lately about children… Continue reading Listen to my new flash story “When the Dragons Came” on R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST

Read my review of Cadwell Turnbull’s sci-fi novel THE LESSON – at B&N

My review of Cadwell Turnbull's debut novel "The Lesson" is now at B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. If you're a fan of science fiction, this books is definitely for you. First Contact Isn’t What it Seems in Cadwell Turnbull’s The Lesson As usual, huge thanks to B&N and editor Joel Cunningham for giving me the… Continue reading Read my review of Cadwell Turnbull’s sci-fi novel THE LESSON – at B&N

Pre-order the anthology “Tales of Magic & Destiny” – with my story “Stars Above, Shadows Beneath”!

July is going to be an exciting month. I have a new story coming out in the anthology "Tales of Magic & Destiny" from Inklings Press. My story, "Stars Above, Shadows Beneath" is one of 12 stories in this fantasy anthology. Pre-orders are now available via Amazon! There is some beautiful story art for my… Continue reading Pre-order the anthology “Tales of Magic & Destiny” – with my story “Stars Above, Shadows Beneath”!

Read my Judas Priest inspired reading recommendations at B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog!

I have a new list of reading recommendations at B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. This one is a little bit different. It's 10 book recommendations inspired by Judas Priest songs. Read the list at B&N: Hellbent For Books This is a legit thing for me: I often listen to Judas Priest songs that make me… Continue reading Read my Judas Priest inspired reading recommendations at B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog!

Writerly roundup for April & May 2019

Hi everyone, and welcome to another bi-monthly newsletter! Summer is fast approaching, and I've been busy reading and writing as usual. I also launched my Patreon - come join me and pick a tier / tree! (If you're not familiar with Patreon, find out more here: What Is Patreon?) I am also posting stories at Curious Fictions.… Continue reading Writerly roundup for April & May 2019

10 outstanding stories I read in May

This month, I'm sharing ten great stories here on my website, in addition to the ten awesome stories I shared in my roundup at B&N: Read my May short fiction roundup at B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog I launched my Patreon page in May, and there, I share a weekly short fiction roundup called "My… Continue reading 10 outstanding stories I read in May

Read my May short fiction roundup at B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

My latest Sci-Fi & Fantasy short fiction roundup is now at B&N! 10 great stories from 10 wonderful authors. Read my May roundup. The artwork for this roundup is by Julie Dillon and it's taken from the cover of Lightspeed Magazine. Support me on Patreon:  

Read my story “After the Fall” from R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

This month, our story prompt for The Word Count Podcast was the following image: Listen to the episode. My thoughts wandered a bit when it came to story ideas for this, but in the end, I wrote a story that is somewhat connected to another story I wrote for the podcast: Nemesis, from 2016. After… Continue reading Read my story “After the Fall” from R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

Listen to my new flash story “After the Fall” on R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST

My new flash story "After the Fall" is part of the latest episode of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast. This time around, our photo story-prompt as a beautiful, springtime photo: My story this time is a sort of quiet character piece, I guess, and somewhat related to another flash story I wrote for the Word… Continue reading Listen to my new flash story “After the Fall” on R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST

Read my new anthology roundup for #ShortStoryMonth at B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

My new roundup of excellent speculative fiction anthologies is now live at B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. It lists 17 anthologies that span genres and styles, and it's full of awesome stories. 17 Recent Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Anthologies to Celebrate Short Story Month The wonderful artwork that goes with this post, is from the… Continue reading Read my new anthology roundup for #ShortStoryMonth at B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

Read my new flash story “Knock Knock” from R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

The story prompt for this episode of the Word Count Podcast was the gorgeous photo below. Listen to episode 85 "Pretty as a picture" was my first thought when I saw this photo, and that thought made my mind veer off into some dark, strange places... Knock Knock "Knock knock, who’s there?" I flinch when… Continue reading Read my new flash story “Knock Knock” from R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

Story day: read my story “Three Pieces of Gold, Three Pieces of Silver” at Patreon and Curious Fictions!

My story "Three Pieces of Gold, Three Pieces of Silver" is now available to supporters on Patreon and subscribers at Curious Fictions. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/26695135 Curious Fictions: https://curiousfictions.com/stories/2060-maria-haskins-three-pieces-of-gold-three-pieces-of-silver It's only available to supporters and subscribers, so you have to kick in a buck or two to read it, and I'd be grateful for any and all… Continue reading Story day: read my story “Three Pieces of Gold, Three Pieces of Silver” at Patreon and Curious Fictions!