“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.

“He Came From a Place of Openness and Truth” at Lightspeed Magazine

My sci-fi story “He Came From a Place of Openness and Truth” is online for free reading today at Lightspeed! This story was inspired by one of my partner’s (kinda pornographic) dreams (fair warning: the story does therefore contain sexual content): http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/came-place-openness-truth/

First paragraph: “Mickey and I worked together at Hillman’s Horror House, and maybe the thrill of scaring people was what made me notice him. I’d never thought about another guy that way before, and so when I first got that electric jolt as his hand brushed mine in the changing room, I felt like I might puke. I went to the bathroom, where instead of throwing up I jacked off into the toilet.”

There’s also an interview up with the story, where I talk specifically about the inspiration behind it and the depiction of sexuality within the story and, also, why cats are superior to dogs: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/uthor-spotlight-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/

I’ve been a fan of Lightspeed! since I discovered it, and I’m psyched to have a story with them. To top things off, Galen Dara, one of my favorite artists, illustrated it. 😀

The story’s also available in ebook format. If you like it, please consider buying the issue or, even better, subscribing to Lightspeed!

“The Siren” — Strange Horizons (April 2013)

My short story “The Siren” appeared on Strange Horizons on April 15, 2013.

Strange Horizons

First line: “When Jen came home from school, she found a woman in the pool in her backyard.”

Inspiration: Inspired by the Bat for Lashes song, “Siren Song” (and *very* loosely on my own experience discovering my bisexuality as a teenager — there was no bizarre familial love triangle or ancient monster IRL), “The Siren” appeared in the April 15, 2013 issue of Strange Horizons.

Strange Horizons recapped reactions to the story here and also listed the story in their awards eligibility post, along with the mention of my Campbell Award eligibility.

Read it for free: http://www.strangehorizons.com/2013/20130415/siren-f.shtml

Listen to it for free: http://www.strangehorizons.com/2013/20130415/xpodcast-f.shtml

Art: Trees on the Horizon by Jennifer Stufflebeam