For me this was a pretty productive year for flash and short stories. Here are my stories eligible for awards. Couple more maybe to come, but here is the list so far.
"Dead-Go." The Arcanist. 29th October. https://thearcanist.io/dead-go-63d145db2dc
Corporate horror – what happens when the dead can be resurrected but employers get involved?
"The Cogwork Mermaid." Etherea, Issue 14. 28th September. https://ethereamagazine.com/product/etherea-magazine-14/
I love this story and was very glad it found a home. A young girl tries to come to terms with her father's death by talking it out with an amusement park mermaid.
"The Past Laid Out On The Table." Cast of Wonders. Episode 506. (September 22).
This year I thought a lot about memory and family, and how solid (or not) each can be. This story came from that.
"Blipcoin." Nature Futures. 10th August. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02144-6
What would cryptocurrency look like in the far future? Not what we would expect, I think.
"Beach Memories." The NoSleep Podcast. Season 18 Episode 6. (August 1st).
I wrote this flash piece after a holiday to the beach, where I looked around and for a moment couldn't put eyes on my kids. That scared the hell out of me.
"A Tomorrow With You In It." Cossmass Infinites. Issue 9. July 1st.
How much of ourselves and what we love are we willing to give up for someone else?
"Memories of Blue." Daily Science Fiction. 3rd June. dailysciencefiction.com/science-fiction/biotech/matt-tighe/memories-of-blue
Like I have said, I have been thinking a lot about memory and family. Because… well, this story has a bit of that because in it.
"Monstrous Behaviour." Etherea, Issue 10. 19th May. https://ethereamagazine.com/product/etherea-magazine-10/
Comedy horror. I love it but it is so hard to do! This was my attempt at showing the human side of monsters.
"The Skin Trader." Daily Science Fiction. 28th February. http://dailysciencefiction.com/science-fiction/biotech/matt-tighe/the-skin-trader
If you could buy your skin at a street market, how long before that became problematic?