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Best British Short Stories

July 6, 2022 by


I’ll be appearing for the first time in print October of this year, in this gorgeous volume by Salt Publishing. Available for preorder here.

The Rising Filth – excerpt

October 13, 2020 by


one Bilge light drips into her eyes from between the lanes of the overpass. The sun’s right over her face. She rolls into the shade so she can go back to sleep. Her cardboard bed crackles against the concrete. She hates being awake. She dreams of white white rooms with clean sheets that smell like […]

A Story from a Grimoire of a Religion that Doesn’t Exist

April 21, 2019 by


I. “Watch,” said the old man. The tree bowed, uncertain of his authority. The old man smiled, and laid down his cane. His daught-pitr was buried here and her children, and their children, and on for many subsequent generations. They had been buried in the ashes of their parents, on and on, for ten generations […]

Novel Excerpt: To walk in perilous paths

August 28, 2018 by


~~~ I’m happy to announce this excerpt has won me a fellowship with Summer Literary Seminars for their 2019 programme in Tbilisi, Georgia, through their annual fiction competition. Follow my posts for updates! ~~~ 0. Overedge Memory is flawed and reality is rotten; through the holes in one we forget the other—but even when a […]

Speculative Microfiction

April 2, 2015 by


Under the leaves the Beast waits singing Oh Joy to the Blood to the Keening the Pain Under the Rain the Feast waits gleaming, lost in the Forest preening dirt from his breathing Beast cleans the Feast from her Teeth red with bleeding, waits near the Nest she saw fall from the Stars ‘Til somewhere […]

Work-In-Progress Excerpt

March 14, 2015 by


This is the piece I’ll be working on during Disquiet International under the tutelage of my friend and literary hero Alexander Chee. I recently started drafting the second segment of the novel, and thought I’d share a bit of it with you. WINTER She fills the scratches in the bark with dulled fingertips, her face taken away […]

Philosophy of Writing – 18 – Dialogue II.

March 14, 2013 by


When you get good at dialogue all your characters begin to sound the same. You know what people as a whole realistically say. You’ve cut out As-You-Know-Bobisms and Repeat-the-Nameisms. You write dialogue quickly and smoothly. But this familiarity means you also have shortcuts you’ve learned through your fingers over the years — my muscle memory […]

New Sincerity Bullshit Post

March 8, 2013 by


I met a group of people online who are now my critique group and one of them is kind of a hipster, even though she distances herself from that. She introduced me to Tao Lin and what’s-her-name and I have to wait a minute to finish this thought because I’m going to go look it […]

Philosophy of Writing – 16 – Dialogue I.

October 23, 2012 by


In linguistics it is generally considered to be the case that each participant in a conversation will assume a particular set of things about every other participant. To put it more simply: we expect things from the people we talk to. A useful formulation of this “cooperative principle” of conversation is called “Grice’s conversational maxims”, […]

Philosophy of Writing – 15.2 – A Thought Experiment About Books and the Donation Model – Part Two

September 21, 2012 by


Part One is here, and is about me. I’ve split this into two so practical readers don’t have to slog through a personal post. (N.B. from the future: I’m represented by an excellent agency. Decision made.) ~~~ Idea I provide my fiction for free, including print copies. I hire artists and other professionals necessary to […]