Awards Eligibility Post 2016

Hi friends!

Here’s the list of my publications from 2016…


Short Stories

  • “Down in the Deep and the Dark,” WHAT the #@&% is THAT?, ed. John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen, November 2016.
  • “The Voice in the Cornfield, the Word Made Flesh,” F&SF, September/October 2016.
  • “The Great Dying of the Holocene,” Tomorrow’s Cthulhu, ed. Scott Gable & C. Dombrowski, January 2016.


Related Works


NEVER NOW ALWAYS, my novella forthcoming from Broken Eye Books

Exciting news! I’ve written a novella called Never Now Always, and Broken Eye Books will be publishing it this winter. Broken Eye Books did a fantastic job with the recent anthology Tomorrow’s Cthulhu — which included my story “The Great Dying of the Holocene” — and I am very happy they’ll be publishing this novella.

Never Now Always is a weird, slipstreamy kind of story that’s a little bit sci-fi, a little bit fantasy, a little bit horror. It touches on many of my obsessions: vast megastructures and creepy aliens, the tyranny of the past and the desperate attachment between siblings who have no one else. It also grapples with something that’s horrified me ever since I was a young child and read C. S. Lewis’ book The Silver Chair: remembering only to forget again, understanding that you’ve been here before and will be again.

More details about the story here in Broken Eye Books’ announcement of the novella:

“To their alien Caretakers, the children are nothing more than lab rats: keys to a mystery about memory far larger than they could understand. As they undergo their captors’ experiments, a few children begin to excavate fragments of their lost past. These stories might be the key to survival. Or they might just be another form of subterfuge.”



Never Now Always will be available in paperback and e-book and you can even pre-order both formats here.

Tomorrow’s Cthulhu: Stories at the Dawn of Posthumanity

Tomorrow's Cthulhu
Gleaming labs whir with the hum of servers as scientists unravel the secrets of the universe. But as we peel away mysteries, the universe glances back at us. Even now, terrors rise from the Mariana Trench and drift down from the stars. Scientists are disappearing—or worse. Experiments take on minds of their own. Some fight back against the unknown, some give in, some are destroyed, and still others are becoming… more.



Forthcoming from Broken Eye Books… Tomorrow’s Cthulhu: Stories at the Dawn of Posthumanity, edited by Scott Gable and C. Dombrowski. The anthology includes my story “The Great Dying of the Holocene.”

Pre-order now for release on 1/21/16.


Strange Survival in Jerome Bixby’s “It’s A Good Life”

At Weird Fiction Review, I discuss science fiction author Jerome Bixby’s 1953 short story, “It’s a Good Life.” Read the story (it’s utterly haunting), then check out my review:


But “It’s a Good Life” – the story that elevated Bixby from forgettable pulp scribbler to science fiction grand master – well, it’s different. If Bixby’s other stories began as tales told around the campfire, this one began with a cold sweat in the middle of the night. “It’s a Good Life” is a slowly building nightmare; each layer is a new realization of powerlessness and despair.

The story centers on Anthony, a psychic three-year-old who possesses the power to change the world with his thoughts. Anthony’s unfortunate family and neighbors do all they can to avoid attracting his notice. Mostly, this means living in a constant state of bland cheer, not just in word, but also in mind.