Short Fiction

Here are my fiction publications along with short fiction anthologies edited, listed newest to oldest. You can also jump to 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, or 2016


“A Maze in Tall Grass” in A Darkness Visible

“‍A Darkness Visible seeks to dispel notions that horror is a ‘conservative’ or formulaic genre. As these experiments in fiction make clear, horror is and remains a literature of disjunction, showing its potential to transport us to unknown realms while reflecting our human doubts, longings, and desires.” October 2023.

“Significant Dreamers of the Twenty-First Century: An Introduction” in Vastarien

A story concerning WPA-style documentary work about the new dreaming. My third appearance in this wonderful journal. June 2023.

“A Chronicle of the Mole-Year” in Strange Horizons (novelette)

A quiet story about choosing and voting, how we spend our lives, and how much we often forget. June 2023.

Bitter Makes the Sweet So Sweet” in Aseptic and Faintly Sadistic

A vampire tale focused on family, abuse, and the savoring of pain. The anthology, from Jolie Toomajan and Cosmic Horror Monthly, is a charity work benefitting the Chicago Abortion Fund. June 2023.

Permissions” in Dark Matter Magazine

This dark science fiction story about virtual children and the end of humanity appears in what Dark Matter is calling their grimmest issue to date. May 2023.

“In Dark Tabittree” in Cosmic Horror Monthly 

This folk/cosmic horror story appears alongside stories from Gwendolyn Kiste, Ray Knowles, Alex Wolfgang, Timothy G. Huguenin, and more. My story features a Tuckerization of writing friend Gully Novaro and is one of my favorite recent works. May 2023.

April 18, 2023, three pieces came out on the same day:

  • “Auxiliary, Supplementary, Inessential” in Bitter Apples. Teacher SF horror about adjuncting.
  • “Callous” in Collage Macabre. Art horror about grief, loss, and regeneration.
  • “Once a Traveller” in Monstrous Futures. SF horror about the future of travel

“One Eye Opened in That Other Place,” Narrated by Christopher O’Halloran, in Three-Lobed Burning Eye 38.

A weird tale about Charles and Dottie’s romance, and that other place. April 2023.

“Harvest” in Obsolescence

A retro science fiction story about things that reach out from the TV. Available in a lovely hardcover edition as well as paperback and ebook. March 2023.

“The Glass Owl” in From the Ashes: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy for Burn Survivors

“Curated by award-winning editor Zelda Knight, this short fiction collection contains elemental magic and fire-based mythical creatures benefiting burn survivors.” February 2023.

“The Apartment” on Don’t Fall Asleep

An audio adaptation of a story from Horror Library 7. February 2023.

“Night, When Windows Turn to Mirror” in Mooncalves

This is one of my favorites, and I’m so glad it found its home in this opulent limited-edition hardcover. Other stories by some of my favorite authors such as J.A.W McCarthy, Brian Evenson, Lisa Tuttle, and Steve Rasnic Tem. Another favorite writer, Kelly Link, blurbed the book. January 2023.

“An Auction, a Yard Sale, a Clearing-Away” in Prairie Fire 43.4

My first publication of 2023. A friend said this story reminded her of Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” January 2023.


Awards-Eligible Works for 2022

Novel: Beulah

Anthology: Mother: Tales of Love and Terror


Mother: Tales of Love and Terror

No short stories by me in this anthology, but I was co-editor and wrote the introduction along with Willow Dawn Becker. We were pleased to help anthologize works by some of our favorite authors:

