2015 Award Eligible Stories

It appears to be that time of year again–when people are reading and recommending stories for various awards and whatnot.  I’m terrible at self-promotion, but I thought the least I could do was put together a handy little post with all of my award-eligible stories from 2015.  I’ve added excerpts just because they’re fun! So without further ado, here we go…


“Be Not Unequally Yoked”Shimmer Magazine — January 2015 (Fantasy)

Things used to be pure inside me. Separated. When I was a boy, I was wholly a boy. When I was a horse, I was wholly a horse.

Things used to be simple inside me. I was all one thing or I was all another. And the two only got close when the change was happening.

But things aren’t so simple anymore. The lines inside me feel blurry, more and more every day.

“Gold Dress, No Eyes”Flash Fiction Online — February 2015 (Science Fiction)

All That Glitters

A ball gown of matrimonial grandeur, fashioned after images of long-lost Earth. Swathes of gold taffeta cocoon her as such finery always had, tight enough to suffocate. Ruching rises in silken folds from narrow hips to narrow bust. Gold braid trims the decollete neckline as it rounds her shoulders.

One cream glove rises to her elbow, the other has rumpled down her forearm to pool in eternal ripples at her wrist. Polished tungsten glints, a dark screen is inlaid in her forearm, with spider-webbed cracks — too damaged to warrant removal.


“Molten Heart”Fantastic Stories of the Imagination — April 2015 (Fantasy)

They didn’t want me to look human, so they didn’t give me eyes. They thought if they shaped me like a monster — a hulking ton of red Mars clay, mute and blind — that she wouldn’t love me.

They were wrong.


“Coming Undone”Apex Magazine — August 2015 (Science Fiction)

Entry #070-698

I was born incomplete, unfinished.

My right leg ends in a stubby knee. The corresponding arm never developed past the shoulder.

People always think these undeveloped limbs are the error, but it’s the full-length, ‘healthy’ limbs that make me wrong.

I’ve spent my whole life trying to fix God’s mistake.

“Some Men Break”Daily Science Fiction — September 2015 (Fantasy)

He had a driftwood heart; he had sleepy-ocean eyes.
I lifted my bloodied head from the sand and there he was, standing on spindly branching legs. Battered wreckage that had long since been washed thin and worn by the waves. I felt the pound of the surf in my temple, in my throat, in my groin.
I coughed up the salty sea and he only stood watching.
As my vision blurred out, I began to think he was only flotsam. Only jetsam. Not a man at all.

Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!



“Possessed of a Fierce Violence” Published in Page & Spine

“Possessed of a Fierce Violence” is an extremely brief (and violent!) story, published last month at Page & Spine.  It’s free to read here. (TW: violence, gore)

This story was written during the Story-a-Day May challenge.  Sometimes I like to sit down with a first line, in this case…

Sing me the song of your soul, sweet maiden.

And just go from there.  See where it takes me.  This line took to me to a violent place, but managed–surprisingly–to imply a complete story.

Take a look and let me know what you think!


“When the INVADER Comes” Published in Zetetic



Don’t Open Your Eyes

Sweet one, your mind will scream as the animal instinct in you comes alive. It will demand you open your eyes. It will demand you see your attacker.

Remember what I showed you. Remember all the times we practiced. Don’t stop practicing when I am gone. Every day when you wake, close your eyes and find your way from the cot on the floor to the door, to the windows. Count every step. Know every obstacle. Map it in your mind and hear my voice.

Then, when the time comes—and it will come, sweetest—these defenses will be ingrained in you. You will not open your eyes.

When the INVADER Comes: What to Do and How to Do It” was published last night in Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry, a sweet online magazine connected to Spark: A Creative Anthology (of which you’ve heard me speak of often before, most likely).

I love playing with different narrative forms and this one–technically a ‘list’ story–was a lot of fun to write.  I originally penned this during Story-a-Day May 2014.  I’m delighted that it’s found a good home with the awesome folks over at Zetetic. 

So if you’re looking for a brief, dark read, head on over here!  Please consider sharing or commenting if you enjoy it!  Zetetic also accepts donations, so that’s another great avenue of support.




“Some Men Break” Published in Daily Science Fiction

He had a driftwood heart; he had sleepy-ocean eyes.

I lifted my bloodied head from the sand and there he was, standing on spindly branching legs. Battered wreckage that had long since been washed thin and worn by the waves. I felt the pound of the surf in my temple, in my throat, in my groin.

I coughed up the salty sea and he only stood watching.

As my vision blurred out, I began to think he was only flotsam. Only jetsam. Not a man at all.
I’m happy to announce that I’ve got a pretty little flash piece out in Daily Science Fiction today.  “Some Men Break” is among my favorite flash pieces–mostly because, to me, the image of the driftwood man is so captivating and the story was so fun to write.  It’s free to read, so make sure you stop by and take a look!

I’ve had my eye on DSF for quite some time, hoping to be published with them.  “Some Men Break” was my eighteenth submission to this magazine and my first YES.  It wasn’t the story I thought they would buy–I thought it was too language-focused, not enough clear plot, etc.  I learned the value of persistence (after 17 rejections) and not self-rejecting (you never know sometimes what will strike an editor just right!) with this one story sale.  Super happy.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to share with your friends and/or let me know what you thought of the piece!

