Standalone Short Fiction

Slip through a portal to another world . . .

Visit fractured futures, mystical and darkly folkloric Otherworlds, and shadows of the past in these frightening, fantastical, and futuristic speculative short stories.

Children of Earth

Zero-waste living comes at a cost.

Mirella has a messy basement suite, a messy crush, and a messy problem.

Eco-anxiety takes on a life of its own in this body-horror-riffic rom-com about a goblin-mode girl, toenail cryptids & a shared compost bin.

  • Longlisted in the 2023 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
  • Honourable Mention in the 2022 Writers of the Future Awards

"Children of Earth" was written in a 2021 WMG Publishing Workshop with Dean Wesley Smith called "How to Write a Pulphouse Story" (for Pulphouse Fiction Magazine) and represents the author's debut genre pro-market sale in short fiction, acquired by Arley Sorg and Christie Yant for Issue #90 (April 2023) of John Joseph Adam's Fantasy Magazine. Cover art by Kevin Carden. Suitable for all ages.

Read "Children of Earth" or listen to the audiobook/podcast version (narrated by Judy Young) for free online at Fantasy Magazine. Read the accompanying Author Spotlight. Shop the full eBook edition of Fantasy Magazine Issue 90/April 2023.

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Those Who Look At Hidden Things

Mirrors, childhood, and the liminal unseen.

An eerie little gothic nightmare for spooky wildlings. Just under 600 words of poetic flash fiction composed of cankerworms, Winnipeg snowmelt & UBC mud spun into a dark fairytale.

Suitable for all ages.

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Castoffs in It Was All a Dream: An Anthology of Bad Horror Tropes Done Right

Payment by the pound . . .

A decade later, a demon shows up to collect his payment. Dinner aims to deliver.

My gross-out horror-comedy short Castoffs (all-time fave editors' notes have included "extravagantly bizarre," "equal parts tantalizing and perverse," & "fun in its own insane, visceral way") is just one of 28 tropey tales of horror and madness collected in this subversive anthology featuring a star-studded lineup and custom b&w retro-horror-style interior artwork for every story.

Edited by Brandon Applegate. Cover art by Evangeline Gallagher. Interior art by Christopher Castillo Díaz.

Castoffs is recommended for all ages. The anthology as a whole is recommended for mature/adult audiences only.

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Calloused* in There's No Place

Steel strings cut deep. But it's when you stop feeling the sting that you need to start worrying . . .

A washed-up rockstar searches for home, hope, and an escape from fae-cursed hunger amidst the wreckage of the career she stole from under the hill and over the sea.

This short, multiple timeline/experimental retelling of "A Song of Dark Things" took a Silver Honourable Mention in Writers of the Future Awards 2022 Q3 and is rated all ages/adult.

There's No Place is a multi-genre anthology from Renaissance Press/Presses Renaissance edited by H.E. Casson. Contributors have experience of housing insecurity (though not necessarily traditional homelessness) and all stories explore ideas of "home." The anthology is rated for mature/adult audiences.

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A Song of Dark Things* in Unknown Realms: A Fiction-Atlas Press Anthology

When being stolen away by the fairies offers more opportunity than trying to live in the real world, there’s only one thing to do— plan a heist.

Desperate to escape a dead-end future in the Scottish Highlands, a musical teen makes a deal with the fae to achieve her dreams of stardom, only to discover her heart's desire comes at an unexpected cost.

Contemporary dark fantasy inspired by Scottish folkore Thomas the Rhymer & The Fiddlers of Tomnahurich for fans of Holly Black, S. Jae-Jones, & Melissa Marr—plus NINE other speculative stories in this multi-author anthology.

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Ever wondered what goes on on the other side of the screen?

A body double has a dark encounter on a late-night shoot.

Lightly eerie, Twilight Zone-esque horror inspired by the author's ill-fated travels (travails?) through Hollywood North. Suitable for all ages.

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On the Edge

There are two types of stories about fairyland. Ones where the traveller returns...and the other kind.

A New Adult Dark Fantasy about walking on water, adulthood & escaping reality in the Scottish Highlands.

This story first appeared in Enchanted Conversation: A Fairytale Magazine (June 2019) and was reprinted in Frozen Wavelets by The Earthian Hivemind (licensed 2019/reprinted 2022).

It has one of the author's (and readers', apparently) favourite endings, and comments include: "exceptional and lyrically beautiful" and "It's got the spooky, fair folk vibes that I live for; the atmosphere really just shines in this."

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The Unsought Light in Seasons Unceasing

Family. Freedom. Fate. What do you do when there are no good choices left?

When an otherworldly stranger offers a chance at escape from the stifling bonds of impending arranged marriage, duty and desire collide in a war that threatens to bring down her family, her clan, and her village.

This gothic retelling of Japanese folktale The Maiden of Unai is a historical tragic romance in the vein of Rome & Juliet with a supernatural twist and is available as a standalone ebook and in the Worldsmyths Publishing anthology Seasons Unceasing.

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