Free Fiction: The Open Source Woman

Every month, you will find a new free short story here for your reading pleasure–after which, it will diminish to a sample. For April 2017, I’m proud to present you with The Open Source Woman, the first in what may become a series of hardSF tales examining life in a … Continue reading

Free Fiction: Funeral Hats

A Lombard Alchemist Tale J. Daniel Sawyer IT WAS ALISTON HAYES’S considered opinion that there were very few occasions that the right hat could not improve. Hats added a sense of festiveness to any occasion, even if the occasion was solemn. Once in high school someone had explained to her … Continue reading

Released: The Empty House (Lombard Alchemist)

The Lombard Alchemist Tales is a series I’ve been working on for a few years now. Beginning with At The Edge of Nowhere, these stories center around a creepy pawnshop in a gambling town on the edge of a nuclear wasteland, and the artifacts it sells–all of which are more … Continue reading

Released: The Society of Miserable Bastards

The South. Home to a deep culture steeped in African mythology and religion, Native American spirituality, Catholicism and Charismatic Christianity, the blues, and the deep, pounding heat. It is the source of one of the richest literary traditions in the world: Southern Gothic. If you’ve seen The Twilight Zone, or … Continue reading

Released: The Serpent and the Satchel

I used to own a menagerie of boids. Burmese or Ball or Reticulated pythons, or Boa Constrictors, they’re not exactly warm and fuzzy, but they are fascinating creatures. In a very real sense, living dinosaurs. Of course, they’re not exactly cheap, so I had to justify their existence by using … Continue reading

Released: Frock Coat Dreams

I am proud to announce my first steampunk story collection Frock Coat Dreams: Romances, Nightmares, and Fancies from the steampunk Fringe, which includes two brand new stories: “A Goblet of Fifty-Three” and “Sleep, Walk.” This will be the first of two or three collections this year of steampunk stories grouped … Continue reading

Released: On Matters Most Austere

Sometimes, I have bouts of madness. In 2010 at OryCon, a particularly whimsical bout of madness struck. I’d just gotten out of a panel on Steampunk and run into someone with a table advocating for public awareness of something-or-other, and it occurred to me that in the world of the … Continue reading