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New Story Acceptance

I’ve learned that my story “This Beautiful Creature,” will appear in an upcoming science fiction anthology “Second Contacts,” published by Bundoran Press. Second Contacts explores what happens after humans make contact with aliens, each story set a couple of generations after the initial encounter. I’m including the table of contents below:

Roof of Casa Batllo (taken by Morgan Crooks 2014)

  • Introduction by Hayden Trenholm
  • The Susans Come Home by Barry King
  • Connoisseurs of the Eccentric by Jetse De Vries
  • Soil of Truth by Nicole Lavigne
  • Wash Away on Fiant Lux by Robin Wyatt Dunn
  • Free Radical by David Tallerman
  • Between the Worlds by Jordon Moore
  • A Girl and Her Tentacle Monster by Naomi Libicki
  • As Below, So Above by Matt Moore
  • This Beautiful Creature by Morgan Crooks
  • Translator by Albert Nothlit
  • Grief by Karen Anderson
  • Strong Arms Be Our Conscience by Andrew Barton
  • Windigo by David Yeh
  • The Peace of the Worlds by Jaime Babb
  • Get the Message by Peter Wendt
  • Scar Tissue by Coleen Anderson and Rhea Rose
  • Stitch by Liz Westbrook-Trenholm
  • Look, Don't Touch by Holly Schofield
  • Afterword by Michael Rimar


The editors said the anthology should be out early this Fall. I’ll update as I get more information. Thank you again to Hayden and Mike for choosing my story for this collection.
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