“The Woman in the Woods” Now Available Online

My story “The Woman in the Woods”—about the Orphan Trains, lost siblings, and the Iowa woods—is featured today on the the online magazine Necessary Fiction. Necessary Fiction publishes a new book review each Monday, a featured short story each Wednesday, a contribution to their Research Notes series each Friday, along with occasional interviews, essays, and other surprises.

 

First Lines: No matter how many times Horace told her different, Eliza knew her brother was wrong. The woman in the woods didn’t look the least bit dead. The woman in the woods looked beautiful. With her long flowing hair and … Read more

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“Holes in Heaven” Newly Released to the World

My story “Holes in Heaven” about sibling rivalry, stellar nurseries, and the power of sacred magic verses science came out today in the print journal Isthmus. You can read an excerpt of the story here or purchase the magazine directly. Isthmus is a biannual journal out of Seattle, Washington.

First Lines: 
In addition to its other powers, the Arizona heat compels decay. My forty-year-old apartment building with its Class C construction and Title Eight clientele didn’t stand a chance. The stench had overtaken my bedroom months ago, the epicenter of my carefully assembled physics experiment. Even with a bandana … Read more

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“The Re’em Song” — Interzone (March 2015)

My story “The Re’em Song” was published in the May 2015 issue of Interzone.

 

First Lines

Of course, leaving was easy.

“The same damned people, the same damn trees, even the same damn work, all our God-fearing lives. Do you really think we would have married if there’d been even a handful to choose from?”

Jaw bones and sections of vertebrae hung from the rafters of their house. Ribs and phalanges contained in carefully sewn skins were piled outside, waiting to be shipped off. And always there were the horns calling from somewhere deep in the woods.

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