Stories to Read Online

Art by Kathleen Jennings

For anyone who wants to see the sort of things I write, below is a list of my stories that are online (in no particular order) and free to read. Enjoy!

“Rising, Not Dreaming”,

Lovecraftian horrors and harp music! Originally appeared in the February 2011 issue of the Innsmouth Free Press online magazine; Russian translation in Darker Magazine, August 2015.

“By My Voice I Shall Be Known”,

Quilting! Revenge! Tongues! Original fiction for The Dark (Sean Wallace, ed.); reprinted in The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings (Tartarus Press, 2014).


Bears! Winter! Crossbows! Original fiction for The Dark, Sean Wallace, ed.); reprinted in The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings (Tartarus Press, 2014).

“The Jacaranda Wife”,

An Australian fairy tale. Originally appeared in Dreaming Again, Jack Dann (ed.), HarperCollins, 2008; reprinted in Australis Imaginarium, FableCroft, August 2010.

“Neither Time Nor Tears”,

Old houses and PhD avoidance. Originally appeared in Dreaming in the Dark, Jack Dann (ed.), PS Publishing, 2016.

“The Heart is a Mirror for Sinners”,

Gothic. Sooooo gothic. Originally published in Murder Ballads, Mark Beech (ed.), Egaeus Press, March 2017; translated into Japanese in Night Land Quarterly, Volume 3, Atelier Third, November, 2015.

“Better Angels”,

The bad things we unwittingly let in. Original fiction for The Review of Australian Fiction, December 2017.

“The Red Forest”,

Blood porridge and trees. Originally appeared in Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales, PS Publishing, 2016; reprinted in The Dark Magazine, February 2019; translated into Japanese, The Night Land Quarterly #17, May 2019.


I do like cats, really I do, but it’s hard to tell from this story. Original fiction for The Dark Magazine, Sean Wallace and Silvia Moreno-Garcia (eds.), 2019; translated into Italian, Il Buio #6, Lorenzo Crescentini (ed.), 2019.

“No Good Deed”,

Brides and tombs and jewellery, oh my! Originally appeared in New Fears, Mark Morris (ed.), Titan Books, 2017); reprinted as “A Song of Dust” in Best New Horror #29, Stephen Jones (ed.), PS Publishing, 2018.

“St Dymphna’s School for Poison Girls”,

Books and revenge and bride training. Original fiction (novella) for The Review of Australian Fiction, Volume 9, Issue 3, February 2014; reprinted in In Focus 2014, Tehani Wessely (ed.), Fablecroft Publications; translated into Chinese in Science Fiction World, 2018. Winner of the Aurealis Awards for Best Short Fantasy Story 2014.

“The Coffin-Maker’s Daughter”, .

Coffins. Originally appeared in A Book of Horrors, Stephen Jones (ed.), Jo Fletcher Books, September 2011); reprinted in Sunspot Jungle, Bill Campbell (ed.), Rosarium Publishing Press, 2018, The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011, Ticonderoga Publications, 2012; translated  Spanish translation in Terra Nova antología, Mariano Villarreal (ed.), Sportula Publishing Press, 2017; Chinese translation in Future Affairs Administration; into Polish at Poltergeist Magazine, January 2014; Romanian translation at Revista de Suspans. Winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Short Story 2011.

“Brisneyland by Night”,

Kind of a Pied Piper meets Hansel and Gretel in Brisbane. Originally published in Sprawl, Twelfth Planet Press, September 2010.


More books and a curious kid. Original fiction for Shimmer #4, Summer 2006.

“Bluebeard’s Daughter”,

Fairytale mashup plus apples. Original fiction for SQ Magazine, May 2015.

“Finnegan’s Field”,

Fairies and an Australian town and a child who came back. Original fiction for, Jan 2016; Chinese translation in Science Fiction World, January 2018.

“Honor They Mother”,

Christmas. In Salem. Things do not go well. Originally appeared in Hark! The Herald Angels Scream, Christopher Golden (ed), Blumhouse Books (Knopf Doubleday), 2018.