Short Fiction

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“The Quebecois Quotient,” published in the January/February 2024 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, edited by Janet Hutchings

A wealthy New York matriarch demands that a small-time newspaper reporter help find her grandson’s murderer, since it was the reporter’s story about Christmas tree-sellers that sent him into the streets of Hell’s Kitchen in the first place—streets that may have wound up killing him.

Dell Magazines, January 2024

“The Dead Ringer,” published in THE HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR #5, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

A down-on-his-luck, small-time street crook is asked by the NYPD to impersonate a missing key witness to a big-time murder.

WMG Publishing, December 2023 (holiday calendar)
WMG Publishing, October 2024 (anthology in print and digital formats)

“The Agincourt Saint,” published in NO SECRETS BETTER KEPT, edited by Dayle A. Dermatis

In the aftermath of the Battle of Agincourt, a French vampyre is saved by his military general from the final death he desperately seeks, only for them both to be taken prisoner by the English. But when an enemy even older than the English hunts him down at the prisoner camp, he discovers damnation was never a fate he could escape.

Soul’s Road Press, April 2023

“Love the Way She Saw It,” published in Issue 18 of Pulphouse, edited by Dean Wesley Smith

The lover of a renowned color-blind painter who loses her sense of sight helps her to regain it—with bittersweet consequences.

WMG Publishing, July 2022

“Faster Than Falling Starlight,” published in the May/June 2022 issue of Analog Science Fiction & Fact, edited by Trevor Quachri

After shepherding humanity across the galaxy, a space hero returns to Earth to retrieve her cryogenically frozen eggs to finally retire and start a family among the stars she helped to colonize.


Dell Magazines, May 2022

“Daffodils Full of Tears,” published in Issue 16 of Pulphouse, edited by Dean Wesley Smith

A narcissist inexplicably falls for a statue of a nymph, while his dead wife tries—even from the afterlife—to save him from himself.

WMG Publishing, February 2022

“Mother May I,” published in The Martian Magazine, edited by Eric Fomley

A SF story in exactly 100 words. ‘Nuff said. 🙂


Shacklebound Books, Dec. 20, 2021

“The Debtor,” published in the November/December 2021 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, edited by Janet Hutchings

When Robbie’s best friend Elliott saunters back into his life to collect what he’s due, Robbie confronts the horrifying possibility that he will never be free of Elliott’s debts—at least, not while Elliott is alive.


Dell Magazines, November 2021

“Yesterday’s Hero,” published in BEYOND THE STARS: Across the Universe, edited by Richard Leslie. Series editor Patrice Fitzgerald.

When an aging spy discovers that his latest target is a naïve but resourceful young woman who reminds him of his younger self, he has to decide whether to simply finish the job so that he can finally retire—or save the neophyte from ending up just like him.


Astral Books, August 2021

The Winds and Waters of Mars,” published in DreamForge Magazine, Issue 7, “Hope of the Dreamers,” edited by Scot Noel

A Taiwanese-American woman eager to leave everything behind moves to Mars to help establish a unified Martian colony and identity… and discovers that she can’t help with the new world without passing on the lessons from the old.


DreamForge Press, December 2020

Recommended Read!

Tangent Online added "The Winds and Waters of Mars" to their 2020 Recommended Reading list. To celebrate, DreamForge has made the story free to read.

Winter deity Scotty survived Ragnarök, only to suffer a soul-crushing loss to a god-killing virus. With the help of her only remaining friend, Scotty must discover a new path to walk in this remade world… one in which she not only survives, but thrives.


Dark Bright Press, December 2020

(This story was published collectively as part of the UNCOLLECTED ANTHOLOGY series. I was invited to participate as their guest author for the “Supernatural Soirees” edition.)

“Precious Cargo,” published in BEYOND THE STARS: Infinite Expanse, edited by Richard Leslie. Series editor Patrice Fitzgerald.

A bioship’s chief xenobiologist must diagnose what’s ailing their ship before the ship dies—and so does all of its crew and passengers.


Astral Books, August 2020

“Last Sunset Home,” published in MONSTERS, MOVIES & MAYHEM, executive edited by Kevin J. Anderson

A chaos demon hiding at a movie theater is found by a lonely kid, who asks them for a monstrous favor.


Wordfire Press, July 2020

WINNER! - Colorado Book Awards 2021

MONSTERS, MOVIES & MAYHEM is the winner of the Anthology category for 2021's Colorado Book Awards.

“Asking For It” and “Christmas, Translated,” both published in THE HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR #1, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

In “Asking For It,” a woman discovers that the man who assaulted her last year is now dating her best friend.


“Christmas, Translated” is a quirky, tongue-in-cheek look at a multi-cultural immigrant family’s annual gathering, which happens to fall at Christmas because that’s the only time they can all get together now that the kids are grown.


WMG Publishing, December 2019 (holiday calendar)
WMG Publishing, July 2020 (anthology in print and digital formats)

“Where We Will All Go,” published in X MARKS THE SPOT, edited by Lisa Mangum

A funeral parlor employee discovers what her hearse-driving mother is up to, when she disappears after drinking a tea brewed from stolen bones.


Wordfire Press, April 2020

“The Cuckoo Queen”

At the Fledgling Feast, when all must fly or die, the secrets of a doomed queen may cost her the only thing of value she has left—her child’s life.

Originally published in FANTASTIC REALMS, edited by Craig Martelle. (LMBPN Publishing, January 2020)

Reprinted in SECRETS KEEP THEMSELVES, edited by Dayle A. Dermatis. (Soul’s Road Press, November 2023)

“The Soul By Which We Measure Ours”

The smallest dragon is chosen by lottery to represent the Dragon Clan in the Jade Emperor’s race, and risks losing the honor of her family on her way to the race.

Originally published in WINGS OF CHANGE, edited by Lyn Worthen. (Camden Park Press, February 2019)

Reprinted in SELECTIONS OF ANTHROPOMORPHIC REGALEMENTS, Vol. 1, edited by KC Alpinus. (Goal Publications, July 2020)

In the Garden of the Coral King,” published in UNDERCURRENTS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF WHAT LIES BENEATH, edited by Lisa Mangum

A princess of an island with no name must figure out why the coral reef that protects her home is dying and endangering the island.


Wordfire Press, March 2018