My Short Fiction Publications

As of February 2016

FrightMare“Sakura Time,” FRIGHT MARE: WOMEN WRITE HORROR, edited by Billie Sue Mosiman, January 2016. The Japanese believe that anything that has eyes also has a soul. Sometimes it has more than one.

“The Drowning City,” NEVERMORE! TALES OF MURDER, MYSTERY, AND THE MACABRE (Edge Publishing). October 2015.  Alondra DeCourval confronts the spirit of vendetta in Venice.

“Here There Be Monsters,” THE HAUNTED MANSION PROJECT: YEAR TWO (Damnation Books), Summer 2013. What the worst predator in the woods?

“The Shattered Rose,” Instant City magazine, May 2013. Previously in The Paramental Appreciation Society chapbook, reprinted by Automatism Press, October 2007. Originally published by Red Snake Press, an imprint of Borderlands Bookstore, March 2007. Alondra discovers that she’s not cut out to be a vampire.

“Never Bargained for You,” DEMON LOVERS: A SUCCUBUS AND INCUBUS ANTHOLOGY (Ravenous Romance), January 2013. The second Lorelei story: succubi and rock-n-roll.

“A Curiosity of Shadows,” THE HAUNTED MANSION PROJECT: YEAR ONE (Damnation Books), March 2012. Alondra fights the things that ghosts fear.

Ashes-Rust-CoverAshes & Rust, a chapbook containing four post-apocalyptic stories, was updated for the Kindle March 2012. It was originally published by Automatism Press in October 2006. It includes:

  • “The Acid that Dissolves Images,” originally published in LEND THE EYE A TERRIBLE ASPECT (Automatism Press), March 1994.
  • “Fitzgerald’s Shadow,” Nice Tattoo: The Magazine of Shadow Fiction #1, May 2006. Reprinted from Indigenous Fiction #8, June 2001.
  • “Justice,” originally published in Blood Rose, April 2003.
  • “Mothflame,” originally published in Not One of Us #25, March 2001.

“Catalyst,” Not One of Us #44, October 2010. An Alondra story set in Prague about absinthe and alchemy.

“Valentine,” podcast on Wily Writers, September 2010. An Alondra story set in Oslo about the lengths we go to for love.

Sirens CoverSINS OF THE SIRENS: FOURTEEN TALES OF DARK DESIRE (Dark Arts Books), updated as an ebook January 2012. Originally published by Dark Arts in January 2008, with Maria Alexander, Christa Faust, and Mehitobel Wilson. My contributions were:

  • “The Angel’s Lair,” original to SINS OF THE SIRENS.
  • “Sound of Impact,” original to SINS OF THE SIRENS.
  • “Still Life with Shattered Glass” This was the first publication of the full version. A truncated version appeared in Cemetery Dance #54, March 2006. That version took 3rd place in the Fiction Contest at the 2005 World Convention.
  • “Last-Born” initially appeared in THE GHOSTBREAKERS: NEW HORRORS, edited by Danielle Naibert and G. W. Thomas (RAGEmachine Books), May 2005.

“The Fox and the Foreigner,” Not One of Us #38, October 2007. The story was long-listed for the British Science Association Award, January 2008. Alondra finds a supernatural creature in the heart of Tokyo.

“Affamé,” City Slab #10, July 2007.

“The Energizer Bunny Keeps Going and Going…” Instant City: a Literary Exploration of San Francisco #4, Winter 2007. Originally published as “The Energizer Bunny at Home,” Death Equinox ‘98: Cyber-Psycho Convergence II booklet, October 1998. It won the Death Equinox ’98 Fiction Contest.

“The Magic of Fire and Dawn,” Eternal Night, August 2003. Reprinted from Beyond Science Fiction and Fantasy #18, October 1990.

“His Love Don’t Cost a Thing” (as Lorentz Jones), Unzipped, January 2002.

“Just Another Day in Paradise,” with Mart J. Allard and Brian Thomas, Tales of a New Republic, volume 3: Battles, May 1997. Republished on Wattpad, June 2015.

“Drifter,” with Mart J. Allard, Tales of a New Republic, volume 2: Recruits, May 1996.

“A Contest of Nerves,” with Brian Thomas, Tales of a New Republic, volume 2: Recruits, May 1996. Republished on Wattpad, December 2015.

“Redemption,” Tales of a New Republic, volume 1: Veterans, May 1995. Republished on Wattpad, November 2015.

“When Empires Fall,” an excerpt, Tales of the New Republic, volume 1: Veterans, May 1995. The whole story was published as “Trust” (as Neil Dauber) in Anthology (a Star Wars fanzine), May 1986. Republished on Wattpad, November 2015.

“Jordan Discovers What He Is,” From Scratch volume #5, a magazine celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Flint Writers’ Club, Winter 1992.

“Part Four: Dr. Chapel,” Second Star to the Right: After the Fact (a Star Trek fanzine about Spock’s death), October 1986.

“Claustrophobia,” Anthology (a Star Wars fanzine), May 1986. Republished on Wattpad, November 2015.

“The Martyrs,” Sanity, Ltd. #5, Fall 1982.

“Leather Boots,” Sanity, Ltd. #2, December 1981.

“Alone in the Dark,” Summer Youth Program Writers Workshop Bulletin, published at Michigan Technological University, Summer 1980.

About Loren Rhoads

I'm the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, as well as a space opera trilogy. In addition to blogging at, I blog about my morbid life at
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