Stories of Driesch: An Ongoing Mosaic Novel
“We Girls: Stories of Driesch 4” is the fourth in a series of 12 stories set in the city of Driesch. In this cyberpunk-ish city, consciousness is a commodity. And the self is an augmented, fractured creation. Death detectives work with memories in storied Limm-Glass. Children are outfitted with secondary Glassed-personalities. Black market operators acquire and trade virtual Glassed-slaves, and man-made tools utilize modified and unmodified versions of both the living & the dead.
Every month of 2021 will include a new original story in this world, available to read on the Vernacular Books website or to purchase as an ebook.
At the end of the year, the pieces will be collected into STORIES OF DRIESCH, a mosaic novel (ebook & print) published by Vernacular Books.
Novel Release Date: Ongoing
“We Girls” Release Date: May 12th
The people of the city of Driesch are no different from other human beings. From their genesis, the personal memories of Driesch’s residents are tangled with sensory events: that first acrid scent of smoke as it rises from the factory’s soot-stained chimney is inexorably tied to the feel of your sweaty palm pressed to his—the two of you linked—as you listen to your Auntie’s quiet sobs. How could it be otherwise? Whether a Glassed mind, purely organic, or something in between, consciousness is a sensory experience. Loss and chemical smoke forever entangled. At least, until that particular snarl of personal memory and sensory input is excised, altered, intertwined with something new.
“Careful,” the man says. “Adjustment in progress.”
The Rampant: A Lambda Award Finalist
THE RAMPANT (2019), my dark fantasy novella released by Aqueduct Press, is a Lambda Literary Award finalist.
What others are saying
“Equal parts playful and heartbreaking, this apocalyptic novella offers one-of-a-kind answers about the end of the world….This clever and surprisingly fun take on the rapture is the perfect theological horror story.”
— Publishers Weekly
Weird Dream Society: An Anthology of the Possible & Unsubstantiated in Support of RAICES
An anthology released by Reckoning Press in 2020. Weird Dream Society brings together some of the most innovative writers in speculative fiction.
“This anthology more than lives up to its name…the variety on offer is impressive, from obsessive butter collector to chitinous people fighting a seemingly endless war, and one story delivered in the form of a questionnaire. Weird indeed.…Like a dream that follows you into wakefulness, this intriguing anthology steadily moves its ideas into your mind, where they’re bound to linger long after you close the last page.”
–Ben Walker, Unnerving Magazine
Anthology Website: https://www.weirddreamsociety.com/
Previous Stories in the Driesch Cycle
“Shattered: Stories of Driesch 1”
Elham is my best and only living friend.
In another city at another time Elham would have been a respected craftsperson, a borosilicate glass blower who mastered the sweltering heat of both torch and kiln to form her own private vision of caretaker bead, memory vase, and family ring. But this is Driesch and Elham’s power, the thing that buoys her through the city’s many pitfalls, isn’t her glass work, it’s her mind…. (cont.)
“The Night Fishers: Stories of Driesch 2”
After three seasons in the city, Izabeth is finally visiting Driesch’s Night Market. In preparation, she’s done what she can to blend. Displaying weaknesses is never a winning strategy. Though the burns on Izabeth’s neck and chest throb, she’s left them uncovered. Her shirt sleeves are rolled up, revealing the glass beads she’s cut into the flesh of both wrists. As she strides along Rua Lavinia, Izabeth’s bruised body feels stiff, but at least she looks sure of her destination.
“Do Not Fragment: Stories of Driesch 3”
In the backrooms of the South Shields Glass Factory Workers Club, a dangerous game is about to begin. Night Fishers and thrill-seekers and desperate newcomers gather to release a consciousness from its Glass. The Plan: hunt the AI as it runs loose in the network. The loser? That’s supposed to be the Glassed consciousness, as they are broken, fragmented, dissolved.
Other Featured Stories You Can Read Online
I’ve published over forty short stories. Below are a few of my personal favorites you can find online.
Feel free to glance over my complete bibliography here.
How many stitches do human lips require to hold the soul inside? Alicia tries to help her sister finally discover the truth.
Split Lip Magazine (2018)
Fiction of the Week at Longform Fiction
Ellen Datlow’s full recommended list for 2019 (from Best Horror of the Year volume Eleven)
There isn’t a city in the world that generates more prayers per capita than the city of Farsdale, Massachusetts.
“The Thirteen Tuesdays of Saint Anthony”
Farrago’s Wainscot (2015)
A secret family history, a unique farm, and a daughter who can’t find her place in this particular world.
“The Rocket Farmer”
Interzone 271 (2017)
Podcastle ( 2018 Reprint)
Elijah was the younger brother, and Callie was the older sister who sent handwritten notes to the dead.
“One Thousand Paper Cranes”