A new story from me up at Daily Science Fiction today, Choices, inspired by my ongoing hatred for the fairy tale of the “Loathly Lady,” probably best known from Chaucer’s retelling in the Wife of Bath’s Tale.

Enjoy! And, while you’re there, maybe consider subscribing to Daily Science Fiction – they just revealed that their subscription revenues don’t cover the costs of paying authors. So without more subscriptions, they might need to close down next year. Gulp.

And the Green Water Waiting

A new story from me out today at Fusion Fragment,“And the Green Water Waiting.”

This was an interesting one to place – largely because nearly everyone I sent it to had a different reaction. Some editors hated the ambiguity. Some editors thought it had a bit too much sex for their particular zines. Some editors thought it was too long. Other editors felt it was far too short and needed to be expanded into a novella.

So I’m glad it found a home at last – with an editor who loved the ambiguity.



Great Gerta and the Mermaid, and A Selection of Drinks

My rather silly story, Great Gerta and the Mermaid, about a pirate, a mermaid, a ruby and a Lost Boy, is now free to read at Lightspeed Magazine. It’s a story about certain aspects of Neverland as depicted in the book, not the film.

And because I see I forgot to mention it here when it came out earlier, my very different story, “A Selection of Drinks from the Courts of the Five Silver Moons and the Seven Red Stars” appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of Lackington’s, available here. 

The Chambermaid

Some fairy tales leave me cheering for the wrong side. Particularly “The Goose Girl.” I mean, think about it. We’re supposed to be totally on the side of the princess, and totally against the maid. But who in this fairy tale, exactly, is walking around talking to drops of blood? The princess. Who in this fairy tale, exactly, is constantly calling up a wind to blow away the hat of her mostly innocent coworker? The princess. Who in this fairy tale, exactly, is talking to the head of a dead horse? Again, the princess.

And who, exactly, ends up dead in the end?

Not the princess.

My little poem about it, The Chambermaid, just went up on Kaleidotrope today.




This is probably not the best day to release a little bit of fictional horror into the world, but to be fair, this story was written well before the first human contracted COVID-19 and was accepted just a couple of weeks later, so here we are.

On the other hand, rereading it now, it seems almost perfectly themed for the day. Also completely unintentional.

Wings, now up at Daily Science Fiction.


Gorilla in the Streets

My short story, “Gorilla in the Streets,” which originally appeared in Diabolical Plots, Year Five last April, is now available to read online here.

This was originally meant to be just a quick joke story riffing off something said on Twitter, but as so often happens, once I started typing, it grew into something more. Probably the most personal story I’ve published in quite some time.

Even if it’s about a gorilla.


2019 Publication Round-up

It’s mid-December, which seems a decent time for participating in this annual ritual:

Short fiction:

The Girl and the House, in Nightmare, April 2019, a story of, well, a girl, a house, and Gothic tropes. It received a number of very kind reviews and appeared on some recommended reading lists.

Gorilla in the Streets, in Diabolical Plots, Year Five. This also made its first appearance in April, but so far, hasn’t received as much attention – quite possibly because it’s only been in the anthology so far, not online. It will be available online starting in JanuaryUpdate: Now available to read online!

Flash fiction:

Feather Ties, in Daily Science Fiction, March 2019. A little look at what happened after the events of the fairy tale of the golden goose.

Breaking the EnchantmentDaily Science Fiction, July 2019. Probably my most popular flash fiction story of the year, a little gender bent story about – what else – breaking an enchantment.

The WolfDaily Science Fiction, August 2019. A tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The overtones – disturbing, sexual and otherwise – are deliberate.

Sunflowers and Blood, in Automata Review, August 2019. This had the misfortune to be published while I was in Ireland this summer, in the middle of all of the excitement with my broken wheelchair, Aer Lingus and Worldcon, and thus, ended up getting overlooked by pretty much everyone, including me, alas.

Transformation, Afterwards, in Daily Science Fiction, November 2019. A little look at what happened after the princess kissed the frog.


Just one poem this year, the late entry Gretel’s Bones, out in Strange Horizons, December 2019.


On Fairy Tales, the other most popular thing I did this year: finishing up a two year essay series, which covered everything from the surprisingly incestuous history of well-known fairy tales like Jack and the Beanstalk to the less well known, elaborate, intricate tales penned by the French salon fairy tale writers to occasional detours into the history of animation and the Technicolor process. And some poetry.

Dragonriders of Pern reread for A look back at the first three Pern books by Anne McCaffrey.

So, less than in previous years – which happens after a year spent largely sick. But next year sees some new stuff in Uncanny, Lightspeed, Syntax and Salt, Kaleidotrope, Mithila Review, Wizards in SpaceThe Baum Bugle and possibly more, as well as poetry and (hopefully) snippets of works in progress on my Patreon.  Stay tuned!