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And Another New Story!

I’m particularly proud of this one, probably because it surprised even me when I finished it. I wrote “Christmas Eve at The Exit” last year, after hearing this query at a hotel just below my house. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine picked the story up for their holiday issue. It’s not a warm and fuzzy piece, but […]

Recommended Reading List: August, 2014

I’ve listed the best of the best from my August reading below. Thank heavens for these pieces. They provided much needed escape.

Recommended Reading List: December, 2013

I read a lot in December, too much of it forgettable. I read a Christmas novel by one of my favorite romance authors, a reissue that I had missed, and was pretty disturbed by the behavior of the male protagonist. I read two other novels that just didn’t thrill me, and a lot of short […]

Short Stories! Nelscott! Diving! What More Could You Want? (Don’t Answer That)

This month sees the publication of two of my short stories in the Dell Magazines. “Sob Sisters” marks the first appearance for my Kris Nelscott pen name in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and the first publication for Nelscott in about 5 years. Don’t worry, Nelscott fans, the newest Smokey novel will come out in March. It’s […]

Recommended Reading List: November, 2012

I initially started this list because I was no longer editing, and I wanted to recommend what I’m reading to you. I’m editing again in a limited capacity for Fiction River, and I’m reading some marvelous stories. You’ll have to see those, especially the ones in the volumes that list me as editor (not just […]

Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2012

I generally post my recommended reading list a month or three after I’ve done the reading. Which means that all of the holiday stories that I read get recommended in January or February. Last year, I decided to do a compilation of past holiday recommends so that you can get them for the appropriate season, […]

Local Knowledge in the Best American Mystery Stories of the Year!

I’m honored to report that my short story, “Local Knowledge,” has just been reprinted in The Best American Mystery Stories 2012 edited by Robert Crais. The story first appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. I’m very pleased by this.  If you’d like a copy, you can get it at your local bookseller or find a copy here. […]

Recommended Reading List: May, 2012

I read a lot of short fiction in May. I didn’t finish a lot of books. I dipped in and out of anthologies, collections, magazines, and individual short Kindle titles. I was exhausted, a lot happened this month, and I couldn’t sustain concentration long enough to finish many novels. In fact, I often forgot I […]

Local Knowledge

  Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine has just published my story, “Local Knowledge,” in its November issue. You can get the issue online in various e-bookstores or in print on any newsstand. You can also order direct from the publisher. And if you’d like to see an excerpt from the story before you buy, click here: Excerpt […]

The Business Rusch: Short Stories

The Business Rusch: Short Stories Kristine Kathryn Rusch For the past several weeks, I’ve been talking about things to watch out for in traditional publishing from the writer’s point of view.  The contracts and relationships in traditional publishing have changed dramatically, and many established authors, busy with their deadlines, haven’t noticed.  I hope they read […]

A New Alternate History Story!

Vatican Vaults

My latest alternate history story, "The Island of Lost Priests" just appeared in Tales From The Vatican Vaults. Readers in the U.K. can get this book in all formats from ebook to paper. If you're elsewhere, you can get paper only through online retailers. U.S. Readers, click the words below:

Vatican Vaults

A New Urban Fantasy Story!


My latest urban fantasy story, "Fashion and the Snarkmeisters," just appeared in Chicks and Balances. Get your copy at your favorite bookseller, ebook retailer, or by clicking the words below:

Chicks and Balances

A New Uncollected Anthology Story!

The Midbury Lake Incident UA cover reduced

The Midbury Lake Incident has just appeared in the August Uncollected Anthology: Magic Libraries. Well, "in" probably isn't the right word. Get this story and all the other magic library stories by clicking the words below.

The Uncollected Anthology: Magic Libraries

A New Military Science Fiction Story!

FR14 Valor ebook cover web

My latest military science fiction story, "Embedded," has just appeared in one of the best issues of Fiction River so far. Check out Valor by clicking the words below:

Fiction River: Valor

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