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!
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
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”
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
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”!
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!
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
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
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!
My review of the anthology New Suns - Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, edited by Nisi Shawl and with a stirring foreword by LeVar Burton is now at B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. Read my review of New Suns This is a really great anthology, featuring the work by a group of great… Continue reading Read my review of NEW SUNS – ORIGINAL SPECULATIVE FICTION BY PEOPLE OF COLOR at B&N
For International Women's Day, I picked some great speculative fiction reads "for any reader who wants to gauge the true measure of women’s contributions to fantasy, science fiction, and horror". You can read the list over at B&N: 10 Fantastic Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthologies to Celebrate International Women’s Day They are great reads for… Continue reading Read my latest at B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog – 10 great reads by, for, and about women in speculative fiction
My story "A Strange Heart, Set in Feldspar" from the anthology Abandoned Places, is now at PseudoPod as part of Artemis Rising 5. It is beautifully narrated by Jen R. Albert in an episode hosted by the team at The Know Fear Cast. Listen to the story. Huge thanks to the team at PseudoPod, and… Continue reading Story day! Listen to “A Strange Heart, Set In Feldspar” at PseudoPod!
I read quite a bit of YA and middle grade fiction. Why? Well, I have kids, and I have kids who still (sometimes, if I'm lucky) let me read to them, and sometimes I read "their" books because they look good, and sometimes I just read books because I don't really care if something is… Continue reading Book review – “Sal & Gabi Break the Universe” by Carlos Hernandez
It's been a busy time of reading and writing and reviewing for me this last little while. My short fiction roundups for February are coming soon, but I also have two anthology reviews for B&N. My review of A People's Future of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams My review… Continue reading Two new anthology reviews by me at B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
It always makes me feel good to see reprints of my stories. I mean, first of all it means I wrote something that someone wanted to reprint, and the stories might also end up in all sorts of wonderful publications in really great company. That's the case right now. I have two reprints in two… Continue reading Available now: “Gorgon – Stories of Emergence” & “Curiosities #5”
Belated happy new year, everyone! So far, this year has been busy and sort of scatter-brained, but still good. (By the way, if you want to receive this bi-monthly recap as a newsletter, you can sign up here.) It's still the season of nominating stories and making recommended reading lists. My awards eligible stories from… Continue reading Writerly recap of December 2018 & January 2019
Awards season is upon us, and it's glorious, because I have an excuse (as if I needed one!) to heap praise on the stories, publications, and people who do great work in speculative fiction. I'm nominating and voting for as many faves as I can and I always wish there was space for more. (Btw,… Continue reading Why I am nominating E. Catherine Tobler for best editor (short form), AKA #AHugoForElise
It's mid-December as I write this, and I am just back from a wonderful quick getaway to Ucluelet on Vancouver Island. (I had a birthday. I hid.) This recap of October and November is a bit late, but I'll use that birthday as an excuse. By the way, if you want to receive this writerly… Continue reading Writerly recap for October & November 2018
First of all, a disclaimer. This list, like all my roundups and lists and reading recommendations here and elsewhere, is a selection of what I had time to read. It's just a slice of what's available, and no doubt I have missed stories that are awesome, because nobody can read everything. Second, if you want… Continue reading My 2018 recommended reading list