Awards Eligible Stories: 2021 Edition

This sure has been A MONTH™* at the end of A YEAR™.** But I’d rather focus on the few bright, sparkling moments, which cast some light against all the roiling gloom: Getting vaccinated. Hugging my friends again. Pretty much the entire month of June. AND! Seeing three of my favorite stories published in the same year! I’d love for you to read them, and if you enjoy them***, to consider them for your Bram Stoker/Nebula/World Fantasy/Hugo/Shirley Jackson Award nominations, recommendations, and reading lists, and/or for any Best of 2021 anthologies.

For any of the below, if you’re reading for awards and need access to a review copy, please reach out via my contact form.


A NIGHTMARE STAY, I WISH I COULD GIVE THIS NEGATIVE STARS

Horror / Dark Fantasy | Short Fiction
VASTARIEN Vol. 4, Issue 1
June 2021 | ~1,550 words

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CHARON TAXI & LIMO CORP. 

Fantasy | Short Fiction
The Modern Deity’s Guide to Surviving Humanity (Zombies Need Brains)
July 2021 | ~1,750 words

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*Read more about this story here!


SHHHH. SHHHH. SHHHH.

Horror | Short Fiction (flash)
99 Tiny Terrors (Pulse Publishing)
October 2021 | ~540 words

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*As always, I encourage you to cut a few minutes from your monthly doomscrolling budget to find meaningful ways to help the folks in your community by donating time, money, food, clothing, medicine, etc. to local outreach organizations. You can even volunteer virtually now! As the Bezos Space Dick proved, even the sky’s no longer the limit!

**As I write this, news broke that Betty White passed. I know she had a good long life, but it’s still a super shitty 2016 move on 2021’s part.

***I received my first reader email this year! And it was positive! I know extrinsic rewards are ephemeral and dangerous, but I’m celebrating this one!

Awards Eligible Stories 2020

Yay! A 2020 awards eligibility post! I had four new stories published in this hellfire year and I’d be thrilled if you’d read and consider them for your Bram Stoker/Nebula/World Fantasy/Hugo /Shirley Jackson Award nominations, recommendations, and reading lists, and/or for any Best of 2020 anthologies.


THE WORDS I STARVED FOR
Horror / Dark Fantasy
Fireside Magazine
January 2020 | ~2,300 words

“It’s powerful, and wrenching, and beautiful.”
Charles Payseur, Quick Sip Reviews

I can’t promote a story in Fireside Magazine without also talking about how it and its publisher, Pablo Defendini, recently treated Dr. Regina N. Bradley and her work, publishing a racist audio adaptation of her essay (described as an “audio version of blackface“) without her knowledge, input, or consent. The publisher issued a standard Dude in Publishing™ apology, but declined to comment for this Washington Post piece covering the lack of communication and oversight that contributed to this aggressive failure. Rather than allowing Dr. Bradley’s writing to be further overshadowed by the publisher’s behavior, please take a moment to read “Da Art of Speculatin’” and consider preordering her forthcoming book, Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip Hop South, from your local bookstore on Small Business Saturday (or on any day of the week).


TAG, YOU’RE IT
Horror
Don’t Turn Out the Lights: A Tribute to Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
September 2020 | ~1,400 words
*Please reach out via my contact form if you are reading for awards and need access to a review copy.


LET IT STAND
Horror / Dark Fantasy
Lovecraft Mythos: New & Classic Collection
November 2020 | ~3,000 words
*Please reach out via my contact form if you are reading for awards and need access to a review copy.


DO NOT WRITE TO WRONG
Fantasy
Community of Magic Pens
May 2020 | ~2,800 words
*Please reach out via my contact form if you are reading for awards and need access to a review copy.


 

(I’m not sure how to do a) 2018 Awards Eligibility Round-up (but I tried)

Obligatory (but a first for me) year-end awards eligibility post. I’d be delighted if you’d read and consider these stories for your Bram Stoker/Nebula/World Fantasy/Hugo/Campbell Award nominations and recommendations.

When the Slipling Comes to Call
Horror/Dark Fantasy
PseudoPod | March 2018 | 3,000 words

Reviews for “When the Slipling Comes to Call”

“[A] wickedly entertaining and chilling horror story with the texture and richness of fairy-tales and folklore.”
Maria Haskins, author, translator, and B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog columnist

*Also included in Maria Haskins’ 2018 Recommended Reading List!

“Unholy wow is this story amazingly creepy and fantastic! It oozes dread and atmospheric horror and will make you not want to sleep (or look outside your door) for a long, long time. Loved it!”
Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, author and 2016 Nebula Award finalist

“A beautiful dark fantasy episode.”
Sideshow Toys, “10 Scary Podcasts To Freak You Out This Fall

The Half-Life of a Broken Heart
Science Fiction
Factor Four Magazine | July 2018 | 1,300 words

Thank you for your consideration!