Some things I’ve written.
“Paper Moons,” Passages North. February 2019.
“On the Way Down,” formercactus. September 2018.
“Sometimes Things Are True,” Bourbon Penn. March 2018.
“Jjincha,” Dark Heart Volume 2: An anthology of YA Dark Fairy Tales. July 2014.
“The Blue Wonder,” Strange Horizons. January 11 2010.
“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.
“Some Kind of Monster,” Shelf Heroes: Vol. H.
Stories, for me, have always functioned as a map. They have always been how I found my way. I watched television hungry to learn how other people lived. I read books hungry to learn how other people felt. My sister and I stayed up way past our bedtime talking on through the dark about C.S. Friedman and Melanie Rawn and Frodo Baggins and Han and Luke and Leia and all the things that you can only ever really see when you learn how to close your eyes and believe in all that is invisible and essential. Sometimes we had the TV on low in the background. The flicker of other lives casting shadows on our faces. These conversations provided an escape from the occasionally apocalyptic landscape of our house. Our parents fought all the time. Sometime they dragged us into it. Sometimes they asked us to help. None of it made any sense. We knew our parents loved us. And we imagined that, once upon a time, they loved each other. In some ways this was a comfort, and in others, a terror. Love, for me, has always seemed a kind of monster.
“Way to Blue,” And Now We Rise. November 2014.
“Science Fiction and The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.” Strange Horizons. April 2009.