“Eorapter, the Dawn-Plunderer” Published in Kasma SF

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Look at that artwork. Just look at it. The level of detail, especially in the background, is so astounding. This is part of the reason I love, love, love to have my stories published at Kasma SF.  José Baetas  does some incredible things and I always love seeing what he comes up with for my stories.

I’ve made it sort of a tradition to get print copies of his illustrations of my work and hang them in my ‘study.’

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Now that I’ve finished rambling about the awesome artwork, I should probably mention the story, right? “Eorapter, the Dawn-Plunderer” is a very brief piece and–like my last publication–very lighthearted. It follows the story of Eo, a long-dead dinosaur who reawakens to find himself drifting in orbit around Earth. He sets out in an effort to thank the human who unwittingly jarred him back into consciousness, but that… well, that plan doesn’t go so well.

It’s a bit of a silly story, but hopefully in a fun way. Like I said, it’s quite brief–and also free to read, so head on over to Kasma SF if you need a bit of lighthearted space dinosaur fun to brighten up your day.

Happy Reading!

~Alexis

“Nobody Puts Baby in a Chamber” Published in Mothership Zeta, Issue 3

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I don’t often write fun stories, so this story may come as a surprise to anyone who reads my work with any consistency.  I could explain it, but I’ll let Mothership Zeta’s Assistant Editor, Sunil Patel, explain the story for me…

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So, yeah.  That.  You knew I liked robots, but I bet you didn’t know I liked them enough to write about a robot vacuum cleaner…

The story, I should note, was inspired by a quote in a dated tech article about the future of robotics.  I wish I could find the link to the article, but I seem to have lost it somewhere along the way.  If you’re curious what the quote was, ask me after you’ve read the story–because no spoilers, yo.

I’m excited to have this story published with Mothership Zeta, and alongside a host of talented authors.  I’m particularly looking forward to reading Naru Sundar‘s story, and happy to share a Table of Contents with him!

You can pick up a copy of Mothership Zeta Issue 3 at a variety of locations, links to which can be found on MZ’s website here. And if you prefer to buy on Amazon, just click here.  It’s only $2.99 for an issue full of fun stories!

Thanks for reading!

Alexis

“Emerson’s Shadow” Published in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume VII

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With a baby on the way, I’ve found that my writing/submitting process has been slowed down quite a bit. So I’m happy to be back here today to tell you about a new story I have out, just published in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume VII.

“Emerson’s Shadow” was yet another Story-a-Day May story.  It’s a western without all the shoot-em-ups and bank robberies.  It’s a bit quiet, focusing on one little family, about one woman struggling to cope with the absence of her father.  I hope you all will enjoy it.

If you stop on by the E&GJ store right now you can pick up Volume VII for only $9.95–that’s 33% off the list price!  This volume contains stories from a host of other excellent authors, so there’s certain to be a little something for everyone.

Thanks for stopping by!

Alexis

“Call It Symbiosis” Published in Typhon: A Monster Anthology

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I seem to have fallen a bit behind in terms of updates, but am happy to tell you all that I’ve got a flash piece published in Typhon: A Monster Anthology, published by Pantheon Magazine.  I just received my contributor copy in the mail today and I can tell you it’s quite lovely. Excellent cover art and all the stories have illustrations from Carrion House!

My story in this anthology–“Call It Symbiosis”–is a dark little flash piece about a deal with the devil. But it’s more than that.  I think so anyway.  I’ll leave you with an excerpt of my story and a link to the Amazon listing!

Thanks for stopping by.

~Alexis


 

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Gently the devil whispers in my ear. His breath is cold; it tingles against the inner intricacies that wind from lobe to brain.

In this way, he is already inside me.

He wants more. Don’t they all?

 

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)

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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!

~AAH

 

“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!

~AAH

“When the INVADER Comes” Published in Zetetic

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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.

 

Thanks!

Alexis