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StokerCon 2023

I’ll be attending StokerCon next month, taking place June 15-18 at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh. It’ll be my second time attending StokerCon, and my second time visiting Pittsburgh, and I’m looking forward to both! Below is my official schedule as it stands at the moment. I’ll try to keep this post updated with any changes or additional details as they become available. Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 16 at 1p.m. EST – Author Reading

Kenneth W. Cain, A.C. Wise, John Langan, Steven Van Patten

Friday, June 16 at 4p.m. EST – Adaptations and Retellings

Tim Waggoner, A.C. Wise, Jeff Strand, Cynthia Pelayo, James Aquilone, Jamie Flanagan

Whether working with novels, films, graphic novels, fairy tales, or otherwise, writers venturing into the world of adaptations have to find ways to make their version of the story stand out. Panelists will discuss techniques and resources for working in the public domain and adapting ideas from works that are well-known or already have established characters. This session will also be live-streamed to virtual conference participants.

Friday, June 16 from 5-6p.m. EST – Mass Author Signing

This year’s signing is divided into two blocks, both in the hotel’s Admiral room. I’ll be signing during the first block from 5-6pm, along with several other fabulous authors. The full list of who is signing when can be found here.

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Author Resources: Genre Awards

If you’re a speculative fiction author, editor, publisher, or artist, you probably have an interest in genre awards. Most people are aware of the “big” awards like the Hugos and the Nebulas, but there are a whole host other of awards out there from regionally-specific awards, to genre-and-sub-genre-specific awards, to more general awards that have specific genre categories. The whole process surrounding awards can be confusing, overwhelming, and anxiety-inducing, especially if you’re new to the field – and sometimes even if you aren’t.

How the heck does one become an award finalist? How do I know if I’m eligible? How do I improve my chances of winning an award?

Just like there’s no one true path to publication, there is no one true path to award recognition. That said, there are things authors, editors, publishers, and artists can do to increase their chances of receiving award recognition, the biggest one being making people aware of your work.

Awards are not the be-all, end-all of existence, nor are they a required or guaranteed “step” in an author’s career journey, but recognition and shiny trophies are certainly are nice to have! This post won’t necessarily help you win an award, but it at least aims to provide some helpful resources and answer a few questions you may have along the way.

Award Types

Awards generally fall into three categories: juried awards (e.g. the Shirley Jackson Awards), those that operate by a nomination process (e.g. the Nebula Awards), and hybrid awards that do a bit of both (e.g. the World Fantasy Awards).

Awards with a nomination process can be open to a particular membership group, for example members of SFWA (Science Fiction Writers Association) can nominate works for the Nebula Award, and members of the HWA (Horror Writers Association) can nominate works for the Stoker Award, or they can be open to anyone, like the Locus Awards. The ability to nominate can be tied to a particular convention, for example the Hugos and WorldCon. Conventions with associated awards often offer voting memberships at a lower price point so individuals can still participate in the nominating and voting process without attending the convention in person or virtually.

Awards with a jury or panel may allow authors/editors/publishers/artists or some subset thereof to submit work for consideration directly (e.g. World Fantasy Awards). Other awards may rely entirely on their panelists/judges’ reading and knowledge of the field to find works for consideration.

Award Rules

How do you know if you’re eligible for an award? How do you submit work for award consideration? How do you nominate work and vote?

Every award has their own rules around submitting work, nominating, and voting. Locus Magazine maintains a very helpful award database which is an excellent place to start for authors/editors/publishers/artists interested in submitting work or putting it forward for member consideration. It’s also a great resource for readers looking to nominate works they love, or to find new things to read by browsing lists of past winners.

Browse around, follow the links, see what’s out there, and put yourself forward for consideration where appropriate!

Promoting and Submitting Work

Demanding that people nominate or vote for your work isn’t cool, and it’s often expressly prohibited within award rules. Letting people know what you’ve published in a given year however is perfectly acceptable. Award eligibility posts and social media threads are a great way to make people aware of your published work. Sharing your posts and providing periodic reminders as award nomination deadlines approach is also perfectly acceptable and even helpful, as it’s easy to miss a single post/thread.

Every year for the past several years I’ve encouraged authors/editors/publishers/artists to create award eligibility posts and I’ve gathered them in a yearly Eligibility and Recommendation Links Round-Up. There are other folks who do the same, including Cat Rambo. The sheer amount of fiction, art, and media published and released each year means it’s impossible to read/watch/see/be aware of everything out there. Self-promotion can be uncomfortable, but as someone who nominates for awards, I view it as a public service by creators to remind me about works I loved and to help me catch things I may have missed.

If you’re not sure how to put together an eligibility post, you can see several examples at the link above.

Some membership organizations (e.g. HWA) allow members to post or directly share work for consideration. Always check an organization’s rules around sharing and promotion before you proceed.

If your work is eligible for a juried award, you should absolutely submit it! Don’t assume a jury is already aware of your work, or that they don’t want to see see it. Authors and artists may want to check with their editors/publishers first to make sure they’re not doubling up efforts, but as a general rule, juries want to read and consider widely, so get your work out there. The sheer volume of work published in a given year means that juries might not see things that aren’t directly put in front of them, so if you’re on the fence about submitting work for consideration – do it!

A work won’t end up as an award finalist if people don’t know about it. It’s up to juries and nominators to recommend the works they love. Creators are often their own worst critics; don’t let self-doubt and brain weasels hold you back when it comes to submitting and promoting.

Call for Submissions

Speaking of juried awards, here’s a shameless plug and way to dip your toes into the waters of awards consideration. I’m one of the judges for the World Fantasy Awards this year and we want to see your work. You. Yes, you.

We’re looking for works of Fantasy and Horror originally published in 2022. We want to see Novels, Novellas, Collections, Anthologies, Short Stories, and Artwork. We’re also looking at related non-fiction for consideration in the Special Award categories.

Works must be received by June 1, 2023, but the sooner the better so we have time to properly consider everything.

Instructions on how to submit work can be found here. Please send us your stuff!

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Favorite Short Stories of 2022

Last but not least, to round out my favorites of 2022 posts, here are the short stories I loved last year. As a general rule, I tend to read a lot of short fiction, and there was so much fantastic stuff out there last year, so brace yourself – this list will be long. But I don’t want to leave anything out! In no particular order, here are my favorite short stories of 2022.

A Gentleman’s Agreement by Aimee Ogden (Kaleidotrope)

A story about the complex relationship between hero and villain, with a wonderful voice and genuine emotion – beautifully-written, and occasionally heartbreaking.

Intrusions by Margot McGovern (The Dark)

A slow-burning and deeply creepy story about a woman being stalked by her ex, exploring domestic violence and the unsettling idea that the protagonist might be safer among the dead than the living.

The Brave Dress by Starhawk (Solarpunk)

Set in a world recovering from environmental collapse, this is a lovely story about found family, community, and the idea of honoring the struggles of the past but not letting them define you as you move into the future.

Dick Pig by Ian Muneshwar (Nightmare)

A tense and eerie story that explores the liminal space between fear and desire, as a man cleaning out his great aunt’s isolated house begins receiving increasingly unsettling messages from a mysterious man he contacted on Grindr.

