Short Stories and Poems

Recent and Featured Publications

"Fountains of Blood" appears in the anthology Straight Outta Tombstone edited by David Boop. In this story set in 1896, Billy McCarty of my Clockwork Legion novels is hired to protect prominent attorney and former Texas governor Albert J. Fountain who is returning home with his son after collecting evidence in the Lincoln County War. Ambushed by a strange creature of the night, the Fountains disappear and Billy turns to Marshal Larissa Seaton for help.

This weird western anthology also features stories by Jim Butcher, Phil Foglio, Alan Dean Foster, Kevin J. Anderson, Robert E. Vardeman, Jody Lynn Nye, and Nicole Kurtz.

Straight Outta Tombstone may be ordered from Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

"The Vrykolakas and the Cobbler's Wife" appears in issue 66 of Cemetery Dance Magazine. Set in Greece at the beginning of the twentieth century, the story was inspired by a Greek folktale related in Montague Summers' The Vampire in Europe and tells the story of a cobbler who was turned into a vrykolakas and then comes back to haunt his family. The story is illustrated by GAK, who I had the pleasure of working with back in the early days of Hadrosaur Tales Magazine.

This issue of Cemetery Dance also features stories by Steve Resnic Tem, Jeremy C. Shipp, and Bill Pronzini, plus a number of reviews, interviews and articles by folks such as Ellen Datlow, Bev Vincent, and Brian James Freeman.

Cemetery Dance issue 66 is available at Amazon.com.

"Dusty Violet and Bleached Bones" is a dieselpunk fairy tale set during New Mexico's dust bowl. Billy Bones dreams of getting as far away from the desert southwest as possible. He'd love nothing more than joining a pirate crew and look for buried treasure. Violeta is a Native American girl escaping Santa Fe's Indian School. The two find themselves pursued by none other than La Llorona.

It Came From Her Purse is an anthology of literal and figurative purses, not to mention a variety of containment systems! Viewing the contents of a woman's purse can be a frightening experience, or so I've been told … the editors would extend this fright to include men's satchels, go-bags, and such. Check out this anthology that peers into the collective psyches of artists, poets, and storytellers to bring forth these oft quirky, occasionally demented, and definitely fantastical tales! Edited by Terrie Leigh Relf and Marcia A. Borell, this anthology constains stories and poems by Tim Mendees, Marge Simon, t. santitoro, and Gary Davis. It Came From Her Purse is available at Amazon.com and directly from the publisher, Hiraeth Publishing.

My story in the anthology Nine to Eternity, is "An Asteroid by Any Other Name," a classically inspired tale of rapidly approaching doom. This is a story where I look to my astronomy background. I edited and updated the story since it first appeared in the e-zine The Fifth Di… almost fourteen years ago.

In M.Christian’s previous anthology, Five To The Future the editor asked respected science fiction and fantasy authors to "write whatever story you want to write. No limits aside from having fun." Nine To Eternity: A Science Fiction Anthology takes this idea a fascinating step further, with the editor reaching out to the same authors, plus any friends they'd personally like to invite to the project, to submit "a personal favorite story: one that also, sadly, didn't get the love they'd put into it." And so Ernest Hogan, Emily Devenport, Cynthia Ward, Arthur Byron Cover, as well as M.Christian himself, from the first book are joined by newcomers Ralph Greco, Jr., Jean Marie Stine, the estate of Jody Scott, and myself to make Nine To Eternity: A Science Fiction Anthology a memorable reading experience.

You can pick up your own copy of Nine to Eternity at Amazon.com.

DeadSteam edited by Bryce Raffle and published by Grimmer and Grimmer Books features my story “Specter in the Light.” The story is set during the early days of my alma mater, New Mexico Tech, when it was known as the New Mexico School of Mines. It imagines staff members using Nikola Tesla's innovations to bring electric light to mines. The problem is, the electricity awakens something sleeping deep within the mountain where they conduct their test!

DeadSteam is an anthology of dreadpunk, gaslamp, and dark steampunk. These are tales of the ghoulish and the gothic, chilling stories of haunted streets, of vampires and demons stalking the city from fog-drenched alleyways lit only by gas lamps. 17 chilling stories of the monsters lurking around every corner, the ghosts haunting the darkest streets of Victorian London, and the dead things crawling out of their graves to consume the flesh of the living. In addition to my story, you'll find stories by Jen Ponce, Karen J Carlisle, Jonah Buck, James Dorr, Alice E Keyes, and Steve Carr. The foreword is by Leanna Renee Hieber.

DeadSteam is available at Amazon and Smashwords.

While mankind can scarce hope to pierce the Veil without crossing it, a few intrepid souls will ever bend their will against the aether, combining artifice and the arcane to uncover its secrets.

From voodoo death cults to the Day of the Dead, mummy parties, the wheel of reincarnation, the practice of death portraits, and so much more, these tales leave no gravestone unturned.