“The Sire,” by Steven Rasnic Tem

“Last Leaf of an Ursine Tree,” by Hailey Piper

“Of a Thousand Arms and More,” by Ai Jiang

“Passed,” by Elizabeth R. McClellan

“Mother Made Cake,” by Nicoletta Giuseffi

“Puerperium,” by Donyae Coles

“Pelican,” by Gemma Files

“Fracture,” by Mercedes M. Yardley

“When Auntie’s Due,” by Sarah Read

“Vé’otsé’e (Warpath Woman),” by Shane Hawk

“Stone’s Blood,” by Nick Bouchard

“Shields,” by Christina Sng

“The Bone Child,” by Ryan Cole

“The Wives of Tromisle,” by Dan Coxon

“Duties Terrible and Dear,” by John Langan

“Worry Dolly,” by Nadia Bulkin

“(sub)Maternal Instincts,” by K.M. Veohongs

“720º,” by Steve Toase

“Number ONE,” by Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito

“Here in the Cellar,” by R. Leigh Hennig

“She’s Untouchable,” by Renee Cronley

“Lida’s Beach,” by Stephanie Nelson

“Instruments of Bone and the Flesh Songs They Create,” by Nikki R. Leigh

“Transformative Love,” by Tehnuka

“The Withering Depths,” by Todd Powell

“Waiting for Mother,” by Brian Evenson

“Unchild,” by Jonathan Louis Duckworth

“Take Care,” by S.P. Miskowski

“Mother Trucker,” by Wailana Kalama

“The Last Sin,” by Gabino Iglesias

“Jacob’s Mother,” by Katie McIvor

“Millions” in Cosmic Horror Monthly 30

This story is a bit of a departure for me. Hope folks enjoy it! I love the covers on this magazine/ December 2022.

“Blue in the Streets” at The Saturday Evening Post

This story features a very sweet ghost-dog. October 2022.

“I Entered Veda’s Dream” in The Gravity of the Thing

A lovely home for this very short experimental story about dreams and family. The hardcover is gorgeous and also features a screenprinted dustjacket. October 2022.


“Promise” in Fusion Fragment 13

Absolutely love the cover of this issue, which is inspired by my story “Promise,” appearing here as a reprint (originally published by Escape Pod). September 2022


“The Pack” in Underland Arcana

Delighted for this retirement-horror story to appear in Underland Arcana. This is my second appearance in the zine and third appearance in an Underland Press title. October 2022.

“Out at the Old Trestle” in Campfire Macabre II

My first appearance in an anthology from Cemetery Gates Media (the publisher of my debut novel–and the cover artist Luke Spooner also did this one). This volume brings together stories on several themes, and mine straddles the “90s” and “When We Were Getting High” themes. October 2022.

“I Came Back” in Nightscript VIII

This remains one of my favorite stories I have written. My fourth appearance in C.M. Muller’s excellent Nightscript series. This is one not to miss. October 2022.

“Naked Shark” in Tales From Between

Weird erotic story set at the seaside. September 2022.

“Threads Like Wire, Like Vine” on Tales to Terrify

A surreal haunting, a sinister piece of lingerie. This story originally appeared in the Handmade Horror Stories anthology, and it is my seventh story on this podcast. August 2022.

“”The Encausting” in Seaside Gothic

A quiet, weird body horror piece in this good-looking UK journal. July 2022.

“A Farce” in issue 1 of Pumpernickel House: The Blue Door

“I think I smell a gate.” A surreal fairy-tale inspired story. Also available as a handmade booklet. June 2022.

“The Old Switcheroo” on PseudoPod

My third appearance on the podcast, with a reprint from Scott J. Moses’s What One Wouldn’t Do. Fantastic narration by Sheila Regan and hosting by Kat Day. June 2022.

“Waterfall” in Diet Riot

A fantasy-horror story about perception and charisma. June 2022.

“Cocooning” in Dark Matter Magazine 009

One of my favorite stories, in one of my favorite magazines! Thisstory originally appeared in Three-Lobed Burning Eye. It is my most reprinted story and marks my second appearance in Dark Matter Magazine. May 2022.

“The Thicket” at ergot.

A tiny experimental flash piece drawn from my novel-in-progress All My Really Good Friends. The editor of ergot, Samuel M. Moss, has a clear and compelling vision, and I am excited to see what he publishes next. Check out the other stories there too! April 2022.

“Unschooled” in The Dread Machine

Those who brought us Mixtape: 1986 also reprinted this weird werewolf story, originally appearing in XVIII (Eighteen) from Underland Press. April 2022.

