My short fiction roundup for June is now available at Curious Fictions! Read it.Audio available on YouTube. The artwork for this roundup includes a detail of Rew X's cover art for Three-Lobed Burning Eye #31.
This newsletter is a month late. I've been sending them out every two months, but this year has really kicked us all around a bit more than normal, so... there was a delay. May came and went and I just did not have the time to put together this newsletter. But here's June, and here's… Continue reading Writerly Roundup for April, May & most of June
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
It was a bit late this month, but I finally got my SFF short fiction roundup for April finished and it's now available to read at Curious Fictions! Read my April SFF Roundup! This roundup features 17 stories, and I especially want to highlight the new issues of Anathema, Fiyah, and Mithila Review. The artwork for this roundup… Continue reading Read my latest Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Short Fiction Roundup at CURIOUS FICTIONS!
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!
Looking back on my last roundup, the one for December and January, feels a bit like peering back through time at some bygone era in the misty past. So much has happened, so much has changed fundamentally, that it's difficult to really process it all right now. I'm glad to be here. I'm glad you… Continue reading Writerly Roundup February & March 2020
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
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
My latest speculative short fiction roundup is now at Curious Fictions! It features 16 amazing stories I read in December 2019. The post is free to read, but tips are welcome! Read my latest roundup. Listen to the audio version on Soundcloud. The artwork for this roundup includes a detail of the cover art for… Continue reading My sci-fi, fantasy & horror short fiction roundup for December 2019 is now at CURIOUS FICTIONS
It's that wonderful, harrowing time of the year when everyone makes lists and starts thinking about what stories and books to nominate for various awards. Really, this is sort of an exercise in futility: there are SO MANY great stories and books that are worthy of attention and awards. If you want to see what… Continue reading My Recommended Reading List – 2019
October and November were busy months that brought some good news and some bad news. Isn't that always the way? It's 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 for patrons there. If you want to support my… Continue reading My writerly recap for October & November
Today, my first monthly short fiction roundup since B&N said goodbye to its freelancers goes live. After some deliberation as to where to publish it (and since no one's offered me a paying gig for it yet), I decided to publish it at Curious Fictions. There, it will be free to read, and I'm also… Continue reading Read my November SFF short fiction roundup – now at CURIOUS FICTIONS
Ever since I first watched S2E07 of American Gods, AKA "Treasure of the Sun", I've been obsessed with it. I can't remember the last time a single episode of any show has so completely taken over my thought processes. Oh, and !!!!MEGA GIGANTIC SPOILER WARNING!!!! because I will spoil every bit of this episode and… Continue reading Stories, memory, Mad Sweeney, and my rather extensive thoughts on AMERICAN GODS S2E07 — “Treasure of the Sun”
I read a lot of wonderful stories in October, and I picked 10 of my favourites for my roundup at B&N, and 14 stories for my roundup here on the blog. Read my roundup at B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog If you're so inclined, you can support me on Patreon, KoFi, and at Curious Fictions.… Continue reading 14 excellent stories I read in October