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Old Dead FuturesTor.com, forthcoming.
Mr. Henry and friends bring their fleshy machine with the wires and the waves and set it up in the main room and make big pronouncements to Mother about how it's for the good of the country.
Good Times ComeStupefying Stories, forthcoming.
"Half the snakes are poisonous, and the other half are not," Tash said. "The Goddess alone decides who will live, be maimed, or die."
Scherzo, Largo, DracoScape, forthcoming.
Elisha peeled a long strip of skin off her arm and let it fall to the stone of Grandmother's floor. Underneath showed a sliver of scaly blue.
PaperheartBibliotheca Fantastica anthology, ed. Claude Lalumiere & Don Pizarro, forthcoming from Dagan Books.
She touched him with one finger under his chin, and he felt it like a papercut.
Golden ApplesScheherezade's Bequest #16, Fall 2012. (flash)
Sometimes the men throw yellow quince, hard as butternut squash, hard as stones.
Flash Bang Remember (with Caroline M. Yoachim)Lightspeed, August 2012
Author Spotlight about the story
Forthcoming as audio at Starship Sofa
Red-haired Mother, with her sharp nose and freckled chest, leaned over the hydroponics channel and declared that the dead plants were Girl23's fault.
One Ear BackBeneath Ceaseless Skies, 14 June 2012
Also available as audio at BCS, read by me!
My mother was cursed to live as a cat until she did a good deed that had never yet been done. I have since heard of curses stranger, but this is the one that affected me, for she was pregnant when the curse fell.
(Note: This story is a loose retelling of the Icelandic folk tale "Kisa the Cat".)
Angel PlantationDaily SF, 7 June 2012. (flash)
"Reward all you like," said Angel Samuel, "But there's nothing better than old-fashioned fear."
InflectionDaily SF, 12 December 2011. (flash)
"I am he," he had said when they met, and upon the word "he" had touched his shoulder with one brittle, blue-tinged hand. That meant his name.
Selling HomeBull Spec #6, Autumn 2011.
Silverfin HarbourEND OF AN AEON, ed. Bridget and Marti McKenna, Fairwood Press, July 2011.
In my mind, Sully is more beautiful than she could have been. When all I have left are dry facts (she was dark, she existed), I have to fill in the gaps. Concretely piece her together in my mind, and I know I will get her wrong.
As We Report to GabrielFantasy Magazine, 3 January 2011.
Author Spotlight about the story
Eight days ago there was only me and Ten Motes. The house was thick with quiet, rigorously anti-fairy, clean as my five polished pink toes.
TenEscape Artists bonus story for forum members, read by me, October 2010. (flash)
Toasted Cake #40, 1 October 2012
Life repeats itself.
RecalculatingBrain Harvest, 20 June 2010 (flash)
After Ever After, 24 August 2011
Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days, ed. Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum and Alexander Lumans, Dec 2012, Upper Rubber Boot Books.
Please affirm you have the necessary equipment: Scuba Gear. Wetsuit, preferably your least favorite. One pound fresh produce, tightly bagged, state type___? Long-cherished dream of co-worker, describe wistful imaginings___?
Zebedee the Giant ManOn Spec, Spring 2010 (flash)
Zebedee was eighteen feet tall, rough in thick olive tortua hide, with massive calloused hands the size of wagon wheels.
Child of Sunlight, Woman of BloodBeneath Ceaseless Skies #31, 3 December 2009
For the third century I thought only of food. Bafalo haunches, spitted and roasted over fire, crackling crisp black-gold on the outside. Tender spinica leaves, folded around melting pepperpear fruit. And chokolat, always chokolat.
On Glicker StreetESCAPE CLAUSE, October 2009
On Glicker Street it was always fall.
Hard ChoicesBrain Harvest, 7 June 2009 (flash)
Play it as a flash game at GUD Magazine
Drabblecast #204, May 2011
If you vow to stop looking at Bitsy's shirt in history class, go to C.
Birthday WishPodcastle Miniature #29, 3 April 2009, read by Grammar Girl (flash)
"But I like riding on dinosaurs better than dumb old minivans," said Benji.
Turning the ApplesStrange Horizons, 30 March 2009
Pseudopod # 177, 15 Jan 2010, read by Cayenne Chris Conroy
"This ain't a negotiation, boyo," says Jonny. "They're fresh and Hawk's in a lather, he needs what you do." Then Jonny is gone and Szo is sick to his knees because he's just remembered that fresh means awake and screaming.
The God-Death of HallaBeneath Ceaseless Skies #5, 4 December 2008
Podcast in Beneath Ceaseless Skies #8, 15 Jan 2009, read by Scott H. Andrews
Podcastle, 15 November 2011, read by Jen Rhodes
"Morsel of the god," said the Mouth. "A landowner has accused you of robbing him with a knife. Tell us what you have done."
Facts of BoneGUD Magazine #3, Autumn 2008
Jules stripped to her underwear, dusted herself with powder and stepped into the stretchy flying suit.
