“Aberration,” Fearsome Magicks. Forthcoming.

“Visit Lovely Cornwall on the Western Railway Line,” The Doll Collection. Forthcoming.

“The Lion Cage,” Nightmare Carnival. Forthcoming.

“What Happened, the Winter You Found the Deer,” New Haven Review. Forthcoming.

“The Insects of Love,”, May 2014 NEW

“Eighty Miles an Hour All the Way to Paradise,” Robot Uprisings, April 2014

“The Lenten Rose,” Once Upon a Time, October 2013

“The Goat Who Wished to Go to Market,” The Lion and the Aardvark, March 2013

“From the Catalogue of the Pavilion of the Uncanny and Marvelous, Scheduled for Premiere at the Great Exhibition (Before the Fire),” Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, March 2013

“Terrain,”, March 2013

“Captain Justice Saves the Day,” The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Tor Books, February 2013 NEW

“86, 87, 88, 89,” Clarkesworld Magazine, March 2013

“Abyssus Abyssum Invocat”, Lightspeed, February 2013

“The Advocate,” Eclipse Online, January 2013

“The Segment,” After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia, October 2012.

“Good Fences,” Nightmare, October 2012

“A Bead of Jasper, Four Small Stones,” Clarkesworld, October 2012.

[Reprint: Audio, Clarkesworld]

[Reprint: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 7, Forthcoming 2013]

“Armless Maidens of the American West,” Apex Magazine, August 2012

“The Last Run of the Coppelia.” Armored, March 2012

“The Gravedigger of Konstan Spring,” Lightspeed Magazine, February 2012

[Reprint: The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, Forthcoming 2013]

“A Game of Mars,” Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures of Barsoom, February 2012

“Bufonidae,” Phantasmagorium, October 2011

“The Nearest Thing,” Lightspeed Magazine, August 2011.

[Reprint: The Year's Bet SF 17]

[Reprint: Robots: The Recent AI, 2012]

[Reprint: 21st Century Science Fiction, Forthcoming.]

“Souvenir,” Strange Horizons, August 2011.

“Demons, Your Body, and You,” Subterranean Magazine, July 2011.

[Reprint: The Mammoth Book of Angels & Demons, 2013]

“Semiramis,” Clarkesworld, June 2011

“The Finest Spectacle Anywhere,” Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2011

“Study, for Solo Piano,” Fantasy Magazine, May 2011

[Reprint: CIRCUS: Fantasy Under the Big Top, Fall 2012]

[Reprint: Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution, Fall 2012]

“The Sandal-Bride”, Fantasy Magazine, March 2011

[Reprint: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year 2012, ed. Rich Horton]

“She Drives the Men to Crimes of Passion!,” Bewere the Night, April 2011

“Things to Know about Being Dead,” Teeth, April 2011

[NOMINEE: 2012 Shirley Jackson Award]

“The Burmese Tailor,” Jabberwocky 5, February 2011

“Carte Blanche,” Electric Velocipede, Spring 2011

“Bread and Circuses,” Beneath Ceaseless Skies, November 2010

“Seeing,” Clarkesworld, November 2010

[Reprint (Audio): Clarkesworld]

“So Deep that the Bottom Could Not Be Seen,” The Way of the Wizard (ed. John Joseph Adams), October 2010

“And She Shall Be Crowned According to Her Station,” Strange Horizons, September 2010.

“And the Next, and the Next,”, The Living Dead 2 (ed. John Joseph Adams), September 2010

“The Zeppelin Conductors’ Society Annual Gentlemen’s Ball,” Lightspeed, July 2010.

[Reprint (audio) included]

[Reprint: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 5]

[Reprint: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, 2012]

“Take Four,” Kaleidotrope, July 2010.

“The Dire Wolf,” Running with the Pack (ed. Ekaterina Sedia), May 2010.

[Reprint: The Weird Fiction Review, March 2012]

“Wondrous Days,” Apex Magazine, January 2010

“A Garden in Bloom,” Shimmer’s Clockwork Jungle Book, November 2009

“A Brief Investigation of the Process of Decay” , Strange Horizons, November 2009.

