“Many Deaths Before Dying” accepted by Underland Arcana

My coming-of-age horror story Many Deaths Before Dying has been accepted by Underland Arcana. When a giant, silvery puddle appears in the field where they play, four boys encounter an inexplicable horror that will change them forever.

“We need to get help,” I said quietly. But I didn’t move. I felt rooted in place, as if my feet had bonded to the Earth’s crust. I was frozen solid, utterly paralyzed with fear. Shah hadn’t just fallen into the puddle. He had been pulled.

“Blame” selected for Brave New Weird: The Best New Weird Horror, Vol. 1

I am beyond thrilled to announce that my techno-horror story Blame has been selected by Tenebrous Press for their anthology, Brave New Weird: The Best New Weird Horror, Vol. 1.

We define New Weird Horror as a Horror subgenre focused on progress, creatively capturing themes and questions that bleed into fiction straight from the modern reader’s life and future. It acts as a challenge to break new ground in terms of form and content and to engage with the unknown.

This collection features 22 stories selected from over 700 submissions of previously-published works from the past year. The final Table of Contents is a who’s-who of incredible talent—I’m so honored to be listed among such amazing writers and friends.

“Breathtaking” accepted into the Monstorm charity anthology

My historical horror story Breathtaking has been accepted into Monstorm, a charity anthology of weather-related horror by Madness Heart Press. Proceeds from sales of the book will go to people affected by Hurricane Ian.

Set in 1930s Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, Breathtaking tells the story of a young girl and her brother who see a mysterious woman in white screaming outside their house during a dust storm.

“Banshee,” I whispered, mouthing the words as I read. “A spirit in the form of a wailing woman who appears to members of a family as a sign that …” I trailed off. I felt my stomach tighten. Icicles formed down the center of my spine. “That one of them is about to die.”

“The Man Who Ate the Road” accepted by Haven Spec Magazine

My weird horror story The Man Who Ate the Road has been accepted by Haven Spec Magazine. When a woman tries to return home after visiting her abusive father, she discovers that the road is closed … but just for her.

It wasn’t until I had already steered onto the narrow shoulder and rolled to a stop that I began to realize how risky it was for me to pull over. I was a woman driving by myself down a deserted highway in the middle of the night, in the middle of the woods, in the middle of nowhere. I was completely and utterly alone.

“Set For Life” selected for the Zero Dark Thirty anthology

My cyberpunk story Set For Life has been selected by Dark Matter Magazine for their Zero Dark Thirty anthology, a curated collection of the 30 darkest stories that have appeared in the magazine during their first two years. Considering the incredible quality of all the stories in Dark Matter, it’s a huge honor to be included in this anthology.

My cyberpunk thriller Override was also published in Dark Matter as a serial novella in Issues 007, 008, and 009. Override is set in the same world as Set For Life, a dystopian future where desperate people sell themselves to a mega-corporation that turns them into AI-driven automatons in exchange for lifetime payments to their families. You can read Override and Set For Life for free on the Stories page.

“Die On Your Feet” accepted by Havok

My horror story Die On Your Feet has been accepted by Havok for their Thriller Thursday series. The story is an allegory about what happens to people who deny the reality of their situation, despite all the evidence telling them they are wrong.

“It ain’t real,” Grady insisted. “Think! Have you ever actually seen one of the things up there?”

“No, but I’ve seen what it does to people.”

Three drabbles accepted by the Dark Stars anthology

Three of my sci-fi horror drabbles have been accepted into the Dark Stars anthology by Shacklebound Books.

  • A young woman asks her AI assistant to help her pick out a wedding dress in The Fitting Room.
  • A pair of astronauts wonder what to do when there’s An Angel in the Airlock.
  • When a traveler to Jupiter awakes from cryosleep too early, he realizes he should have read The Fine Print.