The new anthology "Abandoned Places" is now available from Shohola Press. It features stories by some fabulous writers, and includes my new, original story "A Strange Heart, Set In Feldspar".
February was another month rich in amazing short fiction. Here on my blog I'm picking eight extra fabulous stories I read in February, and you can also check out my February roundup for Barnes & Noble's SciFi & Fantasy Blog with ten other fabulous stories of fantasy, scifi, and horror. I also want to encourage you… Continue reading 8 extra fabulous stories I read in February 2018
"The Troll Bridge" was written for R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast, and the story prompt was the following photo: And yes, I did think of troll almost right away! (I guess it's just the way my brain works). Listen to the episode. The Troll Bridge Michael's always told me there's a troll living under the… Continue reading Read “The Troll Bridge”, written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
My latest speculative short fiction roundup is now up at B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog! 10 stories I read in February, including stories from Bracken, Cicada, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Asimov's and more! Read it. I'm so happy to be able to share stories every month in this new venue! The hardest part of doing this… Continue reading My speculative short fiction roundup for February is now live on B&N’s SciFi & Fantasy Blog!
A brand new episode of the Word Count Podcast is available for your listening pleasure right now. My story for this episode is called "The Troll Bridge", and not surprisingly, it involves a troll and a bridge... The picture prompt for this month's podcast was this photo: Listen to the episode. Also on this podcast:… Continue reading Listen to my new story “The Troll Bridge” on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
The Word Count Podcast is back in action for 2018, and this month the story-prompt was a rather frozen picture from Boston harbour: What happens inside my writer brain when I see that photo? I'm not really sure, actually. I had a couple of story ideas trot through my head after I saw it (they… Continue reading Read “Mabel’s Pack”, written for the Word Count Podcast
Season 8 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast has begun, and the first episode of the season is #72. This month, the photo prompt was this icy picture: Listen to episode 72. My story is called 'Mabel's Pack', and it's a dog story and also one of the stranger stories I've written. I don't know… Continue reading Listen to my new story ‘Mabel’s Pack’ on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
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December was full of wonderful short fiction, and in this monthly roundup I am making space for some special mentions. I'm very sad to say that December 2017 brought us the last issue of Gamut. I've really loved the strong voice and vivid dark/noir vibe of this magazine. Gamut published some of my favourite stories… Continue reading 22 fabulously fantastic stories I read in December
My story 'Firstborn', published earlier this year in Capricious #7, is now available to read online, for free. It's in a wonderful issue with stories by B Morris Allen, B R Sanders & Anika Morshed! Read the story. Read the issue. Subscribe to Capricious. Capricious is a wonderful magazine, and they have some great stuff coming… Continue reading Read my story ‘Firstborn’ online in CAPRICIOUS #7
Yes, it's here: my second flash fiction collection, 'Dark Flash 2', is now available! It contains all ten stories that I wrote for The Word Count Podcast this year, and it's available in various ebook-formats all over the place: Amazon / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon Australia Smashwords (various formats) Barnes & Noble Apple iBooks Kobo (Read more about the… Continue reading My flash fiction collection DARK FLASH 2 is now available!
November seemed to disappear in a flash. I wrote a lot, and I didn't read as much as I wanted to read. But then, that pretty much describes any and every month of the year... Here are 14 stories I read and loved. An Unexpected Boon, by S. B. Divya in Apex Magazine. “Kalyani kept Mithraba… Continue reading 14 amazingly awesome stories I read in November
'tis the season to nominate and vote for your favourite speculative fiction published in 2017. I've read so much stunning, wonderful, crazy-good fiction this year, and (sadly) there are even more stories I never got around to reading at all. The list below is a suggested reading list based on my own limited reading this… Continue reading My 2017 suggested reading list in all its flawed & limited glory
It's the season of award eligibility posts. Here's mine. This year, several of my short stories were published in zines I consider "dream markets", and I present them to you here without further ado. If you think any of my stories are worthy of consideration for an award...well, thank you, from the bottom of my… Continue reading My 2017 award eligibility post *toots own horn*
After a weekend of formatting, Dark Flash 2 is now available for pre-order from Amazon and Smashwords! All ten of the stories I wrote for The Word Count Podcast this year are included in this collection of flash-fiction, and it will be published on December 4th. (It's my birthday, so it's the supreme way to make… Continue reading DARK FLASH 2 is now available for pre-order!
