J.L. Forrest is a writer of science fiction and fantasy. His stories have appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Crossed Genres, Third Flatiron, Robot Cowgirl Press, the Story of the Month Club, and elsewhere. His works include the short-story collections Delicate Ministrations and Minuscule Truths, along with the novel Requies Dawn. Most of his published fiction can be purchased here. Active SFWA.

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Denver Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Series no. 4

12 May 2018 at 7pm: Michael F. Haspil & J.A. Hunter

Join me as I host author Michael F. Haspil, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and best-selling author J.A. Hunter for the fourth in the Denver Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Series. Once more, we’ll be at Denver’s remarkable BookBar. Learn more about the Reading Series or RSVP at Facebook or Meetup.

Pushcart Prize 2017

Nomination for Best Short Story

This year, I’m honored to have been nominated for best short story for the Pushcart Prize. The story, “Lampblack and Dust”, appeared first in Principia Ponderosa by Third Flatiron, edited by Juliana Rew. Nominations closed on 1 December 2017 and, if selected, the story would go into the 2019 Pushcart Prize Best Of. Stay tuned.

Denver Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Series no. 4

12 May 2018 at 7pm: Michael F. Haspil & J.A. Hunter

Join me as I host author Michael F. Haspil, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and best-selling author J.A. Hunter for the fourth in the Denver Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Series. Once more, we’ll be at Denver’s remarkable BookBar. Learn more about the Reading Series or RSVP at Facebook or Meetup.

Pushcart Prize 2017

Nomination for Best Short Story

This year, I’m honored to have been nominated for best short story for the Pushcart Prize. The story, “Lampblack and Dust”, appeared first in Principia Ponderosa by Third Flatiron, edited by Juliana Rew. Nominations closed on 1 December 2017 and, if selected, the story would go into the 2019 Pushcart Prize Best Of. Stay tuned.

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Minuscule Truths collects ten stories of speculative literature—from hard-science fiction to mythopoetic fantasy—and weaves them into an experience which will haunt you long after you’ve read the last word. Many of these tales appear in print for the first time, while others clawed their way into existence through the likes of Analog Science Fiction and Fact or Crossed Genres. Available digitally, in paperback, or hardcover.
Delicate Ministrations includes eleven tales of science fiction and fantasy. Honest Indie writes, “Forrest’s stories put Faulkner’s ‘eternal verities’ of love, honor, courage and compassion on bold display, gems in ring settings of the bizarre, dramatic and even frightening. These are great stories from a writer who knows the techniques of good writing and infuses them with heart, soul, insight and a fearful imagination.”
Requies Dawn is the first installment of the Eternal Requiem. It is the tale of a terrifying and perfect future, one which ultimately shatters, leaving the world to begin again. In this far future, Nyahri hunts with her tribe and tends her horses—dreaming of Old Gods. When one Goddess arises, hell bent on righting old wrongs and exacting her own justice, Nyahri follows, and she discovers both horrors and an ancient love which cannot die.
Minuscule Truths collects ten stories of speculative literature—from hard-science fiction to mythopoetic fantasy—and weaves them into an experience which will haunt you long after you’ve read the last word. Many of these tales appear in print for the first time, while others clawed their way into existence through the likes of Analog Science Fiction and Fact or Crossed Genres. Available digitally, in paperback, or hardcover.
Delicate Ministrations includes eleven tales of science fiction and fantasy. Honest Indie writes, “Forrest’s stories put Faulkner’s ‘eternal verities’ of love, honor, courage and compassion on bold display, gems in ring settings of the bizarre, dramatic and even frightening. These are great stories from a writer who knows the techniques of good writing and infuses them with heart, soul, insight and a fearful imagination.”
Requies Dawn is the first installment of the Eternal Requiem. It is the tale of a terrifying and perfect future, one which ultimately shatters, leaving the world to begin again. In this far future, Nyahri hunts with her tribe and tends her horses—dreaming of Old Gods. When one Goddess arises, hell bent on righting old wrongs and exacting her own justice, Nyahri follows, and she discovers both horrors and an ancient love which cannot die.

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