“such small crimes” published at Pidgeonholes

Today brings with it the announcement that I’ve had a small piece published in one of my very favorite online literary magazines, Pidgeonholes. “such small crimes” is a flash fiction that I wrote, generated in a writing prompt session with Joy Baglio, and tinkered with over the course of many months until it reached this, its final form.

Editors at Pidgeonholes were extremely helpful with their suggestions, and though I did not take all of them, I am thankful for their guidance and their help!

You can read “such small crimes” here.

In other news, a project that I’ve been working on for months now behind the scenes is finally coming to fruition. Collage Macabre, an anthology of art-related horror, is breaking its silence and finally coming to social media. The tentative release date is April 18, and if you’d like to know more about that project, you can check the following link, here. Collage Macabre consists of eighteen stories, of which mine is one, and I’m thrilled to bits to be in print alongside such talented writers and artists.

I’m also beginning work on another anthology-related project, but it is hush-hush for now. More news on that as it develops.

Keep an eye on this space as winter blossoms into spring! I have a number of other projects releasing soon, including poetry as well as short fiction, and I’m quite excited about all of it.

Eerie River Press Interview

Hello! If you’ve been following along, you know that I have a story coming out in the spring, as part of Eerie River Publishing’s folk horror anthology, entitled “Old Man Vreen.” The press has sent out some interview questions, which I diligently answered, and the interview went live on their website today!

If you’re curious, the link is here.

I tried to be funny, give some advice, and tell a story.

In other news, I have been reading a lot and writing some, but providing more in the way of editorial feedback to peers and colleagues than anything. I’ve also started trying to use my Substack (found here, called “The Whether Report”) a bit more. Most recently, I posted an entry entitled “Ilinx,” which touches on the nature of flow state vis-a-vis writing, as well as some game theory.

I am endlessly thankful for the writing community that I have found myself a part of these days, and could not be happier for their continued presence in my life.

Work on the release of my novelette, The Disappearance of Tom Nero, with Spooky House Press, continues, and some blurbs have even started to roll in. I’m very excited about this progress, and am looking forward to seeing the final product. Release is looking to be late spring 2023, so watch this space for more information as it becomes available.

That’s all for now. Thank you for reading.

Listen to “The Burglar,” as part of Antony Frost’s Terrify Me! podcast

Hello! I had the pleasure of being a part of Terrify Me!’s Halloween special. I recorded this podcast with an estimable group of writers: Antony Frost, Andrew F. Sullivan, Chelsea Pumpkins, Elton Skelter, Gully Novaro, and Mob.

Each of us served one another with a prompt for a flash fiction piece, and we had a limited amount of time to come up with something. My contribution was “The Burglar,” which closes out the ‘cast, but you should definitely listen to everyone else’s—

“Gummy Bears,” by Andrew F. Sullivan, is a whacked-out, druggy piece of fiction that, with its indelible imagery and familiar tone of voice, will have you wondering which reality is real.

“Conscience Rock,” by Chelsea Pumpkins, is an inventive and descriptive take on a real-life curse, with realistic characterization and great dialogue, to boot.

“Not a Competition,” by Elton Skelter, is a quick and dirty piece about what it means to be first, even if there are terrible consequences to winning. Skelter’s prose is natural and easy to listen to: you feel like the narrator is in the room with you, telling you this story.

“Closure,” by Gully Novaro, is a brilliant twist on the trope of the Monkey’s Paw, peppered with haunting lines and a finale that will leave you heartbroken, dabbing at your eyes.

“Temple Underground,” by Mob, is a brilliant take on the urban legend, told in voicemails, with a terrifying attention to detail and emotional nuance. Listening to this one will make you feel uneasy, as if you’re actually listening to the story unfold through the tiny speaker of your phone…

Go! Listen!

And if you’re curious how my story reads in written form, you can check that out here.

Happy Halloween!

