Speaking of nature writing, if you like oceanic imagery in particular, then the magazine the tide rises, the tide falls is for you. They’ve reprinted my poem “Merfolk in the Ghost Net” alongside other works that harken to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” in one way or another. (And if you liked this poem of mine—and perhaps want something less bleak—you might enjoy my flash story “Exchange (A Coral Study) and my poem “The Ichthyocentaur Beyond Marginalia.”)
I’ve added a third part to my series of essays for Sidequest about the particulars of crafting poems about video games. In “Level Up Your Poetry: The Name of the Game Is Immersion,” I examine the role of immersive experiences in both verse and digital gaming, and I focus on how you can play off of these expectations in readers and gamers for greater impact.
In other poetry news, I’m very pleased to have a poem forthcoming in the anthology Triangulation: Energy. I’ve also got a couple of poetry reprints and a new essay due out soon—and yes, the essay is about poetry. In fact, it’s a continuation of my series for Sidequest on crafting video game poetry.
Still pinching myself to make sure this isn’t a (very good) dream, but I’ve sold a story to Nightmare! Fittingly, it’s a horror story based on a nightmare I had. It’s called “Until It Has Your Reflection.” More details will be forthcoming, but I wanted to share the news—before I wake up, ha.
Hot on the heels of my cozy fantasy story in Wyngraf, I’m pleased to share that my horror flash story “Bone Chill of a Too-Wide Smile” has been reprinted in Medusa Tales. This story first appeared in Thrilling Tales (behind a paywall), so this is the first time it’s been available in a couple years, and it’s free! Of course, if you’d like to savor this whole digital magazine about dehumanizing transformations, a theme I particularly enjoy, there’s also an option to purchase the issue.
The day has finally arrived! It’s time for cozy fantasy, courtesy of the inaugural issue of Wyngraf. My story in the issue, “A Petrified Heart,” has its roots in my childhood, growing up in a neighborhood filled with oak trees with lots of acorn halves all over the ground. You can see the influence very early on in the story. I used to gather some of them with bits of bark, fallen rhododendron flowers in our backyard, and even a berry or two from my mom’s bushes to set up little fairy place settings.
I also always loved the piece of petrified wood pictured here, which my parents kept on a shelf.
Needless to say, I really enjoyed the worldbuilding on this one.
I’m delighted that The Hyacinth Review has reprinted my poem “Sea Grass Supplication.” They always pair their selections with lovely art, and I’m very pleased with the image they’ve chosen for mine as it reminds me very much of the knoll that inspired this poem. “Sea Grass Supplication” originally appeared in The Curator Magazine.
As for one of my other poems, the 2022 Rhysling Anthology is available – and speaking of lovely art, I think the cover is gorgeous.
It’s official, my story “Midnight for Clementine” is due out later this year in the anthology Christmas Gothic from Flame Tree Publishing! This gathering of new and classic holiday stories is slated for release in August for the UK and in October for the US and Canada. Stay tuned for more details as the publication approaches.
If you’re looking for some ghost stories to tide you over in the meantime, I participated in a reading of Spoon River Anthology, by Edgar Lee Masters, for the podcast Kaidankai: Ghost and Supernatural Stories. You can hear a variety of readers bringing to life the varied voices from these linked poems. I narrated Russian Sonia and Lillian Stewart in part 2. You can listen to part 1 here.
In other news, my story “Bone Chill of a Too-Wide Smile” will be included in the upcoming issue of Medusa Tales, and I can hardly wait for “A Petrified Heart” to come out in Wyngraf in just over a week!
The inaugural issue of Wyngraf, a brand-new magazine of cozy fantasy, is now available for preorder. It’s due out on May 1st and includes a range of stories featuring family and community, adventure and comfort, and a whole lot of magic—including my novelette “A Petrified Heart.” I’m super excited to be contributing to this subgenre in the company of these amazing stories.