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
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
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!
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", 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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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
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
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
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
A.J. Fitzwater's new book contains seven linked tales about Cinrak, a very dapper lesbian capybara pirate. My short and quick review of the book is this: if you're looking for fantasy full of dazzling fun with a joyful and giddy sense of adventure, set in a world where everything from the stars to the wind… Continue reading Book review: THE VOYAGES OF CINRAK THE DAPPER by A.J. Fitzwater
It's been a hectic few months with holidays, and writing, and translation work, and what-not, but here we are and it's 2020. It’s still awards-season, and all my eligible stories are in my 2019 Eligibility Post. As always, you can support me on Patreon and get access to special content there. (If you’re not familiar with… Continue reading Writerly Roundup of December and January
R.B. Lemberg's novella The Four Profound Weaves (forthcoming from Tachyon later this year) is a lyrical and gripping journey that begins in a sunlit desert full of sand and bones, continues into a city haunted by memories and ghosts, and eventually takes the reader into the the light-less depths beneath the earth. It's a story… Continue reading Book review—THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES by R.B. Lemberg
Sometimes, unexpected news is the absolute BEST news. Today, I found out that my story "Deepster Punks" from the anthology A Punk Rock Future is on the BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) Awards longlist, and it is in magnificent company! The full BSFA Awards longlist. I am equal parts thrilled and flabbergasted. Huge thanks to… Continue reading “Deepster Punks” on the BSFA Awards longlist!
My story "Cleaver, Meat, and Block" is now available in Black Static #73. You can pick the issue up from TTA Press, and it will soon be available from other online retailers as well, including Weightless Books, B&N, and Amazon. Buy it (or subscribe) from TTA Press Buy it from Weightless Books Buy it from… Continue reading Story day! Pick up BLACK STATIC #73 and read my story “Cleaver, Meat, and Block”
My story "Cleaver, Meat, and Block" will be in the January/February issue of Black Static and that issue is available to order right now -- or, even better, you can subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format. I really can't wait to share this story about Hannah, who is navigating a world after… Continue reading Sneak peek at my story in BLACK STATIC — “Cleaver, Meat, and Block”