“Auntie Jane VS the Nine Fingers” longlisted for 2019 Sunburst Award

“Auntie Jane VS the Nine Fingers” has been longlisted in the short fiction category for the 2019 Sunburst Award, alongside many talented writers and their wonderful stories. Short Story Fiction Senaa Ahmad, “The Glow-In-The-Dark Girls” [Strange Horizons, 15 Jan 2018] Madeline Ashby, “Domestic Violence” [Slate, 26 March 2018] Phedra Deonarine, “The Douen King of the…

Diabolical Plots Year Five

Diabolical Plots Year Five (edited by David Steffen) contains 26 stories of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror. My story “The Eat Me Drink Me Challenge” appears, which revolves around Alice in Wonderland, YouTube challenge videos, and even the 1985 Kurt Thomas classic Gymkata. Stories from this collection will slowly appear on the Diabolical Plots website between…

Read “Fun Things For Ages 8 to 10” at The Wyrd

Hey kids! Did you know you can use an old tape recorder to tell the future? It’s true. This fortune telling act is sure to entertain the whole family! It’s easy and fun! (Excerpt from “Fun Things For Ages 8 to 10”) Necromancy is taught as a fun-time activity within the pages of a children’s magazine….

Listen to “Whaling With Clowns” at Gallery of Curiosities podcast

While clowns have been used since the earliest days of whaling, no man knows for certain how a clown singlehandedly slaughters a whale. When the enormous beasts float belly up to the surface, their bodies never reveal injury. The whales die pristine, beatific even, like Saints. The body of a whale killed by a clown does not decay,…

Podcast Stories

Two stories of mine have recently appeared on podcasts. “The Stray Bones Trap”, which originally appeared in the anthology The Misbehaving Dead, is performed by Mary Murphy on The No Sleep Podcast. The episode containing “The Stray Bones Trap” and four other horrifying tales is available for the low price of $1.49. The story illustration…

“Auntie Jane VS The Nine Fingers” in Deciduous Tales

On Auntie Jane’s first day teaching, she discovered three of her students were missing fingers. Embarrassingly, she didn’t notice until handing out the safety scissors, even though one of the digit-deficient boys had already twice put his hand up, wanting to be excused to use the bathroom (“I didn’t do it all the first time”). –…

“Things To Save In A Fire” in The Audient Void

She often thought how much more efficient her final years would be if she could only find the strength to saw off everything below the knees and outfit herself with sturdy peg legs like a pirate. In the old days, she easily found men just as desperate as they were talented, who for the price…

“Dirty Sheets in the Acreage” in OnSpec

Abandoned bird nests and snail shells snagged in Anna’s long hair. One time, after she caught frog eggs in her wild mane, tadpoles sprang forth. Sheila watched them wiggle like mercury in the sheets before suffocating. (Excerpt from “Dirty Sheets in the Acreage”) Issue #108 of OnSpec , alongside new fiction by Robin S. Carson, Timothy…

“Entry-Level Job” in The Cockroach Conservatory

This is the highest paying entry-level job in the world, yet no one lasts a year.  Flash-fiction about the artificial insemination of (futuristic? alien?) dangerous creatures. Appearing in the premier issue of The Cockroach Conservatory: Vol. 1: The Working Zealot’s guide to Gaining Capital in Pre-Apocalyptic America alongside fiction by EllyBangs, Seth Gordon, Sally McBride,…