Short Fiction

Scissors & Spackle Issue VIScissors & Spackle have chosen my 7-minute  audio story, Rogue’s Coat, as their showpiece of the month! Listen for free directly on their website, or buy yourself a hard copy (also in audio) in Issue VI, also available on their website.  Editor-in-Chief Jenny Catlin had this to say about the collaboration:

What it means to be a reader may be shifting along with the methods of delivery but the passion is alive and coursing. I don’t think anything exemplifies this more than our featured piece for Issue Six. Avery Oslo has crafted a story that is beautiful standing alone but it only comes to fruition when read by Tobias Paramore; together they have created a masterpiece of storytelling.

Smachcake literary journal

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“Komenda’s Children” a story from the Nashville Writer’s Meetup Anthology,  is being reprinted next to another piece on race  included in the next big, fat, square issue of Smashcake Magazine, which you can buy right on their site.

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Nashville Writer's AnthologySoundtrack Not Included: Words from the Nashville Writers Meetup Group (2012 edition)  features a story of mine, “Komenda’s Children,”  about an American mother who confronts her family’s pain-filled past in a tiny West African village. You can get your advance copy (and meet the author!)  at the 2011 Southern Festival of Books, or if you missed this awesome event, you can still find it for sale on Amazon.

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“For The Love of Ciderpunk”, a gritty YA tale of a girl caught between love and God in a camp of cider-swilling punks and squatters will make its debut in the 2012 edition of the Best New Writing anthologies.

It made it on the short-list for the Eric Hoffer Award,  and you can order it from amazon here.

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Scholars & Rogues, the thinking rogue’s rag, has published my flashfic about protest-girls titled “As The World Burns.”

When I was with Katrin again two months later it was May Day. It took three riot cops to keep her on the ground long enough to cuff her next to the bank’s broken window. She had a second rock still in her bruised hand.

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The unfortunately titled “Celibacy” was published  in the “Frozen Frigid” December 13, 2010 issue of 50 to 1, “an ezine that posts only 50 word stories and first line inspirational sentences that are meant to get the reader hooked into the rest of the story.”

“Sharon’s first boyfriend looked like the dude from the Big Lebowski.”


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Evolve Journal has published my short story “Business Talk” in the November 2010 issue.

“Anna’s family is complicated, like a velvety tomato gravy.

Anna and her brothers and cousins grew up with just one directive: don’t ask, don’t tell, and most importantly, don’t answer any questions. Since they were three years old, the children knew to open their mouths only for linguine, antipasto, garlic bread, and cannoli.”

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Title Goes Here is publishing another creepy drabble of mine in the October 2011 edition. “Him & Her” illustrates how differently two people can perceive of the same exchange. Plus, there’s creepyness aplenty.

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In the mood for a sweet Jamaican tale with an ever-after ending? Be sure to check out “The Bauxite Tree” in Aurora Wolf’s  New Fairy Tales anthology.

“In the bush, the nighttime creatures stirred. The dreadlocked girl stopped at the top of the hill to savor the coolness. With the cricket-chirps loud in her ears, she strained her eyes to see the glow at the top of the third hill. It was there, warm and reassuring, and so the little girl tore blindly down the hill, mowing down bush and all lizards foolish enough to not get out of the way.

She did not stop at the bottom of the hill, but kept running, toes digging into roots as she climbed the third and largest hill of them all. When she got to the top, she wasn’t sure if it was the running or the sight at the bottom of the hill that wrenched the breath out of her lungs and up to Jah.”

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“Jessica’s Dictionary,” a dark disgusting little drabble, is  in issue 15 (December 2010) of the notorious Sex and Murder, an extreme horror,  dark fiction, and splatterpunk rag.

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Enjoy my sexy flashfic “High”  in  Pocket Smut zine.

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“Storm Chasers” is  in the September 2010 Fall Flash Fiction Extravaganza issue of the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.

“He presses the keys into my hand.  “Just follow the storm.”

The southern sheet lightning flashes through the sky like a redneck Aurora Borealis, backlighting the hills with pinks and greens. It flashes again, and his glass-marble eyes glint before his chin and cheekbones are cast in shadow.

I will never tell him no.”

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“How to Spend $40”, a sweet little tale of roommate revenge,  is in the September 2010 issue of Jersey Devil Press.

“You knew you had to do this when you caught a pair of striped Calvin Kleins eating your leftovers and backwashing into your carton of juice.”


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Alice Magazine is inspired by fairy tales and so am I.  My flashfic “Hansel’s Legacy” is in the July 2010 issue.

“…And while Hansel and Gretel may have lived happily ever after, the lineage of he who kills a witch cannot. And so it is that Hansel never had children. But the witch’s many children survived, and they had many children, too. And then those children had many children.”

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“Trees in Space,” deemed an ” interesting and oddly dark little piece” by Juliet Cook has been published in Thirteen Myna Birds, a journal that publishes “the evocative, the connotative, the denotative, the oblique, the creepy, the quirky, the kinky, and the edgy.” Thirteen Myna Birds only publishes thirteen pieces at a time, so catch “Trees in Space” before it evaporates!

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Who hasn’t crushed on an art teacher before? My erotic flash (no pun intended!), “The Art Teacher” will be in the anthology Daily Flashes of Erotica with Pill Hill Press. You can buy the anthology from Amazon. It features a daily doses of adult flash fiction for every day of the year.

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“Mississippi Rain” is up on Dew on the Kudzu, a journal of all things Southern.  My flash is tiny but crammed full of  ice cream, climate change, and a rebel mermaid. A rebel mermaid, y’all!

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