A Slow, Unstoppable Devouring of Everything

I have a story up at Necessary Fiction called “A Slow, Unstoppable Devouring of Everything“, and I’m pretty proud of it.

Necessary Fiction is one of the best online literary magazines, and one that’s been around for quite a while too. Apart from fiction, they have book reviews and a very interesting Research Notes section in which authors talk about the work behind their book. Founding editor Steve Himmer‘s own writing is worth seeking out, and you should follow him on Twitter, if you’re into that kind of thing, for great bookish thoughts and recommendations.




A fanciful tribute to Horacio Quiroga in Nightscript


The third volume of the annual anthology Nightscript came out recently, and it includes a dark tale of mine titled “Homeward bound now, Paulino”

The story was inspired by, and is a sequel of sorts to,  “Adrift” (which you can read here – a short read, about a thousand words, I think), probably the best known short story by Urugayan writer Horacio Quiroga. Quite loosely, I should say. And maybe it is a little presumptuous to write a sequel that runs two or three times longer than the original story by a classic writer, but hey.

I first came across Quiroga when I studied his stories in college, then got reacquainted with his work during a trip through South America. I visited his home in northern Argentina, getting drenched to the bone walking there on a red clay-like dirt road to visit the place not many tourists seemed to patronise.

His work is worth checking out, and his life, full of dark, messed-up episodes, might yet prompt me to write more around him. And of course, Nightscript is more than worth checking out, with over twenty dark tales by great writers working that seam of weird ore.

[And for those of you who write in that same tunnel, Nightscript editor C.M. Muller will be opening to submissions for the next volume in January 2018]

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Flash Fiction in Tin House: Sea Change

Opinions on Sundarbans (disambiguation)


I have a new short short story, “Sea Change” up at Tin House, for their Flash Fridays series. It’s a bit of a climate change story, you could say.

It’s the second time these good folks have let a story of mine in. Last time was three years ago, nearly to the day, when they published “The Brotherhood of Wednesday Afternoons“. You could, like, read that too. Yes?


“The Proverb Zoo” in inaugural issue of Geometry

I have a short story, “The Proverb Zoo”, in the brand-new New-Zealand based magazine Geometry. You can read it on line, or buy a gorgeous physical issue for a discounted price on their website, and help a promising new magazine on their way up!

ISSUE ONE – Discounted price!


Unspeakable Stop-overs, at 3:AM Magazine


I’m a bit late posting this up, but I had a short story published in the great 3:AM Magazine a couple of weeks back. It’s called Unspeakable Stop-overs, and it’s about, well, I’m not sure. The difficulties of communication, the randomness of story-telling, maybe.

You tell me.


Writers of the Week at Maudlin House


I’m a bit late on this, but the good folks of Maudlin House had me over on their site as one of their Writers of the Week. So I’m Writer of Last Week. I’m old news. Washed up.

You can still go have a look at it, though. And at the whole mag: Maudlin House publishes “all forms of transgressive, absurdist and minimalist literature”, and are looking for submissions.


Return to Aragón, a new story in The Maine Review


The new issue of The Maine Review is just out, and it contains my story “Return to Aragón”. It features holidays in Spain, a midlife crisis-ing father, an old trailer sitting in wait in a nook of the Pyrenees.

I’m waiting to get my copy myself, but if you’re interested you can check out their store, where you can find print or digital issues.

And if you write, The Maine Review will be open for submissions in February and March. They pay $50 per poem and 0.03c/word for prose.