By bedtime each night, empty-eyed cartoon characters tumbled over her mother’s slippers. At six, Jillian didn’t understand words like “hallucinatory manifestation disorder” and “early onset”. She giggled at Helga Hog dancing in her fluffy ballet costume and clapped her chubby hands when Henry Hog splashed in an imaginary mud puddle she could almost see.
She didn’t know to worry about the way her mother’s eyes squinted against the soft glow of the bedside lamp or the knuckles she pressed hard into each temple, hands trembling with the effort, until the brightly colored Hog family faded to sketchy wisps, then shadows, and finally into nothing at all.
Read the rest in Bourbon Penn Issue 21—>
“What Beast We Cannot Conquer” is one of my favorite things I’ve written to date. It follows a clockwork necromancer as she navigates illness, complicated relationships, messy emotions, and new/different selfhood.
You can find it in issue 1 of Cossmass Infinities. Copies are available at Amazon, Google Play, Gumroad and on the Cossmass Infinities website. There’s even a paperback option on Amazon for those that like to gather up all their hoarded stories into a nice cozy pile upon which they sleep and/or wait for passing travelers to threaten with arcane riddles.
Ever wonder what Hel was doing when Loki cast the first seeds of Ragnarok? Well, turns out she was tending the garden.
My story “Such Truth As This” is now available in Three Crows Magazine Issue 5.
Here is an old story. You’ve heard it before—
Two door guardians: one a liar, the other true. They offer these rules to you freely upon your approach, each glancing sly accusations at the other. You’re allowed one question before you choose.
You think you have the answer, the proper words one must know when navigating crossroads, but you’re wrong. Everyone is. This game was rigged long before your oldest ancestors learned to cast their wishes on wind-caught dandelions.
There is no riddle, no right path, no rules. These beasts are hungry and they’re lying to you.
(Read the rest over at Three Crow’s Magazine)
From July 1st through July 31st, all three of my titles–Trickster Edda, Dead on Arrival, and Eve & Eden–will be available for free on Smashwords.
Free! It’s the best price!
No coupon code required. As long as its after midnight on July 1, they’ll appear as free as soon as you put them in your cart.
Sharp & Sugar Tooth Women Up to No Good anthology kickstarter just went live. The collection features a lot of great stories, one of which will be my “Soul of Soup Bones.”
Give us a peek!
My story “Soul of Soup Bones” will be appearing in Upper Rubber Boot’s Sharp & Sugar Tooth anthology later this year, as part of their Women Up to No Good series.
Right now, they’re busy getting ready behind the scenes, but soon they’ll have a Kickstarter up and running to help get the anthology on its feet. It’s a great collection full of some really awesome stories. Give it a peek!