Interview in Unnerving #17

I was interviewed for this magazine. I have never been in the magazine before but previously had a story in Unnerving’s Haunted Are These Houses anthology. I included this in “Short Fiction” because the magazine is full of short fiction and poetry. Unnerving also posted my books and pets photo. April 2022.

“The Portrait of Basil Hallward” in long con magazine 10

I just learned about this publication focused on “art about art.” Love it! Check out their graphics on the cover page as well as the story. March 2022.

“Formless” in Tales From Between

I don’t write a lot of horror flash, but I was pleased with how this little vampire piece turned out. March 2022.

“Every Day’s a Party (With You)” in Mixtape: 1986

I am looking forward to having people read this monster story set in Christmas of 1986. This is the much-anticipated first anthology from The Dread Machine. March 2022.

Love the trailer for this!

“The Apartment” in Horror Library 7

My short story about city-anxiety and apartment restoration appears here among stories from some of my favorite contemporary horror writers. Dark Moon Books. March 2022.

“Move-In Weekend” in Chilling Crime Short Stories

My story of a young murderer appears in this volume alongside stories from Ramsey Campbell, Robert Ford, Zandra Renwick, and many more. Flame Tree has the loveliest covers and does a nice author Q& A for these: part one and part two. This is my second story in the Gothic Fantasy series. February 2022.

“A Game Like They Play in the Future” in Etherea Magazine #7

A romantic time travel story. “The game is an addiction. Once started, players do not stop, much as they’re warned. The game is a religion. Highly personalized, soul-affirming.” February 2022.

“Lovey” in Haven Speculative, Issue 2

A near-future story about retirement in a Lectra-Van and the kindness of strangers. January 19, 2022.

“Guesthouse” in Orca Literary (read online)

A Science fiction fantasy story about ghosts travelling through time. January 17, 2022.

Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse, San Juan Island, Washington State

“The Second Attempt” in Issue 1 of Land Luck Review (read online)

My second story of 2022 is a very short one! This online journal published pieces of 500 words or less. The story is in great company, and you can access the full TOC for issue 1 here. January 4, 2022.

“Fall Into Water, Become Someone New” at The Antihumanist (read online)

My first story published in 2022 was the weird musical “Fall Into Water, Become Someone New” at The Antihumanist (free pdf download). January 1, 2022.


2021 Awards Eligibility

Access Twitter for my thread of twelve awards-eligible stories originally published in 2021:

“She Ain’t Stoppin’ ” in Vastarien: A Literary Journal 4.2

I’m excited to have a second story appear in this excellent journal! From the page: “Another double issue! Cover art by Anna Trueman and over 300 pages of all new stories, articles, lyric essays, poetry, hybrid pieces and visual art. Contributors include Hailey Piper, Carson Winter, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Greg Sisco, Joanna Parypinski, Dejan Ognjanović, Christi Nogle, Kurt Fawver, Ivy Grimes, Clint Smith, and many more!” December 2021.

“Cocooning” in Three-Lobed Burning Eye anthology VIII

“Cocooning appears in print in this gorgeous anthology! November 2021.

“Laurel’s First Chase” in Humans Are the Problem: A Monster’s Anthology

I’m so excited to have a story in this anthology featuring some of the finest horror writers out there! “Laurel’s First Chase” is the final story in the book. Order from Weird Little Worlds or Amazon. October 2021.

“Canyon Village” in Underland Arcana (read online) and Underland Arcana Deck One

A short epistolary story related to my story “Unschooled” from Underland Press’s XVIII, which also played on The Wicked Library. October 2021.

BEULAH Cover Reveal

Cover revealed on October 9 2021 for my first novel, BEULAH, coming January 25, 2022 from Cemetery Gates Media. Cover by Luke Spooner (Carrion House).

“The Old Switcheroo” in What One Wouldn’t Do from Scott J. Moses

My story “The Old Switcheroo” is the very last story in this anthology! September 2021.

“Threads Like Wire, Like Vine” in Handmade Horror

This anthology focuses on arts and crafts-based horror, including my story of a macrame thrift-store teddy. September 2021.

“Every City a Small Town” in Nonbinary Review #25 Prohibition

Short dystopian story about the pleasures of disobedience. September 2021.

