Megan Arkenberg

Speculative fiction writer, poet, and editor

2014

Short Fiction

"Cafe Macondo" - Daily Science Fiction, 21 October 2014

"Twilight of the Music Machines" - The End is Now (Vol. 2 of The Apocalypse Triptych), September 2014.
Tangent Online Recommended Reading List, 2014 

"Strawmen" - Trafficking in Magic / Magicking in Traffic (Fantastic), May 2014

"Through Dry Places, Seeking Rest" - Daily Science Fiction, 14 March 2014

"The  Sons of  Zeruiah" - King David and the Spiders from Mars (Dybbuk), March 2014

"Houses Without Air" - The End Is Nigh (Vol. 1 of The Apocalypse Triptych),
March 2014 

"Godfather" - Niteblade #27 (The Mermaid at Seaworld), March 2014

 Poetry

 "Hibernal" - Kaleidotrope, October 2014 

"The Gate of Horn" - Nightblade #29 (Porcelain Doll), September 2014

"Current Resident, 20th Street Northwest" - Asimov's 38 (9), September 2014

"Six Things the Owl Said" - Goblin Fruit, June 2014

"Noir," "For a Wanderer," "The Signatory," and "The Prince's Heart has Seven Doors" - Flytrap #11,  March 2014  

2013

Short Fiction

"Notes to the Introduction" - Lakeside Circus, December 2013

"The Crowgirl" - Nightmare Magazine #13,  October 2013

  • Author Spotlight with Erika Holt
  • Audio: Read by Gabrielle de Cuir 
  • Reprinted: Lightspeed #41, October 2013 (bonus story)
  • "While this story has many of the familiar background elements of the zombie apocalyse, there are fresh details and delicate moments and raw humanity. Ms. Arkenberg's writing style is strong and polished. This fresh take on the zombie dystopia brings needed creativity to the bleak landscape."
     -Lillian Csernica, Tangent Online

"The Gallery of Vespasian Marat" - Bibliotheca Fantastica (Dagan), July 2013 
Author Interview with Dagan Books 

"The Huntsman" - Lightspeed #37, June 2013

  • Author Spotlight with Amber Barkley 
  • Audio: Read by Stefan Rudnicki
  • "The strength of Megan Arkenberg’s story is her ability to create an atmosphere that sizzles with discomfort. From the very beginning the reader is aware of the threat of violence in this tale and the way in which Arkenberg describes the scene, laying out seemingly innocuous details, builds the tension at just the right pace." - Carl V. Anderson, SF Signal

"A Love Song Concerning His Vineyard" -  Asimov's 37 (6), June 2013

  • Tangent Online Recommended Reading List, 2013
  • SF Signal Short Fiction Friday: Favorites of 2013
  •  "Despite its brevity, the story touches on many elements, all the while maintaining a pleasantly wistful tone." - Jeffrey Wikstrom
  • "[This] tale sings of beauty in a life of prejudice and trauma and loss...Arkenberg gives good sentence; there were numerous lines I felt compelled to go back and read again because of the effectiveness of her voice."
    - Carl V. Anderson, SF Signal
  • "[A] story that works powerfully by the means of its well-drawn characters." - Chuck Rothman, Tangent Online

"Désiré" - Crossed Genres #1 (Boundaries), January 2013  

  • Reprinted: Crossed Genres 2.0 Book One
  • Reprinted: Scigentasy #7, September 2014
  • "[T]his story is facinating, and makes good use of its unconventional format...the world it paints is big and compelling enough to fuel a dozen stories." - Matthew Bennardo
  • "It's beautiful, leanly written, and builds a beautiful world that's full of rich detail." - Tucker Cummings
  • "A beautifully subtle piece that had me thinking it over (for prose, structure, and excellent reveal) many days after." - A. J. Fitzwater

