“The Stray Bones Trap” in The Misbehaving Dead

“In all the lonely years I lay in the dirt—winnowing, turning yellow, itching from the bugs—it never occurred to me I might one day rise out of the ground.” (excerpt from “The Stray Bones Trap”) A dead woman rises from the ground to confront a serial-killer-in-training burying murdered animals by her grave. Part of A…

Listen to “The Corpse Child” on Pseudopod

“Did you know a person’s head is too dense to burn? The servants would use a big rock to smash your skull into smaller pieces. And all the while, I would sit at the breakfast table, listening to you go up in smoke.” (excerpt from “The Corpse Child” Pseudopod, the weekly horror podcast, includes my…

Now Dig My Grave

There was a bird on the floor this morning. Probably from the cat. Let’s blame everything on the cat. The bird’s body is bound with long strings from the carpet, twisted around the wings and legs. A rope of old cobwebs hold its beak shut. It almost looks like someone did this on purpose. Does…

“Teach the Young Men Well” in Gamut

From a distance, the hundreds of bones strewn across Auntie Eunice’s acreage make the grounds look whiter than a nostalgic Christmas card. Hungry birds hop through the jumble, chirping their morning song into the hollows. Whenever my sisters and I visit, Auntie Eunice uses a rake to part the bones, carving a path to her…

“The Black and White Dozen” in Weirdbook

The negatives were buried deep underground in an archive of such atrocity, their eventual discovery will haunt the nightmares of whatever institution is tasked with cataloguing them. Some things—no matter how many generations old they are—will never be fit for museum display.  (Excerpt from “The Black and White Dozen”). Family inheritance, snuff photography, and cute…

Read “The Aunties Return the Ocean” at Diabolical Plots

  Auntie Roberta carried so much ocean she barely knew where to hide it all. Inside her stony home, she filled the kitchen drawers and cupboards with cold dark brine. Every pot and tankard as well. She quickly ran out of places, yet her weary arms were still loaded with the stuff. Where would it…

Book of Blasphemous Words

“Book of Blasphemous Words is a weird fiction, horror, and speculative fiction anthology about humanity’s relationship with its gods. When we answer the call for salvation from the bondage of the material—when we believe in gods—we reach a hand into the unknown and risk losing it to something peckish. When we forget the power of the…

Couch

Is she ill? Does she have a headache? Perhaps the music on the radio has lulled her to sleep. Whatever the case may be, I’m glad someone was there to cover her with a blanket.

Gamut Magazine

Gamut Magazine “an online magazine of neo-noir, speculative fiction with a literary bent” will begin January 2017. Editor-in-chief Richard Thomas has brought together a passionate team of editors, columnists, and illustrators for what promises to be the year’s most memorable publication. Work will appear from many of the finest writers of speculative fiction, including:Stephen Graham…

“Sixteen Too Soon” in The Quilliad

Mom tells me when I turn sixteen I will have boyfriends and nights on the town and I won’t want to stay locked in the house making sure she doesn’t escape. She says when that day comes I’ll have to break her legs. “You’ll use the sledgehammer in the basement. Crush my bones right below…

“Lake Thieves” in Triangulation: Beneath the Surface

In “Lake Thieves”, a father takes his sons on a special fishing trip he believes will save them from the coming apocalypse. Hanging bones, singing fish, and men with guns are only some of the disasters the family encounters. “Lake Thieves” appears in Parsec Ink’s annual anthology Triangulation. This year’s theme is Beneath the Surface….