Ribbons by Natalia Theodoridou (Uncanny)

A beautifully-written story that evokes fairy tales and ghost stories as a young trans man struggles with defining himself in the face of society’s expectations.

The Long Way Up by Alix E. Harrow (The Deadlands)

A gorgeous re-imagining of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice that flips the gender roles of the original tale and shows a couple growing into a more mature and considered understanding of their love for each other.

Before We Drown by Vanessa Fogg (The Future Fire)

A short but effective story about a world on the verge of collapse and one couple’s attempts to escape into their own past, which explores the ideas that sometimes the most important moments in life are the small ones.

The Pennyfeathers Ride Again by L. Chan (The Dark)

The adventures of the ghost-hunting Pennyfeather brothers continue in a genuinely eerie story that explores complicated family relationships, guilt, grief, and obsession as the brothers confront a fellow excorcist.

From Earth to Io, with Love by Adelehin Ijasan (Fiyah)

A darkly humorous story about teleportation technology and corporate greed.

The Red Summer by Wendy Shaia (Fiyah)

A brutal story about a young Black man who finds himself transported back in time in his dreams to the summer of 1919 where mobs of white people hunted down Black people, showing the ways in which horrors are repeatedly perpetuated throughout history.

The Brief Life Story of Lila by Danny Cherry, Jr. (Fiyah)

A lovely and heart-wrenching story about a woman with the power to see how others will die who tries to close herself off to love completely in order to avoid suffering grief and loss.

The Summer Castle by Ray Nayler (Nightmare)

An eerie and surreal story about a group of children spending the summer in their grandfather’s rambling house , which is full of secrets which seem to have something to do with the war raging in the background while leaving their family strangely untouched.

Babang Luksa by Nicasio Andres Reed (Reckoning)

A slice-of-life story set in a post-flood near-future Philadelphia, as a man returns to the neighborhood where he grew up where he must cope with complex feelings of guilt for being the one who got out and built a better life for himself.

The Last Passenger by Melissa Mead (Daily Science Fiction)

A bittersweet flash story about Charon, the ferryman to dead, coping with his own mortality as the old gods and legends are forgotten.

In the Walls and Beneath the Fridge by Jonathan L. Howard (Nightmare)

A chilling story about a man trying to protect himself against his abusive ex-wife and keep his daughter safe in their new apartment, where something unnatural lives underneath the fridge.

Girl Oil by Grace P. Fong (Tor)

A lovely and heartbreaking story about unrequited love that explores racism and impossible beauty standards, as a struggling actress begins taking an experimental formula guaranteed to make her “lighter and brighter” which literally eats away at her until there’s nothing left.

I Know You’re There by Paul Tremblay (Air/Light Magazine)

A story about grief and guilt as a man both fears being haunted and yearns to be haunted after his husband’s sudden death.

Douen by Suzan Palumbo (The Dark)

An absolutely heartbreaking story about a young girl who accidentally becomes a spirit haunting her family as she desperately tries to communicate with them and aches for their love.

Cousins Season by S. Fambul (Fantasy Magazine)

A surreal story and multi-layered story with a great voice about family members literally descending on a sprawling gathering out of the sky, expecting to be cared for and fed.

On the Hills, the Knitters by Steve Toase (Bourbon Penn)

A surreal, eerie, and atmospheric story about a village below a hill, where an inexplicable knitted elephant-like figure has been left for unknown purposes, and the even stranger things that occur when a group of mysterious people shows up seemingly to worship it.

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Reporter by Daniela Tomova (Tor)

A story with a great voice about a reporter who travels to the remote north to observe a race involving revenants, and things only get odder from there as reality itself beings to break down.

Now is the Time for Growth and Expansion by Sarah Pinsker (Sunday Morning Transport)

A charming story about a young girl building something mysterious, randomly appearing art installations, and the girl’s puzzled parents ultimately discovering the link between the two.

The Historiography of Loss by Julianna Baggott (Lightspeed)

A story excavating grief and loss, where a woman signs up for a virtual reality “nostalgia service” in an attempt to better understand the father who abandoned her as a child, leading to revelations about her family history that she never expected.

Becomes the Color by E. Catherine Tobler (3-Lobed Burning Eye)

A gorgeously-written story about learning to let go as the protagonist returns to a place special to them and their lover, only to find themselves trapped in an eerie lake with reality shifting around them.

Them at Number Seventy-Four by Lindz McLeod (Pseudopod)

It sounds odd, but this is indeed a fun and charming story about serial murder as a retired couple tries to rekindle their relationship and create common ground by killing together.

The Floating House by JF Gleeson (Weird Horror)

Eerie, atmospheric, and perfectly capturing the terror of being a child in a frightening situation, told by adults that everything will be okay while they refuse to explain, and things are clearly very much not okay, which in this case, means a house full of creepy floating people.

Too Little, Too Little, Too Much by John Wiswell (Cossmass Infinities)

A heartbreaking story about brothers with supernatural powers trying to cope with their abusive father and struggling to break free from the cycle of violence.

An Urge to Create Honey by Martin Cahill (Clarkesworld)

Beautifully-written story about feeling like an outsider and searching for belonging as a man returns to the space station where he worked after being transformed into a bee-like creature by aliens who saved his life and welcomed him into their collective hive-mind.

The Path of Water by Emma Torsz (Uncanny)

A gorgeous and brutal reimagining of Sleeping Beauty that plays with tropes and character types and looks at the power of story to shape our experience of the world.

Men, Women, and Chainsaws by Stephen Graham Jones (Tor)

Nods to classic horror and slasher history abound in this wonderful story about a woman whose life is inextricably intertwined with a car with a horror movie pedigree, but which is also linked to her own very personal haunting.

A Travel Guide to the Dimension of Lost Things by Effie Seiberg (PodCastle)

A charming story about a character struggling with depression who finds themself in the unglamourous magical dimension of lost things, including, among other things, missing socks and one very judgmental hamster.

The Bleak Communion of Abandoned Things by M.A. Blanchard (Pseudopod)

Masterfully balancing hope and creepiness, this story centers on a woman trying to appease the ghost in an abandoned house and ending up with far more than she bargained for in the process.

To Live and Die in Dixieland by Russell Nichols (Apex)

A powerful and brutal story about brothers running a VR experience designed to let white people live through the horrors of slavery.

The Many Murders of the Self by H. Pueyo (The Dark)

An incredibly dark and chilling story about how response to trauma can involve killing aspects of yourself and how cycles of violence can recur as those who have been abused.

Mulo by Nelson Stanley (The Dark)

A gritty, noir-tinged story about a haunting spreading outward from a single inciting act of violence after a boxer steps out with someone else’s girl.

The Morthouse by Maria Haskins (The Deadlands)

A lovely, melancholy, and atmospheric meditation on grief, loss, and letting go as a mother seeks to bargain with a witch to bring back her dead son.

And All Their Silent Roars by James L. Sutter (Nightmare Magazine)

Deeply eerie and unsettling story about a young boy whose non-verbal brother discovers a bag of mysterious ceramic animal figures in the backyard of their new house, leading to an unexpected tragedy.

