“Angry Kings”

I’ve got a novelette up at Beneath Ceaseless Skies today.

This one is called “Angry Kings” and was inspired by all the fairy tale stories of kings and their daughters and how terribly those daughters are often treated. I wanted to explore the psyches of such kings without offering forgiveness for their terrible behavior; the gap between understanding and forgiveness has been something I’ve been interested in for a good while. Analyzing someone’s motives and empathizing with someone’s troubles doesn’t necessarily mean that we are condoning or accepting their behavior. And I’ve always felt a pull between these two states.

In “Angry Kings,” Magritte escapes her evil king father. When she discovers that her father’s ghost has long been separated from his body, she returns to the kingdom to try to bring back the kind father she barely remembers from her childhood.

Read the full story here.

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“Sleepers” reprinted in Fantastic Stories

My story “Sleepers,” which originally appeared in Interzone, has been reprinted in Fantastic Stories, which means it’s now free to read online: http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/short-story-sleepers/

“The newscasters say that the sleepers came without warning, that one day they weren’t here and the next, they were. I don’t believe them. There must have been signs we were too wrapped up in our busy lives to see.”

“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