a desert scene, mountains and dust. A lone figure, tiny against the scenery in the bottom corner.

Carnival nine

Published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies ; Issue #225, May 11, 2017 This is a wonderful story. I actually don’t want to say anything at all about it, because I think not knowing any details is best. So that’s all I’m going to say. Just read it, you won’t be disappointed.

Welcome to your authentic Indian experience

Published in Apex Magazine, August 2017 This is one of those short stories that I just didn’t gel with, I think I needed it to be longer… defeats to purpose of a short story, I know, but I needed to know a bit more about the ending. This isn’t, I don’t think, and problem with […]

Selkie Stories Are for Losers

Read online at Strange Horizons Our unnamed narrator is a teenage girl, working in a restaurant after her mother left, trying to get her father to understand that she isn’t interested in college. All she cares about is getting to a land-locked state, whether or not she should kiss Mona, and the fact that she […]

The Book of Apex : Vol 4

Part of the Apex Blog Tour hosted by The Little Red Reviewer The problem I always have with reviewing a collection of short stories is that it is, as described, a collection of different stories. What if you hate one and love another? And especially when it is a collection by different authors. Maybe you […]

Apex blog tour – guest post by Ian Nichols

Welcome to my first part of the Apex Blog Tour, kindly organised by the Little Red Reviewer, celebrating The Book of Apex: Volume Four of Apex Magazine. I’m happy to introduce Ian Nichols who wrote the guest post below on horror and monsters. DRACULA VERSUS THE HEDGEHOGS I’d really like to talk about monsters. I’ve […]

Galatea

Thanks to Andi’s review of The Song of Achilles I learned that Miller had a new short story out. So off I popped to by it. Based on the Greek myth of Pygmalion, a sculptor who carved a woman that the goddess Venus brought to life. In the myth they fall in love and marry. […]

The Ballad of the Wayfaring Stranger and the Dead Man’s Whore

via Metafilter Inspired by classic American murder ballads and folk songs such as In the pines and Knoxville Girl this tells the story of a girl, taken by a haint. There isn’t much point in me recapping the plot. There is little enough story to it, but what there is, is well told. Demory’s short […]

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles

First published in serial form in the 1950s The Martian Chronicles is a collection of short stories that together tell the story of humanity colonising Mars. Almost all the stories are entirely set on Mars, and deal with the effects that people have on the planet. The story opens in January 1999 with the heat […]

Rappacini’s daughter [essay]

This week’s essay for my Coursera Course got a 5. W00t :) Beatrice, Beatrice, let down your hair. Giovanni is not a pregnant woman, but his longing looks[1] into the enclosed garden next door echo the desires that resulted in Rapunzel being taken from her parents. Beatrice may live with her father but she shares […]