Writing & Publications

What kind of fiction do I write?

I mostly write in different sub-genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I’m the author of 12 books and over 100 published short stories. My most recent books are the collection Garden of Eldritch Delights and the forthcoming novel The Girl With the Star-Stained Soul. I also wrote the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, and Switchblade Goddess, and the collections While the Black Stars Burn, Soft Apocalypses, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. My writing has been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Czech, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as Apex Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Pseudopod, Strange Horizons, and Best Horror of the Year.

I occasionally do media tie-in work and have written stories for a Doctor Who anthology, a Pathfinder gaming anthology, a Shadowrun gaming anthology, an X-Files anthology, and a Hellraiser anthology. I’ve written some erotica, but I haven’t written any romance (some readers picked up my urban fantasy novels expecting them to be romances and were not prepared for all the demonic mayhem). My science fiction is also often fairly dark, and my horror is darker still.

I’ve written a fair bit of zombie fiction and other post-apocalyptic fiction; I also write Lovecraftian fiction, steampunk, arcanepunk, biopunk, weird westerns, alternate history, quiet horror, social science fiction … if I enjoy it as a reader, chances are I’ve written it.

For a list of my publications, please go to my Published Work page.

What kind of poetry do I write?

I mostly write narrative poetry. Over 60 of my poems have appeared or will soon appear in publications such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Vastarien: A Literary Journal, Weirdbook, Nightmare Magazine, Scary Out There, Greatest Uncommon Denominator Magazine, and Do Not Go Quietly.

What kind of nonfiction do I write?

I have sold hundreds of articles on topics ranging from faeries to medicinal botany to ethernet switches. My work has appeared in publications such as Writer’s Digest, SFWA Bulletin, Horror World, Nightmare Magazine, Chicks Dig Gaming, Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction, The Writers’ Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Writers’ Workshop of Horror, and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

What kind of editing have I done?

I served as a poetry editor for Strange Horizons and I’m the co-editor of Chiral Mad 4 with Michael Bailey. I edited and published Dark Planet for six years. I’ve also worked as a managing editor at Indiana University and a content editor at Franklin University.