Story sale to Flash Fiction Online

Sooo this was official already last week and I squeed about it on Twitter but did not have time to post here:

I’ve sold a story to Flash Fiction Online! My faerie story “Creation” will be out this summer.

This is my second pro fiction sale – the first was to An Alphabet of Embers. Yay!

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Alphabet of Embers review

An Alphabet of Embers launches this week, at the Nebula Awards! And here’s a lovely review of it, in which the reviewer Christina lists my story “The City Beneath the Sea” among those they particularly appreciated:

“Embers maintains a consistent and cohesive feel throughout: it stories are literary and poetic, with a fluidity of style and theme that borders on slipstream and the surreal”

Also, what a wonderful site: befitting its name, Books and Tea reviews both books and tea. Now that is totally my kind of thing!

Sunday recs: Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers

Long time no rec on the blog – I’ve been posting occasional recs on Twitter, but this blog has been quiet.

But now — it’s Mothers’ Day in Finland, and how better to celebrate than by recommending a creepy story?

Alyssa Wong’s Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers (in Nightmare Magazine, originally published in the Queers Destroy Horror! special issue) is an amazing, disturbing story. I don’t usually go for horror, but this story just really works, gave me the chills. The interpersonal relationships (including a mother-daughter relationship) are essential in this. And what a great ending!

“Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” is also a Nebula, Shirley Jackson, Bram Stoker and Locus Award finalist, so go and read it now if you haven’t already! Alyssa is also (well-deservedly) a finalist for the 2016 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.