My short story, Nocnitsa, was published in The Molotov Cocktail today!

My short story Nocnitsa was published in The Molotov Cocktail in their Issue 10.1 today - April 9, 2019!

They called it a “vivid and compelling piece”!

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Inspiration - I don’t remember how I happened across this creature. It may have been while researching nightmares during a relentless insomnia bout. But I was struck by its physiology – an ethereal being composed of smoke and a screeching voice. It caused me to imagine a lower physical body of vapor and sounds, the opposite of a physical self. According to folklore, she could shape shift into a raven, but that sounded too generic to me. I had recently become fascinated with the Vampire Finch, a blood sucker, which seemed more fitting for the Nocnitsa. Then I began wondering what specific kind of rage would make one into such a creature. When your body and everyone else fails you. And out of all that came my story of Nocnitsa.

The Molotov Cocktail is an Portland-based electronic literary journal serving as a projectile for incendiary flash fiction of the dark and offbeat variety. We believe flash fiction should ignite on contact and engulf the page.

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My short story, The World is Inside, was published in Timeless Tales' Snow Queen Issue

My short story, The World is Inside, was published in the wonderful Timeless Tales’ Snow Queen Issue on December 20, 2016. The whole issue revolves around The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.

You can read the whole issue here –

I went futuristic for this one. I enjoy pushing myself into new genres and short stories are some of the best ways to approach a new genre.

A little bit of how / why I approached this fairy tale the way I did -- 
What captured my interest in Andersen’s original tale was how insular Gerda and Kai’s life seemed before the Snow Queen took Kai away. I wanted to exaggerate and emphasize that isolation. For my way into a new twist on an old story, I usually begin with the physical architecture, a visual scaffolding allowing me to build a new narrative. I started to imagine where they lived as two ultra modern high-rises with their communal connecting space as a suspended garden house pod. I’ve always been fascinated by pedestrian bridges and with the idea that they could be retooled as a living space. The original tale is from Gerda’s point of view, so I wrote a story where Gerda was part of the problem and Kai’s need for escape was understandable and necessary.

About Timeless Tales: 

Timeless Tales is a digital magazine exclusively publishing retellings of fairy tales and classic myths since 2013.

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"Home is where the bone is" published in Timeless Tales #5 - Baba Yaga Issue

My short story, Home is where the bone is, about how Baba Yaga would handle hipsters and gentrification was published on November 15th in Timeless Tales Issue #5 dedicated to everyone’s favorite crone.

You can click here to read.!baba-yaga/c1qiu

There’s a download the PDF button in the left hand corner of the cover in case you want to take Baba with you.

Trevor Merrill designed all this great art!

Trevor Merrill designed all this great art!

While you can read the issue for free, in order to hear an audio version of all the stories in this issue, you will need to become a patron. Linkage here –

A little about Timeless Tales --
"Timeless Tales brings new life to the classics. Our authors spin the fairy tales and myths we already know into fresh stories with unexpected twists." 

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Trevor Merrill designed all this great art!

Trevor Merrill designed all this great art!

Umbrella Factory Magazine - Editors and Contributors issue #21

I’m incredibly honored to have been selected by the Editor in Chief of Umbrella Factory Magazine to be part of their Editors and Contributors issue #21. I was one of six contributors from issues 1-20 to be a part of this issue!

Five of my poems - I should have done something, Fern, Pipe Dream, Daughter Decay & rummy - were published in this issue on September 15, 2015.

You can read the issue at following link

A little about Umbrella Factory Magazine:
“We are a small press determined to connect well-developed readers to intelligent writers and poets through virtual means, printed journals, and books. We believe in making an honest living providing the best writers and poets a forum for their work.”

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My short story, Mary, was published in Niteblade ’s final issue # 33

My short story, Mary, was published in Niteblade’s final issue (# 33), a sad but awesome honor. This story is inspired by the folklore of Bloody Mary.

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Check out the creepy illustration by Marge Simon.

                                                “Flesh is a poor defense against violence.”

                                                “Flesh is a poor defense against violence.”

You can read the entire awesome issue, which is available for purchase in a bunch of handy-dandy formats here –

Thank you, Rhonda Parrish and Niteblade's terrific staff for your amazing curation and editing skills!

And thank you for reading! 

My poem, view from the immortal turnpike, was published in Uppagus, Issue 12

I’m so happy to announce that my poem, view from the immortal turnpike, was published in Uppagus, Issue 12 this month.

You can read my poem here -

The issue “as a whole is an ode to nostalgia” (per the editors). Who says that nostalgia is a useless emotion?

For how can it be useless when it is so powerful an undertow?

Please be sure to read the entire issue and follow these lovely folks on twitter and like them on Facebook

My poem, Red Shift, was published in Dark Matter Journal

My poem, Red Shift, was published in Dark Matter Journal (Issue 6 - February 2015)

My poem is on p.8  

“The reason the siren slides is because it doesn't hit you.”

The above quote in my poem should be attributed to Astronomer John Dobson. The footnote was erroneously omitted. 

About Dark Matter Journal:

Dark Matter is a blog for speculative literature. Dark Matter refers to the unknown particles suggested by the Standard Model to explain observations of gravity which cannot be accounted for by observable matter and energy. It could also be considered a reference to the thoughts and ideas that ferment inside a human brain before they emerge through spoken or written words. The title was chosen to reflect the emphasis of the unknown in both scientific inquiry and creative writing. Modern science provides new opportunities for natural metaphor to search for and create meaning in all areas of human thought and endeavor. Dark Matter will use cosmological, evolutionary, quantum mechanical and traditional natural metaphor to elicit literary thought and infuse modern ideas into poetry and prose.


My poem, Nostalgia Half-life was published in Cordite Poetry Review

My poem, Nostalgia Half-life, was published in Cordite Poetry Review on February 1, 2015 in their OBSOLETE issue # 49. You can read it here

Tracy Ryan,  guest poetry editor of Cordite 49  says this about Issue # 49 - This OBSOLETE issue invites readers to reconsider the throwaway – to rummage, revise and reassess in the imaginary office of lost property that some languages prefer to call ‘found’. It’s not about nostalgia; some things we need to lose. It’s about individual and collective responsibility and reinvention.

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My poem, the proper disposal procedure, was published in The F/U/T/U/R/E Issue #10 of Poetry Is Dead Magazine

My poem the proper disposal procedure - was published in The F/U/T/U/R/E Issue #10 of Poetry Is Dead Magazine.

How can you read it, you might inquire...?

Well, you can pick up The F/U/T/U/R/E Issue #10 by subscribing for a year. Your subscription will start with this issue. Poetry is Dead did a limited edition print run though, so after they sell out, you are out of luck.

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