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: THOSE WE SERVE

 

I just sold my first science fiction story and I am so happy!

My story “Those We Serve” is included in Interzone issue #287 (May-June 2020) and as a bonus my CW classmate and friend Kristina has a story in the sister magazine Black Static issue #75 at the same time!

I wanted to expand my writing palette for quite some time now and I started experimenting with science fiction before I left for Clarion West last summer (and of course during the workshop itself). This was my first complete science fiction story and it explores the consequences of over-tourism and themes of identity and memory.

The idea came to me when I read an article about Dubrovnik and how Game of Thrones has contributed to the city becoming overcrowded with tourists. Coming from a country like Greece, for which tourism is one of the key industries, and having an undergrad degree in tourism myself, the what if scenario came to me immediately and demanded to be written.

I hope you find something in this story that speaks to you. Enjoy!Martin Hanford

 

 

 

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: APRIL TEETH

Don’t Go Quietly by Marcela Bolívar

 

I am very excited to announce that my story “April Teeth” is part of the DO NOT GO QUIETLY anthology by Apex Publications.

Part of my excitement is because I am sharing a TOC with so many awesome writers. I could have never imagined being in the same anthology with even one of those people, let alone all of them.

As for how the story came to be, I already had the vague idea of a ceremony or a celebration involving teeth but I did not know how to turn it into a solid plot until the element of resistance clicked into place and the story felt completed in my head.

So if you enjoy stories about unnerving ceremonies and bloodthirsty deities, but also women who stand up for themselves, you are welcome to give this one a read!

You can buy the anthology here. Enjoy!

 

 

 

NEW STORY OUT: HER BLOOD LIKE RUBIES IN THE GROUND

Cover by Carrion House
 

Stoked to announce that my story “Her Blood Like Rubies in the Ground” is out in the anthology Gorgon: Stories of Emergence.

This was one of the stories I drafted in Codex’s Weekend Warrior competition in 2017. It had been a very prolific few weeks and I feel very good about the stories that came out.

The story began as a title that another author was kind enough to donate. When I started thinking about why someone would feed their blood to the ground the plot came to me in its entirety. I imagined a pair of witches and how they use magic to cope with loss. How personal that struggle can be and what conflicts might arise between them from the use of magic.

You can order the anthology here.

Please enjoy!

New story out: We Are Here to Be Held

The King’s Mirror by Rachel Quinlan
 

I have a new story out! You can read it here in the new issue of Strange Horizons or listen to the podcast here, in awe of Anea’s spectacular narration.

The idea came to me when I stumbled upon the weirdest pictures by photographer Ian Turner, of pelicans fighting over food scraps and stealing them from each other stomachs!

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This photo in particular gave me instantly the impression of a mother swallowing her daughter. I wonder what Freud would have to say about that.

This story is very personal to me and I feel like I’ve managed to handle the symbolism and the themes exactly as I intended to. It is about familial relationship and how complicated they can get sometimes. There isn’t one solution for everyone. Each of us has to find their own balances with the people they call family and sometimes the decisions might seem cruel but are necessary.

I hope you enjoy this one and maybe find something in this story that speaks to you.

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!

New Story Out: Cherry Wood Coffin is up in Apex Magazine!

Magma by Anna Dittmann

I feel very proud to have a story in issue #108 of Apex magazine this month. It will not be free to read until the 29th of May but if you are a subscriber (wink, wink) you can read it now or you can buy the issue here . I’m sharing a TOC with some amazing writers and I hope my story does it some justice.

This is a story that sprang from a prompt I read in Codex’s Weekend Warrior competition in 2017 and I am so thankful for that.

Suddenly I was stuck with this very strong image of a talking coffin and wondered what the coffin would say or ask. The answer while pretty obvious didn’t clue me in on what the plot should be about, so I let the idea shimmer for a weekend and speed-wrote the story at the last minute in its complete form.

I hope this story is as chilling as I was aiming for. Please enjoy!

New Story: The Heart is a Lonesome Hunter is up in Liminal Stories!

I am so happy about this one! Liminal Stories is one of my favorite publications to go when I feel like ready something that will break my heart.

Liminal Stories issue #4 features some amazing stories and poems, including my story The Heart is a Lonesome Hunter

The story is close to home for me as it draws inspiration from Greece, the Greek folklore and the Civil War.

I always wanted to write a story that had shapeshifters in it. I tried to juxtapose the wild nature of animals with the war-like nature of people. I also enjoy stories where characters are not what they seem at first glance.

The artwork by CPKM is equally chilling and beautiful and fits the story perfectly.

I hope you enjoy!

 

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