We’ve got some fantastic short pieces that came out of PodCastle’s 2019 flash fiction contest. Why am I telling you this? Because I narrate the final story in the line-up, “Tohoku”. Have a listen and let me know what you think!
Ever wondered what might happen if a bunch of genius female astronauts got together to build a space colony on a faraway exoplanet? (Hint: no, they don’t sit around painting their toenails and gossiping about men.) My latest story, “A Handful of Stardust”, explores this concept with just a touch of romance and potential alien contact. Give it a read as part of the Pioneers & Pathfinders anthology from JayHenge Publishing, available from Amazon now!
I absolutely love submitting to new magazines. There’s just something exciting about joining someone else in the start of a new adventure. So I’m proud to announce one of my stories, “Dead Legends”, appears in the second issue of The Weird and Whatnot, now available from Amazon here! If you like superheroes, dystopias, and jungle fires, head on over and take a look.
In addition–and I’m quite late with this, but such is life!–my magical realism short story, “Combustion”, which was published in Metaphorosis last year, was selected to appear in the Best Vegan Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 anthology, edited by B. Morris Allen! This is the first ‘Best Of’ anthology I’ve ever appeared in, and I certainly hope there will be more in the future.
To this day, “Combustion” remains one of my favorite stories in terms of social commentary, and I will always be proud of its opening line: “Jaxon has just finished doodling Captain Fiero’s victory pose when the math teacher explodes.” If it piques your interest, head on over to Amazon here and have a look!
If you’ve ever wondered what I sound like, head on over to Monsters Out of the Closet, the podcast featuring short horror fiction by LGBTQ+ authors, for their latest episode, Nightmare! I narrate the second story featured, “I Call Him Charlie”. Pull the shades, keep the lights on, and enjoy.
Every once in a while (okay, more than once in a while), I write politics into fiction. Usually it’s subtle, and I try not to let the agenda take over the story. When I fail, you get something like “Float”.
Appearing in the May/June issue of Interzone, “Float” follows a young girl who grew up on a space colony and has now been deported back to Earth, confused and in culture shock. The story was inspired by the predicament of Dreamers, but you don’t have to be in the US to hear the heartbreaking stories of immigrants being deported for no reason other than ignorance and fearmongering.
No matter your political inclinations or beliefs, I hope you’ll enjoy my little piece of empathy for those who are suffering today.