“Cocooning” on Tales to Terrify (listen online)

I was honored to find “Cocooning”–one of my best stories–featured on the 500th episode Special of Tales to Terrify. This dark tale originally appeared in Three-Lobed Burning Eye and is expertly narrated here by Nikolle Doolin. My sixth story on this podcast. August 2021.

“The Pelt” on The Wicked Library (listen online)

This story has always been special to me, and even more so now. It was one of my mother’s favorites, and just a few days before she died, she was able to listen to Mary Murphy’s wonderful narration of it with me. The story debuted in Vastarien and is my third story to appear on this podcast. August 2021.

“The Gods Shall Lay Sore Trouble Upon Them” in Boneyard Soup 3

This weird tale, originally from Nightscript VI, was inspired by Hesiod’s Theogony as well as some strange dreams I had. My second appearance in this magazine. July 2021.

“Viridian Green” on Tales to Terrify (listen online)

An extremely short tale illustrating the myriad horrors of Zoom meetings. My fifth story on this podcast. July 2021.

“The Orbital Bloom” in Fusion Fragment 6 (coauthored with Eileen Gunnell Lee)

The first time I have collaborated on a story. An epistolary story that is lovely and was fun to create (though be warned that it does get a bit gross). “epistolary / mother-daughter relationships / resetting.” My second appearance in Fusion Fragment. May 2021.

“Unschooled” on The Wicked Library (listen online)

Lovely narration by Addison Peacock! My second story to run on this podcast. April 2021.

My story “Talia” has been reprinted in the literary anthology Saltwater and Other Stories from Askance Publishing. March 2021.

“Resiliencia” at Escritoras de Urras Podcast (listen online)

My story “Resilience” from PseudoPod translated into Spanish! February 2021.

“You Will Make Me Strong Again” on Tales to Terrify (listen online)

“Three nights are gone by on the island before I begin to see you.” Lovely narration by Heather Thomas. This one appears about 16 minutes into the podcast and is followed by “All Gods Creatures Got Reasons” by Frank Oreto. My fourth story on the podcast. February 2021.

“The Portrait of Basil Hallward” and “Move-in Weekend” on Tales to Terrify (listen online)

A story inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, beautifully narrated by Bryce Dahle. A story of a young murderer with spot-on narration by Sarah Mehra. My second and third stories on the podcast. February 2021.

“A Cold Grip” in Boneyard Soup‘s Premier Issue

January 2021. My first story in Boneyard Soup. The story was up on the site for a while, but now that the next issue is out, it can no longer be read for free. I’d recommend subscribing!

“Finishers” in Dark Matter Magazine 001

I was excited to have a story in the first issue of this promising new magazine. “Finishers” is a dark science fiction coming-of-age story. Print copies of the first issue appear to be sold out, but a digital edition of the issue can be had here, and the audio version of “Finishers” can be had here. There are also samples of all the stories here. January 1, 2021.


“Swarm of Pan” in Centropic Oracle (listen online)

I was happy to have this very short story reprinted at Centropic Oracle after the original publisher, Automata Review, went offline. Centropic Oracle also compiled this handy bibliography of my work as of 2020. Fantastic narration by Tori Danner!

“The Laffun Head” in Speculative North #3

A creepy science fiction story about death and a mysterious wall-hung head. The issue is free if you sign up for the Speculative North Newsletter here or can be had at Amazon. December 2020.

“Packet C” on Toasted Cake Podcast (listen online)

Tina Connolly does an excellent narration of this very short story!

“The Gods Shall Lay Sore Trouble Upon Them” in Nightscript VI

October 2020. My third story in this series, a weird one for sure. I love the Nightscript series!

“Cocooning” in Three-Lobed Burning Eye (read online)

“At first it’s just a shifting, shimmering movement too small to notice. My face—I know I’m holding it still—but it’s moving slightly, crawling around the jaw.” This story has gotten me more fan mail than any other and led to some editors reaching out for stories. I was also interviewed about the story by Todd Sullivan for this short video. June 2020.

