Etherea Magazine Issue #16

(“The Crown,” Etherea, 2023)

Etherea Magazine, #16. A collection of wonderful speculative fiction from authors around the globe.

She’d laughed. Marilla couldn’t recall what she’d told the man, or even his face, but she contemplated the question as she walked toward her office. She passed the marketing department’s insipid new posters—The only limit is your imagination and Be anyone you want to be, among other inaccuracies—and muttered, “Anything. I’d do almost anything.” – The Crown, by Taija Morgan

Penitent’s Gold Anthology

(“Gold Digger,” The Seventh Terrace, 2022)

Curated by Sarah L. Pratt & Robert Bose.

Greed is good. And being greedy even better. You are greedy aren’t you? Of course you are. Awash in the poetry of Avarice, your twisted soul lusts for material gain long after releasing your mortal coil. Welcome to Terrace V in the famed Purgatorio, where you’ll atone for your incorrigible greed with your fellow Penitents, languishing in sight of gold forever out of reach.

In this collection of dark needful tales, bikini clad thieves make the score of a lifetime at ravenous cost, it’s all fun and games until the Hare kills the Hound, a family bound rock star longs for life he once led, memories are worth a terrible price, and a pair of grifters plunder a haunted gold mine – among others! You can never be too rich, and Chris Marrs, Taija Morgan, Chris Patrick Carolan, Lindsay Thomas, Shane Kroetsch, Sarah L. Pratt and Robert Bose will tantalize you with promises of wealth beyond the nightmares of Avarice.

Look out for this Seventh Terrace anthology and my short story “Gold Digger” now available everywhere. Follow them on Facebook for more great content!

The Rabbit Hole V Anthology

(“The Blue Ghost,” Writers’ Co-op, 2022)

Welcome to the Rabbit Hole. On our fifth excursion into the warren of the odd, 37 authors lead us down their own little burrows of strangeness: an army of penguins, music that cures, aliens that communicate through old cartoons, images of the future that save, unwanted visions of the now, and, oh yes, it is raining lawyers. All have one thing in common, they are just…plain…weird. Weird can be funny, weird can be sad, weird can be thoughtful, weird can be mad, but the one thing in common is that weird shares experiences you have, thankfully, never had. Just be careful, all little bunnies are not nice, but they are memorable.

Stories by: Pete Barnstrom, Lori M. Myers, Richard Zaric, James Rumpel, Rhonda Eikamp, Joseph Carrabis, Leslie Muzingo, H. Donovan Lyón, GD Deckard, Lesley Bungay, S.E. Reed, Alexis Cunningham, Taija Morgan, Matt Nagin, Carl E. Reed, Stefan Markos, Anna Ross, Jon Zelazny, Marie Anderson and Tom Chmura, Richard Hough, Joseph Farley, D. A. Becher, David M. Donachie, Sally Basmajian, Bobby Rollins, Anthony Regolino, Robin Pond, Christina Hoag, John Haas, Joshua Williams, Jodi Rizzotto, Louis Evans, David Castlewitz, Tom Howard, Ira Nayman, and Tom Wolosz. Cover image adapted from an original design by Ian Bristow. A Writers’ Co-op Production.

“The Blue Ghost” was accepted into this exciting anthology, which is now available everywhere.

Prairie Witch Anthology

(“Never Walk the Tracks at Night,” Prairie Soul Press, 2022)

They thought our embers were dead and gone …

Would the contents of your bookshelf get you burned as a witch in the past? Throughout history, women accused of being witches and put to death by burning, stoning, hanging, or drowning were women who were smart, educated, healers, single, widowed, old, overly social, confident, too beautiful, too ugly, sexual, subversive, and deviant. Witches have been most often portrayed as evil, living solitary lives in the forest, eating children, and communing with the devil. But in recent years, women have been reclaiming the word “witch” to symbolize female empowerment. This excites us very much and makes us wonder what stories about witches and the Canadian Prairies could be told!

Check out this amazing anthology by Calgary publisher Prairie Soul Press. My short story “Never Walk the Tracks at Night” is included in this one, as well as a host of other terrifying tales by some of my all-time favourite local authors. Prairie Witch was also featured on Writers’ Block, the monthly book show on CJSW (UofC student radio). Listen to a five-minute excerpt from “Never Walk the Tracks at Night” here.

Tales to Terrify: Episode 548

(“Eat Your Rage,” 2022)

Have you ever written something so brain-rendingly disturbing you actually shocked the hell out of yourself? If you know me at all, that’s a pretty high bar, and it’s one I am pleased to announce I have surpassed in my short story “Eat Your Rage.”

Not only is this story the most thoroughly disturbed thing I’ve written to date, but Tales to Terrify actually read it and decided to publish it as a podcast! So when you think about it, they must be more messed-up than I am. This may be love.

Tales to Terrify is a weekly short fiction horror podcast operating since 2012. You can check them out at their website or Facebook, or listen to their podcasts on Spotify or Apple for some deliciously dark fiction.

“Eat Your Rage” is a short story turned podcast episode for your auditory-consuming pleasure (or disgust? It’s a fine line for us horror lovers, right?). If you can stomach it, you can listen right here:

Taija Morgan’s Eat Your Rage as read by Alex Weinle: 00:26:40

The night before Halloween, a dying man’s intrusive thoughts twist into disturbing compulsions as he tries to prove there’s nothing he can’t fix.

Theoretically I shouldn’t have to tell you this if you’ve read this far, but for good measure: this story is for adults only, it contains extreme horror, gore, violence, mutilation, and so on. Also some bad language. All my favourite things. If you barf, that’s on you; you’ve been warned. Bon Appétit!

But in all serious, I’m positively chuffed to hear this as a podcast! Huge thanks to Tales to Terrify and their amazing team! Please give those nice folks a follow, a ritual sacrifice, or a friendly comment.

Prairie Gothic Anthology

(“Arsenic & Old Men,” Prairie Soul Press, 2020)

Aurora Award Nominated Anthology 2021

It’s scarier when you can’t hide.

That’s the idea behind Prairie Gothic, the new anthology of psychological and supernatural horror from Prairie Soul Press. Gothic tales, set in decaying, abandoned settings and characters with dark secrets mingle on the high Canadian Prairies.

Something wicked this way comes…

Featuring the talents of: PJ Vernon, Sarah L. Johnson, Mike Thorn, Chris Patrick Carolan, Chris Marrs, Calvin D. Jim, Stacey Kondla, Marty Chan, Taija Morgan, Konn Lavery, Jim Jackson, Robert Bose, Rhonda Parrish, and Elizabeth Whitton.

In Places Between Anthology

(“The Crown,” Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Anthology, 2019)

The very best short fiction of When Words Collide. A short story anthology contest.

Opal Writers’ Magazine

(Non-Fiction Writing Craft Articles)

Opal WritersMagazine is published by Opal Publishing in Calgary, Alberta and distributed monthly by e-mail to subscribers. Opal is for authors by authors.

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