The Cheesemaker and the Undying King by Lina Rather (Lightspeed)

A story full of excellent worldbuilding and with a great voice as a cheesemaker with a very particular set of skills sets out to take revenge on the king after her wife is hung for treason.

Riding Hood by Tariro Ndoro (Omenana)

A multi-layered story about the violence done to women and the value given to women’s voices, which offers up stories nested within stories to tell the tale of a woman seeking revenge for her own murder.

The Projectionists by E.M. Linden (The Deadlands)

A lovely and bittersweet story about a town where the truth is actively suppressed to the point where the dead cannot even be mentioned, let alone mourned, which suddenly finds itself haunted by ghosts.

Til Death by C.J. Lavigne (PodCastle)

A charming and touching story about a woman recently turned into a vampire by her new husband, writing to and reassuring her childhood best friend.

Baba Nowruz Gives HIs Wife a Flower Only Once a Year by Fatima Taqvi (Fantasy)

A beautifully written story that interrogates fairy tales and asks for better endings as a young woman finds herself confronted with the mythological figures of her youth, and seeks to convince them that they can create their own stories rather than using known tales as an excuse.

One Day the Cave Will be Empty by K.J. Chien (Fantasy)

A lovely and painful story about a woman who gives birth to a daughter she considers monstrous and seeks to hide her away from the rest of the world, fearing their judgement.

Sunder Island by Derrick Boden (Weird Horror)

Eerie, atmospheric, claustrophobic, and perfectly surreal, this story centers on an investigator sent to a remote island to find out what happened to her predecessor, and things only get worse for her from there as she encounters violent birds meant to be extinct, unhelpful and threatening strangers, and a breakdown of reality itself.

Witchbreaker by Leah Ning (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Wonderful worldbuilding and rich secondary fantasy in a story that explores sacrifice among a group of powerful individuals tasked with protecting their town, repeatedly forced to leave everything behind in order to save the ones they love.

Bonesoup by Eugenia Triantafyllou (Strange Horizons)

A subtle and unnerving story about a grandmother who would do anything to protect her family and ensure they prosper and never suffer as she did in her youth.

Sounds Like Forever by Josh Rountree (Bourbon Penn)

A story exploring the power of music and friendship, with dark undertones, as a group of friends discovers a mysterious plant at the site of a plane crash that seems to connect them to the world of the dead.

Changeling by Evalyn Broderick (Augur)

A charming story about a woman’s bond with her plant and the unusual people who try to take it from her.

A Table Set and Waiting by Jordan Shivley (Baffling)

A dark exploration of desire and fear as a man encounters a room where something horrible waits to take him apart, which may just be preferable to his day to day life.

Notes to a Version of Myself, Hidden in Symphonie Fantastique Scores Throughout the Multiverse by Aimee Picchi (Apex)

A story that explores what success and happiness looks like to different people, or rather different versions of the same person, as a woman travels the multiverse encountering other versions of herself and trying to ensure they live their best lives.

How to Be a True Woman While Piloting a Steam-Engine Balloon by Valerie Hunter (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

A fun adventure story that also explores complex family relationships and the idea of living for others versus living for yourself.

The Morning House by Kate Heartfield (PodCastle)

A bittersweet and occasionally heartbreaking story of a woman coping with her father’s dementia who glimpses a parallel version of her house and another version of herself visible from the bottom of her garden.

Love and Supervillains by Caroline Diorio (Escape Pod)

A charming story about a woman who finds herself having to deal with her newly-developed superpowers after a sexual encounter.

Termination Stories for the Cyberpunk Dystopia Protagonist by Isabel J. Kim (Clarkesworld)

A slick story with a fantastic voice that honors and examines the tropes of cyberpunk and asks who gets to be at the center of stories.

Swim the Darkness by Michael Kelly (The Dark)

A beautifully-written story about grief and loss with hints of cosmic horror as a father mourns his daughter.

Sunday in the Park with Hank by Leah Bobet (The Deadlands)

A gorgeously-written story where men come home with the war literally tethered to ghosts, which examines guilt, responsibility, and who is allowed to express pain versus who is expected to bear it silently.

The Merry Abortion; or the Song of the Deed of Rue by Katy Bond (Strange Horizons)

A charming story with a fairy-tale-like feel about a woman and her friend, who is sometimes a fox, setting out to find banned herbs to take care of an unwanted pregnancy.

We Can Make Death Work by Cassandra Khaw (Sunday Morning Transport)

A bittersweet story about a woman trying to lure her wife’s spirit back to this world by making increasingly elaborate dishes.

So You Married Your Arch Nemesis…Again by Fenn Merc Wolfmoor (Lightspeed)

A story that has fun playing with voice and style as it examines the complex relationship between two super-powered individuals across multiple genres, and breaks the fourth wall to consider who gets to enjoy a happy ending in their stories.

Your Space Between by Marie Croke (Apex)

A lovely and heartbreaking story about technology that gives families extra space in their home through creating a kind of extra-dimensional pocket, which malfunctions and leads to a tragic disappearance.

After Midnight, In a Dead Woman’s Shoes by Frances Rowat (Kaleidotrope)

A story with a great voice where a woman wakes from her own murder and sets out to solve it.

Choke by Suyi Davies Okungbowa (Tor)

An unsettling story about a young man who all his life has heard the voices of his ancestors telling him will choke, culminating in a terrifying dinner hosted by a family who seems bent on “collecting” international exchange students.

On the Sunlit Side of Venus by Benjamin Parzybok (Apex)

A bittersweet story about a woman trapped alone on a ship orbiting Venus, with only an AI for company, struggling with the purpose of her life when all seems hopeless.

Aperture by Dan Howarth (Weird Horror Magazine)

Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury’s “The Crowd”, this story revolves around the eerie and unexplained group of silent photographers who always appear to be nearby when a tragedy occurs.

Building Migration #1 by Fran Wilde (Sunday Morning Transport)

A charming story about AI buildings deciding to go on walkabout with their hapless inhabitants trapped inside.

Downstairs at Dino’s by Diana Hurlburt (Diabolical Plots)

A story with a wonderful voice that gives off a wild hunt vibe as a group of impossibly beautiful people descend on a small, sleepy town once per year.

UmHlosinga (The Fever Tree) by Nick Wood (Omenana)

In a world of scarcity, a man tries to better his lot in life by cutting down the last tree in his area for resources that would allow him and his family to move up in the world, but meets resistance from a mysterious group set on stopping him by any means necessary.

Of All the New Yorks in All the Worlds by Indrapramit Das (Tor)

A wonderful story about a man whose job is to courier messages across timelines and connect people with alternate versions of themselves falling for one of his clients.

Lemmings by Kirstyn McDermott (Weird Horror)

An eerie story about a rash of suicides seemingly fueled by social media, exploring human’s responsibility to the planet, as well as the desire to be part of something bigger.

The Rabbit Test by Samantha Mills (Uncanny)

A brutal and powerful story about access to abortion, contraception, and bodily autonomy, which moves through time to show the way certain bodies have always been regulated and controlled.

The Ghost Eaters by Spencer Ellsworth (Nightmare)

An emotional story full of striking imagery about a ghost dog bound to an empty house, determined to protect it at a costs.

