Read For Monies?

Here is the listing of things you have to pay to read. Life is cruel.

(Due to the ephemeral nature of publishing, sometimes things go out of print or just stop being sold. I try to link to the original publisher’s buy pages.)

Puppet Princess (Allegory, vol. 17/44, winter 2012)! An original fairy tale, with princesses and monsters and bravery and belonging and not at all something to read as a bedtime story, oh my goodness no. In Volume 17/44. horror

Ain’t Human (Allegory, vol. 24/51, spring 2014)! Cowboys and mermaids. Let me say that again: cowboys and mermaids weird Western/horror

Long Hot Wait (Andromeda Spaceways, issue 59)! Cowboys and zombies. Oh I’m sorry do you need more enticement? Cowboys and zombies and a talking snake. weird Western

(true) (Andromeda Spaceways, issue 80)! A witch gets jealous of a rival witch’s success and seeks to destroy the. Problem is, the rival witch is a robot. How do you curse a machine? (spoilers the robot witch is the hero not the human witch.) science fiction

Kaupoai and the Gilhag (Redwing, Grace&Victory)! Did you get excited about the other cowboy stories? How about an alt!hist Wild West where our hero is Maori and journeys to dreaded Europe to seek fame and fortune and instead finds mermaids and fairies? weird Western

Becoming Beast (Grace&Victory)! A genderbent retelling of Beauty and the Beast, except the godmothers are dead and true love will not save you. fantasy

Taking (The Quilliad, issue 8, autumn 2016)! How do you tell your child they have to die, after they’ve already cheated death? horror

Enclosed in Clothes (Blood Bath Lit Zine, issue 1: Bodies)! A poem nominally about werewolves and scapegoats, but really it’s about the insidious perverse/pervasive nature of racism. poetry/horror

Wherefore Wolf? (Bards and Sages Quarterly, Vol. XI iss. I, January 2019)! A mismatched warrior and mage pair are on their way to the capital to start their new jobs, but OH SHIT IT’S WEREWOLF TIME! fantasy

Roots and Shoots (Augur, issue 2.1)! A robot witch creates a memory-enhancing charm for a teenage girl, but magic always has a price. Especially when you don’t pay attention to the dang user’s manual. science fiction

Old Hoss (Scare Me, Esskaye Books)! Uprooting your life to help your husband look after his ailing father is tough enough without having to deal with the father’s ancient and probably malevolent hobby horse. horror

Love Finds a Way (Dark Moon Digest issue 41, Perpetual Motion Machine Press)! A giallo-esque body horror carnival romp! SEE the horned man, the Spider Lady, and a menagerie of bizarre animals! Once in a lifetime, not to be missed! horror comedy

Side Hustle (Typehouse Literary Magazine, issue 21)! A collaborative story by myself and Victoria Feistner under our collective pen name V.L. Seltsam (but sold by Victoria, such hustle)! This gig economy, am I right? Wacky what people gotta do to survive! Wow, maybe this story IS more literary than we planned it to be. In any case we sold a story that uses the word ‘poot’ mulitple times to a literary magazine. horror comedy

Open Up and Let Me In (Unburied: A Collection of Queer Dark Fiction, Rowland Books)! Remember all those times when you’ve read a ghost story and you’re like, “This person just needs to go to therapy because the ghost is obviously just a metaphor for their guilt”? Sometimes there are literal ghosts okay. horror

The Last Limerick Out Of Dirt Rut (The Colored Lens, Summer 2021)! Teen enby Madison is happy using their limerick magic to make their small town a little bit nicer a place to live, but then a professional singer comes to town and shows them that art is its own magic and oops turns out some people get really het up about art. weird Western

ALSO HERE IS SOMETHING I WAS INVOLVED WITH AND WHILE IT HAS ME DOING AN INTRO IT DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY OF MY STORIES, UNLESS YOU COUNT INTROS AS STORIES, I DUNNO, I THINK THEY WERE NICE INTROS

A Quiet Afternoon (Grace&Victory)! A peaceful break from a stressful world. Speculative stories with comfy, cosy, low-fi vibes.

A Quiet Afternoon 2 (Grace&Victory)! Even more (seriously there are many more) speculative stories that have nice resolutions.

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