Very excited that my story "It Begins In the Garden" is now available in the brand new issue of Fusion Fragment. This story, about two girls who find something that looks like ladybugs but definitely is not ladybugs, was first published in Aliterate. It's now part of a tremendous issue of Fusion Fragment, and you… Continue reading Read my (reprinted) story “It Begins In the Garden” in FUSION FRAGMENT
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!)
I'm extremely thrilled and proud to be a finalist for an Ignyte Award in the Critics category. Huge thanks to everyone at Fiyah and the Ignyte Awards for this honour, and also huge congratulations to my fellow finalists! Voting is open to the public and you can go vote in all the categories here: vote… Continue reading I’m a finalist for an Ignyte Award in the Critics category!
Thrilled and honoured to report that my flash fiction story "Six Dreams About the Train", originally published in Flash Fiction Online, has been chosen to be part of the Best Small Fictions 2021 anthology! It's in excellent company, and you can find the full table of contents at the Sonder Press website. Huge thanks to… Continue reading My story “Six Dreams About the Train” will be reprinted in the BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2021 anthology!
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
My story "Cleaver, Meat, and Block", first published in Black Static, will be part of Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year volume Thirteen. I am thrilled beyond belief by this news, and so excited to be part of an amazing lineup of writers and stories for this anthology. Illustration by Vincent Sammy for… Continue reading Ellen Datlow’s THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR VOL. 13 will include my story “Cleaver, Meat, and Block”!
Very exciting news today, and something I've been keeping under wraps for a while. My story "Seven Kinds of Baked Goods" has been translated into Japanese and is now available in Night Land Quarterly. This is the first time a story of mine has been translated into Japanese, and it's part of an issue that… Continue reading Translation & reprint news! My story “Seven Kinds of Baked Goods” is now available in Japanese in Night Land Quarterly!
Short Fiction Treasures, my latest quarterly short fiction roundup, is now at Strange Horizons. I list a baker's dozen of stories connected by the (un)official theme "DEATH". Read the roundup at Strange Horizons. It's always a thrill to write for Strange Horizons, and if you want to support this wonderful zine, you can donate, or… Continue reading Read my latest Short Fiction Treasures: Quarterly Short Fiction Roundup at STRANGE HORIZONS
My post-zombie-apocalypse story "Cleaver, Meat, and Block" is now available at PseudoPod, wonderfully narrated by Larissa Thompson, and with some great, insightful comments after the story by the awesome Alasdair Stuart. This story was originally published in Black Static #73. Listen to "Cleaver, Meat, and Block" at PseudoPod It's strange to think now that this… Continue reading Listen to my story “Cleaver, Meat, and Block” at PSEUDOPOD
I woke up this morning to the wonderful news that my story "Six Dreams About the Train" from Flash Fiction Online is on Locus Recommended Reading List, and it's in amazing company. So many fantastic stories, books, anthologies, and collections made the list. You can vote for my story, or any other story, in the… Continue reading My story “Six Dreams About the Train” is on the LOCUS Recommended Reading List!
My latest Short Fiction Treasures roundup is now at Strange Horizons, and the official/unofficial theme for this instalment is "companion animals". I also recommend two outstanding SFF anthologies from 2020. My latest Quarterly Short Fiction Treasures Roundup Huge thanks as always to the wonderful team at Strange Horizons for giving me this opportunity to share… Continue reading Read my latest Quarterly Short Fiction Treasures Roundup at STRANGE HORIZONS
My story Mothers, Watch Over Me, which appeared in a Cast of Wonders episode in February, 2020 (it was first published in Mythic Delirium) has been chosen a staff-pick for 2020! I'm so thrilled and grateful that this peculiar dog story about Maya and her pups and their perilous journey has been chosen for this… Continue reading My story “Mothers, Watch Over Me” is a staff pick at Cast of Wonders!
This update is 6 months late and I do apologize for this severe delay. Last year was an ordeal in more ways than one, but it's a new year, and one of my resolutions is to get back to sending this newsletter out every two months. Thanks so much for still being here and reading… Continue reading Writerly Recap of July 2020 – January 2021
There was a lot of fantastic SFF fiction published in 2020, and I only wish I could have read even MORE of it. This recommended reading list is based on my short fiction roundups during the year, and really, I highly recommend all the stories that have been included in those roundups, both at Curious… Continue reading My Recommended Reading List for 2020
My new short story "Tony Roomba's Last Day On Earth" is now online and available to read for free, at Diabolical Plots. Read it here. Writing this story, I set out to write something fun, but soon realized I didn't know how to write a fun story. Instead, I decided to write a noir/scifi/romance story… Continue reading Read my new story “Tony Roomba’s Last Day on Earth” at DIABOLICAL PLOTS
This is my story written for the 100th and final episode of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast. I will miss writing for this podcast, but I am forever grateful to R.B. Wood for hosting it for so long. Since 2016, this podcast has been as close to a writing group as I've ever had, and… Continue reading Read my story “The Stars In Heaven Sing a Music” written for R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
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 that time of year again: time to make a list of my stories that were published this year. When I write this, there's still one that is to come online: "Tony Roomba's Last Day On Earth" is forthcoming at Diabolical Plots. It will be online in December. All of these are short stories (less… Continue reading My awards-eligible stories from 2020
Yes, it's the final, as in the last ever, episode of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast, and it contains my story "The Stars In Heaven Sing a Music". Listen to the episode. All my gratitude to R.B. Wood for being such an amazing podcast host, and an amazing friend. Writing for his podcast has been… Continue reading Listen to my story “The Stars In Heaven Sing a Music” on the final episode of R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
My latest story for The Word Count Podcast was inspired by a picture prompt, but it's also a story that's been brewing in my mind, and in constant edits/rewrites for a while. It never QUITE took the shape I wanted it to have, but the story prompt kicked me in the pants and I finished… Continue reading Read my flash story “From A Distance, Constellations” written for R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST