Short stories and novellas
Here are some of the short works of fiction I’ve had published, or that are coming soon.
- “A Threadbare Carpet” in Tesseracts Twenty-One
- “Path of White Stones” in Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins
- “And In the Arcade, Ego” in Retro Future
- “In Dragonfly Lake” at Kaleidotrope
- “Not Valid for Spain” in 49th Parallels: Alternative Canadian Histories and Futures, ed. Hayden Trenholm. 2,000 words. Robots in the Spanish Civil War.
- “Something On Your Mind?” a collaborative story with eight other authors, corralled by Gareth D Jones, at Kaleidotrope. Science fiction. 5,500 words.
- “Ad Infinitum” at Daily Science Fiction, June 2, 2017. Rebuilding their ships, rebuilding themselves. Science fiction. 1,200 words.
- “I Know All of His Names” at Liminal Stories. May 1, 2017. Every story needs a monster and I make a very serviceable one. Dark historical fantasy. 2,000 words.
- “The Seven O’Clock Man” in Clockwork Canada. 5,000 words.
- “The Automatic Prime Ministers” in Lackington’s, Issue 10, May 2016. 4,600 words. Science fiction.
- The Course of True Love, a Monstrous Little Voices novella, from Abaddon Books. 20,000 words.
- “The Wedding of Snow, Earth and Salt” in Podcastle, Jan. 1, 2016. An original story, a short winter fable, audio only. Eight minutes (750 words) long.
- “This Is the Humming Hour” in Daily Science Fiction, July 3, 2015. (1,200 words) A whispered request. A saucer of cow’s milk on the windowsill, as bait, as a signal to negotiation. Then a bargain made in a dream: her last, she swears it will be her last.
- “Skullduggers” in Postscripts to Darkness 6. May 2015. (4,150 words) A gothic Canadian story.
- “Isabelle the Stupendous” in Daily Science Fiction, March 3, 2015. (950 words) She had been trying since she was little, and one day she would go up, up, all the way around. It might be today.
- “Limestone, Lye and the Buzzing of Flies” in Strange Horizons, Feb. 16, 2015. (3,950 words) The only one who never broke character was the blacksmith.
- “‘I’m lonely: Immune to Apraxia, Toronto doctor refuses to give up on a cure” in Daily Science Fiction, Jan. 28, 2015. (880 words) Lily Abello thought she would lose her ability to speak in April, just as everyone else she knew did.
- “Born on a Glumday” in Daily Science Fiction, Dec. 4, 2014. (900 words) You are a young man; you know everything. But don’t you roll your eyes at me, Makin. I am an old woman. I know everything plus one.
- “Hairbrush, Socks, Pencils, Orange” in Flash Fiction Online, Dec. 1, 2014. (870 words) We didn’t know what reindeer tracks looked like but we knew these were not them.
- “Bonsaiships of Venus” in Lackington’s issue 4 (1,500 words) In Venus’s thick atmosphere, floating was as easy as dying.
- “The Semaphore Society” in Crossed Genres, “Typical” issue, Sept. 1, 2014. (3,000 words) The blinking pattern that pulls up her eye-tracking software is a lot like the blinking that stops tears.
- “Cattail Heart” in Daily Science Fiction, Aug. 29, 2014. (3,600 words) A science-fictional look at Canada’s shameful history of residential schools for Aboriginal children.
- “Traveller, Take Me” in On Spec, Summer 2014. (3,780 words) Prospectors, submersibles, Manitoban small towns, ghosts, science fiction books and the beginning of the First World War.
- “Their Dead So Near” in Issue 1 of Lackington’s, Feb. 13, 2014. (1,550 words) Ottawa’s boneyards are temporary, their residents transient.
- “The Dentist’s Apprentice” in the Winter 2013 issue of Spellbound. (2,000 words) These footsteps rattled the windows. These footsteps meant trouble.
- “Six Aspects of Cath Baduma” in Postscripts to Darkness 4, Oct. 2013. (3,900 words) Whenever we got a new job, Cath would eat ribs. Pork ribs, probably, but with Cath Baduma, it didn’t do to assume…
- “For Sale by Owner” in Daily Science Fiction, Aug. 2. 2013. (3,600 words) The house on the cliff is free but it comes with a price.
- “Word for Word” in Waylines Magazine, Issue 3, May 2013. (1,760 words) What if we could unsay the things we regret saying?
- “A Pair of Ragged Claws” in Black Treacle, issue 2, April 2013. (2,750 words) What the Ottawa nightclub Zaphod Beeblebrox might have been like in the early 1990s if the bands included giant sentient scorpions.
- “We Take Care of Our Own” in Blood and Water, edited by Hayden Trenholm, from Bundoran Press, August 2012. (4,770 words) Available in print or as an e-book. In 2041, a Canadian woman risks her business and her relationship with her teenage son to smuggle food over the American border.
- “152” in Departures (chapbook anthology, above/ground press, June 2008)
- “Bleach” in The Puritan, fall 2007
- “Antipode” in In Our Own Words, vol. 6 (anthology), 2005
- “Skin” in Slow Trains (online), fall 2004
- “Fog” in The New Quarterly, winter 2004
- “Pigeons” in Another Toronto Quarterly (online), fall 2003