The Middle Child’s Practical Guide to Surviving a Fairy Tale/Deathlight

The latest issue of Fireside Fiction just went live, and with it, my short story, The Middle Child’s Practical Guide to Surviving a Fairy Tale, the story I read at last year’s World Fantasy Con and this year’s ICFA. Originally written as a Twitter joke, it slowly grew into a blog post, as these things do, and then mutated into a short story.

Also just going live, the latest issue of Lightspeed, available for subscribers or as an individual issue, which includes my short story, “Deathlight,” along with new short stories by An Owomoyela,  Seanan McGuire, and Wole Talabi, reprints from a number of well known names including Tim Pratt and Elizabeth Hand, and Hugh Howey’s “The Plagiarist.”

I may have a bit more to say about this one once my individual story goes live on the web on May 17, but for now, I’ll just note that the two stories are, I think, quite different – and not just because one is more or less fantasy (if a bit snarky about it) and the other marks my return to hard science fiction.

Enjoy!

Cat Play

Just in time for some weekend reading, new magazine Metaphorosis has launched, with my short story, Cat Play.

It’s fantasy, but set in a very real place here in Winter Garden. (The coffee shop is also real – it’s the Starbucks down at the Winter Garden Village.) Partly, this was sheer laziness – using real places means I don’t have to think up imaginary ones. But I rather like the idea of a touch of magic hanging out in ordinary apartment complexes.

Ink

My short story, Ink, just went live up at the Journal of Unlikely Cryptographybrought to you by the same people who have brought you Unlikely Entomology and Unlikely Architecture, and who are partly financially backed by a group organized out of the very unlikely Sealand.  Given all of these factors, it’s rather unlikely that this story managed to appear at all; I hope you enjoy reading it.