 Poetry

"Dream Vision" - Electric Velocipede #27, December 2013

"Necromancies" - Goblin Fruit, October 2013

"We Pay Our Fare in Apples Here" - Short Form Winner,  SFPA 2013 Poetry Contest

"The New Literary Canon" - Asimov's 37 (9), September 2013 

"Cracks" and "This Bus Stop Was a Coral Reef,  Once" - Star*Line 36.3, August 2013 
"'This Bus Stop" Reprinted: Dwarf Stars Anthology, 2014

"Songs at a Crossroads" - Ideomancer 12 (1), March 2013
Nominated: Rhysling Award, Best Long Poem of 2014

"Summer, Watching Angels Fall" - Plunge Magazine#1 (Women and Mythology),
February 2013 

2012

Short Fiction

"The Suicide's Guide to the Absinthe of Perdition" - Lightspeed #29, October 2012

  • Author Spotlight with Robyn Lupo
  • Audio:  Read by Stefan Rudnicki
  • Tangent Online Recommended Reading List, 2012
  • "[E]xquisitely mannered, a setting staged by Wilde and illustrated by Beardsley. Recommended."
     -Lois Tilton, Locus Online
     
  • "Ms. Arkenberg ends the tale with a surprise—an unexpected truism that goes well with the titular liqueur and lingers like the taste of wormwood." - Cyd Athens, Tangent Online

"Jericho" - Thrones of Desire (Cleis), September 2012

"Harrowing Emily" - Shimmer #15, July 2012  

"Final Exam"Asimov's 36 (6), June 2012

"Juggernaut"Beneath Ceaseless Skies #91, March 2012
Author Interview with Kate Marshall

"Spades"Niteblade #19 (Lycanthropist), March 2012

"How Many Miles to Babylon?"Lightspeed #20, January 2012

 Poetry

"Noctis Equi" - Kaleidotrope # 17, October 2012 

"Sister Philomela Heard the Voices of Angels" - Strange Horizons, 27 August 2012 

"Come the Tides"The Lorelei Signal, April-June 2012
Reprinted: Mystic Signals #14, 2012 

"Apocalyptic Love Song" – Asimov's 36 (4/5), April/May 2012

  • Third place: Asimov's Readers' Award, 2013
  • "[T]he end of the world kind of interferes with the end of the love affair, with satisfying results (for the reader, anyway.)" - P M F Johnson, Poetry Commentary

2011

Short Fiction

"The Gardens of Landler Abbey" - Beneath Ceaseless Skies #83, December 2011

  • "A horror story in two ways: an ambiguous ghost story and one about the horrors of war. Recommended." – Lois Tilton, Locus Online
  • "[A] nice morality play about war crimes" – Rich Horton
  • "[D]eceptively mannerish but ultimately chilling" - Jonathan Crowe
  • "This story becomes Austen crossed with an M.R. James ghost story, a combination skillfully handled to the inevitable conclusion." -Terry Weyna, Fantasy Literature

 "Portrait of a Courtesan" - Crossed Genres #36 (Different), December 2011
Reprinted: Crossed Genres Quarterly #4, January 2012 

"The House of Unrighteous Images" - Jabberwocky #8, September 2011

"Lessons from a Clockwork Queen" - Fantasy Magazine #54, September 2011

"The Celebrated Carousel of the Margravine of Blois" - Fantasy Magazine #47,
February 2011
"Naxos" - Playthings of the Gods (Drollerie), February 2011 
  • Reprinted: Pantheon Magazine #4 (Dionysus), January 2014
  • "I love it when authors incorporate minorities and GLBT characters. I loved the dry humor Arkenberg plucks from her character’s subconscious minds." - Soleil Noir, Black Sun Reviews

 "Masks" - Aurora Wolf 2 (1), January 2011 
Reprinted: Aurora of the Mists, October 2011 
 

Flash Fiction

"The Nighthouse" - Moonlight Tuber #3, September 2011 

Poetry

 "The Husband" - Trembles Horror Magazine, July 2011 

 "The Curator Speaks in the Department of Dead Languages" -Strange Horizons,
27 June 2011

