“A Poor Man’s Roses” now up at Apex

Excerpt: At first, she sang to remember. It was a way to pass the long, dark time, a way to drown out the buzz in her head when the earth shook and the bunker rattled, a way to live outside the bars of her cage, to be a woman who smoked and drank, flirted and pined, flipped her pin…

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Hey!

Happy October! I have a book out today!You should go buy a copy. Table of Contents: “The Witch of Black Mountain” – Alethea Kontis “The Power of Moonlight” – Debbie Kuhn “Hiding Mountain: Our Future in Apples” – Earl Dean “Psychomachia” – Geoffrey Girard “Yellow Warbler” – Jason Sizemore “Kingdom Come” – Jeremy C. Shipp “Trouble Among the Yearlings”…

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Fiction Sale — “Poor Man’s Roses” to Apex Magazine

Yay! I sold a story to Jason Sizemore at Apex Magazine called "Poor Man’s Roses." It’s a 2400-word dark science fiction tale set in the near-apocalyptic far future. It’s also a total homage to Patsy Cline. I dedicate it to my fellow author and BFF Kelli Dunlap, who inspired me to come up with the idea (the woman being…

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Own your very own piece of Small Town USA!

Note: The contest ends August 25th, 10 p.m. EST.Click the book (or this link) to preorder! Win a piece of Harlan County! This doesn’t mean we’re giving away Miss Harlan County, Mari Adkins (or her enthusiastic suggestion of coal mine slurry water). No, we’re talking about actual Harlan County memorabilia! What can you win? *A Harlan County Horrors poster…

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My Very First Fiction Podcast!

There’s a new Apex Magazine out, featuring a new Beauty & Dynamite essay ("Here Lies an Era"), and me reading my flash fiction horror short "Foiled." (run time: 3:08) It’s my first time, but I hope to do a lot more readings in the future. Let me know what you think!

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Place your Bets!

Apex Book Company has a really cool lottery going on right now — including this one for a bunch of my books and some bonus swag. One ticket for $1.00 — ten tickets for $8.00. Go on. You have a dollar. I know you do. (Did I mention all the books are signed?) Jason is also adamant about leaving…

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Harlan County Horrors up for Preorder

The Harlan County Horrors anthology is now up for preorder on the Apex website. Order now, and save almost 20% off the cover price! Was: $15.95Now: $13.00 Size: 200-240 pages Harlan County Horrors is a regional based horror anthology by Apex Magazine submissions editor Mari Adkins. It will feature stories by Alethea Kontis, Debbie Kuhn, Earl Dean, Geoffrey Girard,…

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The Still, the Storm, and the Geek

Due to some technical difficulties, the Fantasy magazine con reports didn’t go up as immediately as we sent them. Day Two is live now. I’ll let you know when Day Three hits newsstands. If you’re jonesing for more, "The Still & the Storm" — my new Beauty & Dynamite essay —  is now up, along with the latest issue…

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Pod-tacular Morning

So I was working on some questions for my upcoming interview with  to talk about his novel trilogy…which led me to EscapePod for a production of his short story "Pervert." Since I was in the neighborhood, I decided to catch up on my Hugo Award nominees, so I listened to "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss" by Kij Johnson, "Exhalation"…

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