Our time was spent hiding from the sun. As the light lengthened and mellowed from white to gold, we would go out into the yard, down to the canal. Split for 7-Eleven once it got too dark to see snakes. On the walk to 7-Eleven we’d rush from one yellow puddle of streetlight to the next, pretending monsters and pedophiles lurked in the darkness between.

I said monsters.

Chloë said pedophiles.

He looked down at the still face. He looked back up at the ceiling. The plaster was patterned into crosses, each arm meeting in a flower. He stared at the petals so long it began to look like they were unfolding, blooming above him.

“January 1st”, Madcap Review (July 2017)

Her heart flipped; she’d never been in an emergency. Should she get dressed? She heard someone yell in the hall. This was real. The fear was a flood; she went from fine to shaking as she wrapped herself in a towel. No one had knocked or tried to warn her.

“Dublin, 1999”, Sunday Stories: Volume 1 Brooklyn (June 2017)

Shane’s leaving is right there in his name, like a genetic disease waiting to manifest in a child. So why did finding his note tear through me so bad?

“Fire Escape”, The Boiler Journal (Spring 2017)

“Bracelet”, LUMINA Vol. XII (2013) (honorable mention, 2013 Fiction Contest, judge George Saunders)

“Amanuensis”, Anamesa Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring 2013)



TBR Stack on Tor.com

5 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Look Out For on Book Marks Reviews, Literary Hub

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast: The Haunting of Hill House Is 90 Percent of an Amazing Show,” (November 3, 2018)

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast: “Don’t Do Drugs and Watch Annihilation, (February 27, 2018)

“Sometimes, Horror is the Only Fiction That Understands You” and “Preparing Myself for Death with Joe Versus the Volcano, anthologized in Rocket Fuel: Some of the Best From Tor.com Non-Fiction

“Lost & Found: George Selden’s Irma and Jerry”, Tin House Online (December 4, 2017)

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is Worth a Second Look,” Wired (November 11, 2017)

Jo Walton Thessaly Seminar: “Thinking Through Violence in The Just City and The Philosopher Kings”, Crooked Timber Symposium (February 5, 2016)

“Writing On Screen: Why Do Writing Students Love Such Terrible Mentors?”, Electric Literature (October 9, 2015)

“Jupiter Ascending is a High-Concept Sci-Fi Explosion (And This is a Good Thing!)”, anthologized in Speculative Fiction 2015: The Year’s Best Online Reviews, Essays, and Commentary


Honorable Mention for Glimmer Train‘s 2018 “Family Matters” Contest

Finalist for the Black Warrior Review‘s 2017 Fiction Prize, judged by Nicola Griffith

Honorable Mention for Lumina‘s 2012 Fiction Contest, judged by George Saunders


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