It's July and I'm in Sweden visiting family. It's a hot, hot summer for once, and everything is blue skies and sunshine. A few days ago we visited Bjuröklubb, and there, near the water, I saw the open door of an old root cellar. Framed by two pines, it makes a pretty striking image, and… Continue reading A root cellar and a story
There's a brand new episode of the Word Count Podcast, and it includes my new flash fiction story "Sunlit Surface, Depths Below". Our story prompt this time was this evocative beach-photo: I was inspired to write a story about the beach, swimming, hunger, and longing. Listen to the episode. This episode also includes stories by… Continue reading Listen to my new flash story “Sunlit Surface, Depths Below” on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
My latest speculative fiction short story roundup is now up at B&N's SciFi & Fantasy Blog! It features 10 great stories I read in May. Read it. The artwork for the roundup is from Lightspeed, and it's for the story "Godmeat" by Martin Cahill, and the art itself is by the wonderful Galendara.
Over at B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog, I recommend 10 fantastic SFF anthologies!
10 speculative fiction short stories I read in March. Maybe you should read them, too!
My latest monthly roundup of speculative fiction short stories is now live at B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog!
Read my new story "The Guitar Hero" in Kaleidotrope - it has a lot of rock and roll, and two middle-aged women fighting evil (or is it?) backstage!
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!
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
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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
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’
The brand new Halloween episode of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast has just gone live. It's episode #71, and this month, the theme was Halloween, October, and this photo of the abandoned Pilgrim State Psychiatric hospital: Listen to episode 71 It took me a few tries to come up with a story I liked for this… Continue reading Listen to my new story ‘Angel’s Heart’ on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
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’
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
It's been a while since I released a poem into the wild, but right now, you can read 'Solstice Blót' in the brand new, horror-themed issue of the Canadian publication Polar Borealis Magazine. You can read the issue here (scroll down to issue 4 and click to see the magazine in PDF). It includes stories and… Continue reading Read my poem ‘Solstice Blót’ in the new issue of Polar Borealis Magazine
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
It's been a bit of a wait for this one, but now it is here and it looks absolutely wonderful: Phobos Issue Four: Deep Black Sea. My story 'Bioluminescence' is in this magazine, and I am just thrilled to share it with everyone. The TOC looks fantastic, and the cover is gorgeous: artwork by Abigail… Continue reading Phobos Issue Four: Deep Black Sea is available in print – with my story ‘Bioluminescence’
June turned out to be another great month for short fiction, and it was another month where I felt like I should be reading at least twice as much as I actually did. Even reading as much as I do, I feel I'm only scratching the surface of what's out there! A special than you… Continue reading 17 brilliantly awesome short stories I read in June
It's summer-time (at least here in the northern hemisphere), and if you're like me, you've already got a pile of books you're planning to read. My pile is mostly on my Kindle, but still: it's a big pile. Here are some of the books I've read and enjoyed recently. They are all perfect for reading… Continue reading Great reads for summer (or any other time)
Three of my stories were published in May, and I thought I'd share some background for each of them. I've been thinking about these stories a lot this past month (no surprise!), partly because the writing process for each of them was so different. And oh, if you want to support excellent speculative fiction, consider… Continue reading Story notes for three stories
You can hear me read this story on episode #66 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The prompts for this episode were “May”, and this gorgeous photo by R.B. Wood himself: Though this photo was taken in Boston Harbor, I set my story on the Pacific coast, just outside Vancouver. Hungry Beasts “Where are we… Continue reading Read ‘Hungry Beasts’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast