One of my most favourite stories, “We Are the Moor,” has found a new loving home @ Haven Spec Magazine. It first appeared in Flash Fiction Online in early 2020.
The Flash Fiction Online 2021 Anthology is out! It has two of my stories in it: “The Bones and Their Girl” and “Beneath Her Sweet Roots.”
The anthology spans multiple genres from literary to fantasy, science fiction, and horror. It also contains behind-the-scenes interviews from the authors.
It’s available from the Publisher.
Today I have a tiny tale in Martian Magazine called “The Last Dream.”
As far as I know, it’s my last story coming out in 2021. At 100 words, it’s almost too short to describe without spoilers, but the characters are an estranged father and daughter and the genre is “feely SF.” I hope you enjoy it!
You can read the story here.
I had a handful of original stories published this year, but many of them very, very short. So it’s no surprise my personal favourite and best candidate this year is a flash as well:
“Birding With My Human” hatched in Nature Futures in July, and I’d be thrilled if you considered it for awards & noms. Thank you!
It is eligible for Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards (and possibly others) in the Short Story category.
The setting in the story is based on a real location (a lake and a bird tower) and much of the story was inspired by my own birding experiences.
You can read the story here (SF, 980 words)
Charles Payseur at Quick Sip Reviews said some nice things about my Headless-Horseman-inspired flash, “When the Head Comes Knocking,” which appeared in PodCastle last month. He called it “cute and funny” as well as a “fine read!”
Thank you, Charles!
You can read the review here
PodCastle episode 701 is here which means my story, a little flash tale inspired by the Headless Horseman, is out! You can listen & read “When the Head Comes Knocking” on the PodCastle website or get the episode on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, and Stitcher.
I’m so grateful to editor Craig Jackson for picking this story and to Srikripa Krishna Prasad for beautifully narrating it. And of course very excited to see this story out in the world. It’s my first story in PodCastle and the second time something of mine has been turned into audio. Enjoy!
I have a story in the forest-themed September issue of Flash Fiction Online. “Beneath Her Sweet Roots” is a reprint which originally came out in a small litmag called The Mad River. I’m very excited to get this story in front of new readers. Thank you, Executive & Reprint Editor Samantha L. Strong, for choosing it for publication!
The story will be free to read on Flash Fiction Online‘s website on September 24th, or you can support the magazine and grab the issue now—it’s available on Amazon, Weightless Books, and directly from the publisher.
Another microfic of mine is up on Stupefying Stories, “The Summer of Phoenix Spotting.”
The story was inspired by this hot, hot summer, at least it has been here in Finland. The prompt for the 100-word flash challenge run by Pete Wood was “it’s too darn hot.”
You can also read several other tiny stories from different authors written using the same prompt on the Stupefying Stories blog.
I’ve got a new microfic up on Stupefying Stories, “First Date Magic.”
This was quite a challenge to write, literally. Based on a prompt by Pete Wood, the story had to be max 107 words long and contain the phrase, “I’m pretty sure he wasn’t our waiter.” A lot harder than I first thought, but I think I did all right.
You can read six other authors’ stories for the challenge on the site as well, each very different.