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“No Place for a Hero” on StarShipSofa Podcast

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The fine folks at StarShipSofa featured my superhero story "No Place for a Hero" on their podcast last month. You can listen to it here. The story was originally published in Galaxy's Edge Magazine and reprinted in "The Best of Galaxy’s Edge … [Read More]

“Do Stand-Up Bots Dream of Electric Hecklers?” Published in Perihelion SF

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My story about a stand-up comedian robot has been published in Perihelion Science Fiction. Here’s the opening to “Do Stand-Up Bots Dream of Electric Hecklers?”: Harold was sitting toilet, reading the holo-paper, when the stand-up bot began an … [Read More]

“6 Attempts at Winning Jennifer’s Heart” & “No Place for a Hero” Reprinted

I love me reprints. Getting paid once for a story is nice, but getting paid twice? Now that's sweet! I had two big reprints in the past few months. The first was "No Place for a Hero," which was originally published in Galaxy's Edge … [Read More]

“Head to Head” Published in Triptych Tales

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My story about a redneck telepath has been published by Triptych Tales. Here's the opening to "Head to Head": The voice of God spoke inside Walter's head. He had his doubts, of course, but eight years of Catholic school are hard to shake off. … [Read More]

“No Place for a Hero” Published in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine

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My story about a superhero named Bernie has been published in Galaxy's Edge, edited by Mike Resnick. Here's the opening to "No Place for a Hero": Bernard Kowalski destroyed the Verrazano Bridge during the Friday rush. But there are three … [Read More]

“The Zombie Who Had a Name” Published in Bardic Tales and Sage Advice (Volume VI)

My short story "The Zombie Who Had a Name" has been reprinted in Bardic Tales and Sage Advice (Volume VI). This is my first reprint. The story was among the winners of Bards and Sages Quarterly’s 2013 Readers Choice Awards. I'll be talking … [Read More]

“6 Attempts at Winning Jennifer’s Heart” Published at Flash Fiction Online

My short short story "6 Attempts at Winning Jennifer's Heart" has been published at Flash Fiction Online. I wrote this story for the Weekend Warrior contest at the Codex Writers' Group. In the contest, you're given a prompt on Friday night and … [Read More]

Weird Tales #362 Cover & Table of Contents Revealed

Weird Tales #362

Weird Tales has announced the table of contents for issue #362, which contains my story "From the Casebook of Dead Jack, Zombie P.I.: The Amorous Ogre." They've also released the amazing cover, which was designed by Jeff Wong with an image from … [Read More]

One Author for the Rest of Your Life

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Imagine, if you will, being allowed to read only one author for the rest of you natural life. Who would you choose? What criteria would you use to make the best choice? This was the very question I posed to a group of speculative fiction writers … [Read More]

THE BURNING QUESTION #3

Where's his junk?

Fact: Chewbacca is seven and a half feet tall. Fact: Chewbacca doesn't wear any clothes. So, how come no one's ever seen any Wookiee twigs and berries? He's hairy but not that hairy. Are Wookiee's not anatomically correct? Could this account … [Read More]

“Hart House” Is Live on Horror D’oeuvres!

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"Hart House" was my first attempt at a haunted house story. It was also the first story that gave me the creeps while I was writing it. It probably didn't help that I was writing late at night in the basement, and if you read the story you'll see … [Read More]

“The League of Lame Superheroes” Published in Third Flatiron’s Spring Anthology!

My short story "The League of Lame Superheroes" has been published in Third Flatiron's Spring anthology "Astronomical Odds." This is my first published superhero story. But I have a feeling there are many more to come :) Here's the synopsis: … [Read More]

THE BURNING QUESTION #2

Why the hell do superheroes need secret identities? Supposedly, the secret identities protect the superheroes' loved ones. Because, god forbid, if Lex Luthor knew that Lois Lane is really married to Superman, then she'd be in terrible danger. Oh, … [Read More]

“Bad Poets Society” Is on Cast of Wonders!

Cast of Wonders has done an amazing reading of my story "Bad Poets Society" on its podcast. Check it out here. … [Read More]

SHORT STORY SALE: “The League of Lame Superheroes” to Third Flatiron

Superheroes are what probably got me into speculative fiction. I pretty much only read comic books until I was 12, with the occasional Choose Your Own Adventure thrown in there. So I'm stoked to be having a superhero story (my first of hopefully … [Read More]