Luckily, I didn’t need anyone to rescue me. I could do that for myself…
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Most of my short stories were written for magazines aimed at adults, but you can find my Kat short stories and my YA short stories at the top of this page, clearly marked. Most of the short stories on this page are free to read online, and I’ve included links below the story titles.
Luckily, I didn’t need anyone to rescue me. I could do that for myself…
That meant that Angeline was my only hope…because Angeline would do almost anything, given enough incentive…
First published in Puffin Post, November 2011.
My father’s house is full of secrets…
A Victorian gothic novelette full of eerie magic and mystery…and just a touch of romance. Published as an ebook on July 13, 2016.
A frothy, romantic comedy of manners, based on a skewed version of Cinderella.
First published in Daily Science Fiction, November 8, 2013.
Republished in Podcastle, March 21, 2014 - listen to the free audio podcast.
Forbidden magic and romance in Victorian England!
First published in Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society and Scandal, ed. Ekaterina Sedia, September 2012. (A.k.a. Wilful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society and Scandal in the UK!)
Republished in Inscription Magazine, 12 May 2014.
A sixteen-year-old girl finds the fate of her country in her hands, with terrifying magic and danger on every side.
First published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 26 March 2009.
Eighteen-year-old Amanda has finally escaped her unconventional upbringing to go to college. All she wants now is to concentrate on her classes and ignore the vampires blending in on campus…but when her roommate is bitten, it’s time for Amanda to take action.
Written as a Christmas gift for my brother Ben (a philosophy grad student at that point), who asked for a funny vampire story set in East Lansing, Michigan, our hometown.
When I let Sam sweet talk me into moving out here to the back of beyond to be his wife, it was all about the romance of the wild, the two of us standing at each other’s sides against mountain lions and poisonous snakes, and me learning to be just as fierce against them as any man. Days like today somehow never got mentioned in any of his stories, back then…
First published in Strange Horizons, 9 November 2009.
Jazz, war, and family love in 1940s Youngstown and Europe. This story was written in memory of my grandfather, Emil Bauman, and his brothers.
First published in Shimmer Magazine, Issue 10, March 2009.
Republished in Bewere the Night, ed. Ekaterina Sedia, April 2011.
A mail-order bride in 19th-century Northern Michigan finds more than she’d expected…
First published in The Fortean Bureau, March 2005.
Republished in Pseudopod, 6 April 2007 - Listen to free audio podcast.
Republished in Diet Soap, Issue 2, May 2008.
Republished in Grendelsong, October 31, 2015.
Betrayal and romance in Elizabethan England.
First published in Grendelsong, Issue 1, September 2006.
Republished in Quantum Kiss, March 2007.
From the moment Septimus O’Callaghan walked into Mrs. DeYoung’s Sunday garden party, looking as beautiful and as impossible as a young Greek god, I thought I could predict everything that was to follow…
First published in Lone Star Stories, October 2005.
For anyone who ever felt a fleeting moment of sympathy for the evil older sisters in fairy tales…
First published in Flytrap Magazine, Issue #11, March 2014
She’s lurking outside my campfire again…
First published in Aeon, Issue 8, August 2006.
Republished in Toasted Cake podcast, April 2014 - listen free online.
I wrote this story in memory of my great-grandfather, Mosche Gerschfeld, who first told me the fairy tale “The Little Tailor” when I was five years old.
First published in Say..., May 2005.
Republished in Serendipity, Issue 3, November 2007.
A retelling of “East of the sun, West of the Moon” – and a romance about marriage.
First published in Grendelsong, April 2007.
Republished in Quantum Kiss, January 2008.
The giant’s side of the fairy tale…
First published in Lone Star Stories, December 2004.
Republished in Podcastle, 18th April 2008 - Listen to free audio podcast.
Republished in The Lone Star Stories Reader, ed. Eric T. Marin, November 2008.
I’m not sure I like our games anymore…
First published in Flytrap, Issue 2, May 2004.
Swordfighting, banter, and a very dangerous library!
First published in Insert Title Here, ed. Tehani Wessely, April 2015.
(Co-written with Patrick Samphire.)
First published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Issue 23, June 2006.
A guide for young adventurers…
First published in Full Unit Hookup, Issue 9, August 2008.
You can never let anyone suspect, his mother told him. That was the first rule she taught him, and the last, before she left him here alone with It.
First published in Strange Horizons, January 2007.
Republished in Pseudopod, 27th April 2007 - Listen to free audio podcast.
Republished in Running With the Pack, ed. Ekaterina Sedia, April 2010.
Vampire girls in love in revolutionary Paris!
First published in Black Static, Issue 11, June 2009.
Republished in Wicked Women, ed. Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber, October 2014.
It’s never a good idea to underestimate a mother…
First published in Space and Time Magazine, July 2009.
My funny werewolves-in-Pittsburgh story!
First published in Persistent Visions, August 2016.
Regrets, relationships, and the possibility of real magic…
First published in Daily Science Fiction, February 2015.
Republished in Podcastle - Listen free online
Mothers and magic and powerful aunts!
First published in Daily Science Fiction, May 2014.
Deep loss, deep love. Written in memory of a beloved relative.
First published in Daily Science Fiction, May 2012
My very silly Richard III (as a ghost) short story, written after SO MANY trips to the Richard III museum in York!
First published in Colinthology, a charity anthology whose proceeds go to the Bristol hospital charity Above & Beyond, October 2012.
That Wednesday, the witch found five silver paperclips laid across her doorstep, next to an apple and a sharpened No. 2 pencil…
First published in Fantasy Magazine, August 2009.
Republished in Wax & Wane: A Gathering of Witch Tales, ed. David T. Neal, March 2016.
First published in Flytrap, Issue 8, November 2007.
First published in Belong, ed. Russell B. Farr, April 2010
First published in The Town Drunk, May 2007.
How far would you go to be a perfect mother?
First published in Futuristica, Volume I, ed. Chester Hoster, June 2016.
Making a bad night even worse, Elizabeth Nichols woke at 3 a.m. with an unmistakable feeling of nameless, creeping dread… A funny spec-fic story about the true horrors discovered in parenthood.
First published in Unidentified Funny Objects, edited by Alex Shvartsman, December 2012.
They were saved, after all their fear and despair…and now it was time for her to redeem her promise.
First published in The Sixty: Arts of Andy Bigwood, a science fiction anthology and art book ed. (and illustrated by) Andy Bigwood, April 2011.
A science-fictional comedy of manners. How embarrassing are your relatives? ;)
First published in Lone Star Stories, December 2008.
A woman designed to be the perfect wife discovers the shattering secrets behind her marriage.
First published in Forgotten Worlds, July 2006.
Republished in Escape Pod, 28th March 2008 - Listen to free audio podcast.
Developing super-powers can seriously strain a relationship…
First published in Future Bristol anthology, ed. Colin Harvey, April 2009.