“Coming Undone” Published in Apex, Issue 75

The writing journey has been, at times, a slow one.  I have inched along, slowly gaining progress, gaining purchase on an uneven path.  I don’t think I will have ever arrived, because–in my mind at least–there is no such thing.  There’s no point at which I will level out and stop learning.  At least, I hope there isn’t.

The path is marked with milestones and I’ve reached another.  It feels good to stop, look back, celebrate.

What exactly am I rambling about tonight?

Apex 75

Last week, I had a flash piece published in Apex Magazine.  Yet another market I’ve been steadily submitting to for quite some time.  And I finally broke through–got the good news last year, in fact.  This month the story was published alongside stories from some of my short story heroes: E. Catherine Tobler, A. Merc Rustad, Sunny Moraine, Damien Angelica Walters, and more.  When I got the issue proofs and saw all those names listed in the table of contents I was blown away.  That I get to share the pages with authors who constantly inspire me to write more beautiful prose, reach for deeper meanings–it’s just…a dream come true.

So I’ll stop rambling now.  A bit about my story–it’s called “Coming Undone” obviously, and it has a better ending than it did on my first draft.  I always veer for those really horrible, depressing endings, but thanks to some great critiques, I found a better path for this particular story.  It’s a very short piece, and still quite dark.  Also, free to read!

I hope you’ll take the time to read my story (click here!), and all the other amazing stories in this issue of Apex. 

Huge thanks to every one of you who has already read the story, or commented, or shared, or all of the above!  And extra special thanks to everyone who continues to support me.  You are all amazing. <3


Review: The End of the Trail by Louis Rakovich


It’s been a long time since I stopped in here for another book/story review, but I’m happy to bring you news of a new novelette from author Louis Rakovich.  I’ve read and enjoyed Louis’ short stories before and was eager to get a chance to read this dark tale.  Before I tell you what I thought of the read, here’s a bit about the story:

A barren land of salt and snow; a castle where underground paths twist and turn in endless circles and a reclusive king has not shown his face in years; a forest where few things are what they seem. An unnamed hero must navigate through these places as he takes on the task of tracking down a supposed witch, in a story that blends dream and reality, rumor and truth, danger and hope.

  Then begins the forest. It’s possible to sleep there at night without a roof over your head. The wind is calm, and a good bonfire will hold. There are few animals there, and one creature who whispers your name while you sleep.

I read this novelette over the course of two days worth of lunch breaks at work–it proved an excellent respite from my day job, a quick and dark escape.  I found The End of the Trail to be a gorgeously written tale with a lovely, haunting atmosphere.  The characters are beautiful with their sharp edges and their quiet need.  The tale unravels at just the perfect pace as the trail winds and wends, offering just enough history to make the world feel deep and complete and more than it shows us.  I wanted the end to linger a bit more, give me time to process, but found it beautiful nonetheless.

For more information and links for purchasing this novelette through various sites, please click here to visit Louis’ website.  Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!


“N is for…” Published in B is for Broken Anthology


I’m a bit behind in announcing this, but I’ve had another story published.  This time I can’t share the whole title. You may remember back when I had a story (“Y is for…”) published in Rhonda Parrish’s A is for Apocalypse anthology.  I’m back again in another Parrish anthology–this time with “N is for…” in her B is for Broken anthology.

The idea for this series of anthologies is so great.  Each one of us authors was given a letter and we each wrote stories around those letters, all dealing in some form or another with the theme of ‘broken’.  My story is an urban fantasy tale dealing with the good and bad side of magic, as well as the good and bad sides of ourselves.

So here’s a bit more information and you can pick up a copy of the anthology HERE.

Thanks for reading!

Broken people, broken promises, broken dreams and broken objects are just some of the ways these 26 fantastic stories interpret the theme of ‘Broken’. From science fiction to fantasy, horror to superheroes the stories within these pages cover a vast swath of the genres under the speculative fiction umbrella.


Featuring all new original fiction by:


~ Brittany Warman ~ Milo James Fowler ~ C.S. MacCath ~ Sara Cleto ~ Samantha Kymmell-Harvey ~ Megan Arkenberg ~ Gary B. Phillips ~ Alexandra Seidel ~ Jonathan C. Parrish ~ Simon Kewin ~ Beth Cato ~ Cory Cone ~ Cindy James ~ Alexis A. Hunter ~ Michael M. Jones ~ Steve Bornstein ~ BD Wilson ~ Michael Kellar ~ Damien Angelica Walters ~ Marge Simon ~ Michael Fosburg ~ Suzanne van Rooyen ~ L.S. Johnson ~ Pete Aldin ~ Gabrielle Harbowy ~ Lilah Wild ~ KV Taylor ~




Praise for B is for Broken:

 “This collection is a massive and magnificent assortment of truly enjoyable stories. There is simply no way to read this book and not find a story you can connect with or love. This is the book to have in your travel bag. In it you are sure to find a tale to fit any mood. Each time you open it, a new adventure begins.”

~ Anita Allen, Assistant Publisher/Editor, Mythic Delirium Books