The Alondra Stories

From the interview by Stephanie Ayers

I’ve written a series of urban fantasy short stories about Alondra DeCourval, a young American witch who grew up in London. Alondra travels the world, battling monsters. Here’s where you can find her adventures from Tokyo to Prague to San Francisco and beyond:


The War of Fire and Air

  • A new novella! Alondra joins a witches’ campout in the Sierra Mountains during fire season.

Mysteries of Wind and Waves

  • Alondra is invited to the research encampment on the Farallon Islands. Two researchers have vanished. Was it accidental or murder — or something older and far more dangerous?

Stories available online:

Mr. Moonlight,” a very short story from Alondra’s childhood, is available at the Ladies of Horror Flash Project.

Letter from New Orleans” is another short about the first day Alondra spent in the Crescent City. It also appeared on the the Ladies of Horror Flash Project.

The Alondra Chapbooks:

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Many of the Alondra stories have been collected in short collections available on Amazon. You can find more details here.

The full list of published stories, most recent to earliest:

“Something in the Water,” an Alondra story set in the California Academy of Sciences-in-exile, appeared in Occult Detective Quarterly #5, which came out in January 2019.

“Letter from New Orleans” is about the first time Alondra visits the Crescent City. It introduces characters who appear in “Last-Born,” the most anthologized Alondra story (most recently in Alondra’s Investigations). This very short story was published in the Ladies of Horror Flash Project.

“Elle a Vu un Loup” was published in the August 2018 issue of Weirdbook. Alondra fights a werewolf in a graveyard in Northern Michigan.

“Guardian of the Golden Gate” was published in STRANGE CALIFORNIA in August 2017. The story appears alongside Seanan McGuire, Tim Pratt, and Chaz Brenchley. Alondra investigates a suicide from the Golden Gate Bridge.

“The Drowning City” was reprinted in BEST NEW HORROR #27 in May 2017. It appeared alongside Neil Gaiman, Storm Constantine, and Gemma Files. The story originally appeared in NEVERMORE! TALES OF MURDER, MYSTERY, AND THE MACABRE, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles, and published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy in 2015. Contributors included Margaret Atwood, Nancy Holder, William Nolan, Thomas Roche, and Tanith Lee. The book was nominated for the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology. It won the Paris Book Festival’s award for Best Anthology of the Year.

“The Fatal Book” was published by New Realm magazine in May 2016.  The story was short-listed for the Aeon Award in 2008.

“Sakura Time,” a sequel to “The Fox and the Foreigner,” appeared in FRIGHT MARE: WOMEN WRITE HORROR, edited by Billie Sue Mosiman. This came out in February 2016. The audiobook is available on

“The Shattered Rose,”a vampire story set in Golden Gate Park, appeared in Instant City magazine, May 2013. It was previously published 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.

“A Curiosity of Shadows,” a ghost story, appeared in THE HAUNTED MANSION PROJECT: YEAR ONE, edited by E.S. Magill. The anthology was published by Damnation Books in March 2012. Alondra fights the things that ghosts fear.

“Last-Born,” set in New Orleans, appeared in SINS OF THE SIRENS: FOURTEEN TALES OF DARK DESIRE, edited by John Everson. It was published by Dark Arts in January 2008 and updated as an ebook January 2012. The story initially appeared in THE GHOSTBREAKERS: NEW HORRORS, edited by Danielle Naibert and G. W. Thomas (RAGEmachine Books) in May 2005.

“Catalyst,” Not One of Us #44, October 2010. In Prague, Alondra combines absinthe and alchemy to save Victor’s life.

“Valentine,” was originally podcast on Wily Writers in September 2010. Alondra travels to Oslo to save her guardian’s life, no matter what it takes.

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

The stories, in order of Alondra’s experience:

  • Mr. Moonlight
  • The Shattered Rose
  • Catalyst
  • A Curiosity of Shadows
  • Valentine
  • Something in the Water
  • The Drowning City
  • The Fox and the Foreigner
  • Elle a Vu un Loup
  • Something in the Water
  • The Fatal Book
  • Letter from New Orleans
  • Last-Born
  • Sakura Time
  • Guardian of the Golden Gate

Interviews about Alondra:

Stephanie Ayers interviewed Alondra herself for Women in Horror month on February 15, 2019.

Fiona McVie interviewed me about writing and The Alondra Stories for her extensive series of author interviews, September 6, 2018.

The Horror Tree presents an interview with Loren Rhoads” by Ruschelle Dillon, August 18, 2018.

“Ask the Author: A Q&A with Loren Rhoads” on, August 15, 2018.

New Contemporary Fantasy from Loren Rhoads” interview by Martha J. Allard, February 28, 2108.

Tim Prasil interviewed me about The Alondra Stories for his site, The Merry Ghosthunter, on September 17, 2017.

“Ladies of Sins of the Sirens: Interview with Loren Rhoads” by Meli Hooker, Dreadful Tales, February 21, 2012.

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