Very excited to be part of this year's ChiCon. I'll be attending virtually, and I'm on three different panels: So You Want to Be a ReviewerThe ExpanseIntroducing Speculative Fictions All the details about the Con are available at the official website: https://chicon.org/ You can buy a membership to attend virtually, if you're not able to… Continue reading My #ChiCon schedule!
Very excited today, because my story "The Morthouse" is now available to read in issue #12 of The Deadlands. It's available to subscribers right now, and is also available to read online. Get the issue by subscribing!Read the story online. The gorgeous cover is by Julie Dillon, and I LOVE it. The Ferryman does make… Continue reading Read my new story “The Morthouse” in THE DEADLANDS!
I have a new story out today in The Bureau Dispatch Volume 02: Dispatch. It's part of a fantastic issue, full of amazing stories and amazing writers. Check out The Bureau DispatchRead my story "The Parlor" I'm thrilled and grateful to have my story in such a beautiful publication and in such great company. Huge… Continue reading New story! Read “The Parlor” in THE BUREAU DISPATCH Volume 2
Thrilled to announce that my short story "The Brightest Lights of Heaven" will be part of the new Weird Horror Short Stories anthology from Flame Tree Publishing. Read more about this anthology. "The Brightest Lights of Heaven" was first published in Fireside Fiction, and it's a strange and dark story about friendship and imagination, good… Continue reading My story “The Brightest Lights of Heaven” will be reprinted in the WEIRD HORROR anthology from FLAME TREE
I have a brand new non-fiction post at the SFWA blog: "10 Hands-On Tips For Writing Flash Fiction". This is one of the first times I've had a non-fiction piece published that contains writing advice, and I want to stress right out of the gate that these are tips, not rules. As with any writing,… Continue reading New non-fiction post at the SFWA BLOG: “10 Hands-On Tips For Writing Flash Fiction”
My science fiction story "And You Shall Sing To Me a Deeper Song" is now available at StarShipSofa, narrated by Summer Brooks. I'm so excited for this audio version of my story, and grateful to StarShipSofa for giving it a great second home. Listen to the story. The story was originally published in Interzone #280.… Continue reading Listen to my story “And You Shall Sing To Me a Deeper Song” at STARSHIPSOFA
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!
My story "Tony Roomba's Last Day on Earth" about a cat, a Roomba (that is not a Roomba), and an alien invasion is now at Escape Pod, brilliantly narrated by Roderic Aust. This story was originally published in Diabolical Plots, and I am thrilled to bits about this reprint. Listen to Tony Roomba's Last Day… Continue reading Listen to my story “Tony Roomba’s Last Day on Earth” at ESCAPE POD!
My story "Sunlit Surface, Depths Below" is in the November issue of Mermaids Monthly! I'm so excited to share a fantastic TOC with so many amazing writers. This story was originally published in R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast. Read the story. Other fiction and poetry in the November issue of Mermaids Monthly: How to Give… Continue reading Read my story “Sunlit Surface, Depths Below” in MERMAIDS MONTHLY
It's that time of the year again when I look back on the stuff I've had published during the year, make a list, and let people know that, yes, this work is awards eligible for 2021. My main awards eligible publication this year is my short story collection Six Dreams About the Train and… Continue reading My awards eligibility post for 2021
This month's story for my Patreon supporters is a brand new one, and it was inspired by my participation in the Infernal Salon in support of Strange Horizon's Kickstarter. At the Salon, several writers (including me) agreed to a writing challenge: to write a story or poem or SOMETHING in 30 minutes, based on special… Continue reading New story on Patreon: “Maya’s Harp”
I have a brand new story in Martian - The Magazine of Science Fiction Drabbles! Since it's a drabble, it is of course 100 words, so it won't take you long to check it out. And while you're there, check out the other stories to: it's a wonderful publication, full of tiny story gems. Read… Continue reading Story day! Read my new story “One Thing” in MARTIAN
I have a brand new story in LampLight Magazine Vol 10, Issue 1. The issue is already in your inbox if you're a subscriber, and otherwise you can pick up your copy from the Apokrupha store: https://apokrupha.com/product/lamplight-volume-10-issue-1/ My story, "A Blank Space Where She Ought to Be" is a story that took me a long… Continue reading Story day! Read my brand new story “A Blank Space Where She Ought to Be” in LAMPLIGHT!
This writerly recap is Very Late, but thanks so much for being here and reading this! If you want to hear from me on a more regular basis, you can support me on Patreon and get access to special content there. (If you’re not familiar with Patreon, find out more here: What Is Patreon?) You can also get… Continue reading My writerly recap for January – August 2021
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
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