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"These are charming, wonderful, horrifying, funny and, most of all, well-crafted stories."
- Matt Ward, editor Skive Magazine

" 'The Last Photon' is a jewel. A meditation on distant gods, distant stars - expertly narrated."
- FictionDaily.org

" 'The Crystal' is a story of loss and betrayal with that ethereal, otherworldly quality other stories strive after but fail to reach."
- Peter Tennant, UNHINGED

" 'Barnegat Inn' is a sort of weird tale in the mode of that bygone zine, complete with spooky mysterious fog ... the sort of sufficiently advanced stuff that's indistinguishable from magic."
- Lois Tilton, LOCUS

" 'Worms of Titan' is a near perfect science fiction adventure in the classic '40s pulp vein."
- Sam Bellotto, editor Perihelion

I am a fiction writer living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This site contains a selection of my published works of fiction, including short stories and novel excerpts. Also included is a bibliography of my published work and a blog of musings near and far.

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News

My flash fiction "Ariel" was published this February in the 20th anniversary issue of AntipodeanSF.

I'm excited to announce that my first collection of short stories, A Betrayal and Other Stories, will be released later this year by Rogue Star Press.

My short story "Rhonda's Story" was published last October by Crimson Streets.

"The Night the Aliens Came" was broadcast on the AntiSF Radio Show: Abundantia last August.

"Hoag's Object" was published last May in Cafe Irreal.

"Puff" was published last February in Perihelion Science Fiction.

Four of my short stories have been translated into Vietnamese and appear on the Vietnamese literary website Tien Ve. "Happiness," "The Bridge," "The Vulture," and "The Room At the End of the World" can all be accessed here.













Literary Wanderings

Everything, Then and Since


Flash fiction is one of the most difficult forms to write. These are pieces, typically under one thousand words, a single scene, an epiphany. You basically have to distill a story to its essence: start in the middle, follow the arc, and end with a zinger.

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Recent book releases

Available from Guide Dog Books The Irreal Reader collects the best fiction from The Cafe Irreal

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The Cafe Irreal: International Imagination, a pioneering web-based literary magazine, first went online in 1998 with the intention of publishing a type of fantastic fiction most often associated with writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe and Jorge Luis Borges. To this end, it has published more than 250 authors from over 30 countries. In the course of the past fifteen years, it has also seen its editors nominated for a World Fantasy Award and been named by Writer's Digest as one of the Top 30 Short Story Markets.

In this anthology, Edited by G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg, Guide Dog Books presents a selection of the fiction and essays from The Cafe Irreal that take us most definitively into the realm of the Irreal. These include pieces by Diploma de \ Honor Konex winner Ana María Shua (Argentina), Michal Ajvaz (winner of the Magnesia Litera prize in the Czech Republic), Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Simic, and Pushcart Prize winners Bruce Holland Rogers and Caitlin Horrocks. My Pushcart-nominated short story "A Betrayal " is included.

 

 

 

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