“Resilience” in PseudoPod (listen or read online)

Narrated beautifully by Dani Daly and hosted by Kat Day, May 2020. Um, don’t eat lunch while you listen to this one.

I was honored to see this story listed on the Strange Horizons Short Fiction Round Up from Maria Haskins. My second story to run on this podcast. June 2020.

“A Children’s Treasury of Windows and Doors” in Hermine

My novelette “A Children’s Treasury of Windows and Doors” appears in the debut issue of S. Kennedy Sobol’s new journal alongside stories by Alison Stine, Chris Kuriata, Mehdi M. Kashani, Wendy Nikel, and Lituo Huang. Gorgeous cover art by Stephanie Singleton. June 2020.

“Substance” in Fusion Fragment 1

My first novelette, “Substance,” appears in Issue #1 of Fusion Fragment, a newly revived pay-what-you-like magazine. If you pay $5, you’re entered into a drawing to win books suggested by each issue’s authors. I liked the story description from their main page: “ ‘Substance’ by Christi Nogle: really big worms / royalty / classic literature.” May 2020.

“Smaller Still Than Me” in The Arcanist (read or listen online)

My third story in The Arcanist–a great online flash magazine you can get via email if you subscribe. This one is also read very nicely for the Tales From The Arcanist podcast episode 44 on Spotify. April 2020.

“Watershakers” in Pulp Literature

This short story appeared in April 2020. I read a portion of it at the Pulp Literature Book Launch (48 minutes into the recording).

“Unschooled” in Underland Press’s XVIII (Eighteen): Stories of Mischief & Mayhem

Available at Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

The short story “Unschooled.” March 2020.

Talia,” first-place in Askance Winter Short Story Competition (read an excerpt online)

A story about summer. From the page: “Talia felt like pure Americana, the images as brilliant as the sunshine the story swelters in, the characters as gritty and down-to-earth as a documentary. Writing from multiple points of view is always risky, a writer can so easily lose the reader’s attention, break the thread, wake the reader from that ‘vivid and continuous dream.’ Not so with Talia, the multiple POV works beautifully, a mark of the author’s skill.” March 2020.

“Packet C” in Sabr Literary (read online)

A little Frankenstein story. February 2020.


“Cinnamon to Taste” at The Wicked Library (listen online)

My Nightscript IV story “Cinnamon to Taste” is now available to hear online at The Wicked Library. Lovely narration by Sarah Ruth Thomas. My first story on this podcast. November 2019.

“Promise” in SYNTH: An Anthology of Dark SF

“Promise” has been reprinted in C.M. Muller’s dark science fiction anthology series. September 2019.

“The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future” at Tales to Terrify (listen online)

“The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future” is available online for the first time at the Tales to Terrify podcast–number 397, wonderfully narrated by Corinne Bachaud. This is a fantastic horror podcast–check it out! On the podcast, there is an introductory story before the start of mine, so make sure to keep listening. My first story on Tales to Terrify. September 2019.

“The Pelt” in Vastarien: A Literary Journal

“The Pelt” appears alongside beautiful full-color illustration in this fantastic issue of Vastarien. This story was reviewed by Des Lewis and was chosen by Vastarien’s editors for a Pushcart Prize nomination. Summer 2019.

“What Do You See When You’re Both Asleep?” in The Arcanist (read online)

My science fiction flash story about communication with dogs “What Do You See When You’re Both Asleep?” first appeared in The Arcanist. June 2019.

The story was also podcast on Manawaker Studio Podcast in 2020.

“A White Filigree” in Three Drops From a Cauldron (read online)

This very short story is now out in issue 26 of the U.K. publication Three Drops from a Cauldron. June 2019.

Flame Tree Publishing’s American Gothic anthology

the cover for the American Gothic Anthology: American Gothic, Gothic Fantasy

“In the Country,” originally published in Pseudopod, is now out in an anthology of American Gothic fiction from Flame Tree Press. Contemporary writers appear alongside Shirley Jackson, Flannery O’Connor, Edgar Allen Poe, and more. Flame Tree has a blog post with authors’ inspirations for these stories and another on authors’ favorite American Gothic Stories. May 2019.