Folk Hero Motifs in Tales Told by the Dead by KT Bryski (Strange Horizons)

A story with a fantastic voice that plays with folk tale and trickster stories and inverts them to show the power of narrative in a land seemingly without hope where nothing can ever change.

Devil Take Me by Gordon B. White (Nightmare)

A story simmering with tension and resentment as a boy struggling to cope with an abusive father, a neglectful mother, and the birth of a new baby brother who only makes things worse, makes a desperate deal.

If Gold Runs Red by Gordon Grice (Metaphorosis)

A story that pairs nicely with the one above, also simmering with tension, and featuring a boy dealing with an abusive father, but this time encountering something unnatural in the woods.

Holding On by Justen Russell (Metaphorosis)

A lovely and heartbreaking story about a girl who believes she may be the daughter of a famous astronaut lost during a live broadcast, which explores the power and danger of hope.

Merry in Time by Kathleen Jennings (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

A beautifully-written story that draws on multiple fairy tales and fairy tale tropes, twisting them around in unexpected ways.

Fried Rice by Shih-Low Kow (Flash Fiction Online)

A bittersweet story about a man trying to recreate his late wife’s recipes with the help of a cookbot.

Phoenix Tile by Guan Un (Khoreo Magazine)

A charming trickster story about a mythological figure trying to ensure he is remembered so he can stay embodied just a little bit longer.

Girl Eats Girl by Gnesis Villar (Fiyah)

A dark and unsettling twist on a werewolf story, centered on the uneasy relationship between two brown girls who find themselves repeatedly thrown together by virtue of being the only two non-white students at their high school.

Have Mercy My Love, While We Wait for the Thaw by Iori Kusano (Apex)

A gorgeously-written story that explores the personal cost of war, and examines who bears responsibility for such large-scale acts of violence.

Drowning Songs by M.S. Dean (Anathema)

A lovely and occasionally heartbreaking story about a young woman who is forced into the role of savior of her town, which means she must repeatedly drown and return to life in order to ensure their prosperity.

The Weight of it All by Jennifer Hudak (Fantasy)

A painful but lovely story about a ghost that ends up haunting the body of a woman with an eating disorder, who is slowly starving herself to death.

Simons, Far and Near by Ava Gardner (Cast of Wonders)

A bittersweet story about a group of teenagers chosen to help look for a viable new planet that can support human life, and what they must give up in order to serve the greater good.

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Favorite Novelettes of 2022

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I usually do a post combining my favorite short stories and novelettes of the year, but I’m breaking it up into two posts this year due to sheer length and some technical stupidity that caused me to lose hours of work on the draft, necessitating starting over. Besides, novelettes often get overlooked and lost in the shuffle, so don’t they deserve a post of their very own where they can shine? Here, in no particular order, are my favorite novelettes from last year. (Note, additional favorites appearing in anthologies can be found in my anthologies and collections post.)

The Sadness Box by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld)

A story full of excellent worldbuilding examining complex family relationships and the idea of the next generation trying to do better and be kinder, wherein a scientist’s son steals a box from his father containing an AI whose sole programmed purpose is being miserable.

My Future Self, Refused by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed)

A painful and heartbreaking story that I believe may be semi-autobiographical, about a man grieving the death of his wife, who is visited by a future version of himself.

Just Desserts by A.M. Barrie (Fiyah)

A story with a wonderful voice about a slave named Hercules working in George Washington’s kitchen who uses cooking magic to subtly alter the course of history.

The Noon Witch Goes to Sound Planet by Kristina Ten (Lightspeed)

A charming and smoothly-written coming-of-age story about a young woman who has inherited her mother’s powers as the noon witch, a Russian deity who responsible for sunstroke, desperately trying to prove she is more than her heritage by attending a desert music festival.

The Difference Between Love and Time by Catherynne M. Valente (Someone in Time, reprinted at Tor)

A gorgeous, twisty, and dream-like story about a young woman in love with the space-time continuum, who keeps manifesting in different guises across her lifetime, exploring their tumultuous relationships.

Quandary Animu Vs. the Butterfly Man by Rich Larson (Tor)

A story with a wonderfully slick cyberpunk feel, following the titular character’s attempts to outrun an inhuman assassin with the help of her father’s disembodied preserved head.

Sweetbaby by Thomas Ha (Clarkesworld)

Surreal and bittersweet, with a wonderful voice and characters who make unexpected choices about perpetuating lies and breaking the cycle of violence. A family of stranded colonists tries to cope with a son who has become something monstrous while pretending everything is fine, leaving their daughter to carry a terrible burden, until she discovers the unsettling truths her parents have been trying desperately not to see.

A Record of Our Meeting with the Grand Faerie Lord of Vast Space and Its Great Mysteries, Revised by A.T. Greenblatt (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Gorgeous worldbuilding and a wonderful, twisty narrative that loops in on itself as a member of a stranded spaceship crew tries to rescue their ship after an encounter with the faerie lord, necessitating a break with tradition to forge a new path home.

The Memory of Water by Tegan Moore (Clarkesworld)

An eerie story about an educational exhibit recreating the lost oceans of the world, which is seemingly being haunted by the ghosts of extinct marine life.

Two Hands, Wrapped in Gold by S.B. Divya (Uncanny)

A beautifully-written reimagining of the story of Rumpelstiltskin exploring themes of power, privilege, sacrifice, and the way people define themselves.

This Place is Best Shunned by David Erik Nelson (Tor)

A highly effective cosmic horror story about a woman who agrees to help her boyfriend to break into a creepy abandoned church that he believes will be the perfect venue for his latest art project, and the unsettling discovery that ensues.

If You Find Yourself Speaking to God, Address God with the Informal You by John Chu (Uncanny)

A quiet and sweet superhero story that explores the added complications of negotiating a new relationship when one party happens to have superpowers, which also draws nice parallels between being closeted in terms of sexuality and in terms of superhuman ability, as well as delving into anti-Asian discrimination.

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Favorite Anthologies and Collections of 2022

Boys, Beast & Men Cover

This was quite a strong year for anthologies and collections, and below are a few that I wanted to highlight as favorites. As with the novels and novellas post, I may edit this to sneak a few more in as I continue to catch up on reading. A separate post highlighting short stories and novelettes not published in anthologies or collections is still forthcoming. In the meantime, here – in no particular order – is the collected short fiction I loved in 2022!

Boys, Beasts & Men by Sam J. Miller

Given how prolific Sam J. Miller is when it comes to short fiction, it’s kind of amazing that this is his first collection, though I’m sure it won’t be his last. The stories collected here offer a nuanced exploration of masculinity and the many faces of love – what does it mean to be a boy in a broken family, or a loving one, to be a man who loves other men, who longs, who finds happiness and heartbreak? All of this is presented through the lens of the fantastic with stories featuring literally mind-altering drugs, resurrected dinosaurs, near-future worlds in post environmental collapse, and as the title suggests, plenty of monsters. It’s a truly gorgeous collection, fantastically queer and fantastically dark, echoing with pain, but offering up hope and righteous, burning anger, and joy as well. Miller writes with a deep compassion that shows the monstrousness in humanity and the humanity of monsters with stories that can rip your heart out, or mend it, or do both all in one go.

