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 Currently Available Fiction
 
"All Our Heroes Are Bastards"
A novelette that originally appeared August, 2003 in Issue 35 of The Third Alternative.

Reviews
"Perhaps beneath the satire, the psychology, and the intrigue this is actually a spiritual meditation along the lines of 'God hates us, and there is nothing good left in the world.' In the last few pages, as if all this weren't quite enough for a short story, it turns into an hong-kong action story, or perhaps a particularly violent episode of Buffy."   -- Bluejack.

The Alien Online comments.

"The Angle of My Dreams"
A short story that originally appeared October, 2002 in Issue 1 of 3SF.

Reprints
Revolution SF in July, 2003
Greetings from Lake Wu from Wheatland Press, October, 2003
Lone Star Stories in April, 2004

"Arrange the Bones"
A short story that originally appeared November, 2002 in Say...Was that a Kiss?.

Reprints
Dogs in the Moonlight forthcoming from Prime Books in 2004.

"The Beauty of Our Weapons"
A short story that originally appeared Fall, 2003 in Full Unit Hookup.

"Christmas Season"
Flash fiction that originally appeared June, 2002 at Strange Horizons.

Reprints
Dogs in the Moonlight forthcoming from Prime Books in 2004.

"The Cleansing Fire of God"
A short story that originally appeared September, 2003 at Strange Horizons.

"The Courtesy of Guests"
A short story that originally appeared September, 2001 in Bones of the World, an SFF Net anthology.

Reprints
May, 2003 at Ideomancer.
Summer, 2002 in Roadworks.
"The Courtesy of Guests" got the cover art in Roadworks as well!
Also reprinted in Romanian in Antares.
Also reprinted in Greek in The Dramatourges of the Yann.
Greetings from Lake Wu from Wheatland Press, October, 2003.
Awards
First prize in the Best of Soft Science Fiction 2001 Contest
Reviews
"...marvelous: stylish, sustained, an impish tour de force."   -- Nick Gevers writing in Locus

"The Decline of Purpose"
A short story that originally appeared June, 2003 at Fortean Bureau.

"Dogs in the Moonlight"
A short story that originally appeared October, 2003 at Fortean Bureau.

Reprints
Dogs in the Moonlight forthcoming from Prime Books in 2004.

"Dry Hearts, Dreaming"
A short story that originally appeared March, 2002 at Clean Sheets.

Reprints
Spring, 2003 at ibodi

"Eglantine's Time"
A short story that originally appeared October, 2002 in Dark Terrors 6.
    Also appearing in Greetings from Lake Wu from Wheatland Press in October, 2003.

Reprints
Greetings from Lake Wu from Wheatland Press, October, 2003.
Awards
Honorable Mention in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 2002, ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

"Erumption"
A short story that originally appeared August, 2003 in Fantasque.

Flashshots
Microflash that has appeared on the Flashshots mailing list.

Six of "Forty Beers"
Flash fiction that originally appeared February, 2004 at Fortean Bureau.
And the beers are...
  • Beer of the Damned
  • Champy's Monster Bitter
  • Keel's Mothman Lager
  • Mandrill's Ass Red
  • Old Ghengis Two-Steppe
  • Stinkpot's Private Reserve

"G.O.D"
A short story that originally appeared in Greetings from Lake Wu, from Wheatland Press, October, 2003.

"Glass: A Love Story"
A short story that originally appeared in Greetings from Lake Wu, from Wheatland Press, October, 2003.

"The Goat Cutter"
A short story that originally appeared in Greetings from Lake Wu, from Wheatland Press, October, 2003.

Reprints
Dogs in the Moonlight forthcoming from Prime Books in 2004
Mammoth Best New Horror from PUBLISHER in 2004
Reviews
"'The Goat Cutter' is one of Jay Lake's most striking stories: wildly inventive, complex, and infused with the power to lead me through an uncomfortable journey I will not easily forget."
  -- Leslie What.

"Headed West"
A short story that originally appeared in March, 2004 in the multimedia anthology Fundamentally Challenged, edited by Jeff Turner.

"A Hero for the Dark Towns"
A short story that originally appeared in April, 2003 in Album Zutique, ed. Jeff VanderMeer, from Nightshade Books and Ministry of Whimsy Press.

"In Defeat of Transcendent Epiphany"
A short story that originally appeared in April, 2003 at Ideomancer.

"Into the Gardens of Sweet Night"
A novelette that originally appeared August, 2003 in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future XIX.

Awards
This story is a finalist for the 2004 Hugo Award for Best Novelette!
Read it for free at Fictionwise.com
This story took 1st place in the Writers of the Future contest quarter ending 9/31/2002
Reviews
"The clear winner, however, is Jay Lake's 'Into the Gardens of Sweet Night,' a quirky meditation on personal freedom and responsibility that follows a cosmos-trotting pug named Wiggles as it leads a young boy on a surreal journey to the supposedly mythical Garden of the title; think William Burroughs meets Men in Black."  -- Publisher's Weekly 9/22/03
Reprints
Upcoming in 2005 in Swedish translation in Minautauren.

