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.
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.
My historical horror story Breathtakinghas 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.”
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.
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.
My holiday horror drabble Trapping Santa has been accepted by Hungry Shadow Press for their Deadly Drabble Tuesdays series. Every year since they were kids, two brothers have set traps to try and capture Santa. But this year, something else is coming down the chimney.
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?”
My fantasy drabble The Man Who Was a Tree has been accepted into the Done in a Hundred anthology by NUNUM. It’s the story of a man who was turned into a tree, and what happens when the curse is lifted.