Dark Breakers by C.S.E. Cooney

Dark Breakers exists in the liminal space between mosaic novel and collection. Each story stands on its own, but they exist in the same world, with characters crossing from one to the other, and events bleeding over as well, making them interconnected. Cooney’s prose is always lush and sensuous and lyrical and Dark Breakers is no exception. Much like the characters in the stories themselves, who find themselves crossing the border between this world and the Valewold, populated with beautiful and dangerous gentry, reading these stories is like stepping into another realm entirely. The stories are immersive, transporting you and taking your breath away in the best of ways. Cooney has written other work in this setting as well, including the novella Desdemona and the Deep, which is a good thing, because once you’ve had a taste of this world, you’ll never want to leave it.

You Fed Us to the Roses by Carlie St. George

I’ve been a fan of St. George’s work since I first discovered it, and it’s wonderful to see a collection bringing so many excellent, dark, and delicious stories together. The stories in this particular collection, like Miller’s collection, offer variations on certain themes, interrogating and dissecting horror genre tropes, looking at slasher stories, fairy tales, final girls, and monsters, and many of the stories are coming of age tales, exploring the idea that sometimes one of the biggest sources of horror can be the uncertainty that comes with simply growing up.

Other Terrors edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Rena Mason

Other Terrors is a strong anthology, exploring a wide range of horror, with all original stories. The stories that stood out to me in particular were: Idiot Girls by Jennifer McMahon, Mud Flappers by Usman T. Malik, The Turning by Hailey Piper, Help! I’m a Cop! by Nathan Carson, and The Asylum by Holly Lyn Walrath. My two favorites among all the excellent works, however, were The Devil Don’t Come with Horns by Eugen Bacon, and The Incident at Bear Creek by Tananarive Due. Both can be read as coming of age stories, or at least stories with young protagonists whose world view is irrevocably altered by an encounter with something horrific. I particularly like the dream/nightmare-like voice of Bacon’s story, and the characters in Due’s story were wonderful and heartbreaking, facing a very personal kind of horror.

Death in the Mouth edited by Sloane Leong and Cassie Hart

Another really strong horror anthology with a few stories that really stood out to me, which were: Water Goes, Sand Remains by Jolie Toomajan, Wind-Up Teeth by Endria Isa Richardson, Paradise by Sloane Leong, Tongue is a Void by PH Low, Some of Us Are Grapefruit by Rivers Solomon, Melinda and the Grub by Ras Cutlass, the Black Hole of Beaumort by Karin Lowachee, and On Tattered Wings by Jessica Cho. My absolute favorite of the bunch was What Hurts Henry Watanabe by JL Akagi, which managed to be simultaneously creepy and sweet. The story is full of evocative writing and striking imagery, and starts off with serious Green Ribbon/Bluebeard vibes, but takes a much different turn by the end.

Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue edited by Sheree Renee Thomas, Pan Morigan, and Troy L. Wiggins

This anthology had a somewhat fraught journey to publication, originally slated for release in either 2020 or 2021, and finally coming out in January of this year. It mixes original and reprint stories, all themed around water, as the title implies. The standouts for me were: Seventh Generation Algorithm by Andrea Hariston, Love Hangover by Sheree Renee Thomas, Juniper’s Song by Marie Vibbert, Deep Like Rivers by Christopher Caldwell, Lilies and Claws by Kate Heartfield, The Weaver’s Tale by Cecilia Quirk, and The Ancestor Tells Me About the Time She Forgot Osun by Marie Osunbimpe Hamilton Abigunde. My favorite two stories were actually a pair of stories sharing a world and characters, though by two different authors, with one being a reprint and the other an original. Numbers by Rion Amilcar Scott and Spirits Don’t Cross Over ‘Til They Do by Jamey Hatley concern characters obsessed with the idea of mythical female water spirits, who are trapped by the circumstances of their lives – involvement in organized crime for one, and the horrors of war for the other. The voice of both stories is fantastic, and both explore compassion, violence, and trauma in wonderful ways. Because the anthology took such a round-about journey to publication, I’m afraid a lot of people may have missed it, but it’s well-worth checking out!

Dark Stars by John F.D. Taff

Dark Stars is an anthology dedicated specifically to longer fiction, with the majority of the stories being at least novelettes and one that I think may technically be a novella. As such, there are only twelve contributors, and each of their entries are strong. The standouts for me were: The Attentionist by Caroline Kepnes, Volcano by Livia Llewellyn, All the Things He Calls Memories by Stephen Graham Jones, The Sanguinalist by Gemma Files, Mrs. Addison’s Nest by Josh Malerman, and Challawa by Usman T. Malik. One of the things I appreciated the most about the anthology is its range and how distinct each story’s voice felt. Kepnes story presents a mundane, non-supernatural horror, which is all the more terrifying for how plausible it feels. Llewlellyn’s story is full of twisty prose, bringing in elements of cosmic horror, leaving the reader uncertain and keeping them off-balance. Jones’ story combines mundane horror with hints of the supernatural, introducing gaslighting and pandemic paranoia to effectively keep the main character and the reader uncertain about what is real. Files’ story has a wonderful noir tone, and goes full on supernatural horror with necromancers and blood magic. Malerman’s story has a very Stephen King vibe, moving from past to present as a group of friends reunites to confront a horror from their childhood that has the ability to make them doubt reality and forget themselves. Malik’s story combines fairy tales, myth, urban legend, ghost stories, and history, layering them together seamlessly in an unsettling tale about personal horror as well as the horrors of industry and colonialism. Overall, another very strong anthology that’s definitely worth a read.

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Favorite Novels and Novellas of 2022

Reluctant Immortals by Gwendolyn Kiste Cover Art

The year is winding down, and those who participate in such things are starting to think about the works they plan to nominate for various awards. While I’m still (always) frantically trying to catch up on reading, below and in no particular order, are my favorite novels and novellas from 2022. I may make updates as I continue to read, but in the meantime, hopefully this might help readers (and folks who nominate for awards) find something new to love.


Reluctant Immortals by Gwendoyln Kiste

A wonderful reclaiming of classic Gothic heroines Lucy Westerna, Bertha Rochester, and Jane Eyre, set against the backdrop of the Summer of Love in San Francisco. Kiste takes these imperiled women, acknowledges their trauma and pain, and asks what comes next. Horrible things were done to them in their past lives, but Lucy, Bee, and Jane refuse to let the abusive men in their lives define them. Reluctant Immortals is a lovely exploration of friendship, the nature of monstrousness, and what it means to choose kindness over violence.

The Path of Thorns by A.G. Slatter

An intricately-constructed Gothic fairy tale that unfolds new layers with every turn of the page. New takes on the tropes of Gothic literature seem to be in lately, and I am digging it. A lonely manner, family secrets, a supernatural threat, a complicated romance – the Path of Thorns has it all, and is a thoroughly enjoyable dark and twisty read.

Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

An isolated lodge, brutal winter storms, uncanny birds, and a deeply haunted mountain. Thomas Olde Heuvelt brilliantly infuses elements of cosmic and folk horror into the story of a man whose boyfriend survives a climbing accident on a forbidden peak and returns to that peak with him to help him heal. Far beyond physical injuries and psychological trauma, it seems increasingly likely that something supernatural has a hold of his boyfriend, and they struggle to unravel the mystery before it destroys them both.

The Hacienda by Isabel Canas

Another take on classical Gothic tropes, this time set against the backdrop of an isolated ranch in Mexico. Beatriz moves into her new husband’s house and sets about trying to fix it up and make it a home. Something malignant seems bent on keeping her from getting comfortable, but luckily, unlike many Gothic heroines, she has allies willing to help her get to the bottom of the potential haunting. Lovely and atmospheric, with a wonderful slow-burning romance added in to the supernatural mix.

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

The glamour of old Hollywood meets the glamour of faerie, two beautiful and glimmering existences that seethe with darkness below the surface. Luli Wei stumbles into movies almost accidentally, but once she sees the potential, she’s determined to become a star on her own terms – not an easy feat for a Chinese American girl with limited and often racist roles being the only things available to her. There are avenues to power however, for those willing to make dangerous deals and terrible sacrifices. This is a lush and gorgeous novel full of queer romance, complicated family relationships, and wonderful characters faced with impossible choices.

Base Notes by Lara Elena Donnelly

Like Siren Queen, Base Notes is another lush and gorgeous novel full of queer romance, complicated relationships, and wonderful characters facing impossible choices. But rather than old Hollywood and faerie glamour, Donnelly gives us a chilly basement where the protagonist, Vic, brings the bodies of the people they’ve murdered in order to decant memories from their corpses and create exquisite, one-of-a-kind perfumes. Base Notes is equal parts beautiful and brutal, and absolutely immersive and absorbing. It’s a serial killer story, but also a story about economic inequality, access to resources and power, and even hope, friendship, and love.

The Pallbearers Club by Paul Tremblay

Like many of Tremblay’s novels, the Pallbearers Club is rife with unreliable narrators and unreliable narratives. It might be a story about a man whose life has been irrevocably intertwined with that of a 200-year old vampire, or it might be a story about two lonely, awkward people finding kindred spirits in each other and navigating a fraught, off-and-on friendship spanning nearly thirty years of their lives. Or it might be both, or neither, or something far more complicated. Either way, it’s a delightful look at the way memory and narrative are constructed, and the lies we tell ourselves and others in order to survive, presented as a memoir manuscript littered with interjections and snarky asides from the main character’s maybe-possibly-a-vampire-best-friend.

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A reimagining of the classic story of Doctor Moreau, focused on his daughter Carlotta, who is growing up on an isolated estate on the Yucatan peninsula with only her father’s hybrid creations as companions. Moreau is struggling with his research and desperately trying to convince his patron to continue funding his work. Meanwhile his patron’s son has designs on taking over the property, which would spell doom for the secret existence of the hybrids. Carlotta fights to save herself, her friends, and her home, while being pulled between between multiple conflicting loyalties. Gorgeous, smooth writing and a wonderful voice that made the story feel like a seamless fit with Wells’ original, while also being wholly fresh and new.

All the White Spaces by Ally Wilkes

Like Echo, All the White Spaces brings hints of cosmic horror to the story of characters trying to survive vicious storms in an already brutal and unforgiving wintery setting. A group of shipwrecked Antarctic explorers take shelter in a mysteriously abandoned outpost after their ship burns. The story focuses on Jonathan, who stows away on the expedition as a way of honors his older brothers’ dream of exploring the Antarctic after they are killed in the war. All the men on the expedition have brought their own ghosts with them into the cold and the dark, each of them harrowed and haunted in different ways, leading to rising tension among the surviving crew as well as rising paranoia, which feels increasingly justified as it appears they are being stalked by something unnatural. Queer, full of breathtaking prose and complex characters, deeply eerie, and just a fantastic read all around.

Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey

A slick and fast-paced novel about complicated family relationships dialed up to eleven. Vera’s dying mother calls her home for the first time in many years, forcing Vera to confront uncomfortable memories about her serial killer father and examine the nature of love and evil. Added to the mix is a man staying in her mother’s guest house, bent on making art out of Vera’s history and trauma, and the possibility that she is being haunted. Sharply-written and a wonderful exploration of monstrousness and monstrous love.

Sundial by Catronia Ward

2022 was a year of novels that pair well with each other, tackling similar themes, and feeling like they’re in direct conversation. Sundial, like Just Like Home, features a woman coping with traumatic past, peeling back the layers of her complicated relationship with her family. Rob brings her troubled daughter to the remote desert compound known as Sundial, where she and her sister spent their childhoods alongside their father and stepmother’s strange experiments and an ever-revolving group of grad students who oftentimes felt like devotees of a cult. Rob lost her sister Jack, and there are things about their relationship and their shared past she doesn’t want to admit even to herself, but which she’ll have to face if she has any chance of saving her daughter. Again, like Gailey, Ward does a wonderful job of exploring monstrousness and love and the intersection between the two, while also exploring the nature of evil and repeating cycles of violence.

The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal

Kowal takes the spirit and vibe of the Thin Man movies and brings them to a cruise ship journeying through space. Tesla Crane, heiress and engineering genius, is traveling incognito with her new husband, formerly a detective who is now trying to simply enjoy life as a regular citizen. Their honeymoon is rudely interrupted by a murder, leaving Tess frantically trying to clear her husband’s name when he is accused by virtue of being the one to discover the body. As if that weren’t bad enough, people keep turning up dead around them, and almost everyone Tess talks to seems to be keeping secrets. Kowal brings together romance, witty banter, danger, mystery, a wonderful setting and wonderful characters, including Gimlet the very best and most adorable service dog ever, and as an extra bonus, offers up cocktail recipes at the start of every chapter.

Saturnalia by Stephanie Feldman

Magic, secret societies, an alt-future Philadelphia in the grip of environmental collapse, and a decadent mid-winter festival where fortunes are poised to be made and broken. Nina used to be a member of the exclusive Saturn Club, now she’s barely making rent, telling fortunes and tending to other people’s properties. When the person she considers to be her last friend and ally offers her a ridiculous sum of money to steal a mysterious box from the Saturn Club, she feels as though she can’t pass up the opportunity. But what was meant to be a simple job turns immediately complicated, bringing up painful memories from her past, as she’s stalked across the city by something supernatural, leaving her uncertain of who she can trust and running for her life. Feldman does an excellent job of exploring the dynamics of power and the cost of magic in a tense novel that also serves as a love letter to Philadelphia.


The House of Drought by Dennis Mombauer

A deeply atmospheric novella following various characters, in various times, as they encounter and inhabit an eerie house in a field in Sri Lanka. There’s a claustrophobic sense of being watched by something beyond the fields, and something inside the house as well, which contains more depths and dimensions than its architecture suggests. Mombauer creatures an effective dream/nightmare-like feel as the story moves in time. It’s a satisfying haunted house story that also blends in elements of myth, history, and examines the horrors of colonialism and humanity’s impact on the environment.