Be it heaven or hell or the limbo in between, the hereafter is about to get ‘Punked.

My story, “The Sun Worshiper,” is about a spiritualist named Dinella Stanton who is invited to a mummy unwrapping party in London hosted by a prominent scientist. When she arrives, she finds all her fellow guests are scientists who have denounced her as a fraud. To make matters worse, it would appear that the scientist who invited Dinella is attempting to perpetrate a deception of his own.

After Punk is available at Amazon.

Once Upon a Time, ageless tales were told from one generation to the next, filled with both wonders and warnings. Tales of handsome princes and wicked queens, of good-hearted folk and evil stepmothers. Tales of danger and caution and magic … classics that still echo in our hearts and memories even to this day, told from old, cherished books or from memory at Grandma's knee.

Oh yes, tales have been told … but never quite like these. Journey with us through the pages of Gaslight and Grimm to discover timeless truths through lenses polished in the age of steam.

I retell Grimm's "The Dragon and his Grandmother" as "The Steam-Powered Dragon." Three British soldiers pressed to fight in India encounter a steam-powered dragon who offers to take them away from life in the army and gives them an alchemical device that turns coal into diamonds. The catch is that the dragon will return and ask three riddles. If the soldiers can’t answer, they will become the steam-powered dragon’s slaves, keeping his boilers stoked for the rest of their lives.

Gaslight and Grimm is available at Amazon.

Mental illness is very common in our society, but it's also very misunderstood. Many view those with mental illnesses as being weak, but there is a great deal of strength in those that must battle their own minds on a regular basis.

Disharmony of the Spheres focuses on characters with mental illnesses that are still able to be successful. They may not completely overcome their illnesses, but they are able to beat them back and succeed. This book is dedicated to all of the science fiction fans and writers that must battle their own personal demons every day, and half of all of the profits from this book will go to The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Organization, a group that battles teen suicide.

My story in the anthology is called "A Vanishing Past." In the story, Captain Firebrandt of the space pirate ship Legacy goes on a treasure hunt with his father who is suffering dementia. In the process they learn that his father still has much wisdom and a self-sufficiency that would be all too easy to dismiss.

Disharmony of the Spheres is available at Amazon and Smashwords.

What if those ancient creatures so beloved in fiction, myth, and science had not disappeared? What if they were real? What might have been developed to handle them, and how might man have felt about the thundering giants in yesterday's, today's, or tomorrow's worlds.

Lovely, unique, tales of lumbering giants of old, ancient rulers of the skies, and many others once thought to be myth or legend appear here in Extinct?

My story in the anthology is "Jackson's Hadrosaurs" which imagines that Jean Lafitte and his pirate band use hadrosaurs to navigate the swamps and bayous of Southern Louisiana. When the British come to invade with their terrifying carniverous dinosaurs, Lafitte offers his dinosaurs to Jackson's cause. Will Ol' Hickory still be able to send the red coats a'runnin' to the Gulf of Mexico in this alternate take on the Battle of New Orleans?

Extinct? is available at Amazon.

Ramon Morales and Fatemeh Karimi have just arrived in Los Angeles. The year is 1877 and they are out of money. Ramon finds a job aboard a ship hunting for Mexican pirates. However, it turns out these pirates have unexpected, advanced weaponry. My story in the first Gears and Levers Anthology is called "The Pirates of Baja" and it was inspired by my love of Jules Verne and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In this story, you can get a preview of my novel Owl Dance.

Come, my friends, adventure and romance awaits in worlds that never were but should have been. Magic and science blend together as Gears and Levers explores the quest for all that makes up humanity. Battle pirates, travel back in time, fly in dirigibles, explore the wonders of the Orient, and walk with automatons in twenty amazing tales set in Steampunk lands by masterful storytellers such as David D. Levine, Brenda Clough, Mark Ferrari, Irene Radford, K.L. Townsend, Shannon Page, Bruce Taylor, among others.

Gears and Levers is available at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.

My story in Gears and Levers 2 is "Endeavor in Halcyon". I wrote the story in collaboration with Kurt MacPhearson. It tells the story of Captain Penelope Todd of the British East India Company's first airship, Endeavor. On a mission to open up new trade routes, the Endeavor gets caught in a storm and winds up in a strange new land. Will Todd and her crew be able to escape, or will they be trapped in Halcyon forever?

Adventure and romance awaits in worlds that never were but should have been. Magic and science blend together as Gears and Levers 2 explores the quest for all that makes up humanity. Battle pirates, walk with ghosts, fly in dirigibles, explore the wonders world, and walk with automatons in twenty amazing tales set in Steampunk lands by masterful storytellers such as Alma Alexander, Irene Radford, Chaz and Karen Brenchley, Shawna Reppert, Larry Lefkowitz, Tina Connolly, Jeanette Bennett, Voss Foster, Frog and Esther Jones, and many more.

Gears and Levers 2 is available from Smashwords and Amazon.com.

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