short fiction

From worlds where introversion is considered a disease, to anthro-archaeology in a salt-pan, to the tale of an elderly widow who decides to go on a quest...

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First They Came...

— First published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (#55, December 2012)

The trick to passing is the same as any successful lie: stick as close to the truth as possible.

— Shortlisted for Best Fantasy Short Story in 2012 Aurealis Awards
— Received an Honorable Mention in "Best Horror of the Year, Volume 5" (2012)
— Listed in Year's Best 2012 Recommended Reading

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The Wages of Salt

— First published in Postscripts Magazine (#18)
— First audio publication in PodCastle #117

Stories of children lost to the theriomorphs were like the ammonite fossils: everyone had their own.

— Received an Honorable Mention in "Best Horror of the Year, Volume 2" (2009)

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Shaping Lily

— First published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (#45)

Late in her seventy-eighth year, Mrs Janet Lily Jenkins buried her husband. She did not weep as the pastor prayed, nor as flowers dropped into the grave, nor yet as sods of earth thudded onto the coffin's lid.

She did wonder somewhat at her own composure.

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Teratogen

— First published in Cemetery Dance Magazine (#71)

There is a precise moment in which you realise you are an abortifacient. This is the reason for the butterflies.

— Shortlisted for Best Fantasy Short Story in 2014 Aurealis Awards

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This Corpse is Full of Birds

This is a tiny piece I originally wrote in answer to a prompt posted on Jeff VanderMeer's Facebook page (the prompt: write a story inspired by the line "this corpse is full of birds" which is no more than 200 words in length).

The first was a fledgling, a Jacky Winter launched from the nest on new-found wings to snatch at an insect. His sole flight was a faltering plummet, yet it filled me with envy.

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Ficlets

I also very occasionally write micro-fictions on my blog: you can find them posted under the ficlets category