"Iron Heaven"
A short story that originally appeared October, 2003 in Intracities.

"Jack's House"
A short story that originally appeared December, 2002 at Strange Horizons.

Reprints
Greetings from Lake Wu from Wheatland Press, October, 2003.
Midnight Street, issue TBA
Awards
Honorable Mention in Year's Best Science Fiction, 2002, ed. Gardner Dozois
Made several 2002 recommended reading lists in Locus and elsewhere

"Jesus and the Cowboys"
A short story that originally appeared March, 2004 in Dragons, Knights and Angels.

"Lights in the Evening Sky Like the Promise of Heaven"
Flash fiction that originally appeared June, 2003 in Full Unit Hookup #3.

"Last Man on the Moon"
Flash fiction that originally appeared November, 2002 at The Martian Wave.

"Like Cherries in the Dark"
A short story that originally appeared October, 2003 in Issue 1 of Flytrap.

Reprints
Dogs in the Moonlight forthcoming from Prime Books in 2004

"Mongolian Death Worm Infestation"
Flash fiction that originally appeared October, 2003 in "The Thackeray T. Lambshead Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases", ed. Jeff VanderMeer and Mark Roberts, from Nightshade Books and Ministry of Whimsy Press.

"The Murasaki Doctrine"
A novella that originally appeared in Greetings from Lake Wu, from Wheatland Press, October, 2003.

"My Grocery List"
A grocery list that originally appeared April, 2004 at Fortean Bureau.

"Naked and Homeless on Golgotha"
A short story that originally appeared December, 2002 in the print edition of Aoife's Kiss.

Reprints
Dogs in the Moonlight forthcoming from Prime Books in 2004

"Over the Walls of Eden"
A short story that originally appeared August, 2003 in Descant, a Canadian literary journal.

"The Oxygen Man"
A short story that originally appeared January, 2004 On Spec, the Canadian magazine of the fantastic.

Reprints
Dogs in the Moonlight forthcoming from Prime Books in 2004

"The Passing of Guests"
A short story that originally appeared September, 2002 in Beyond the Last Star, an SFF Net anthology.

Reprints
Summer, 2003 in Roadworks
June, 2003 at Ideomancer, an online fiction magazine
Greetings from Lake Wu from Wheatland Press, October, 2003

"Pax Agricola"
A short story that originally appeared February, 2004 at Lone Star Stories.

Reprints
Dogs in the Moonlight forthcoming from Prime Books in 2004

"The Redundant Order of the Night"
Flash fiction that originally appeared March, 2004 at Revolution SF.

Reviews
"It's the kind of story you'd get from the love child of Gertrude Stein and Frank Zappa."
    -- Matthew Cheney at "The Mumpsimus"

"Requiem Ascendant"
A novelette coming that originally appeared March, 2004 in Issue 1 of Continuum Science Fiction.

The Rushes cycle, twelve stories based on the lines of the song "Green Grow the Rushes-Oh" that appeared monthly in 2003 at Strange Horizons
Reprints
Illustrated chapbook from Fairwood Press, April, 2004

"The Scent of Rotting Roses"
A novelette that originally appeared November, 2002 at Strange Horizons.

Reprints
Greetings from Lake Wu from Wheatland Press, October, 2003.
Awards
Made several 2002 recommended reading lists in Locus and elsewhere.

"The Set of All Even Primes"
Experimental flash fiction that originally appeared December, 2003 at Fortean Bureau.

"Sloe-Eyed Jacks and Homicide Kings"
A short story that originally appeared January, 2004 at Chiaroscuro.

"Speciation"
A short story that originally appeared April, 2004 at Ideomancer.

"Spending Money"
Flash fiction that originally appeared June, 2003 at Aoife's Kiss.

"Tall Spirits, Blocking the Night"
A short story that originally appeared December, 2002 in Talebones Issue 25.

Reprints
Greetings from Lake Wu from Wheatland Press, October, 2003.
Awards
Honorable Mention in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 2003, ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.

"Those Boiled Bones"
A short story that originally appeared January, 2004 at Apex & Abyss.

"Tiny Flowers and Rotten Lace"
A short story that originally appeared February, 2004 in Realms of Fantasy.

"The Trick of Disaster"
A short story that originally appeared April, 2002 at Ideomancer.

Reprints
Greetings from Lake Wu from Wheatland Press, October, 2003.

"The Trouble With Bunnies"
A short story that originally appeared April, 2002 at Terror Tales.

"Under the Purplefan Trees"
A short story that originally appeared April, 2003 at Revolution SF, an online fiction magazine.

"Watch the Pretty Girls, Kid"
A short story that originally appeared January, 2002 in Issue 29 of The Third Alternative.

Reviews
"'Watch the Pretty Girls, Kid' likewise has past compulsions re-emerging in later years to an effect sinister and farcical."
  -- Nick Gevers writing in Locus

"...an interesting story with absolutely no socially redeeming qualities, and it's a great example of what good fiction is all about."
  -- Steve Sawicki writing in Chronicle

"Who Sing But Do Not Speak"
A short story that originally appeared in Greetings from Lake Wu, Wheatland Press, October, 2003.

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