So I wrote a Vampire: the Masquerade interactive novel for Choice of Games, and now it's finally out in the world.
It's about vampires in the Balkans, Greek tragedy, and identity, that masquerade.
Find it here, with links to all the usual platforms (Steam, Play Store, App Store, Amazon, web).
I've mentioned a favourite new thing previously, and now it's available to read! "Ribbons" is made primarily of fairy tale scraps and gender feels. It's a story that means a lot to me, so I'd be grateful if you gave it a read.
Find it here, alongside a gorgeous cover, fiction by Leah Cypess and Christopher Caldwell and poetry by Mehnaz Sahibzada and Sonya Taaffe.
Mad Milk (19,700 words) came out in the November/December 2021 issue of F&SF. It’s a queer story and a messy story, about what happens when people and cultures relate to one another through the vocabularies, narratives, and practices of conquest alone.
Games & Interactive Fiction
Betwixt is a text-based choose-your-own-adventure app that helps you find clarity, courage and self-insight written in collaboration with Hazel Gale and Elitsa Dermendzhiyska. The first part is available in the App store.
“Pockets, or When the Giants” came out in the Strange Lusts/Strange Loves issue of erotic interactive fiction of Strange Horizons. It’s a story about gender, transition, and the things we hold on to.
“Oh Man’s Land” was in Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World alongside a veritable wealth of incredible fiction.
“The Shadowed Undertows” came out in a gorgeous issue of The Deadlands (August 2021). A story of loss and death and birds (of course).
“A Welling Up” was in Strange Horizons (May 2021). A story about family and looking for each other. A woman sick with lakes.
“All the Ophelias in My Flat,” probably my favorite flash I’ve ever written, was published in Sylvia Magazine (June 2021). Based on true events.
I think that's everything!
Also, one of my favorite new stories, “Ribbons,” is forthcoming in Uncanny in a few days. This story means more to me than I can say. If you only ever read one thing by me, read this one.
Wishing everyone a great end to 2021, and a better 2022.
I finally got around to restructuring my website a little bit. There's now a page with links to all my games and interactive fiction, as well as a page with my Greek work and translations in other languages.
And since I'm here, an update about recently published work and some upcoming things!
I have some exciting news coming up about a game project that should be released sometime next year. The kind of work that if you told my twenty-year-old self I'd do one day they'd die blissful and cackling. But I can't share the details just yet!
So here's another bit of news instead:
Late last year, I sold a fantasy novella to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction! Mad Milk is a story about what happens when cultures and people relate to each other through the vocabularies, narratives, and practices of conquest alone. It’s about the mythologies of belonging, queer desire, and what we do when we’re lost: the great things, the awful things.
I can't wait to share it with you all.
On 19 May (10am EDT / 3pm BST), I will be doing an AMA on Reddit about Betwixt, the mental resilience game/interactive story I've been working on for the past year, together with the creators, Elitsa Dermendzhiyska and Hazel Gale. Join us and ask us anything!
Here's the link!
10am EDT / 3pm BST
Aka: the Award Eligibility post.
I had three eligible short stories out in 2020.
- “Georgie in the Sun” (2,600 words, Uncanny Magazine, April 2020), written at Clarion West, my sad vampire in space.
- “The Shape of Gifts” (6,900 words, F&SF, July 2020). Birds, divination, and gender feels.
- “To Set at Twilight in a Land of Reeds” (3,700 words, Clarkesworld, October 2020). Cute robots, existential angst, sad stars.
I also hit a couple of writing milestones that I'm very excited to talk about (soon!).
Wishing everyone a happier, kinder 2021.
It's time for that self-promo post I've been putting off!
I published a lot of work I am proud of in 2019 (you can find the full list here), but if you are going to read one short story by me, make it this one, the story of my heart: "Poems Written While," published in Uncanny Magazine (January 2019). The blurb: Star poetry, a trans guy, and a world in which we take care of each other, for once.
In December 2019, I also published my second game/interactive novel with Choice of Games. An Odyssey: Echoes of War is a queer, feminist re-imagining of the Homeric epic, with a few twists. It's available to play on a number of platforms, including Steam, Android, and iOS.
That's it for now. Thank you for reading!
Happy New Year!
2018 was a long and complicated year for many of us. For me, it came with several life-changing moments (I won the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story! I went to Clarion West and fell in literary love with every one of my classmates! I became a Word Factory Apprentice and got to work with the wonderful Courttia Newland! To list, astonishingly, only a few things that happened last year). But I also published a few works I am proud of, so here is a roundup of original work for your reading (and award-nominating) pleasure.
So, the Nebulas this year have a new Game Writing category. And I published my first text-based game/interactive novel in 2018.
Notice how my publications tend to cluster? Last year it was November, this year it seems to be January. I had three of my Clarion West stories come out this month. Check them out--I would love to hear what you think!
During my final week at Clarion West, I was stunned to find out that "The Birding: A Fairy Tale" is nominated for the 2018 World Fantasy Award alongside truly amazing short fiction by some of my favourite writers. I am grateful to Strange Horizons and to my editor Vajra Chandrasekera for working with me on this story.
Here is the full list of nominees.
Alexis A. Hunter
George Carlo Cotronis