New Short Story: “Rail Work” in HOZ Journal of Speculative Literature Volume 1


Cover of House of Zolo's Journal of Speculative Literature Volume 1 edited by Nihls Andersen and Erika Steeves with illustration of women with VR glasses on and trees sprouting out of her head

Rail Work
House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature, Volume 1
(House of Zolo, 01 Jan 2020)
Purchase: House of Zolo


I’m excited to share the news that my first published science fiction short story is now available in the very first volume of the House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature!

I wrote the first draft of “Rail Work” way back in the summer of 2015 in response to a contest prompt. Over the years, I further developed and expanded the story into what I hope readers find is an emotional journey about being left behind.

This first volume of the HOZ’s Journal of Speculative Literature is packed with both speculative fiction and poetry, and there is already a second volume in the works. Digital copies are available for purchase now and the printed book will be available on January 7, 2020.

You ended up back here at the train station after you burned your mom’s house to the ground. You sit down on a bench under the eaves, and the dark clouds that followed you back drop a curtain of rain between the platform and the tracks. The vanishing point of the rails isn’t far off in either direction. The world isn’t shrinking; it has imploded. Call it the Singularity or the Rapture, everywhere else in the world, people are young again, transitioning, becoming whatever mind becomes when there are no biological limits. Not one of these novas pessoas, these New People, will have left you the tracks to follow them into the posthuman future, and even if you could catch a glimpse, they would already be mirage.

Or maybe it’s you who is the mirage.

from “Rail Work”