The Necessity of Stars & The Bletted Woman

The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler is a novella in the upcoming 2021 Neon Hemlock Novella Series. I know Tobler best from her editorial work at Shimmer Magazine, and oh! how those stories she gathered glimmered and glowed. This novella felt like a continuation of that wild wonder. Necessity of Stars, cover by … Continue reading The Necessity of Stars & The Bletted Woman

Spiritfarer and The Empress of Fortune and Salt

This is going to be a little different from my usual comparative reviews because I found a novella and a videogame that both made me feel the same inside! Spiritfarer by ThunderLotus Games Spiritfarer by ThunderLotus Games is a cozy management game that just happens to be about reminiscing before dying. Your character, Stella, gives … Continue reading Spiritfarer and The Empress of Fortune and Salt

Guest Post by Neve Maslakovic

Recently, I read and loved All the Whys of Delilah's Demise by Neve Maslakovic. I was struck by the genre blending and the dark turn at the end (no spoilers, but !), and wanted to hear more about this wonderful alchemical mixture of mystery and SFFH. She agreed to lay out how it worked for … Continue reading Guest Post by Neve Maslakovic

2020 Awards Eligibility Post

Hey, I had FIVE original stories published in 2020! That makes me eligible for cool awards. Awesome! The Third Angel PouredThe Future Fire, Jan 2020 Public ServiceDaily Science Fiction, July 21, 2020 The LonelyPsychopomp Magazine, Fall 2020 Temple of the EndlingsBards & Sages Quarterly, October 2020 Jewel of the SeaStories for the Thoughtful Young anthology, … Continue reading 2020 Awards Eligibility Post

The Houses

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas was sold to me as gothic-horror, and that may be part of why I was disappointed. For me, it never got creepy enough or weird enough or really came to any sharp point that drew blood or emotion the way you'd expect in a haunted house story. Ines is running … Continue reading The Houses

The Good News

I have three fairly cool things to share during this time of absolutely hellish dark headlines, stress dreams, and math that never looks good. Let me say here: it's not just you. Things are very stressful and awful. However you are coping or not coping, you are not alone. More than ever, we need to … Continue reading The Good News