“The Centaur’s Daughter”

“The Centaur’s Daughter” (published in A Capella Zoo, 2015) was reviewed at New Pages:

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s “The Centaur’s Daughter” achieves a more nuanced approach to a queer text. First and foremost a coming of age narrative, Ruby’s queerness is one part of her character. Ruby is half centaur and queer, and Stufflebeam uses language reminiscent of a mixed-race family to discuss Ruby’s parentage. When Ruby narrates, “I’m a combination of my parents, and so they will never understand me,” she speaks from a place of real cultural confusion. Her teenage life is not like the “Centaursploitation movies” Stufflebeam references, and while Ruby loves her centaur father, she is also frightened of him and embarrassed by him. Stufflebeam’s piece makes queerness familiar because Ruby is a queer character, but she is so much more in ways that are both relatable and strange.

The story is available in print and free online.

“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

Short Story Publication: “No Eyes” in Psychopomp

My story “No Eyes” is up on Psychopomp today! This one’s about a woman who is interrupted one evening by a skeleton at her door searching for a woman from a faded photograph. She does what any logical person would do: asks the skeleton in for tea. It was inspired by words in a Cat Power song.

Read it for free online here: http://psychopompmag.com/2015/07/01/issue-8/

This story is also going to be one of the tracks in my collaborative words-music album, in the process of funding on Kickstarter through the month of July. Donate here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stufflebeam/strange-monsters-a-music-and-words-collaboration

“The Way of Things” in Crack the Spine

Out today, “The Way of Things” is my slipstream/magical realist take on the cyborg story. Read it here: http://www.crackthespine.com/2015/04/issue-144.html

First line: “I wake to find that my hand has turned to steel.”

They tell me that the stories that receive the most feedback have a good shot at being published in the print anthology, so if you like it, please consider commenting on the Crack the Spine page. Thanks!