13 exceptional science fiction & fantasy short stories

Maria Haskins


It seems I had lots of time to read short fiction this past month, because my shortlist of “great speculative short fiction I read online” is even longer than usual. I’ve tried to keep each list to nine stories, but this month it was impossible, so I went with 13 instead. So many fantastic stories, so many fantastic zines, sites, and writers.

Bearskin, by Angela Slatter at The Dark. Angela Slatter is one of my favourite writers right now, and this short fantasy story is a brilliant showcase of her skills. Dark, lustrous prose, and a tale that weaves together both horror, sadness, and bits of joy. It’s beautiful stuff, and it made me cry: definitely a story that I keep turning over in my mind long after reading it.

All The Colors You Thought Were Kings, by Arkady Martine at Shimmer. This is an astonishing science fiction…

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Read “To Dr. Von Lupe, Concerning the Kraken” on Mad Scientist Journal

My piece of flash fiction, “To Dr. Von Lupe, Concerning the Kraken”, is now live on the Mad Scientist Journal website, along with some very fun art by Scarlett O’Hairdye:


Check it out and learn all about the art of teaching cephalopods to craft!

“Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2016” now for sale!

The Spring 2016 issue of Mad Scientist Journal is now for sale!


My short story “To Dr. Von Lupe, Concerning the Kraken” is a piece of this wonderful funny anthology, and has received a shout out on the cover, enticing readers with the promise of “Crocheting Krakens?”

Right now the collection is available at Amazon (Print/Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Print/NOOK), Kobo, iBookstore, and Smashwords!

Review of “The Former Minion’s Support Group”

Rachel Acks, the editor of the “No Sh!t, There I Was” Anthology, has been writing quick reviews of the stories included in the collection in order to spread news about the Kickstarter. And yesterday was my turn to have my work promoted! Visit her blog to see a review and promotion of my short sci-fi story, “The Former Minion’s Support Group”.

And while on the topic, a reminder that there are less than two weeks left to support the “No Sh!t, There I Was” Kickstarter. Pledge any amount in order to support 24 different writers coming together for one amazing anthology.