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!
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 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!
It’s here! My short story collection SIX DREAMS ABOUT THE TRAIN – cover and details
The cover for my short story collection, Six Dreams About the Train and Other Stories, is here and it looks AMAZING. It was created designed by Dan Noble (of Rooster Republic Press) and Scarlett R. Algee (at Trepidatio Publishing). The book is in the Journalstone online store, and on Amazon will be available elsewhere soon.… Continue reading It’s here! My short story collection SIX DREAMS ABOUT THE TRAIN – cover and details
Pre-order the anthology SEASONS BETWEEN US, with my story “When Resin Burns To Tar”
Very excited that the anthology Seasons Between Us from Laksa Media Groups is now available for preorder! It contains my fantasy story "When Resin Burns to Tar" and stories by an amazing lineup of authors. Just look at that gorgeous cover! Preorder Seasons Between Us from Amazon (print) or as an ebook / Apple iBooks / B&N/Nook… Continue reading Pre-order the anthology SEASONS BETWEEN US, with my story “When Resin Burns To Tar”
Cover reveal for Ellen Datlow’s THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR: VOLUME 13 (which includes a story by me!)
Amazing cover reveal today for Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 13! My story "Cleaver, Meat, and Block", originally published in Black Static, is part of an amazing group of stories. The cover art is by Reiko Murakami, and the anthology will be out in November. Preorder the anthology. Huge thanks to… Continue reading Cover reveal for Ellen Datlow’s THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR: VOLUME 13 (which includes a story by me!)
Maria’s Reading – the new place for my book and short fiction reviews and roundups
Some news: I have set up a website for all my short fiction roundups, past and present. Maria's Reading at maria-is-reading.blogspot.com It includes all the roundups that were previously on my blog and at Curious Fictions, and it has links to all my roundups at B&N and Strange Horizons. This will also be where I… Continue reading Maria’s Reading – the new place for my book and short fiction reviews and roundups
Book review – ALL THE MURMURING BONES by A.G. Slatter
All The Murmuring Bones is a brand new novel from A.G. Slatter, AKA Angela Slatter. The book is an intricately woven, hauntingly beautiful, gothic tale by one of the best storytellers in the business, and you'll encounter mer-folk, witches, sea witches, a singing automaton, a kelpie, a strange, black lake, devious men, dangerous women, and… Continue reading Book review – ALL THE MURMURING BONES by A.G. Slatter
Listen to my story “Deepster Punks” at ESCAPE POD!
My story "Deepster Punks" from the anthology A PUNK ROCK FUTURE, is now available at Escape Pod, wonderfully narrated by S. Kay Nash. The episode is hosted by Tina Connolly who has some very kind words about the story. Listen to, and read, "Deepster Punks" at Escape PodSupport Escape Pod on PatreonYou can also support… Continue reading Listen to my story “Deepster Punks” at ESCAPE POD!
