“Skeletons” reprinted in audio

My story “Skeletons,” which originally appeared in Room Magazine, is in audio form today at GlitterShip! In a world where the skeletons of extinct animals go on walking and talking, a group of friends, all in love with the same woman, go camping.

Read it here: http://www.glittership.com/2016/01/19/episode-20-skeletons-by-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/

Photo: [Dinornis Elephantopus] digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program

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“The Damaged” in audio on StarShipSofa

Listen to my dark sci-fi story “The Damaged” on today’s StarShipSofa podcast.

“The Damaged” appeared in the January 2014 issue of Interzone and was reprinted online in January 2015 on Story.

I wrote this during my time in grad school at Stonecoast. I don’t remember the inspiration, but I do remember when I turned it into mentor Elizabeth Hand, she commented on the obvious inspiration from Philip K. Dick’s replicants and the whole Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? story. The problem: I’d never seen or read either. Embarrassed to admit that, I rented the movie and was surprised at the similarities.

Listen to the story here: http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2016/01/06/starshipsofa-no-417-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/

“A Careful Fire” — Beneath Ceaseless Skies (October 2015)

My short story “A Careful Fire” appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies in October 2015.

beneath-ceaseless-skiesFirst line: Every night from her room in the master’s house, Mabella listens to the calls of the wingèd women as they soar through the smoky evening air.

Inspiration: This may make people think less of my marriage, but I thought of this story on my honeymoon. I saw a woman in a windowless room, listening to bird-like creatures fly and sing outside, wishing she could join them. I’d been in a state of stress, reading too much of the news, tired of story after story about people being shitty to one another, and I wrote a dark story in response. I affectionately call this one Bonnie’s Breaking Bad story.

Read it for free: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/a-careful-fire/

Art by Jennifer Stufflebeam

A whole anthology about monsters…from Knopf Doubleday’s Everyman’s Library imprint!

Anyone who knows me knows I love Halloween, so I’m psyched that the monster poetry anthology Monster Verse: Poems Human and Inhuman is out now, just in time!, from Everyman’s Library. It includes my poem “The Werewolf.” The volume includes monster poetry from writers such as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Elizabeth Bishop, Edgar Allen Poe (what would a monster poem anthology be without him?), Annie Finch, Jorge Luis Borges. Actually, the whole Table of Contents looks amazing.

Check it out here: http://knopfdoubleday.com/book/233726/monster-verse/!