Helpmeet by Naben Ruthnum

Another deeply atmospheric novella, with an effectively claustrophobic and oppressive setting. A woman is trapped in a decaying house with her decaying husband, pieces of him literally falling off as a strange sickness devours him. The set up feels classically Gothic, as does the voice – a wife bound to her husband by a sense of duty, facing horrors as a result of her husband’s actions. The story smoothly shifts to introduce elements of cosmic horror, making what follows far weirder than expected in the best of ways.

The Talosite by Rebecca Campbell

An effective blend of body horror and alternate history, which like Ruthnum’s novella gets increasingly weird in the best of ways as it progresses. A young scientist following in her father’s footsteps stitches together horrors from the bodies of fallen soldiers, sending them back out onto the battlefields of WWI. Campbell captures the perfect voice and tone for the novella, making it feel both like a classic sci-fi horror in the vein of Frankenstein, but also making it feel unique and fresh as well. A highly effective look at obsession, the idea of science gone too far, and the horrors of war.

Uncommon Charm by Emily Bergslien and Kat Weaver

An utterly charming (pardon the pun) novella about magic, ghosts, and deeply buried family secrets. Julia’s cousin Simon comes to stay in her home and be trained in magic by her mother. On the surface, the tone is light, full of snappy, witty dialog, and characters bent on circumventing rules and getting up to mischief. There’s darkness beneath the surface though, and true heart and emotion as well. This is the kind of novella that is perfectly satisfying at its length, but also left me longing for more with these characters and in this setting.

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

Another highly-atmospheric novella, drawing on Gothic tropes to re-tell Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. A retired solider travels to the estate of kan’s childhood friends, Roderick and Madeline Usher, to discover that not only is something wrong with the twins themselves, but with the very land. There are unnatural lights in the waters of the tarn and the rabbits in the field move in ways nothing living should. Madeline and Roderick are both wasting away, Maddie sleepwalking and seeming increasingly unlike herself, and Roderick nervous and jumping at every sound. Kingfisher honors the original tale, and transforms it with new twists, resulting in a wonderful re-imagining of a classic tale full of those genuinely unsettling and eerie moments that she excels at creating.

Bishop’s Opening by R.S.A. Garcia

Deep worldbuilding, wonderful characters, and a slow-burning mystery that unfolds into a complex story of political maneuvering and interpersonal relationships. A group of cargo haulers is caught up in an assassination attempt when one of their number impulsively steps into to save a man’s life and winds up being accused of being one of the perpetrators of the attack. Garcia does a wonderful job of creating a world that feels fully lived in, and characters whose lives, complex motives, and often clashing worldviews feel like they extend far beyond the page.

Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk

The perfect mash-up of magic and noir that steadily reveals new layers to its central mystery to build to a satisfying conclusion. Helen photographs crime scenes, specializing in finding the supernatural elements at play that most people are unable to see. Her latest job brings her face to face with her estranged brother Teddy, who is only one of many parties – not all of them human – with an interest in the case. Time is running out for Helen as she tries to solve the mystery, protect her lover Edith, repair her broken relationship with Teddy, and save her own soul. A wonderful, slick voice and an excellent, multi-layered mystery.

Empire of the Feast by Bendi Barrett

A heavily anime-influenced story of warring factions and uncertain alliances set against the backdrop of a sumptuously-built world powered by sex magic. The latest ruler of the Stag Empire wakes up next to the corpse of his previous incarnation, the victim of assassination, with no memory of who killed him or the various complexities of his precarious political situation. He doesn’t have the luxury of time to recover though, but must jump straight into the effort to maintain peace, hold his empire together, untangle his own history, and figure out who he can trust, all while seemingly being haunted by the hungering, demonic entity imprisoned in the nearest sun.

Pomegranates by Priya Sharma

This novella was just released in a gorgeous hardcover edition from PS Publishing a few weeks ago, and I hope folks don’t miss it in the year-end rush. It’s a re-telling/re-imagining of the myth of Persephone, set against the backdrop of the climate crisis, seamlessly blending mythic figures and gods with the real world. Told through three primary voices – those of Demeter, Persephone, and Bear, a human scientist desperately trying to gather seeds for a seed vault, the novella is full of lovely and evocative prose. It flips the traditional story of Persephone as a victim of kidnapping, to give us a Persephone deeply in mourning over Hades, who she viewed as her only true family, choosing to close the underworld in her grief, leaving the dead and the living both stranded in a world of eternal winter. It offers us a lovely balance of hope and heartbreak, and again, I hope folks don’t miss out due to its publication late in the year.

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Award Eligibility 2022

It’s hard to believe the year is already almost over. As it was flying by, it didn’t feel like I’d managed to do all that much, but looking back, I did actually have several things published this year. Here’s what I did, and the categories in which each is eligible for various awards.

Short Fiction

Seven Times Seven (published in Kaleidotrope, January 2022)

The cusp of twilight is blue, bruised grey, then red where a lit sign like a fresh wound shines against the dark. Jax slows the car, easing into a wide lot with trucks parked to one side, gas pumps in the middle, and a long, low building that is not a diner, or a convenience store, or anything discernable on the other side. They climb out of the car, hissing a sharp breath of pain as they do. They’re bleeding.

Crick Crack Rattle Tap (published in Screams from the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous, June 2022)

The wail comes like tiny, scratching fingernails prying Kiersten’s eyelids wide. She knocks her phone to the ground trying to grab it to read the time – 12:47 a.m. – and once she sits up to retrieve it, there’s no point crawling back under the covers, hoping the baby will stop.

The Archive of Birds (published in Solarpunk Magazine, Spring/Summer 2022)

I finally made it, May, the Valley of Kings. It’s incredible – just the way I pictured it from your stories, or my mother’s version of your stories, rather, the ones Grandma Millie told her when she was young. All the crystal towers, the flooded streets. It’s only a few blocks away from the enclave, from home, but it feels like a different world. 

Sharp Things, Killing Things (published in Nightmare Magazine, October 2022)

We saw the first billboard while driving along Lake Road. We’d driven the road a hundred times before, because it was the only road out of town that went anywhere worth going, and there was fuck-all to do in town except get drunk, get stoned, and get in trouble.

Wind Come Down the Mountain (published in The Dark, November 2022)

“The sky gets inside you. It’s so big, there’s so much of it, it fills up everything. The wind and trees get into your head. They make you hear things, see things, think things. All of it hollows you out until there’s nothing left and then you aren’t there anymore. You’re gone.”

The Lightning Seller Visits Greenvale (published in The Sunday Morning Transport, November 2022)

David sniffed the air. He could smell it. He could feel it, too, the ozone-crackle of blue-tinted light calling out to him and making the tiny hairs on the back of his neck stand on end. And not just lightning, but captured storms of all kinds, each one unique. If you had one of those in your hands, boy, just think what you could do.


Into the Green (published in Looming Low Volume II, November/December 2022)

The trees click and hum then immediately go shhhhh, correcting themselves for giving a secret away. Rose squints as Nate kills the engine and the boat makes a hollow tocking sound against the dock. Even with her eyes shaded, it’s a moment before Rose can see the island properly. And then there’s not much to see. Only the green.


Hooked (published by Titan Books, July 2022)

And yet… It is nothing to summon the feel of the deck rolling beneath his feet, the creak and sigh of the ropes and the snap of sails. Neverland – he admits to the name at last; it is always there, and Hook is always there, just beneath the surface. At times, he never left, never fled and fell through the world.

