Release Day for Chromophobia!

Rooster Republic Press surprised us with the early release for the trade paperback edition of Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women in Horror, edited by Sara Tantlinger, and featuring a story by moi, along with two dozen other lady horror writers!

Now Available!

While the pre-order window for the special hardcover edition has come and gone, you can still get your hands on the trade paperback version, rocking a brand new but no less intriguing cover for the amazing collection.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. In Kirkus’s review of the book, the anthology is described as

“a set of admirable stories featuring delicious twists, eerie creatures, and visceral imagery. They necessarily linger on assorted colors, befitting this anthology’s theme, but the prose throughout is vibrant in other ways. [..] It’s a fine sampling of an array of voices in the horror genre that will assuredly garner a bevy of new fans. Extraordinary tales of terror that are as grim as they are delightful.”

In the Editor’s Pick Booklife review, they say,

“An inventive anthology spotlighting women in horror and exploring the terror-inducing possibility of color, Chromophobia showcases the talents of new and veteran writers alike offering an eclectic mix of fresh horror stories as strange as they are inventive and unsettling.”

 

While the book will soon be rolling out to bookstores and other online platforms, you can get your copy now on Amazon. I can’t wait to get my hands on my own contributor copy. I hope you’ll enjoy my story “Gray Rock Method” as well as all the others within its pages!

August Convention Schedule

August is nearly here, and with it is the return to con season. While I’ve participated in my local con virtually the last two years, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and return to in-person conventions. This all made more sense when I put my name in for programming earlier in the year than it does now with the recent increase in Covid and monkeypox cases throughout the country, but since I’m vaxxed and boosted and plan to mask the entire time (even when paneling), I’m going to honor my commitments.

First up is Armadillocon in Austin, Texas, August 5th through the 7th.

Fri 5:00 PM – “Chek Lonescrum: The Art of Making Fantastical Character Names”

Sat 2:00 PM – “Cross-Genre Capers”

Sat 3:00 PM – “Are We Too Late for Climate Fiction”

Sat 5:00 PM – Reading

Sun 11:00 AM – Signing Session


Then at the end of the month, August 26-28, it is time once again for New Mexico’s Bubonicon.

Sat 10:00 AM – “Hell or High Water: The Rise of Climate Fiction”

Sat 1:30 PM – “Cheese Magnet Tribute: What I learned from John Jos. Miller”

Sat 3:00 PM – “Practical Telepathy: The Science and Appeal of Mind-to-Mind Communication”

Sat 4:25 PM – Mass Autographing Session

If you choose to come out in Austin or Albuquerque, I’d love the chance to say hi. Stay cool and stay safe out there!

Release Day for After the Gold Rush!

It’s release day for After the Gold Rush, the latest installment in Third Flatiron‘s anthology series, and it features my short story “The Front of the Pack.”

From the back jacket copy:

Twenty-two authors explore themes related to complications of booms and bubbles, including effects of accelerated culture; ecological consequences caused by human over-expansion, such as climate disasters; and economics (for example, monopolies on resources and commodities). 

Table of Contents:

  • Past the Projections by James Tager
  • Down on the Klondike by David Cleden
  • Sunrunner by Robert Bagnall
  • Moving On by Andrew Wright
  • To Vanquish Other Blooms by Tim Borella
  • Showdown at Sueño Hueco by Wulf Moon
  • Reassessed Value by David Hankins
  • Amphibios by Julie Biegner
  • Earth’s Last Immortals by Erin Cullen
  • Last Light in the Dark by Shannon Fox
  • Live from the Troll Factory by Edward Barnfield
  • The Front of the Pack by Lauren C. Teffeau
  • Last Bite at the Klondike by Liam Hogan
  • All Our Signs Align by Eve Morton
  • Facing Reality by Yelena Crane
  • Unwinding the Clock by Brandon Case
  • The Last of the Gen Xers by Angelique Fawns
  • Currency Change Announcement by Elizabeth Davis
  • Amore for Life by Cray Dimensional
  • Genie in a PET Bottle by Daniel M. Cojocaru
  • Goldberry by Tom Easton and Jeff Hecht

I wrote “The Front of the Pack” for a flash challenge a couple years back and could never quite figure out what to do with a story depicting a tense exchange between a government agent and a man running a clearinghouse for illegal research that the political climate has all but condemned, to society’s detriment. This was around the same time I was writing Implanted, so the story is flavored with espionage tropes as well as some of my hang-ups from working as an academic researcher for a number of years. Let’s just say it’s a story that could only be at home in this collection, and I’m so glad that editor Juliana Rew and the rest of the team at Third Flatiron agreed as well!

Be sure to check out my Pinterest board for more of my story inspiration.

You can purchase the whole anthology from Amazon.

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All About Chromophobia!

My very first horror short story “Gray Rock Method” is forthcoming later this year in Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women in Horror, edited by Sara Tantlinger and published by Rooster Republic Press. While the launch is a couple of months away, the marketing for the anthology kicked into high gear last month, showcasing all the different authors and providing sneak peeks of the amazing stories that have been selected for the anthology.

Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women in Horror

In the first author roundtable, contributors were asked what fictional character they’d most like to have dinner with (Chromophobia Author Roundup 1). This was followed by why authors are drawn to the horror genre (Chromophobia Author Roundup 2). We were also asked to name some of our favorite women horror writers (Chromophobia Author Roundup 3). Finally, we were asked to talk up our stories for the anthology (Chromophobia Author Roundup 4). I had a blast coming up with my answers to these thoughtful questions and reading the responses of my fellow contributors, so be sure to check them out.

Also, in order to whet your appetite for the anthology, you can also read teasers from each story (including mine!)—just follow the links below:

If you think that’s all, the publisher will be showing off the interior art for the anthology over the course of April:

SO, all this to say, stay tuned for more Chromophobia goodness! Pre-orders for the hardcover version of the anthology are happening now.

Long Time, No Write

On the blog, that is.

I realized I hadn’t updated this thing in months, which was a strange feeling on top of many others that have been rampant these pandemic years. I’ve been posting here (or on the blogspot that preceded it) since 2010 (!), and I don’t think I’ve taken a break this long ever before.

Strange times, indeed.

In my last post Reprint-palooza, I shared the news that a number of stories were being reprinted, breathing new life into old words. I can’t tell you how gratifying that feels, to know your stories have value even after the newness has faded.

On top of that, Implanted, my cyberpunk meets solarpunk / spy-fi meets cli-fi novel was named a definitive work of climate fiction by Grist.org, which was also a great feeling. Be sure to check out the full list and perhaps find a new read to get inspired to face our collective future.

Finally, I’m thrilled to announce my short story “Gray Rock Method” will appear in Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women in Horror from Rooster Republic Press and edited by powerhouse Sara Tantlinger. I got my acceptance just before the holidays and it was a much-needed boon to close out the year. The story is also my first foray into horror and was a lot of fun to write. The anthology comes out later this year and is already garnering a bit of buzz in horror circles. You can check out the contributors and learn how to preorder the collection here. And of course I’ll be posting more information as we get closer to the release date.

That’s it for now. I hope the New Year is off to a better start for you than it has been for me!