In the Greenwood

My short story, “In the Greenwood,” just popped up at

Those who have read the story have said that saying anything about the story will ruin it, so rather than talking about the actual story, I’ll just mention a couple of other things. One: the origins of this story go all the way back to kindergarten, making this officially the longest ever period between original concept and publication for me, and two, I am beyond excited about the illustration.

For one thing, my stories rarely get illustrated (the realities of being a very minor short story writer.)  For two, the illustration, by Allen Williams, caught exactly what I was thinking, which was not at all what I expected.  For three, it’s just a gorgeous painting. So even if you don’t enjoy the story, you can, I hope, enjoy the illustration.

The Gifts

If for some reason you aren’t subscribing to Daily Science Fiction (it’s free!) and thus missed my little three part story, The Gifts, that went out to subscribers last week, all three parts are now up on the web:

The Gifts, part one

The Gifts, part two

The Gifts, part three

The Gifts is loosely based on “The Girl Without Hands,” one of the more disturbing fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, even in their softened edition. This was not originally intended as a three part story, or even as a story at all. I was working on a poem when something started to nag at me — a something that turned into part one, which needed a bit more exploration, which turned into part three, and then needed something else, part two: three separate tiny stories that form a larger one.


Missing Links and Secret Histories

My contributor’s copies of Missing Links and Secret Histories, from Aquaduct Press, showed up a little over a week ago – wrapped in plastic, fortunately enough, given the tropical storm, so in between roofing irritations, I’ve been peeking at it.  So far I highly recommend Jenni Moody’s “Peter Rabbit,” Jeremy Sim’s “Sanya TM-300 Home-Use Time Machine,” and Anne Toole’s “Secrets of Flatland,” although I should warn you that this last contains some Scandalous Stories about Isoceles Triangles.

I still have to peer at the stories in the beginning of the book, but that should be enough to tell you that this is a marvelously fun book telling various background stories of various fictional characters in Wikipedia style. I have three stories in it: “Godmother,” “Marmalette” and “Palatina.”  The official release date is July, but it seems to be available now from Barnes and Noble and Amazon, at least for pre-order; keep an eye on Aquaduct’s blog for more announcements.