Short Stories

You can read these stories free online:

Whatever You Say a real-world flash-fiction piece about the unexpected side effects of writing for hire, appeared in The Invisible Worker zine in November 2018.

Come Againa short story about churches, strangers, God and country, was published on Metapsychosis in September 2018.

Passage, a flash-fiction dream or nightmare, was published in Paper Butterfly Fiction in April 2017.

Tell It Slant, a speculative flash piece about a pair of storytellers in an insurgency, was published in Crossed Genres in March 2014.

The Way Outa flash piece about kids, distress and imagination, was published in Forge Journal in October 2013. Podcast here, read and published by The Centropic Oracle

The Wood-Maidena longer story about development and first contact loosely based on the Polish folktale with the same title, was published in the summer 2012 issue of Rose Red Review.

Salt, a longer fable loosely based on the Grimm tale The Goose-Girl at the Well, was published in Scheherezade’s Bequest in December 2011.

Toad Sister, a flash outtake on Perrault’s fairy tale Diamonds and Toads, was published in Daily Science Fiction in July 2011.

To read these stories you’ll need to buy the publications in which they appeared:

“Legacy,” a historical fantasy in which anti-immigrant panic, workplace tensions and family magic collide in the borderlands during the summer of 1954, was published in the anthology “The Wand That Rocks The Cradle: Magical Stories of Family” in September 2019.

“Out of Dust,” a historical fantasy about family, grief and hope set in the US-Mexico borderland during the mass deportations of 1954, was published in the anthology “On Loss” in July 2019.

“Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On,” a fantasy/fable about painful memories, magical transformations and complex healing with a side of craft fairs, small-town curiosity and Shakespeare, was published in Mythic Magazine #8 in January 2019.

Taking It Back, a fable or farce which traces the unexpectedly dangerous social, political and existential effects of an invention allowing the user to travel back in time up to 50 seconds in order to undo embarrassing experiences, was published in November 2018 in Upper Rubber Boot Books’ anthology Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up To No Good.

The Last Protest, an inspirational fable or dystopian farce based on a rather peculiar picture, was published in the Normal Deviations anthology of weird fiction in July 2018.

More Than Music, a contemporary fantasy about friendship, resentment, music, politics, and the complications of love, appeared in Odd Tales of Wonder #10 in summer 2018.

Doorkeeper, a flash fantasy story about hope and doubt,was published in  Issue 1 of Factor Four magazine, which can be read either by subscribing online or buying a copy, in April 2018.

The Uses of Disenchantment, an offtake on the tale of Jorinda and Joringel, was published in Spring Song Press’s Still Waters anthology in winter 2017.

Stairs to the Sky, the history of an unusual artifact–or possibly of belief–appeared in Holdfast Magazine’s summer 2017 anthology. [Currently unavailable–sorry]

The Usual Price, a peculiar fairy tale about the costs and benefits of wishing to appear heroic, was published in Flame Tree Publishing’s anthology Heroic Fantasy Short Stories in summer 2017

Humanity, a soft science fiction fable about the dangers of dehumanization, was published in Mythic Magazine, Issue #1, in December 2016.

Another Man’s Cure, a fable or farce about expert knowledge, desire and contempt,  was published in Pole to Pole Publishing’s In A Cat’s Eye anthology in October 2016.

We Have Met The Enemy,  a dark political fable set in the US under a then-imaginary Trump presidency,  was published in the ebook It’s All Trumped Up in October 2016.

Cracked Reflections, a historical magic realism piece about fear, personal and political, and what frees us from it, was published in Enigmatic Mirror Press’s anthology Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith in August 2016.

She Who Makes Us Free, a historical fantasy story set during the Bread and Roses Strike and the Palmer Raids in Massachusetts (1912-1919), was published in Uffda Press’ “King of Ages” anthology in August 2015.

Sea-Changes, a contemporary fable about loss and memory (and dragons), was published in Cabinet des Fees’ “Something Rich and Strange: Tales from the Sea”in August 2015.

The Mind Has Mountains, a fantasy story about refugees, trauma, mental illness and healing, was published in The Mythic Circle in 2013.

The Glass Hill, a flash fantasy piece about a rather unusual escape from bullying (and the dangers therein), appeared in Plasma Frequency in 2012.