As I write this, I've just read about another day of protests and resistance in the US and elsewhere in the world and I wish all of those protesting strength and endurance and safety. I have no grand words to say right now but I think the words "there is no peace without justice" convey… Continue reading Read my new flash story “Owl, Girl, Rooks” written for THE WORD COUNT PODCAST
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
After not contributing a story for The Word Count Podcast for a couple of months, due to *waves hands at the universe in general*, I wrote a story for the May episode. Listen to my story. The story prompt this time was a haunting photo of an owl: My story is rather moody and dark,… Continue reading Listen to my new flash story “Owl, Girl, Rooks” on THE WORD COUNT PODCAST
Huge and thrilling news today: I have received an Aurora Award nomination for my story CLEAR AS QUARTZ, SHARP AS FLINT, published in Augur Magazine 2.1 last year! I am so grateful and can barely believe that I'm on a ballot with so many wonderful creative people. The full ballot is up on the Aurora Awards… Continue reading I’m on the AURORA AWARDS ballot!
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
From Gallery of Curiosities. So thrilled to have my story in the anthology and on the podcast!
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
Here is my latest story written for R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast. You can hear me read this story too. Listen to the episode. COME AND SEE Every night when Leyla falls asleep in her bunk aboard her parents’ old space freighter, she hugs Bear close. She burrows her face into Bear’s plush grey fur… Continue reading Read my story “Come and See” from THE WORD COUNT PODCAST
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