My new story, The Tale of Clancy the Scrivener, is up on It was edited by the amazing Ann Vandermeer.

The world in which it’s set — an alternate future where sudden, spontaneous, inexplicable mutations burned through the human race, making monsters of nearly everyone it touched — has been percolating in the back of my mind for years. It was the setting of the first story I sold (Creature), though I didn’t know it at the time.

I’ve tried to find various ways back into that world over the years, all to no avail — until I found Clancy, and the little girl whose friendship gives new meaning to his long, fraught life.

The Tale of Clancy the Scrivener