My Country Is a Ghost on Locus Recommended Reading List

Super chuffed to announce that My Country Is a Ghost is on the Locus Recommended Reading List along with many fabulous stories that you should definitely check out!

This also means that the Locus Awards are open for anyone to vote and even write in their own choices from last year! If you’d like to vote for the stories you loved last year here is the link!

My Country Is a Ghost is up on PodCastle! (Plus Uncanny Magazine’s reader poll!)

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“My Country Is a Ghost” is now up on Podcastle Episode 659 with audio narration by the amazing Alethea Kontis! I am so excited this story got an audio treatment, I got misty eyed in many parts of the narration. I hope you enjoy it!

The story was first published in Uncanny Magazine Issue 32 this January (which was also my first sale to them) and this makes it eligible for this year’s Hugo, Nebula and WFA. There is also the annual Reader Poll up in Uncanny and my story is part of a long list of amazing fiction written by authors I admire. If you read and enjoyed “My Country Is a Ghost”, consider voting for it!

New Story Out: My Country Is a Ghost

Fallen Embers by Nilah Magruder

I am so thrilled to announce that my story “My Country Is a Ghost” is out today in Uncanny Magazine issue #32!

This story sprang from an idea I had about ghosts being able to follow their families. The initial idea branched out to be two different stories (at least). One was the flash “What Cannot Follow” and was published last October in Fireside Magazine.

This one though takes the premise to a more personal territory and that is immigration and mother-daughter relationships. What if ghosts, like living people, needed permission to emigrate to a new country? What if that permission was denied? How would the family of this ghost fare in a strange country without the solace of the ghost?

I wrote the first draft of this story during Week 3 of Clarion West Workshop and my instructor for that week was none other than the wonderful Amal El-Mohtar! With hers and my amazing classmates feedback I was able to expand the story and make it much more nuanced in a way that resonated with me.

Caroline M. Yoachim asked me some very insightful questions about the story and myself. If you want to know more you can give my first ever interview a read here.

I hope this story resonates with you as well. Happy New Year!

NEW STORY OUT: What Cannot Follow

Fireside Quarterly cover by Reiko Murakami

Halloween is my favorite holiday and this couldn’t be a better timing for my bittersweet ghost story “What Cannot Follow” to be online in issue #72 of Fireside Magazine!

It features an amazing narration by C. S. E. Cooney that perfectly captures the feeling of the story.

The main question that inspired the premise was: What makes a family? I believe that sometimes we can find greater closeness and tenderness in people we are not related to. And that is an idea that gives me hope against the loneliness inside.

I was born and raised in Greece, where Halloween is not celebrated–although we do have our own day, dedicated to remembering the dead called The Saturday of Souls.

I’ve always thought of Halloween as a holiday that makes us more mindful of our mortality in the hopes that we’ll make, even temporarily, some peace with it. And what better way to fight that ancient fear by celebrating this Holiday with loved ones?

I hope you enjoy the story and Happy Halloween!

New Story Out: Ghost Mapping!

Lost Films by George Cotronis

It’s here people! The Lost Films Anthology! This is not a test!

I am sharing a TOC with some amazing writers like Gemma Files, Brian Evenson and Kristi DeMeester and many others!

The front cover is by the amazing George Cotronis and the interior illustrations by Luke Spooner.

The idea of this story came to me in 2015 when I was reading about 22 unprocessed negatives from Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Ross Sea Party, that were found in a block of ice.

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Ever since I saw this image it haunted me. I knew I had to write a story about these film-ghosts and their expedition, that in my head spanned parallel universes and never truly ended.

It is also the story of a couple, Jacob and Adrian, and all the possibilities they didn’t get to explore because of Jacob’s sickness.  It’s a weird story with a lot of surreal imagery and I am very glad it has found such an amazing home.

Lastly, I am so proud that this is the first time Publishers Weekly mentioned my name and one of my stories, ever. And in a very positive way!

“…and Eugenia M. Triantafyllou’s “Ghost Mapping” are exceptional offerings that sacrifice neither storytelling nor style in realizing their thought-provoking concepts.”

-Publishers Weekly

You can order the anthology here. I hope you enjoy this one!