“Cherry-Grief Soup (Chilled)” published in Deathcap & Hemlock

Today I bring you the glad tidings of another publication with my name attached—this time, as a part of a brilliant & creative project helmed by Julie Sevens: a fictional cookbook called Deathcap & Hemlock. This was such a creative and brilliant enterprise that I couldn’t help but submit something to their kitchen.

My recipe, “Cherry-Grief Soup (Chilled)” comes to you from the darkening orchard. You may not think you have one, but look again—and this time, out of the corner of your eye.

The crooked little recipe can be found here, with my thanks to Julie and the Deathcap & Hemlock team.


In other news, I’ve just received the proofs (with ingeniously cool formatting) for The Disappearance of Tom Nero, and I’m getting more and more excited about this project, which is due to release in the spring of next year.

I am also working on editing and helping out in a number of creative avenues with an anthology entitled Collage Macabre: an Exhibition of Art Horror. This table of contents is positively stacked with creative stories all circling around the central theme of artistic enterprise. My story, “Lack,” is a weird little piece about a couple whose foundering relationship’s cracks are exposed when a new, very black pigment (and an ensuing painting) comes into their lives. I can’t wait to release this to the world in April of 2023.

Many other projects are in the works, but some of them I can’t quite talk about yet, so please excuse the mysterious cliffhanger of this post. I hope to be able to report more on them soon.

In the meantime, I hope that you are keeping well, readers. Thank you for continuing to share this journey with me.

“Old Man Vreen” to be published in Eerie River’s folk horror anthology

It’s been a bit of a month here at Price central. I get the astonishing news that my story, “Old Man Vreen,” was selected out of blind submissions to be a part of Eerie River’s forthcoming folk horror anthology.

I’m particularly proud of this story. It originated first as a snip of microfiction, a response on October 16, 2020, for the #SpooktoberPrompts, run and organized by Villimey Mist. At first, it was just a poem, a quick little snip for the prompt “hanging”:

This little crumb stuck in my craw for many months after I’d written it. I returned to it, the world of Old Man Vreen, and the environs in which it was associated, a number of times. Most of the time, it came out as a gesture-drawing, a sketch with words, but nothing fully formed as a ‘story’. Finally, on April 19th of this year, I was able to announce that I’d turned this scrap into a larger story. 6,000 words of one, too…

And here we are, August of the same year, and I can now announce that the little microfiction that refused to go away will now be published alongside some of the most talented writers I know in the weird/horror community.

I will post more information on this anthology as it becomes available!

“The Disappearance of Tom Nero” to be published by Spooky House Press!

The contract has been signed. The advance has been paid. The gears are moving.

I’m seriously still in shock about this, Steadfast Ones. I submitted this 14,000-word novelette to Spooky House Press on a whim back a few months ago, fully expecting to be rejected, and instead I was made an offer!

Calling “The Disappearance of Tom Nero” a “meta-textual horror that blurs the lines between reality and the written word,” Robert Ottone (of Spooky House Press) made the author signing announcement on Twitter today, and I could not be more excited to work with them to bring this novelette into the world.

This story felt insane to write, and even more insane to finish, and you’ll see why when you read it (when you do). It’s undergone many revisions, with support and eyes from friends and colleagues over the years, and I’m fiercely proud of its current incarnation.

Thank you to everyone who’s helped it along, but I’d like to extend especial appreciation to Demi-Louise Blackburn, Rosa Gir, Richie Snowden-Leak, and Evelyn Freeling, all of whom have been champions of “Tom Nero.”

I’m really excited to hear what people think of it. I’m even more excited to see how many people pick up on the many clues and word-play that are seeded throughout the manuscript.

This is my first paid publication, and I could not be more happy with the fact that it’s “The Disappearance of Tom Nero” that’s getting inked.

More news as things develop!

“Some Verses Regarding the Township (and Immediate Environs) of Bear Creek” published in The Bear Creek Gazette

Hello, oh ye Steadfast Ones.

This post is to commemorate the publishing of my hybrid art/prose/poem piece “Some Verses Regarding the Township (and Immediate Environs) of Bear Creek” in The Bear Creek Gazette.

