Short fiction keeps me busy. Anyone pursuing science fiction/fantasy/horror in the program, I strongly recommend working on some short stories—they pay (in genre), they get read, they help you build a name for novel publication if that interests you. This is my summer:
Gargoyle is actually a “mainstream” literary journal, though it is wide open aesthetically and publishes experimental fiction, realism, and even fantasy that feels experimental. My tongue-in-cheek attempt at realism, called “Slice of Life”, was published in Gargoyle #61. No pay but copies here, but oddly that makes it better for my CV, teaching wise. Perverse incentives!
The ebook magazine of quiet horror, LampLight enters its third year, and I was pleased to publish a lightly-dark fantasy “Burning Stones” in it. I wrote on my blog that it was my attempt at a Bradbury story, with an eye toward creating something baby Oliver will be able to read sooner rather than later. If you write very traditional horror/ghost stuff, do check it out.
Finally, the baby did start reading just the other day! See?
That’s Nightmare Carnival, the latest book by legendary anthologist Ellen Datlow. It includes my pro rasslin’ noir story “Work, Shoot, Hook, Rip” and pieces by many other fine authors, mostly in a horror/fantasy vein. (Mine is non-supernatural dark crime.) Halloween reading!
Hope you check some of these out and think seriously about short fiction.