"The Conqueror of Mars, to his Beloved" - Ideomancer 10(2), June 2011 

  •  Reprinted: Illumen #17, October 2012
  • "Nicely done." - T. J. McIntyre, Skull Salad Reviews
  • "I have a great softness for direct address poems, particularly ones that are apologetic and wistful in tone so I enjoyed this."   -After Ever After
 

2010

Short Fiction

"The Summer King" - Beneath Ceaseless Skies #59, December 2010 

"The Minotaur's Wife" - Semaphore, December 2010
Reprint forthcoming in Pantheon Magazine, January 2015. 

"Facing Shadows" - Mystic Signals #8, November 2010

"Hieronymus" - Basement Stories #2, October 2010
Reprinted: Niteblade #22 (The Language of  Flowers), December 2012 

"Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" - Shelter of Daylight #4, October 2010

  • Reprinted: The Lorelei  Signal, January-April 2014
  • "Arkenberg creates a really convincing voice in the main character of her immersive story ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’" - Simon Vigneault

"House of Shells" - FlagShip #2, September 2010

"The Father of the Riverborn" - Port Iris #3, September 2010

  • Nominated: Preditors & Editors Poll, 2010
  • "[L]ike a cross between Heinlein and Le Guin...[Arkenberg] deals with the complexity of gender issues through a classical framework, and makes her points entertainingly." - John H. Stevens, Forces of Geek

 "Rosewinter" - Nightblade #13 (Rosewinter), September 2010

"The Copperroof War" - Ideomancer 9(2), June 2010

  • Reprinted Audio: PodCastle 265, June 2013
  • Reprinted: Labyrinth Inhabitant #11, January 2011 
  • Reprinted: Tales of the Talisman 9 (3), February 2014
  • Nebula  Suggested Reading, 2010 
  • "My favorites [included]...Megan Arkenberg's "The Copperroof War", about the results of an uprising in a vast house" - Rich Horton
  • "What I especially like here is the way the chronology plays out, starting when the war begins and then alternating sections with one continuing the war and its consequences, the other proceeding backwards to give the context. Cool structure that's keeping my interest and curiosity high." - Daniel Ausema

"Lead Us Not Into Temptation"- All About Eve (Wolfsinger), May 2010

"Thirst" - Vast Horizons, January 2010

"Firstborn" - The Lorelei Signal, January-March 2010
           Longlist: British Fantasy Award, 2011 

"Four Lies from the Mouth of God" - Strange Horizons, 4 January 2010

  • "Megan Arkenberg has managed to evoke a realistic and scary future in this piece from Strange Horizons." -Aaron DaMommio
  • "A beautifully written, truly awful story about the price women (and children) can pay for the political actions of men." -Tansy Rayner Roberts, Not if You Were the Last Short Story on Earth

"All the King's Monsters" - Clarkesworld #40, January 2010

Flash Fiction

"The Mermaid's Gift," "The Eighth Wife," and "Midsummer" - Quail Bell Magazine, April 2010 

  • "The Mermaid's Gift" originally appeared in Moon Drenched Fables, Dec. 2008 
  • "[A] haunting love story" - K. C. Ball
"The Kindness of Ravens" - Everyday Weirdness, 31 March 2010
 
"The Light" - Ghostlight 2 (1), February 2010 
 
"The Wolf Moon" - Everyday Weirdness, 28 February 2010 
 
"Fugitive 135711400" - 10Flash #3, January 2010 
 
Poetry
 
"The Eldest Princess Wonders" - Moon Drenched Fables, December 2010 
 
[valentine's day] - Dwarf Stars Anthology 2010
Originally appeared in Scifaikuest, February 2009 Archived Poetry
 
"Epitaph for the Unknown Soldiers, 2514 AD" - Illumen #13, November 2010 

"Rules for Entering Enchanted Cities" - Scheherazade's Bequest #11, September 2010 