I’ve been a fan of the Gazette for a long time: it is a pure labor of love organized by the wild mind of Stuart Buck, and it often publishes curiosities and hybrid pieces. When I happened to post a link to an earlier publication on Twitter, Stuart reached out and asked if I had ever submitted anything myself.

I hadn’t. So I sat down one night and began writing some words that didn’t exist. They turned, unexpectedly, into a quintet of poems, all of them somehow linked back to the mysterious township of Bear Creek. After they fell into a place, I started having these flashes of visions: a notebook with its pages torn out, a wrecked pickup truck. A stream, leaping and gurgling, in the middle of a dense pine forest. A comet, streaking overhead like a luminous worm wriggling across the night sky.

All this to say:

If you like weird nonsense words, lots of tiny circles, and a weird backstory, go check it out. The link is here.

As always, submissions (and rejections) continue to flow in and out of my mailbox. I’m excited about a number of projects that I’m working on, and the seasons continue to wheel on. It’s hot here in North Carolina. I don’t know about wherever you’re at. One of my ghosts keeps whispering to me about New England summers. The bright blue sky. The waves in the harbor gently knocking at the pilings of the pier.

More news when it becomes available.

(Oh, and if you haven’t heard about or read any of an Italian writer named Dino Buzzati, I recommend looking into him. Specifically the collection Catastrophe and Other Stories, though The Tartar Steppe is next up on my list…)

Juneward

The year plunges on. How three months have gone by since my last post, I do not rightly know.

Projects I am currently involved in have changed a great deal since then, so I’ll just make a quick list here to enumerate them.

  1. I’m an Associate Editor over at Haven Spec magazine: I’m reading submissions as well as writing a short column called the Haven Short Fiction Review.
  2. I’m reading submissions at Weird Little Worlds for their upcoming, highly-anticipated anthology of dark stories entitled “MOTHER: Tales of Love & Terror,” co-edited by Willow Becker & Christi Nogle.
  3. I’m involved in a community where we are currently challenging one another to a 10×10, or, 10 pieces created in 10 weeks. We’re about to enter week 4, and so far I’ve created three new pieces and am working on a fourth.
  4. I have a dozen stories out for submission at varying points of the process, floating in the ether between here and a reader’s eyes. This number continues to increase as I use anthology calls as prompts to write new stories.
  5. I continue to be an active editor and critique-partner for peers in a community of writers online.

I’ve also updated this website. You’ll notice that now there is a separate page for a Press Kit, which includes biographical information that can be used without advance permission, as well as a page for my pen-and-ink artwork, called “Sketchpad.” You can find both of these at the top of the page, under the menu.

“The Creative Writing Assignment” accepted

Amidst a string of rejections, I am happy to say that a drabble of mine entitled “The Creative Writing Assignment” was accepted for forthcoming publication in Shacklebound Books’ Drabbledark II anthology. I’m proud of this piece, and am looking forward to checking out the anthology when it becomes available.

It’s been a particularly rough crossing this last month. My husband and I moved to Raleigh, NC from Brooklyn, NY, and about a month after some physically arduous labor, we are finally settling into our new arrangements. I’ve had some time to write, and I’ve been pleased with the output.

Sadly, due to the upheaval, I’ve not had access to a great many of my books and haven’t been reading as much as I could be. I aim to rectify this issue as soon as I have a comfortable place in our apartment to do so.

I hope this finds you, dear reader, whoever you are, doing well. If not, may that change for you soon.

“a robbery” published

Hello friends.

Just a quick mid-holiday update: pleased to announce my latest publication, which was immediately inspired by the concept behind Complete Sentence journal – to write a story in one sentence.

The art is also of my creation, which I’m pretty chuffed about.

Highly recommend checking out the archive of this website – lots of really great material in there, and I also recommend submitting your own sentences! The editor, Jason, was an absolute joy to work with, and I couldn’t be prouder to have this tiny piece be included in their pages.

https://www.completesentencelit.com/post/a-robbery