“A Vampire Novelist” at Riddled with Arrows (read online)

Riddled with Arrows is an online magazine that publishes metafiction. The theme of this issue is “Libraries & Bookstores,” so the TOC is arranged like a card catalog.

This story of a vampire novelist writing about a vampire novelist was written in late 2018 and published in April 2019.

“You Will Make Me Strong Again” at freeze frame fiction (read online)

This ghost story was written in 2018 and published March 2019.

“Paper Dragonfly, Paper Mountain” at Apparition Lit (read online)

This science fiction flash story was written and published in February 2019.

“The Children of Robbie” in Black Dandy 3

My story “The Children of Robbie”debuted in the New Zealand publication Black Dandy. From the issue description: “A compassionate dog and his anachronistic family prove that oddity comes in all shapes and with unexpected outcomes.” January 2019.


“Cinnamon to Taste” in Nightscript IV

My second story in this wonderful series edited by C.M. Muller. “Cinnamon to Taste” begins with luscious cinnamon babka and gets a little weird from there. This story was real-time reviewed by Des Lewis and listed in Ellen Datlow’s recommended list for Best Horror of the Year, volume 11. October 2018

“The Drought, 1983” in Dappled Things (read online)

This is one of the only stories I’ve written that could not be labeled speculative, but I would say it’s still a horror story if you squint. It was published as an honorable mention for the J.F. Powers Prize.

“Promise” on Escape Pod (listen online)

Tina Connolly beautifully narrates this story of a young innocent recruited into a creepy academy of game design. This was part of the Escape Artists’ series Artemis Rising 4, which had an amazing cover from Geneva Benton. March 2018.

“The Best of Our Past, The Worst of Our Future” in Haunted Are These Houses

This story originally in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet was reprinted in 2018’s Haunted Are These Houses from Unnerving. This is a great anthology with many different flavors of the gothic. 2018.

“Swarm of Pan” in Automata Review

The teacher dreams begin. I loved Automata Review. This publication ran from 2017-2020 and published some wonderful stories by writers such as Stephen Graham Jones, Premee Mohamed, and Eddie Generous. Sadly, the magazine is no longer active, but the story was podcasted on Centropic Oracle in a later year. 2018.


“A Fully Chameleonic Foil” in The Arcanist (read online)

A seller of fully chameleonic foil brings her wares to the park. December 2017. My first appearance in this online magazine. This story was also reprinted in The Arcanist: Year One and in Sins and Other Worlds, edited by Eric S. Fomley.

“The Gestures Remain” in Nightscript III

Rainbow House has its secrets.  My first story in C.M. Muller’s Nightscript series. This story was real-time reviewed by Des Lewis and mentioned in Ellen Datlow’s long list for Best Horror of the Year, Volume 10. My first appearance in Nightscript. October 2017.

“The Best of Our Past, The Worst of Our Future” in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet 36

A long, hot summer and a visitor comes to stay. I absolutely love Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and everything from Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link’s Small Beer Press. 2017.

“In the Country” on PseudoPod (listen or read online)

The first piece I submitted to a national publication. I was thrilled with the lovely narration by Dagny Paul as well as the discussion of the story by Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West of Faculty of Horror. My first appearance on this podcast. Dagny Paul did an excellent narration of this story. This was part of the series Artemis Rising 3, which had an amazing cover from Ashley Mackenzie. March 2017.


“Cubby” at CDM Studio’s Portable Story Series (listen here)

As the winner in a “time travel” themed contest judged by Paul Levinson, “Cubby” was narrated by Lili Taylor and produced by Charles de Montebello of CDM Sound Studios for Portable Story Series. I’m a fan of Lili Taylor from her roles in the HBO program Six Feet Under and movies such as Say Anything, I Shot Andy Warhol, and The Haunting, so I was overjoyed that she narrated my story. The narration and CDM’s production were both beautifully done. The audio is available here, running about twenty-three minutes:

 Here is the promotional video:

“Fortunes” in Writers in the Attic: Water

This short story appeared in an anthology from Boise’s The Cabin (formerly Log Cabin Literary Center) in 2016. My first story to be published.