“And in their Glad Rags,” Straying from the Path, November 2009

[Reprint: Happily Ever After, 2011]

“To a Dear Friend, on Her Departure,” Last Drink Bird Head, October 2009 [Reprint:, Fall 2013]

“Light on the Water,” Fantasy, October 2009.

[NOMINEE: World Fantasy Award, 2009]

“To Set Before the King,” Interfictions 2 Online Annex, (ed. Delia Sherman & Christopher Barzak). September 2009

“Is this Your Day to Join the Revolution?”, Futurismic, September 2009

[Reprint (Audio): StarShipSofa, January 2011]

[Reprint: Brave New Worlds]

“Advection,” Clarkesworld. August 2009.

[Reprint (Audio): Escape Pod, November 2010]

“How to Write a Sad Song,” Jabberwocky 4. July 2009.

“Bespoke,” Strange Horizons. July 2009.

[Reprint (Audio): Podcastle, August 2010]

[Reprint: Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2010]

[Reprint: Year's Best SF 15]

[Reprint: Bloody Fabulous, 2012]

“The Drink of Fine Gentlemen Everywhere,” Sybil’s Garage 6, July 2009

Carthago Delenda Est,” Federations (ed. John Joseph Adams). May 2009.

[Reprint (Audio): Escape Pod, August 2009]

[Reprint: War and Space, 2012]

[Reprint: Aliens: Recent Encounters, 2013]

“White Stone,” Fantasy Magazine, March 2009

“Synergy,” Diet Soap. February 2009.

“Keep Calm and Carillon,” Farrago’s Wainscot. January 2009.

[Reprint: Creatures! Thirty Years of Monsters, 2011]

“Count”, Cabinet des Fees. September 2008.

“The Red Shoes”, Journal of Mythic Arts (Endicott Studio), August 2008.

[Honorable Mention, Best Horror of the Year 1]

“Wedding Portrait”, Quarter After Eight, April 2008

“La Belle Dormant”, Byzarium January 2008 [Read it here]

“29 Union Leaders Can’t Be Wrong”, Strange Horizons, June 2007

[Reprint (Audio): Escape Pod, February 2009]

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    As predicted, Queen Catherine began her “I Will Ruin You Sexually” Tour pretty much the moment Henry was in the ground. What a magnificent time.


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    I loved the Met’s Death Becomes Her exhibition of mourning clothes. The rules of mourning are fascinating and infuriating in equal measure, and the exhibit does a great job of presenting the benefits of mourning (publicly noting grief explains much to others that one then doesn’t have to explain oneself), the business of mourning (fashion crept into mourning left right and center), and the politics of mourning (sexually-experienced ladies who might have money and be in the market for a new husband? Lock up your sons). 

    [Top photo: Metropolitan Museum. Other photos mine.]

    "The Scots shut themselves up in total darkness,wear veils, i know not how many folds, but so black that sitting beside them you could not tell whether it is a broomstick dressed up or what it is." - Elizabeth Emma Stuart, 1856

    "Black is becoming; and young widows, fair, plump, and smiling, with their roguish eyes sparkling under their black veils are very seducing." - Robert De Valcourt, The Illustrated Manners Book, 1855

    "I remember a remark a very superficial minded young lady made to me the other day: ‘I think a long black dress and a long black veil look so nice.’ Poor creature let her think on. She was in mourning once for her father." Nannie Haskins Williams, 1863

    "Have been all this week in a sad task making up my mourning for my dear Papa & today for the first time put it on. The sight of this black dress brings the cause why I wear it more fully to my mind, if possible brings him more vividly before me." Catherine Anne Edmonston, 1861

    "Black is more than ever the favorite color of fashion. there was a time—our mothers will remember it—when the sole fact of wearing a black dress when one was not in mourning was sufficient to call forth a kind of reprobation, and to cause the wearer to be classed among the dangerously eccentric women."  Harper’s Bazaar, 1879