Some small-ish self-publication news: later this year (probably in December or thereabouts), I'll be self-publishing all my 2017 stories for the Word Count Podcast in Dark Flash 2. I did the same with the eight stories I published on the podcast in 2016 (available from Amazon and Smashwords), and I thought I might as well make… Continue reading A cover-reveal for ‘Dark Flash 2’
'Hare's Breath', now available in Shimmer, was a difficult story to write. All stories are difficult to write on some level, but this one was hard for me to get a grip on, partly because I couldn't figure out the point of view I needed to tell it from. Spoiler alert / trigger warning: This… Continue reading Extended story notes for ‘Hare’s Breath’
My story 'Hare's Breath' is now available to read online in issue #39 of Shimmer. It is set in Sweden, and blends a Swedish Midsummer's Eve, friendship, tragedy, and folklore with a dark chapter in Swedish history. Read 'Hare's Breath' for free I am so grateful to the wonderful team at Shimmer for giving this… Continue reading My story ‘Hare’s Breath’ is now available to read online in SHIMMER
August, and especially September, seem to have gone by in a flash. September is always a bit of a muddle, with the kids going back to school and me trying to get the hang of their schedule and trying to get back into my own schedule of writing, writing, and reading (and then more writing).… Continue reading Writerly recap of August & September, 2017 – stories published & sold + bits & bobs
My story 'The Wayfinder & His Sister' is now live at Cast of Wonders! It is part of Banned Books Week, and I wrote it specifically for this year's theme, Text Against Tyranny: "the stories some would silence, and the power of literature, in all its forms, to enlighten humanity’s darkest hours." I was so… Continue reading Story-notes for my new story ‘The Wayfinder & His Sister’ at CAST OF WONDERS
It's Banned Books Week - an annual celebration of the freedom to read, and also a time to highlight the many books that have been targeted for banning and even burning through the years. The wonderful YA Podcast Cast of Wonders is running a series of stories for Banned Books Week, between September 24th and… Continue reading Banned Books Week – at Cast of Wonders & elsewhere
Podcast master R.B. Wood has just published a brand new episode of the Word Count Podcast. This is episode #70 and the theme this month was very, very Poe-ish. The story prompts were the month of September, and this photo of Poe and his raven. Listen to episode 70 My story 'Buried' is inspired by… Continue reading Listen to R.B. Wood’s (Poe-ish) Word Count Podcast #70 & my new story ‘Buried’
You can hear me read this story on episode #69 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. Listen to the episode. The prompts for this episode were “August”, and this photo: The tent in my story might be a bit different than the tent in the photo, but, you know, poetic licence and all that... I… Continue reading Read ‘Hidden’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
Issue #31 of Luna Station Quarterly is now live, and it includes a reprint of my short story 'Seven Kinds of Baked Goods', originally published in the anthology 'Just Desserts'. This is a bit of adventure fantasy, featuring a fancy tea shop, poisons, assassins, LOTS of baked goods, and very sharp blades... Read my story… Continue reading Read my story ‘Seven Kinds of Baked Goods’ in Luna Station Quarterly
Honestly, August passed in a bit of a blur. I was writing a story that had to be finished by August 31, and the kids were still out of school, so there was a lot of stuff going on. But, yes, there were still so, so many good stories to read. Right before I put… Continue reading 20 splendiferous short stories I read in August
The new episode of The Word Count Podcast just went live, and that means you can now listen to my new flash fiction story 'Hidden' Listen to the episode. The story prompt this month was this photo and the month of August. I confess I might have cheated somewhat when writing this story, because… Continue reading Listen to R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast #69 & my new story ‘Hidden’
Issue #39 of Shimmer just went live, and I can still barely believe it, but my name is on that cover. And what a cover! Gorgeous and haunting artwork by Sandro Castelli. The table of contents include some fabulous authors (as well as yours truly), and of course, I highly recommend you pick up this… Continue reading Read my story ‘Hare’s Breath’ in the brand new issue of SHIMMER
July's story prompt for the ever-wonderful Word Count Podcast was a wonderful picture taken by our podcast-master R.B. Wood himself. This is a photo I took while hiking in Zion National Park in Utah. This is the beginning of the Narrows hike, previous hikers sometimes leave their walking sticks for future hikers. Listen to the… Continue reading Read ‘Deathlight’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
The new issue of Bracken has just been released with a TOC that includes my flash fiction story 'When Mama Calls'. I wrote this story as an entry in Bracken's flash fiction contest earlier this year, and while it was a challenge to write a maximum of 350 words, it was a fun challenge. Huge… Continue reading Read my story ‘When Mama Calls’ in the new issue of Bracken
I traveled a lot throughout July (but then I always travel a lot in July). The month included long flights to Sweden, and a lot of travel within Sweden as well, visiting family and friends. As a result, my reading was rather haphazard and scattered throughout the month, and so was my time at the… Continue reading 19 wondrous short stories I read in July