A Day Out, with StereoscopesBirkensnake #1, July 2008
Drabblecast #204, May 2011
Here is the first joke of Betty L. Duncan. Why do the three-eyed aliens bank on the moon? Because there is not enough sun to go around. Press the blue button when you have finished laughing.
The BitrunnersHelix #9, Summer 2008
Free to read at Transcriptase
Reprinted in the anthology UNPLUGGED: The Web's Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy: 2008 Download, ed. Rich Horton, Dec 2009
Honorable Mention, YEAR'S BEST SF 2008, ed. Gardner Dozois
Honorable Mention, YEAR'S BEST SF&F 2009, ed. Rich Horton
The thing about Mars is, they catch you when you yoink stuff.
On the Eyeball FloorStrange Horizons, 2 June 2008
Escape Pod #209, 30 July 2009, read by Norm Sherman
SF Mag, forthcoming (Hungarian translation)
Honorable Mention (Extended List), YEAR'S BEST HORROR, VOL 1, ed. Ellen Datlow.
We've got robotic arms to put the eyeballs in. Metal clamps to pull down the eyelids.
The Salivary ReflexGUD Magazine #2, Spring 2008
The translucent knobs on the ends of their limbs reminded her of Jell-O, and she tried very hard not to wonder how they tasted.
The Goats are Going PlacesShiny #2, December 2007
Podcastle # 108, 16 June 2010, read by Melissa Bugaji
"Oy," said Ryder. "That's how Group dynamics are. You have to play people. You're too old to get it."
Moon at the Starry DinerHeliotrope Magazine #3, November 2007
10-min play version performed as a staged reading as part of the Portland Fringe Festival Fertile Ground, produced by The Pulp Stage, directed by Brian Allard, 24 January 2010
"I love a bear," repeated Jem. She toyed with her paper napkin. "Except sometimes he's a Volvo, or a Venus Flytrap, or a shed. How can anyone love a shed? He wasn't even waterproof."
Sufficient CauseThe Town Drunk, May 2007
A Memory of SeafoodYog's Notebook #1, Spring 2007
A memory of seafood. (That sounds like one of those divine collections, doesn't it, like a flight of starlings or a murder of crows? I remember when I was a mere seventeen, a slight but fully breasted slip of a girl, my best girl chums and I used to entertain the governor as he waited for his tea at the old tea house on Front Street -- you Oolong afficionados, you remember it -- and he affectionately called us "a flirtation of jailbaits" -- but that's neither here nor there.)
It Could HappenThe Town Drunk, 21 September 2006
A Buildup of DaysSon and Foe Vol. 1 Issue 1, Winter 2005
Also available at Anthology Builder
Love at Second SightAndromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #18, April/May 2005
Yakchily 556's Totally Updated Movie Guide...Eggplant Library, Dec 2004 (flash)
In the Constant ImageAoife's Kiss #10, September 2004
FrigicideNocturnal Ooze, March 2004
Remember Aunt ElseNocturnal Ooze, Apr 2004 (flash)
Running with the...Flashshot, 13 Apr 2004 (flash)
Cold ComfortFlashshot, 2 Apr 2004 (flash)
Monster in the CafeteriaSpider Magazine, October 2012.
My belly is empty like an ice cream cone when the ice cream's licked out.
The King of HalloweenHighlights, October 2009, charming illustrations by Paula Becker
Jose needs a Halloween costume -- but the good ones are all taken.
How to Talk to Little GirlsStaged reading, part of the Portland Fringe Festival Fertile Ground, produced by The Pulp Stage, directed by Rusty Tennant, January 21st and 28th, 2012 (10-min play)
How Frederika Cassowary-Jones Joined the Ladies' Society of Benevolent Goings-OnPerformed as a staged reading as part of the Portland Fringe Festival Fertile Ground, produced by The Pulp Stage, directed by Matt Haynes, 28 & 29 January 2011 (10-min play)
Forthcoming in GEARS AND LEVERS 2, ed. Phyllis Irene Radford, Sky Warrior Books
tiny atrocitiesAbyss & Apex, October 2012
those silly sordid secrets
And My Sinuses Are Killing MeAsimov's, August 2009
They never understood urban,
How to Walk in HeelsDiet Soap #2, May 2008
Five women stretched
Growing DaysStrange Horizons, 30 July 2007
We only talk now on growing days -
RehydrationStrange Horizons, 9 Apr 2007
The ship is hot; it backfires
Hold FastIdeomancer Vol. 5 Issue 2, Summer 2006
Tam Lin's baggage hides a dowry of one dozen gold cups, faery gold and reeking of under-the-hill.
The Heart Has a MemoryThe Magazine of Speculative Poetry, Spring 2006
The Gourmet Cook Takes a HusbandSCATTERED, COVERED, SMOTHERED, Two Cranes Press, Dec 2004