Fiction

Coming soon:

ANGELUS ROSE, the sequel to LOST ANGELS, will finally be out from Automatism Press in 2019. Stay tuned for details.

Now Available in Book or eBook:

I published 3 collections of previously published Alondra stories as ebooks in 2018.  You can check them out on Amazon:

  1. Alondra’s Experiments: https://amzn.to/2KUtPPK
  2. Alondra’s Investigations: https://amzn.to/2PgOoqb
  3. Alondra’s Adventures: https://amzn.to/2Pged9J

unnamedAn Alondra story called “The Drowning City,” which appeared previously in Nevermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery, and the Macabre, was republished in BEST NEW HORROR #27, edited by Stephen Jones. It was my first time sharing a table of contents with Neil Gaiman and Gemma Files. It was also the first time I had a story in a Best Of collection, the first time I got to autograph a signature sheet, and the first time a story of mine appeared in hardcover.

Strange California cover“Guardian of the Golden Gate,” an Alondra story about magic in San Francisco and the hunger that lives beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, appeared in the STRANGE CALIFORNIA anthology. The book includes stories by Seanan McGuire, Tim Pratt, Laura Anne Gilman, and so many more.

Lost-Angels-FrontLOST ANGELS, the revised version of As Above, So Below, came out in April 2016 from Automatism Press.  The succubus Lorelei knows that to cause an angel’s fall will catapult her up the infernal ladder. She never guesses that Azaziel will possess her with a mortal girl’s ghost.

“The first book of the As Above, So Below series has a creative plot, vivid descriptive imagery, relentless temptation, graphic horror, and fiery, fun sex.”  — Jeremy Price, Up All Night Horror Fiction Review

FrightMareAnother Alondra story— “Sakura Time”— appeared in Fright Mare: Women Write Horror RIGHT MARE: WOMEN WRITE HORROR, edited by Billie Sue Mosiman. The anthology came out in February 2016, just in time for Women In Horror Month.

““Sakura Time” by Loren Rhoads is a won­der­fully creepy story of a man under the spell of a dead woman’s dolls.” — Lucy Taylor, Dark Fantasy Blog

DangerousType_FINAL_04THE DANGEROUS TYPE, the first volume of a space opera trilogy, came out from Night Shade Books in July 2015. It was followed by KILL BY NUMBERS in September that year and NO MORE HEROES in November 2015. There’s more information about the whole trilogy here.

Audiobooks of THE DANGEROUS TYPE, KILL BY NUMBERS, and NO MORE HEROES are available from Audible.com.

“Rhoads brings the style of grimdark fantasy to space opera.” — Publishers Weekly

NevermoreAn Alondra story called “The Drowning City” appeared in NEVERMORE! TALES OF MURDER, MYSTERY, AND THE MACABRE, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles. The book came out in July 2015. Contributors included Margaret Atwood, Nancy Holder, William Nolan, Thomas Roche, and Tanith Lee. The book was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology.

The Drowning City is “a clammy, chilling, shivery sort of tale that snakes its way along your nerves, keeping you guessing until the end.” — Caro Soles, Caro’s Place

Outofthegreen

 

My story “Grandfather Carp’s Dream” appeared in OUT OF THE GREEN: TALES FROM FAIRYLAND, edited by Martha J. Allard and Kacey Vanderkarr, published by Urban Fey Press in November 2014. It’s available on Amazon.

 

HMP2cover510x680I’m really proud of the story I have in THE HAUNTED MANSION PROJECT: YEAR TWO, published by Damnation Books in Summer 2013. “Here There Be Monsters” explores the question: what is the worst predator in the woods? It was inspired by a comment by the Haunted Mansion’s caretaker, who told me that he wasn’t afraid of the ghosts in the house. The really terrifying things, he said, lived in the woods outside. Although it’s out of print, THE HAUNTED MANSION PROJECT: YEAR TWO is available from my bookshop.

HMR1coverCMYK300dpi6x9I have another Alondra story called “A Curiosity of Shadows” in THE HAUNTED MANSION PROJECT: YEAR ONE, edited by E.S. Magill and published by Damnation Books in Spring 2012. Alondra and her friend Stella discover that the ghosts are not the worst thing haunting a writers’ retreat. This book is available from my bookshop, too.

 

demon lover1DEMON LOVERS: A SUCCUBUS AND INCUBUS ANTHOLOGY, published by Ravenous Romance, features my Lorelei story “Never Bargained for You.” Lorelei is the protagonist of LOST ANGELS and the upcoming ANGELUS ROSE. The books were co-written with Brian Thomas.

“Loren Rhoads presents a stylish, glittering, sexy story of a British rocker in LA who may be making a deal with the devil — and may be getting more than he asked for.” dragonsandshiftersandbooks

Sirens CoverSINS OF THE SIRENS: FOURTEEN STORIES OF DARK DESIRE, published by Dark Arts Books, features four of my stories. The anthology contains the original Lorelei story (“The Angel’s Lair”) and an Alondra story (“Last-Born”).  “Still Life with Shattered Glass” originally appeared — in a less X-rated version, in Cemetery Dance magazine.  “Sound of Impact” is original to the book.

“Rhoads doesn’t ease the reader into Sins of the Sirens. Instead she turns the heat all the way up to an unbearable swelter.” Dreadful Tales

Paramental cover001The Paramental Appreciation Society‘s self-titled chapbook contains “The Shattered Rose,” a story set in Golden Gate Park, that features Alondra and her vampire boyfriend Jordan. The second edition of the chapbook was published by Automatism Press in October 2008.  Click for purchasing info.

“The mix of modern-day San Francisco with the obscure mythology of witchcraft and vampirism, along with the earthy portrayal of the physical relationship, makes reading this story an intensely engaging experience.” — Paul S. Jenkins, The Fix

Ashes-Rust-CoverAshes & Rust, a chapbook containing four of my previously published post-apocalyptic stories, was originally published by Automatism Press in October 2005. An updated ebook was published for the Kindle in 2012.  Click to buy an e-copy.

The chapbook includes “Mothflame,” “Justice,” “Fitzgerald’s Shadow,” and “The Acid that Dissolves Images,” which were published in Not One of Us, Blood Rose, Indigenous Fiction, and LEND THE EYE A TERRIBLE ASPECT.  Click to order a bound copy.

“Ashes & Rust was just wonderful. She reminded me that I enjoy science fiction. And, wow, can she ever write it!” — Maria Alexander, author of At Louche Ends


My whole short fiction bibliography is here.