I write science fiction and fantasy. Like Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, or Michael Chabon, my writing carries me across genres, and I constantly wish to challenge readers’ perceptions of genre. I love only an excellent tale well told.
My stories have appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Crossed Genres, Third Flatiron, Robot Cowgirl Press, the Story of the Month Club, and elsewhere. My works include the short-story collections Delicate Ministrations and Minuscule Truths, along with the novel Requies Dawn. Most of my published fiction can be purchased here.
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Third Flatiron Best of 2017
Lampblack and Dust
I’m proud to announce that the story “Lampblack and Dust” featured in Third Flatiron Publishing‘s Best of for 2017. In addition, an unabridged version of “Lampblack and Dust”, including scenes never before published, will appear in the upcoming collection Peculiar Declarations.
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.
Find Your Next Favorite Story
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.
Authors Darynda Jones and Jeffe Kennedy read from their books The Trouble with Twelfth Grave and Prisoner of the Crown.
In our heads, fantasy and science-fiction writers go to crazy places, other worlds, and extra dimensions. In reality, though, a change of geography can lead our creativity to new heights and ground us in broader truths.
27 June 2018 — Harlan Ellison has died. He represented much of the best, and some of the worst, in speculative fiction. We should forget neither.