Two stories in Eleven Eleven

I’ve got two stories in the recent issue of Eleven Eleven: “Feeding the Skeleton Cats” and “Tornado Season.”

I wrote “Tornado Season” during, well, tornado season, after obsessively checking the TorCon and worrying over the arrival of my storm shelter, after crouching in my hallway with a mattress pad over my head while tornado sirens sounded, after setting up five weather alerts on my phone. I’m terrified of storms. To try to take some of the power out of that fear, I wrote a story, an exercise in free writing, about a couple in a weather-ravaged post-apocalypse trying to escape the weather and their memory.

I wrote “Feeding the Skeleton Cats” as a third in a skeletons series (“Skeletons” and “The Mammoth” are the other two stories). Every time I thought I was done writing about walking, living skeletons as metaphor, I come back to them. I’m not scared of skeletons, but I am scared of failing as a writer, and the main character in this story is a failed writer whose house is infested with the skeleton cats of the title.

Read them both here: http://elevenelevenjournal.com/2015/11/04/bonnie-stufflebeam/

Acceptance in Lightspeed Queer Issue + Publication in EscapePod

Two bits of great news to report.

First, my post-apocalyptic story “Blight” has appeared in EscapePod, the audio SF magazine. Read it here: http://escapepod.org/2015/03/17/ep486-blight/.

Second, my story “Trickier With Each Translation” was accepted for the Lightspeed: Queers Destroy Science Fiction special issue highlighting queer science fiction. I don’t normally announce acceptances here, but I’m really psyched. I love Lightspeed and I love what they’re doing with the Destruction Series. Here’s the rest of the awesome lineup.

To read my essay from their successful Kickstarter campaign on why queer representation in SFF is important to me, click here.

“They Come With the Carnival”

On Monday, my short short story “They Come With the Carnival” came out on Daily Science Fiction. Read it online for free here: http://dailysciencefiction.com/hither-and-yon/magic-realism/bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/they-come-with-the-carnival.

Just in time for Halloween, this creepy, apocalyptic story was inspired by art from my Art & Words Show. I never participate formally in the show, but every year I’m so inspired by the artwork that I always complete a few stories of my own.

Art is part of the Carnival Series by Kris Goto. Check her out; she’s amazing!

“The Mammoth” — Ideomancer (December 2013)

My story “The Mammoth” appeared on Ideomancer in December of 2013.

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First line: “The mammoth skeleton stands in the distance, barely visible below the drooping limbs of monstrous evergreens.”

Inspiration: Set in a world populated with the skeletons of extinct animals, “The Mammoth” is about a father and daughter who take a camping trip together, and the secrets that are revealed during that trip. This is the second story set in this world, which was inspired by a dream I had. These skeleton stories have been some of my favorite to write, mainly because they allow me to visit the Oregon wilderness once again.

Read for free: http://www.ideomancer.com/?p=2634

“The Wanderers” — Clarkesworld (February 2013)

My short story “The Wanderers” appeared in the February 2013 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine.

Featured story: "The Wanderers" in Clarkesworld
Art by Yang Xueguo

First line: “We came to your planet because we knew that you, the peoples of Kill Bill and Saw and Vietnam and Columbine Massacre would understand us.”

Inspiration: Every year I put together an Art & Words Show. Although I don’t participate in the actual event, I often write stories inspired by the art work once the show is over. This story was inspired by Jennifer Stufflebeam‘s — my mom’s — entry in the first Art & Words Show (pictured below). It appeared in the February 2013 issue of Clarkesworld.

Jennifer Stufflebeam's The Wanderers

“The Wanderers” was my first professional publication, and made me eligible for the 2014 and 2015 Campbell Award.

The issue in which this story appeared was reviewed kindly by SFSignal and “The Wanderers” itself has appeared on a couple of Award Recommendation lists. Yay!

Read it for free: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/stufflebeam_02_13/

Listen to it for free: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/audio_02_13a/