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I'm a science fiction and fantasy author who loves dark science fiction, cheerful horror, and modern fairy tales.
My stories appear places including Tor.com, Escape Pod, and Odyssey Magazine.
New! Go to Goodreads to win an advance copy of my novella, The Unkindness of Ravens, a story of trickster gods, favors owed, and a royal heir desperate to protect his House from a plague-driven war. Giveaway runs May 1st - June 15th, 2018 at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/273411-the-unkindness-of-ravens.
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What's New for 2018?
"Belongings," (reprint) appeared in Digital Fiction Publishing Corp's Killing It Softly 2 anthology, a collection of horror by female authors.
Update 1/25/2018: Killing It Softly 2 took 2nd place for Best Anthology in the Critters Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2017. Congrats to my fellow contributors!
Long ago and far away, the alabaster knife had held pride of place in a sunlit kitchen. Then came the death of the knife's owner, the inheritance, and the abusive neglect that scarred the alabaster handle and pitted the steel blade with speckles of rust. The knife endured, only to be passed along to the second-hand shop and the pawn shops. Then came the rubbish and the rag-picker and the bum and--finally!--the girl with small, cool hands who handed a couple of dollars to a bum, plucked the alabaster knife from his grimy hands, and carried it inside.
"Miracle Material," (reprint) appears in Scary Dairy's Mother's Revenge anthology, a collection of eco-horror.
Update 1/25/2018: This anthology made it onto the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot for "Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection." Exciting!
When manufacturers think they've found the perfect material, it soon becomes more common than plastic. That's when the troubles start.
"Ekaterina and the Firebird," (reprint) will appear in the Feb/Mar 2018 issue of Iridium Zine, which publishes intersectional genre fiction with a focus on QUILTBAG+ characters.
Only a thin sickle moon hung in the sky, but the apple orchard was lit as if by a golden harvest moon. Ahead of her, dancing fire flitted through the trees, illuminating the last hanging remnants of the apple harvest.
Publication Date TBD, likely 2018
"Butterfly, Modified," will appear in Ghosts on Drugs, an anthology put together by Hy Bender and Will Paoletto.
All the tales in Ghosts on Drugs include some version of at least one ghost who's on some version of at least one drug. Both key terms are broadly defined—e.g., a ghostwriter hooked on cough syrup could fit, and a dead ancient god with an inhumanly intense craving to be worshiped again could too.
4th Street Fantasy Convention