Book day! The anthology FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK from Flame Tree is now available in the US and Canada
It's publication day for the Flame Tree Press anthology Footsteps In the Dark, and it contains my story "It's Easy to Shoot a Dog" from Beneath Ceaseless Skies. There's an author Q&A up today on the Flame Tree blog, and I talk a bit about the inspiration for this story. Edited to add the second… Continue reading Book day! The anthology FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK from Flame Tree is now available in the US and Canada
My story “Hare’s Breath” is now available in the anthology THE BEST OF SHIMMER
My story "Hare's Breath", originally published in Shimmer in 2017, is now part of the quite amazing book The Best of Shimmer. You can read all about it at Shimmer's website, and the full table of contents is also available there. It feels rather unreal to be part of a book that features fiction by… Continue reading My story “Hare’s Breath” is now available in the anthology THE BEST OF SHIMMER
Book review — “THE GRAND TOUR: A Jackson’s Unreal Circus and Mobile Marmalade Collection” by E. Catherine Tobler
If you (like me) love Ray Bradbury and the stranger, somewhat surreal side of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, then this short story collection by E. Catherine Tobler is most definitely for you. For years, Tobler has been writing an amazing assortment of short stories (and a novella!) set in her weird, wonderful, unsettling, and… Continue reading Book review — “THE GRAND TOUR: A Jackson’s Unreal Circus and Mobile Marmalade Collection” by E. Catherine Tobler
Book review — Lisette of the Raven, Ash of the Rook by Suzanne J. Willis
Lisette of the Raven, Ash of the Rook by Suzanne J. Willis (available from Falstaff Books) This is a rich and gorgeously written fantasy novella set in a fascinating world and it had me hooked from the very first chapters. I mean, how can you not love a story where the executioner is dressed in… Continue reading Book review — Lisette of the Raven, Ash of the Rook by Suzanne J. Willis
Book review — SONGS FOR DARK SEASONS by Lisa L. Hannett
Lisa L. Hannett's new short story collection Songs For Dark Seasons takes the reader on an unnerving journey to places, and into lives, that gleam and shimmer with beauty and horror, desire and sorrow. Dark, strange currents run deep beneath the thin veneer of the regular, everyday world here, and all that strangeness from beneath… Continue reading Book review — SONGS FOR DARK SEASONS by Lisa L. Hannett
New on Patreon: a roundup of excellent SFF short story anthologies from around the world!
Over on Patreon, you can check out a new roundup of speculative short fiction anthologies from around the world. If you're looking for some SFF in translation, and stories from countries and cultures outside the English-speaking world, there is a LOT of great stuff to choose from. Speculative Short Fiction From Around the World It's… Continue reading New on Patreon: a roundup of excellent SFF short story anthologies from around the world!
Read my story “The Jagged Edge – an Astra Militarum Story” published by BLACK LIBRARY!
Big news! My story "The Jagged Edge", set in the Warhammer 40K universe, is now available from Black Library! I've been sitting on the details of this project for a while, and it's so exciting to be able to share the story with the world. Buy the ebook from Black Library / Amazon Read more… Continue reading Read my story “The Jagged Edge – an Astra Militarum Story” published by BLACK LIBRARY!
Read my first SHORT FICTION TREASURES roundup at STRANGE HORIZONS
This is so exciting! My first column for Strange Horizons is now available to read. It's called SHORT FICTION TREASURES, and it's a quarterly roundup of great short fiction, great SFF zine issues, novellas, short story collections, and anthologies -- whatever strikes my fancy. The theme for this first installment is hope and happiness, resilience… Continue reading Read my first SHORT FICTION TREASURES roundup at STRANGE HORIZONS
Listen to my story “Scent” at GALLERY OF CURIOSITIES
My story "Scent", originally published in Flash Fiction Online, is now available in audio on Gallery of Curiosities podcast! It is narrated by Maria Rose, and part of a double feature with the story "Fixable" by Sheliah Lindsey. Listen to the podcast. "Scent" is also available in the Curiosities #5 anthology: Buy the anthology from… Continue reading Listen to my story “Scent” at GALLERY OF CURIOSITIES
Book review: THE STONE WĒTĀ by Octavia Cade
The Stone Wētā by award-winning New Zealand author Octavia Cade (who also has a PhD in science communication) is a deep, thoughtful, and thrilling science fiction novel set in what feels like a not too distant future. In this future (which actually seems much too probable and familiar), powerful governments and corporations are doing their… Continue reading Book review: THE STONE WĒTĀ by Octavia Cade
Book review: CITY OF A THOUSAND FEELINGS by Anya Johanna DeNiro
City of a Thousand Feelings is a fantasy novella by Anya Johanna DeNiro, published by Aqueduct Press, and it's a story that I am still turning over in my mind days after reading it. I first fell in love with DeNiro's writing when I read her divine (literally) story "Faint Voices, Increasingly Desperate" in Shimmer… Continue reading Book review: CITY OF A THOUSAND FEELINGS by Anya Johanna DeNiro