Forthcoming from Rosarium Publishing, Fall 2018
Twenty years ago, a toxic spill in the small, southwest Texas town of Exile poisoned residents with permanent rage. The feds’ response? Quarantine. Only residents who pass the feds’ 4-S test can escape Exile’s heavily fortified borders. Heidi Palermo, unwilling medic to her family of bloodthirsty street warriors, has taken the test repeatedly, trying to prove she’s smart, strong, sterile, and sane. Three out of four ain’t bad, but the feds don’t grade on a curve.
When her abusive brother dies in battle, Heidi turns her clinical eye to his killer. An Outsider who arrived post-spill, Tank seems open to Heidi’s advances. Is Tank her ticket out of Exile? Before she can find out, the two are besieged by her vengeful family. Heidi must keep their blood feud from triggering a war with the feds if she wants to escape Exile. But Tank’s about as trusting as Heidi is monogamous—which is to say, not at all. So Heidi’s picked the wrong mark, her family is gunning for her, and the feds are itching to nuke Exile once and for all. Heidi’s got her fourth S now: Screwed.
The Haunted Girl, Poetry and Short Stories
21 poems and 5 stories that explore the borders between dream and reality, horror and fantasy, past present future, this world and other realms.
Anthologies including my work
Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation — “Readers who’ve had their fill of dystopian fiction will want to explore these more positive futures.” —Publishers Weekly
Mythic Delirium Volume 1 — “Rich word choices and settings that blend speculative concepts with quotidian reality highlight this stellar anthology of prose and poetry from well-known editor Mike Allen (Clockwork Phoenix) and his wife and copublisher, Anita Allen … This anthology is a winner from cover to cover.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Here, We Cross — 22 queer and genderfluid poems from the digital pages of Stone Telling magazine. This chapbook is a celebration of speculative poetry that is diverse and varied; here you will find poems with speakers or protagonists who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, genderqueer, trans*, asexual, and neutrois; speakers who struggle with the body and the society’s imposed readings of that body. It is a painful book, a triumphant book, full of works that soar and breathe and live. Just like us.
Fungi — A collection of fungal wonders…and terrors. In this new anthology, writers reach into the rich territory first explored by William Hope Hodgson a century ago: the land of the fungi.
WisCon Chronicles 7: Shattering Ableist Narratives — In science fiction and fantasy, just as in the world we all inhabit, disability is often misunderstood, maligned, and disregarded…In the spirit of WisCon’s continuing mission to boldly go where no con has gone before in breaking down barriers, this volume seeks to smash ableist narratives that keep disabled people from full participation in the present we inhabit and the speculative futures we hope to create.