Monday, October 24, 2016

Kitchen necromancy

Necromancing the Stove?

Tonight I'll be joining Chris-Rachael Oseland (AKA Kitchen Overlord--you know, the sandworm bread) on Facebook Live at 8:00 PM Central to help demo the dark art of bone marrow creme brûlée.  Tune in to be thrilled and amazed, and possibly repulsed by the squishy parts.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

My WorldCon schedule

I had a fantastic time at ArmadilloCon, so I can only hope WorldCon will be even more fun. Anything you drive 12 hours to reach has to be fun, right?

Thursday, Aug 18

6:00 PM Creating a World: Fantasy vs. Science Fiction vs. Horror
Kansas City Convention Center - 2209

Friday, Aug 19

11:00 AM Autographing: Amanda Downum, Stephen Leigh, Carrie Patel, Alex Shvartsman, Michael Swanwick
KCCC - Autographing space

5:00 PM Queering Heroic Fantasy
KCCC - 2204

Saturday, Aug 20

11:00 AM The Art of Worldbuilding
KCCC - 2502A

2:00 PM Reading
KCCC - 2202

Sunday, Aug 21

2:00 PM Women of Wonder at 21
KCCC - 3501B

Monday, August 1, 2016

Fossil Heart

I had a lovely time at ArmadilloCon, and today the latest issue of Nightmare Magazine is available, featuring my story "Fossil Heart." This may or may not be a heartwarming story about a girl and her dog.

Friday, July 22, 2016

My ArmadilloCon schedule


The Writers' Workshop

Be a Zombie!
Fri 9:00 PM-10:00 PM Ballroom E
Brown, Downum, Fotinos*, Humphrey, McKinney, Richerson
Our panelists will talk about what it takes to be a great zombie! How do you walk, talk, dance, and dress? What are our favorite examples?


Sat 2:00 PM-2:30 PM Southpark B

Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Dealers' Room
Afsharirad, Downum, Ledbetter, Marmell, Richerson

How to Deal with Writer's Block
Sat 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Ballroom F
Bracken, Cardin, Clevenger, Downum, Lynn*, Marmell, Reisman

Feminism and Horror Movies
Sat 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Southpark A
J. Brown, Clarke, de Orive, Downum, M.A. Finn, Humphrey*
Can horror movies be feminist? Can feminists love horror? Is horror ever romantic?

Horror Movie "Scene It" Game (ADULT)
Sat 10:00 PM-11:00 PM Ballroom F
Downum, Fotinos*, Maresca, Perez, Thompson
**ADULTS ONLY** Fangoria Horror star Professor Griffin will host a game show in which participants watch a scene from a horror movie and then answer a series of questions follow. The scenes contain nudity and gore and may offend some, so this is an adults-only event.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Bone Garden

Erisín is a haunted city, and her specters are hungry. When demons prowl the streets of Oldtown, preying on the poor and the weak, a young actor must face the ghosts of his past and of his family to protect his new home.

"Bone Garden" is a novelette set in Erisín following the events of The Bone Palace. It was originally published in Subterranean's A Fantasy Medley 2 (ed. Yanni Kuznia) in 2012. It's now available on Kindle and Smashwords.

If anyone has any other platforms or file types they prefer, I can make it more widely available. This is my attempt at self-pubbing anything, so feedback is appreciated.

Monday, April 25, 2016

A face for radio (upcoming appearances)

I don't yet have a convention schedule for this year's ArmadilloCon, but I will be an instructor for the writing workshop.

I'll also be appearing on Austin's local KAZI Book Review hosted by Hopeton Hay, KAZI 88.7 FM. I'll be in the studio with Steve Winfrey, Tim Chamberlain, and Stephanie Powell, talking about SFF and mysteries and who knows what else. The show airs from 12:30 to 1:00 PM on June 5th.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Kingdoms of Dust, Chapter 1

Cover art by Larry Rostant
The abyss becomes me
I wear this chaos well

VNV Nation - "Genesis"

Death is a dialogue
Between the spirit and the dust.

Emily Dickinson

Chapter 1

1233 Sal Emperaturi

The Çiragan Serai was called a palace, but it was one of the few buildings in Kehribar that had never been one. At the height of the Ataskar Empire every bey and sultan and merchant prince had built a fortress or a manor house, and after its fall they had slowly been repurposed into brothels and hostels and gambling halls. The Çiragan had only ever been a prison.

The dour stone fortress crowned the westernmost of the city's five hills. Once it had faced a courthouse—a hope of justice, or a mockery of it—but over decades of revolution and power shifts the court had been burned, abandoned, and eventually razed, leaving the prison alone in a wide, desolate yard. The closest neighborhoods on Hapishane Hill were poor and mostly empty, populated with squatters and stray dogs and patrolled by the city guard. The Çiragan wasn't isolated as many prisons were, but the guards were known for their brutal efficiency. Thieves in dim wharf taverns told of cunning escapes, of eluding traps and outwitting wardens; all their stories were lies.