Still Life

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, 2019 I wrote this story a long time ago and was my audition piece for entry into my current writers group, The Wyrdsmiths. I rewrote it many times since then and am thrilled to have it out with a SFWA qualified market like CR&ES. You can read it here. It […]

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The Ghost of Lady Rei

Lace and Blade 5Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust (February, 2019) When Paradox Magazine closed its doors, I despaired of ever selling another Ken’ichi and Master Shichiro story. Where does one even sell Medieval Japanese detective stories? To the lovely people with Lace & Blade it turns out. In this installment, the duo are called […]

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The Tsar’s Dragons

Edited by Jack Dann and Gardner DozoisAndersen Press Ltd 2009 The Russian revolution, but with dragons. Years later we turned this into the well-received novella, The Last Tsar’s Dragons. Vivid, gripping and actually riveting as the Red Danger takes a whole new meaning here. Loved it. —The Book Smugglers

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Little Red

with Jane YolenFirebird 2009Edited by Sharyn November The single creepiest story I have ever written—and I like to think that’s a pretty high bar. An edgy YA story that touches on abuse, insanity, and the thin line between the dream state and the waking world. I imagined the ending while in that strange place we […]

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Paradox Magazine 2006 Kitsune was the second story I wrote in the series about Master Shichiro and his servant Ken’ichi. I started this one with no idea of a plot, I just wanted to keep writing about Master Shichiro and Ken’ichi, two characters I had a great deal of fun with. So I put Keni’chi […]

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Burning Down the House

DAW 2004Edited by Martin H. Greenberg A group of house rehabbers break throw a wall and find a portal into Hell. Research involved Dantes Inferno and a great non-fiction book about the devil his history called The Old Enemy.

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The Three Truths

Paradox Magazine 2005 The Three Truths was not a story I wanted to write. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the idea of a historical samurai detective story was great, but as I knew absolutely bugger all about Japan in general and even less about the samurai class in particular, the amount of research required […]

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