"Here Lies One" - Polu Texni, July 2010 

"What Sieglinde Serpentslayer Said to the King" - Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #5,
July 2010 

"[W]ritten with a clear eye and an honest voice" -Eliza Victoria, POC

"The Servants' Tale" - Enchanted Conversation 1 (2), April 2010

"Song at a Cottage Door" - Scheherazade's Bequest #9, January 2010
""Song at a Cottage Door" by Megan Arkenberg inspired a gleeful exclamation of "Oh, I love this!" Really, it  could be the beginning of a cautionary tale or a grand adventure, or both." -Deborah J. Brannon

 

2009

Short Fiction

"Cesare" - Fantasy Magazine #33, November 2009

  • "An unsettling portrait of a monster...as a metaphor for relentless ambition, her tale is powerful." - Lois Tilton, IROSF 
  • "[G]ood work came from Catherine J. Gardner, Ari Goelman, Paul Jessup, Megan Arkenberg, and Aidan Doyle" - Rich Horton

"Winterblood" - Beneath Ceaseless Skies #8, January 2009

  • Reprinted: The Lorelei Signal, January-March 2013
  • "I think I decided I was really enjoying the magazine in issue #8, with Aliette de Bodard's Mesoamerican fantasy 'Beneath the Mask' and Megan Arkenberg's creepy Enlightenment-era French fairy-tale piece 'Winterblood'" - Marie Brennan

"Blackbirds and Blossoms" - Khimairal Ink 5 (1), January 2009
(as S. V. Green) 

Flash Fiction

"The Gun" - Assassin's Canon (Utility Fog Press), December 2009

"Blood Meridian" - MicroHorror, 29 October 2009

"Grown from Man to Dragon" - Every Day Fiction, 7 October 2009

"The Dangers of Kafka in Cairo" - 10Flash #1, July 2009
"I really enjoyed...'The Dangers of Kafka in Cairo'" - Erin M. Kinch

"The Banquet of Queen Nitokris" - The Lorelei Signal, July-September 2009

"Batuli's Child" - Bards and Sages Quarterly 1 (3), July 2009

"Ichor, Ambrosia and Paparazzi" - Everyday Weirdness, 19 May 2009

"Carpathia" - Every Day Fiction, 6 May 2009
Reprinted: The Best of Every Day Fiction Two, January 2010 

"Between a Sleep and a Sleep" - Youth Finalist, OddContest 2009 

Poetry

"Fairest" - Ideomancer 8 (4), December 2009

[time machine rust] and"The Ghoul" - Dwarf Stars Anthology 2009,  Originally appeared in Scifaikuest, August 2008 and November 2008

"You, in a Microscope" - MindFlights, November 2009 

"The Fawn Prince" - Goblin Fruit, October 2009 

  • Audio: Read by Megan Arkenberg 
  • "[A] gorgeous and quiet poem about a fantastic encounter" -Midori Snyder

 "Dragon Truama" - Expanded Horizons #11, September 2009

"Flesh" - Fear and Trembling, July 2009 

 "Deep Space" - Polu Texni, June 2009

"Pink Ribbon Witch" and "Aiolos" - SFPA Contest 2008: Energy

"Snow White's Wedding" and "Her Majesty's Servant" - Dante's Heart #3 (One Wild Moment), May 2009 

"Before the War" - Every Day Poets, 30 May 2009

"The Dreamer's Lullaby" - Fear and Trembling, May 2009
Publication website down. No copy available. If you find one, please contact me.

