Upcoming Appearances (Sep.-Oct. 2021)

September and October are especially busy this year. In addition to wrapping up novel revisions and promoting the upcoming release of Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas, I will be talking about some of my favorite subjects on upcoming panels at WhimsyCon, MileHiCon, Fox Cities Book Festival, and Pikes Peak Writers.

I hope to see you around!

WhimsyCon (Sept. 24-26, 2021)

WhimsyCon 2021 will be at the Delta by Marriott – Northglenn.  10 E 120th Ave.;  Northglenn, CO

Sunday, September 26

  • Reading—Verses Whimsical (10-10:50 am MST)
  • Panel—Heroines for Our Generation (3-3:50 pm MST)
  • Panel— Behind the Scenes of an Anthology (4-4:50 pm MST)

MileHiCon 53 (Oct. 1-3, 2021)


MileHiCon 53 in 2021 will be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center – 4900 S. Syracuse St.; Denver, CO

Friday, October 1

  • Reading—Tales of the Fae (4-4:50 pm MST)

Saturday, October 2

  • Panel—Not So Happily After (noon-12:50 pm MST)
  • Panel—Who Should get a Villain Origin Story Next? (1-1:50 pm MST)

Fox Cities Book Festival (Oct. 13-17)

Online (Zoom)

Note: Scheduled on Central Time

Saturday, October 16

  • Panel—Grimm Tales: How dark fairy and folk tales have influenced modern literature (9:30-10:30 am CST)

Pikes Peak Writers (Oct. 16)

Online (Zoom)

Saturday, October 16

  • Special Event—Horror Authors Panel (12:30-3:30 pm MST)

Publication Round-UP

My poem “Fairy Tale Prohibition” is out now at Alphanumeric. This piece examines cautionary themes in familiar fairy tales and the consequences that come from breaking the rules. This piece draws threads from more than a dozen fairy tales. Can you identify them all? In addition to Alphanumeric, this poem can be read in NonBinary Review Issue #25: Prohibition.

“Even when a prohibition in a fairy-story is guessed to be derived from some taboo once practised long ago, it has probably been preserved in the later stages of the tale’s history because of the great mythical significance of prohibition. Thou shalt not – or else thou shalt depart beggared into endless regret.”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays

In other poetry news, “Radiant” was nominated for Best of the Net! This piece is a tribute to the radium girls, female factory workers who were poisoned by radiation while painting watch dials (1917-1926). Several of these women joined forces to file a lawsuit. Their eventual win paved the way for labor rights in America and the institution of industrial safety standards. “Radiant” is included in NonBinary Review Issue # 24: Industrial Revolution.

It also appears that I missed the Japanese translation of my story “An Embrace of Poisonous Intent” in Night Land Quarterly vol. 25. This piece was originally published by Egaeus Press in Bitter Distillations: An Anthology of Poisonous Tales (2020). This is my second appearance in Night Land Quarterly.