Mother Christmas, Vol. 1: The Muse
(Rosarium Publishing, 2022) — It might be the most unexpected fantasy saga of all: the secret origin of Santa Claus! Mother Christmas weaves a tapestry of mythic fantasy through the actual historical truth of Saint Nicholas, creating a lush world of supernatural adventure that’s brought to life by the stunning comic debut of Brazilian artist Vic Terra.
(Get a sneak peek at Mother Christmas here.)
Fifteen hundred years before anyone ever called her “Mrs. Claus,” she was Amara, an immortal Muse with a rebellious streak and an assignment from the Elders that she wasn’t too worried about. How hard could it be to inspire one girl to worship the old ways, at her Mediterranean temple on the edge of the Roman Empire? But there were two things Amara never expected: that she’d spend so much time with her charge’s brother, a starry-eyed young priest named Nicholas, and that they’d be plagued by a twisted conspiracy of broken humans, invisible watchers, and shadowy fear-goblins called Kobaloi. Desperate to protect the people she cares about, Amara finds herself breaking the Muses’ rules more and more flagrantly—but not even the would-be-saint Nick could imagine the dark season ahead…
+Horror Library+ Vol. 7
(Dark Moon Books, 2022) — The +Horror Library+ series is internationally praised as a groundbreaking source of contemporary horror short fiction stories—relevant to the moment and stunning in impact—from leading authors of the macabre and darkly imaginative. Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library+ series is packed with heart-pounding thrills and creepy contemplations as to what truly lurks among the shadows of the world(s) we live in.
I’m so happy to be a part of this collection in volume 7, with “The Tooth Butcher, “my haunted dentist story—full of teeth and ghosts and longing!
Forking Good: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of The Good Place
(Quirk Books, 2019) — With its high concept, exceptional writing, eye-popping set design, stellar cast, meaningful explorations of what it means to be a good person, and clam chowder fountains, The Good Place has captured the hearts and minds of critics and viewers alike. For the first time ever, fans can indulge their cravings for The Good Place with delicious, comforting, original recipes like “Macaroni and Socra-cheese,” “I Think Therefore I Clam (Chowder),” “I Kant Believe It’s Not Buttermilk Pancakes,” and more. Each recipe title references a philosopher or philosophical concept from the show and uses food analogies to explain those concepts to readers who, like Eleanor, can’t always follow Chidi’s lectures.
Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us About Raising a Family
(Quirk Books, 2016) — A gift book for parents, charmingly illustrated by Greg Christman, that explores all the imaginative and unorthodox child-rearing inspiration we find hiding between the lines of the stories of beloved fictional families.
What can Peter Parker and his Aunt May teach us about teenage stress? How can Kara “Starbuck” Thrace’s frequent screw-ups help us understand the power of forgiveness? What do we learn about father-son bonding from T’Challa and T’Chaka? And what lessons in family spirit can we take from Morticia and Gomez Addams and their equally unique brood?
A World of Horror
(Dark Moon Books, 2018) — This exciting anthology collects all-new dark-fantasy fiction from authors around the world, from Singapore and Indonesia to Sweden and Jamaica, all inspired by the myths of their ancestral heritage.
My story, “Honey,” draws together old Ukrainian legends and reckless modern-dayYouTubers to wonder what might be lurking in the forests outside Chernobyl.
The Silence of Trees
(Wolfsword Press, 2010) — Debut novel. When she was sixteen, Nadya snuck out of her house in Western Ukraine to meet a fortuneteller in the woods. She never expected it to be the last time she would see her family. Decades later, Nadya’s beloved dead insist on being heard through dreams and whispers in the night. They want the truth to come out.
“The lovely prose and the mix of mythic Ukrainian matter with a contemporary setting won me over.” —Charles de Lint