Posts Tagged ‘science fiction’

2020. I don’t think any more needs to be said about the year that will haunt many of us for a lifetime. Here’s hoping we can bring about a healthier, safer and kinder world in 2021.

This was a productive year of writing for me, even though it didn’t feel like it. Writing was an escape from the news and world events; writing was the only way I felt like I was able to survive this year’s chaos and uncertainty without completely losing my mind.

I wrote seven new short stories (down 50% from last year), mostly at the beginning of the year. Though I wasn’t able to attend workshops or conferences this year, and skipped NaNoWriMo, the time at home let me focus on some bigger projects I had on the back burner. Once the pandemic hit and I started working from home full-time and having a toddler home all day (read more about how having a kid helped me with writing in last year’s recap here). I switched to tackling two novels I’ve had in the works and finally finished them (!). I also made progress on a new one and had several acceptances of new stories and reprints.

Also, as this year illustrated how important it is to stay connected, I started a newsletter to keep readers better informed. You can sign up here.

Year-End Roundup

I had 6 acceptances this year, fairly similar to 2019. Reprints included my flash horror story “Protection” to the Sirens Call eZine Halloween/Fall 2020 issue (pdf), and a horror holiday story, “A Cup of Holiday Cheer,” to the Sirens Call eZine December 2020 issue (pdf). “What Storms Bring,” was republished in the San Diego Guild’s 2020 anthology, Strange Happenings. Finally, my horror scifi story, “Minor Malfunction,” will be reprinted in The One That Got Away – Women of Horror Anthology Vol. 3 by Kandisha Press.

New stories accepted in 2020 included two weird westerns. “Dream Bugs” to Gypsum Sound Tales COLP’s charity issue, Amongst Friends, with proceeds benefiting the Australian bush fires in January. This weird western tale featured my reoccurring characters, gunslinging Melinda and Lance, who battle monsters in the Old West. “Death’s Horse,” a standalone story featuring Melinda facing off against her nemesis-turned-Zombie, was featured in Six Guns Straight From Hell 3: Horror & Dark Fantasy From the Weird, Weird West.

Lastly, Shadowy Natures: Tales of Psychological Horror came out in March with a good amount of buzz, featuring the debut of my horror story “Maternal Bond.” You can read more about the piece and the collection, along with reviews, here.

As always, I am incredibly grateful for the writing and editing community. This year, I am especially grateful for the technologies that allowed us to stay connected, and to the scientists and medical care workers who worked tirelessly on the frontlines of the pandemic.

I hope the coming year leads to fresh starts, new stories, and a safer year for everyone.

Happy 2021! 

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I’m happy to announce that my nonfiction article “Legendary Women of Horror” appears in Aurealis Magazine‘s issue #119, alongside of two other essays, “Suffer the Little Children: An Analysis of Parental Horror in Stephen King’s Early Fiction” by Kris Ashton and “Worldbuilding: The Bad and the Just Plain Ugly” by Amy Laurens.

The issue of this esteemed Australian monthly SF/F magazine is rounded out with three fascinating stories by Gordon Grice, Michelle Birkette and Chris Walker, as well as reviews and excellent art.

Aurealis Magazine, founded in 1990, and, in 1995, instituted the Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction. This issue was edited by Michael Pryor, an award-winning writer and prolific novelist.

I begin “Legendary Women of Horror” with a nod to the master, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley:

Over 200 years ago, Frankenstein’s monster lumbered across the minds of readers around the globe. The tale of Victor Frankenstein and his monster’s anguish tapped into fears about science, nature, and both the power and helplessness of humanity.

After a brief historic overview and discussion on why diverse viewpoints are particularly important in the horror genre, I dive into some of the cutting-edge modern horror writing by women today, as well as highlight two key efforts to showcase women’s work: a social media movement that happens every February called Women In Horror (which just celebrated its 10th year) and a website and comprehensive directory called Ladies of Horror Fiction.

To read the full essay and other pieces in this issue, check out #119 here, for just $2.99.

My story BETTER HALVES and other unsettling paranormal and cosmic tales are now available in the print issue of Lovecraft eZine (#36), published by Mike Davis.

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I wouldn’t want to run into that creature at night!

 

 

Everyone suddenly gets the ability to fly, but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Is it aliens, superpowers or something more sinister?

Read more in my newest story, MASS EXODUS, and other science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction tales are available in the latest issue of Electric Spec

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I also wrote a guest author’s post explaining the idea for the story.

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Check out my story OUT TO PASTURE, inspired by an achingly sunny drive through the flatlands of Florida, and other creepy scifi horror tales in this science fiction horror anthology, available for purchase on Amazon.

From the publisher:

More than a dozen never-before-published short stories that combine Horror and Science Fiction elements. These original tales, written by some of the best new genre authors, range from the horrifying to the humorous, the thought-provoking to the thought-twisting. All are diabolically entertaining.

Featuring out-of-this-world tales of terror by Evan Purcell, Steve Billings, Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi, James Austin McCormick, Ben Pienaar, Vince Liberato, Ashley Norris Hurd, Daniel Hale, Catherine Edmunds, KC Grifant, Thomas Kleaton, Frank Collia, Lisamarie Lamb, and Paul Starkey.

“If you are looking for a wide variety of short science fiction stories with the flair of horror reminiscent of “The Twilight Zone” or “Outer Limits,” you need to look no further. WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS? brings together a diverse assortment of works from some talented literary voices.” –Amazing Stories