Some things I’ve written.
“Paper Moons,” Passages North. (forthcoming)
“On the Way Down,” formercactus. (forthcoming)
“Sometimes Things Are True,” Bourbon Penn. March 2018.
The city smoldered and sparked around them. Pirates hovered down on hoverboats from her father’s vessel, a Z-gravved and pointlessly masted frigate called Never Mind the Pretense. Lucy’s father considered himself a funny ninja zombie werewolf space pirate. The ship bobbed overhead, magicnetically anchored to this precise point over the earth. Lucy generally turned a blind eye to her father’s activities, both because (a) his monstrousness tended to contain itself to the occasional monarchal pillaging or sacking of a city, and (b) she felt awkward every time she saw him, her chest expanding and contracting with a confusing mix of guilt, love, hate, pride, and fear.
“Maemi,“ Phantom Drift. October 2017.
“Jjincha,” Dark Heart Volume 2: An anthology of YA Dark Fairy Tales. July 2014.
“The Blue Wonder,” Strange Horizons. January 11 2010.
When he was fifteen, Henry had a crush on a girl named Amber who wore a leather jacket and said fuck a lot. At lunch. “Fuck sloppy joes.” Slamming her locker door. “Fuck me.” Under the bleachers. “No, Henry, I will not fucking kiss you.”
At which point they kissed until Amber’s ears turned red and her lips blistered.
“Fuck,” she said, a wisp of smoke escaping her mouth. Then she passed out.
Henry avoided girls after that, at least the ones that made his heart ache that electric ache.
“Some Things About Love, Magic, and Hair,” Interfictions Annex. October 2009.
“Monsters & Virgins,” Fiction Weekly. August 2008.
Thelma, dir. Joachim Trier. Strange Horizons. May 2018.
Thelma is a story about a magical girl. There have been many such stories throughout history. Generally, these stories end in the magical girl being burned at the stake, or in the case of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, made to endure the torture of performing hijinks in front of a live studio audience. It is rare to encounter a story with a magical girl which does not do one of four things: 1. Sanctify her. 2. Demonize her. 3. Kill her. 4. All of the above.
Thelma is a rare sort of story.
Albina and the Dog-Men by Alejandro Jodorowsky. Strange Horizons. January 2017.
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Strange Horizons. October 2016.
Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia McKillip. Strange Horizons. June 2016.
Upright Beasts by Lincoln Michel. Strange Horizons. January 2016.
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley. Strange Horizons. July 2015.
Tigerman by Nick Harkaway. Strange Horizons. October 2014.
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell. Strange Horizons. September 2013.
The Story Until Now: A Great Big Book of Stories by Kit Reed. Strange Horizons. April 2013. (Alongside a review by Paul Kincaid)
Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia McKillip. Strange Horizons. December 2012.
Lost Everything by Brian Francis Slattery. Strange Horizonss. September 2012.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Strange Horizons. February 2012.
Zone One by Colson Whitehead. Strange Horizons. October 2011.
A Brood of Foxes by Kristin Livdahl. Strange Horizons. August 2011.
The Arctic Marauder by Jacques Tardi.Strange Horizons. June 2011.
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. Strange Horizons. June 2011.
The Secret History of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle. Strange Horizons. April 2011.
Up the Bright River by Philip Jose Farmer. Strange Horizons. January 2011.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. Strange Horizons. December 2010.
Stories edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. Strange Horizons. September 2010.
“Way to Blue.” And now we rise. November 2014.
Under the television, behind a couple of cabinet doors, she kept her collection of CDs, a myriad of albums, artists, and mixes. For a time, after she left, she left that collection behind. I guess I knew one day she would come back for it, and she did, but in between when she first left, and when she came and collected everything, I listened, I swallowed, I absorbed, I pushed that music deep, deep down into my soul, holding on to what we had and what I knew we had lost. Among those CDs–so many of them just CD-R’s with the name of an album, artist, or mix written in black marker–were Weezer, Neutral Milk Hotel, Badly Drawn Boy, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and one mix called “The Frantic Panic Mechanics.” The music blurred into a soundtrack for that moment. One of those CDs had a name written on it I had never seen before.
“Science Fiction and The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.” Strange Horizons. April 2009.