"Dusk" - Orion's Child 4 (1), May 2009

"Meropis" - Illumen #10, April 2009

"Notes from the Observation of Subjects XX and XY" - Star*Line 32 (1), January/February 2009 

"The Sorcerer's Daughter" - Every Day Poets, 26 March 2009 

"Cambion" - Dreams & Nightmares #82, March 2009
"'Cambion' may be considered as the theme poem of the collection, dealing primarily with the idea of  dreams, reality and truth." - Lily Sun

"A Night in Lamia's Mirror" - Silver Blade #2, March 2009

"The Sea-Witch's Price" - The Shantytown Anomaly #8, February 2009 

"Psychopomp for a Suicide" - Glassfire Magazine 3 (3), January 2009 

"The Wind-Wizard's Wife" - The Lorelei Signal, January-March 2009 

2008

Short Fiction

"Subtle Poisons" - Quantum Kiss, November 2008

"The Wolf's Tooth" - Wolfsongs: Volume 1, November 2008

"Servant of Fate" - Residential Aliens #9, October 2008
Reprinted: ResAlins Print #2, March 2010 

"The Shadow of Nemesis" - The Willows 2 (2), July/August 2008
   Reprint forthcoming in Fall 2013.

"Blood and Poison" - MindFlights, August 2008

"The Middle Floor" - Aoife's Kiss #25, June 2008

"Panthanatos" - Ruins Metropolis (Hadley Rille), March 2008 

Flash Fiction

"Ghouls" - Every Day Fiction, 23 September 2008 

"Snegoruchka's Ring" - Static Movement, September 2008 

"Exodus" - Every Day Fiction, 8 August 2008
Reprinted: The Best of Every Day Fiction 2008, November 2008

"The Soucouyant" - Every Day Fiction, 29 July 2008
Reprinted: The Best of Every Day Fiction 2008, November 2008 

"The Wolf Maiden" - Byzarium #24, March 2008 

[I made my last sale to a Corp] - Youth Winner, OddContest 2008 

Poetry

"Nitokris" - NewMyths #5, December 2008 
Biography Questionaire with NewMyths (Scott T. Barnes)

 "Jonah" - Fear and Trembling, December 2008

"Tautha Dé" - Whispering Spirits Digital Magazine, November 2008

"Camlann" - Mindflights, November 2008

"Melusine's Song" - Mindflights, November 2008

"Lucy's Funeral" - A DemonMinds Holloween, October 2008

"Beauty and the Rose" - Aphelion 12 (126), October 2008
Reprinted: Aphelion 13 (127) (Best...of 2008), February 2009

"The Ghost of Phoenix Mountain" - A Quill Full of Dragon's Blood (Bards and Sages), October 2008

"Lost" - The Fifth Di..., September 2008

"The Minstrel Addresses Her Audience" - Mindflights, September 2008
Reprinted: MindFlights #4, January 2009
Nominated: Preditors & Editors Poll, 2008

"Aftermath" - Aphelion 12 (123), July 2008

"Somnambulis" - Labyrinth Inhabitant #3, July 2008

"Lorelei" - Khimairal Ink 4 (1), April 2008 (as S. V. Green)

Essay

"Literary Devices in English Haiku" - Riverbed Haiku #4, December 2008
Reprinted: New Zealand Poetry Society, November 2011 

2007

Poetry

"Leananside" - The Lorelei Signal, April-June 2007
Reprinted: A Time To...Volume 2: The Best of the Lorelei Signal 2007, January 2008

Juvenilia

 Short Fiction

"Majesty" - Long Story Short, March 2008 

"Footsteps" A Fly in Amber #2, January 2008  

"A Choice of Treason" - The Rose & Thorn #10, December 2007

"The Countess" - Long  Story Short, July 2007 

Poetry

"Pose" and "Wish" - Poet's Ink Review, October 2008 

"Thoughts at a City Lamppost" - Poet's Ink Review, September 2008 

"Shatter" - Words on Paper, August 2007 

"Red on Gold" - Word Salad, July 2007

"One Season" - Poet's Ink Review, May/June 2007
Reprinted: The Best of Poet's Ink, April 2008 

 "Does it matter?" - Poetry Cemetery, April 2007

About


Megan Arkenberg is an award-winning writer, poet, and editor of speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in Asimov's, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and dozens of other places. She blogs sporadically at Bitter Irony.

Megan's new website is www.meganarkenberg.com

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