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
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 dog horror story "Good Girl" is now available at Cast of Wonders 407: Little Wonders 24 – Dogs and Monsters. It is beautifully narrated by the wonderful Katherine Inskip, and was originally aired at TeamPodUK. Listen to the episode at Cast of Wonders. The dog protagonist of this story, Wawa, is named after and… Continue reading Listen to my story “Good Girl” at CAST OF WONDERS
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
My fairytale-ish flash fiction story "Silver and Shadow, Spruce and Pine" is now available to read in the March issue of Flash Fiction Online. It's my fourth story in FFO, and I am so happy to have a story in this wonderful zine again. Huge thanks to the fabulous team at FFO for giving this… Continue reading Read my story “Silver and Shadow, Spruce and Pine” in FLASH FICTION ONLINE
My dog story "Good Girl" is now available online through Escape Artist's Premium Content Patreon. It was read, live, as part of the show "Escape Artists' Live" at PodUK not too long ago. "Good Girl" is read (so very well) by Katherine Inskip. A recording of the show, and the full text for each story,… Continue reading My story “Good Girl” is now available on ESCAPE ARTIST’s Patreon Premium Content
There's a new episode of The Word Count Podcast, and it includes a new flash story by me called "Come and See". Our story prompt for this episode was a photo of an adorable koala, and it was a prompt, "inspired by the horrific fires and loss of animal life in Australia". Listen to the… Continue reading Listen to my new flash story “Come and See” on R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
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
This story was written for the first Word Count Podcast episode of 2020. The prompt for this episode was a picture of a white rat. My mind went to the lab and into the maze. Listen to the episode. Maze and Buttons When Rat wakes up in the dark warmth of his nest, the first… Continue reading Read my flash story “Maze and Buttons” from R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
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
My dog story "Mothers, Watch Over Me" is now available in podcast format at Cast of Wonders! It is narrated by Amy Sturgis, and I am SO thrilled this story was picked up by CoW. It was originally published in Mythic Delirium's final issue. Listen to "Mothers, Watch Over Me" at Cast of Wonders -… Continue reading Listen to my story “Mothers, Watch Over Me” at CAST OF WONDERS!
My latest short fiction roundup is now available at Curious Fictions. I picked 20 stories for the first roundup of 2020. Read My Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Short Fiction Roundup for January 2020 Audio version is on YouTube. The artwork for this roundup includes a detail of the cover art for Uncanny #32 by Nilah… Continue reading Read my new Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Short Fiction Roundup at CURIOUS FICTIONS!
The first episode of the Word Count Podcast for 2020 is now live, and it includes my rat story "Maze and Buttons". Listen to the episode. Our theme this year is animals, and the photo prompt for the episode was the white rat cutie below. I thought of the many rats and mice that have… Continue reading Listen to my new flash story “Maze and Buttons” on R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
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