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
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!
My flash fiction story 'Goodnight, Mr. President' is now live at The Centropic Oracle. It is beautifully narrated by Rob Gillespie, and I am just thrilled that this little story found such a great home. A possibly related gif: It's science fiction, there's a president, there's a golden robot, and... well, give it a listen!… Continue reading Listen to my new flash fiction story ‘Goodnight, Mr. President’ at THE CENTROPIC ORACLE
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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
Very excited to share the news that my science fiction story 'Long As I Can See The Light', originally published in 'People Are Strange', has made the cut and will be included in Flame Tree Publishing's Alien Invasion anthology! These anthologies look gorgeous, and I can't wait to hold a copy of this in my… Continue reading Reprint news for ‘Long As I Can See the Light’!
'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’
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
You can read my science fiction story 'The Gates of Balawat', originally 'Balawats portar', in the brand new issue of Samovar Magazine. Also in the issue: poetry by Salik Shah, a column by Rachel Cordasco, and fiction by Stamatis Stamatopoulos. (Next week, you will also be able to listen to the story read in both English… Continue reading Read my story ‘Balawats portar’ / ‘The Gates of Balawat’ in SAMOVAR MAGAZINE
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
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
My Goodreads giveaway - for three paperback copies of 'Odin's Eye' (my collection of science fiction short stories) - has just concluded. Thank you so much to everyone who entered! 1,440 people entered the giveaway, and three people will be receiving a copy of the book in the mail very soon! I'm especially happy because… Continue reading Thanks to everyone who entered my Goodreads giveaway!
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's story prompt for R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast was the month of June, and this photo: As usual, I'm not sure how my brain ended up thinking of Mars, and robots, and a space-opera-ish setting for my flash fiction for the episode based on that photo-prompt... but that's what happened. I was also inspired… Continue reading Read ‘A Song For Hugo’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
This is so exciting: my science fiction story 'Long As I Can See The Light' (first published in the anthology 'People Are Strange'), is featured on the podcast The Overcast! Huge thanks to J.S. Arquin at The Overcast for giving this story a great second home! Listen to the podcast. Support The Overcast on Patreon.… Continue reading Listen to my story ‘Long As I Can See The Light’ on The Overcast
The latest episode of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast is live! You can listen to me read my y story 'A Song For Hugo' on episode #67. The story prompt this month was a photo of a stage (below) and "June"! My story is sort of an attempt at space opera in flash fiction form...… Continue reading Listen to R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast & my new story ‘A Song For Hugo’
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)
I'm running a Goodreads giveaway for my science fiction short story collection 'Odin's Eye' (published in 2015) right now! You can enter to win one of three paperback copies, from now until August 21st. Enter the Goodreads giveaway! Goodreads Book Giveaway Odin's Eye by Maria Haskins Giveaway ends August 21, 2017. See the giveaway details… Continue reading Goodreads giveaway for ODIN’S EYE
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
This has to be one of the coolest and most unexpected things that has happened to me as a writer: Australian guitarist Graham Greene has written an amazing new tune - and it was inspired by my short story 'The Gates of Balawat' from my short story collection 'Odin's Eye'! You can read more about… Continue reading A musical collaboration of sorts…
What the heck, May? I had three stories appear in three different publications this past month. Not that I'm complaining or anything... quite the opposite! The lovely threesome: The Machine of the Devil in Flash Fiction Online. (Read for free, subscribe, buy the issue.) Metal, Sex, Monsters in Gamut. (Subscribe, or buy the issue.) Firstborn… Continue reading April / May recap: stories, sales & reviews
Some months, I feel like I just cannot keep up with all the wonderful, beautiful, addictively terrifying stories coming out. Actually, that pretty much describes every month... Here are 16 of the many fabulous stories I read in May: Lares Familiares, 1981, by Rebecca Campbell in Liminal Stories. "Over the girl's shoulder lay the forest's… Continue reading 16 fabulously fantastic short stories I read in May