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Eligibility and Recommendation Links Roundup 2022

Woo! And the website is back!

As has become tradition at this time of year, I’m gathering all the award eligibility and recommended reading posts I can find and linking them here as a central repository for folks to refer to when considering what to nominate for various awards this year. It’s also a great way to find new work you may have missed, because there’s so much fabulous stuff out there it’s impossible to keep up.

At some point, I’ll be putting together my own eligibility and recommendation posts. In the meantime, I’ll be updating this post as often as I can.

For example, at the moment, I’m editing to add a link to this excellent article by Lyndsie Manusos that talks about the award nomination process, eligibility posts, and year-end lists in general. It’s a helpful explainer on what eligibility posts are and why they’re important, as well as some helpful examples and other info for authors, editors, and publishers.

Please feel free to email me at a.c.wise [at] with your own links, or find me on Twitter (for now) as @ac_wise and on Mastodon as and share your links there, and I will add them to the post.

The categories should be pretty self explanatory. The first section contains general information about awards, the second is author/editor/publisher eligibility posts, and the last section is recommended reading links. Happy reading!

Award Information

Locus Awards (Currently open for anyone to vote; deadline April 15.)

Nebula Awards (Currently open for SFWA members to nominate work.)

Stoker Awards (Currently open for HWA members to vote; deadline February 28.)

World Fantasy Awards (Judges currently accepting submissions; deadline June 1.)

Eligibility Links

Ajeigbe, Oluwatomiwa

Alexander, Phoenix

Allen, B. Morris

Anathema Magazine

Aoki, Betsy

Atthis Arts

Bailton, Adria

Barb, Patrick

Barlow, Devan

Bartles, Jason A.

Bell, E.D.E.

Bernardo, Renan

Biswas, Sharang

Blackwell, Laura

Bobi, Zainab

Boey, Eliane

Boden, Derrick

Brazilian Authors Eligibility Link Round Up

Brothers, Laurence Raphael

Brown, Jen

Buchanan, Andi C.

Cahill, Martin

Caldwell-Kelly, Christopher

Carro, Paul

Chen, Tania

Cherry Jr., Danny

Cho, Jessica

Chowdhury, Mehzeb

Chronister, Kay

Chu, John

Clark, Chloe N.

Clarke, Cassandra Rose

Clay, Kat

Claybourne, Zig Zag

Codega, Noah

Coleman, Kel

Cook, Amanda

Cornell, P.A.

Criley, Marc A.

Crilly, Brandon

Croal, Lyndsey

Croke, Marie

de Anda, Victor

Daley, Ray

Damilola, Oyedotun

Das, Indrapramit

Datlow, Ellen

Dean, Sunyi

Death in the Mouth

Delmas, Kai

Donohue, Jennifer R.

Dosser, Max

Dunato, Jelena

Duncan, R.K.

Edelman, Scott

Emelumadu, Chikodili

Epeki, Oghenechovwe Donald

Eselojor, Naomi

Farrenkopf, Corey

Feldman, Stephanie

Field, C.M.

Fogg, Vanessa

Fusion Fragment

Gale, Ephiny

Garcia, Rhonda J.

Garcia, R.S.A.

Garcia-Rosas, Nelly Geraldine

Garfinkle, Gwynne

gCopaleen, Amy na

Ginther, Chadwick

Glover, Jenna

Gomez, Cynthia

Goodman, Dave

Grauer, Alyson

Grech, Amy

Greenblatt, A.T.

Greene, John R.

Grigore, Adriana C.

Ha, Thomas

Haber, Elad

Haddad, May

Handley, Rachel

Harbowy, Gabrielle

Harlock, J.D.

Haskins, Maria

Haynes, Michael

Heartfield, Kate

Heijndermans, Joachim

Hexagon Magazine

Houser, Chip

Howell, A.P.

Hudak, Jennifer

Hugenbruch, Brian

Ihezue, Somto

Jack, Ariel Marken

Jamnia, Naseem

Jiang, Ai

Jones, Shelly

Julian, Jen

Kai, Rhada Zan


Kamei, Toshiya

Kaplan, Zoe

Kelly, Michael

Kim, Isabel J.

Kindred, L.P.

Kinney, Benjamin C.

Kiste, Gwendolyn

Klausner, Jack

Klein, Annika Barranti

Kohl, Chana

Krasnoff, Barbara

Krishnan, M.L.

Kurella, Jordan

Lamplight Magazine

Latine Writers Awards Eligibility Round Up

Lavigne, C.J.

Leal, Angel

Lee, P.H.

Leong, Sloane

Lesley, Kiera

Levai, Jessica

Lin, Su-Yee

Lingen, Marissa

Liu, Angela

Lost Colony

Louise, A.Z.

Louzon, Monica

Lu, Lark Morgan

Lu, S. Qioyi

McClellan, Elizabeth

McIvor, Katie

Madden, Anna

Mamatas, Nick

Manusos, Lyndsie

Marceau, Caitlin

Maresca, Marshall Ryan

Mariz, Rae

Mathieu, R. Jean

Miller, Sam J.

Mittra, Archita

Mohamed, Premee

Moher, Aidan

Mohlere, Virginia

Moleti, Carole Ann

Mondal, Mimi

Moore, Fiona

Morris, Tiffany

Murray, Meg

Murray, Samantha

Nacarat Game Labs

Nations, Victoria

Ndlovu, Yvette Lisa

Ning, Leah

Nkomo, Mandisi

Norton-Kerson, Justine

Nwaka, Uchechukwu

O’Connell, Tabitha

Ogrundian, Tobi

Okungbowa, Suyi Davies

Osani, Kristin

Othenin-Girard, Leon

Palumbo, Suzan

Pattnaik, Mandira

Pauling, Sarah

Payseur, Charles

Pearce, C.H.

Perez, Aleta

Phan, Cindy

Pichette, Marisca

Piper, Hailey

Polk, C.L.

Povanda, Jennifer

Queen of Swords Press

Ragland, Parker

Rajotte, Mary

Rappaport, Jenny Rae

Ratnakar, Arula

Ring, Lauren

ring, dave

Rose, Christopher Mark

Rountree, Josh

Royce, Eden

St. George, Carlie

Salcedo, Sarah

Samba, Samuel

Sanni, Timi

Sayre, A.T.

Schrater, Maria

Shelby, Jennifer

Shirey, Austin

Shivley, Jordan

Singh, Amal

Smith, Chloe

Smith, Cislyn

Snow, Elizabeth

Space Cowboy Books

Stack, B.E.

Sui, A.D.

Sulaiman, Sonia

Sullivan, Nwuguru Chidibere

Tabing, N.A.

Talabi, Wole

Ten, Kristina

Thayer, A.P.

Theodoridou, Natalia

Tighe, Matthew

Toase, Steve

Tobler, E. Catherine

Tomova, Daniela

Tordotcom Books

Tordotcom Short Fiction

Treasure, Rebecca

Triantafyllou, Eugenia

Twelfth Planet Press

Undertow Publications

Uncanny Magazine

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