2 Novelettes, 20 Stories, 3 Books
Awards Eligibility 2023: Personal Best
Since all my works that are going to be published this year have been announced, I thought it would be a good time to make an awards eligibility post. For anyone reading this who is unfamiliar with the idea, it’s how writers list their works that debuted in a certain year so that those reading for awards nominations will know they are eligible, which category they fit in, and how to access them.
2023 was a record-breaking year for me! Aside from my 2022 first novel Beulah winning a Bram Stoker Award® and being nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award, I also had more pieces published than in any other year! Only two my pieces from this year are available to read for free online—the novelette “A Chronicle of the Mole-Year” from Strange Horizons and the short story "One Eye Opened in That Other Place” from Three-Lobed Burning Eye.
If you are a voting member reading for awards such as Bram Stoker Award®, Nebula, etc., I will find a way to get you a digital copy of any of these works for awards consideration. You can reach out to me on social media (I’m on IG, Bluesky, X, etc. as well as Codex Writers Group), or through my contact form https://christinogle.com/contact/
Most of my work is horror, but a couple of pieces are probably only appropriate for SFF/speculative awards consideration, and I will indicate that below. I’ll list novelettes, short stories, then fiction collections, and end with the anthology co-edited with Ai Jiang.
“A Chronicle of the Mole-Year” in Strange Horizons (novelette—free to read online)
A quiet speculative story about choosing and voting, how we spend our lives, and how much we often forget. Probably only appropriate for SFF/speculative awards consideration. June 2023.
“Flexible Off-Time” in my collection Promise: A Collection of Weird Science Fiction Short Stories
SFF Horror about a subjective and objective time, writing retreats, and the other side. September 2023.
2023 saw the publication of 20 original short stories, which is the most I have ever had out in one year.
“The Book of Brats,” forthcoming in C.M. Muller’s Chthonic Matter, 2023
A weird horror piece about aging and contentment. Forthcoming 2023.
“Lights Out, Everything Off” in The Cellar Door: Dark Highways , ed. Aric Sundquist
SF horror about an automated travel van. October 2023, forthcoming.
"A Maze in Tall Grass" in A Darkness Visible, eds G.M Miller, Ewan Moor, and Justin A. Burnett
This is another of my nightmare-influenced stories and a recent favorite. October 2023.
“An Account” in my collection Promise
More science fiction-ish horror, this one about time travel. September 2023.
“Fables of the Future” in my collection Promise
More science fiction-ish horror, astral travel and isolation, related to the story “An Account.” September 2023.
“The Earthly Garden” in my collection Promise
Science fiction horror about art and genius. September 2023.
"Significant Dreamers of the Twenty-First Century: An Introduction" in Vastarien 6.1
A story concerning WPA-style documentary work about the new dreaming. My third appearance in this wonderful journal. June 2023.
“Bitter Makes the Sweet So Sweet” in Aseptic and Faintly Sadistic, ed. Jolie Toomajan
A vampire tale focused on family, abuse, and the savoring of pain. The anthology, from Cosmic Horror Monthly, is a charity work benefitting the Chicago Abortion Fund. June 2023.
“In Dark Tabittree” in Cosmic Horror Monthly
This folk/cosmic horror story features a Tuckerization of writing friend Gully Novaro and is one of my favorite recent works. May 2023.
“Permissions” in Dark Matter Magazine
This dark science fiction story about virtual children and the end of humanity appears in what Dark Matter has called their grimmest issue to date. May 2023.
"Once a Traveler" in Monstrous Futures, ed. Alex Woodroe
SF horror about the future of travel. April 2023.
"Auxiliary, Supplementary, Inessential" in Bitter Apples, ed. Eric Raglin
Teacher SF horror about adjuncting. April 2023.
"Callous" in Collage Macabre
Art horror about grief, loss, and regeneration. I designed the cover of this book along with T.J. Price, Mob, and contributors! April 2023
"One Eye Opened in That Other Place," in Three-Lobed Burning Eye 38. Free to read online
A weird horror tale about Charles and Dottie's romance, and that other place. Lovely narration from Chris O’Halloran. April 2023.
"Harvest" in Obsolescence, eds Alan Lastufka and Kristina Horner
A retro science fiction horror story about things that reach out from the TV. Available in a lovely hardcover edition as well as paperback and ebook. March 2023.
"The Glass Owl" in From the Ashes: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy for Burn Survivors, ed. Zelda Knight.
"Curated by award-winning editor Zelda Knight, this short fiction collection contains elemental magic and fire-based mythical creatures benefiting burn survivors." Probably only appropriate for SFF/speculative awards considerationFebruary 2023.
“The Porches of Our Ears” in my collection The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future
A fantastical grief horror, aka “the homunculus story.” February 2023.
“Mirrorhouse” in my collection The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future
Cosmic horror about art and identity. February 2023.
"Night, When Windows Turn to Mirror" in Mooncalves, ed. John W.M. Thompson
This is one of my favorites, and I'm so glad it found its home in this opulent limited-edition hardcover. Other stories by some of my favorite authors such as J.A.W McCarthy, Brian Evenson, Lisa Tuttle, and Steve Rasnic Tem. Another favorite writer, Kelly Link, blurbed the book. January 2023.
"An Auction, a Yard Sale, a Clearing-Away" in Prairie Fire 43.4
My first publication of 2023. A friend said this story reminded her of Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" January 2023.
The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future, Flame Tree Press, February 2023
"Without a doubt, Christi Nogle is one of my favorite new voices in horror. Her fiction is by turns devastating, horrifying, and beyond beautiful. With her collection, The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future, she's created something truly remarkable, the kind of horror that's filled with grit and heart. Don't miss this book; it's sure to be one of the very best collections of 2023."- Gwendolyn Kiste, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens and Reluctant Immortals
“The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future collects Christi Nogle’s finest psychological and supernatural horror stories. Their rural and small-town characters confront difficult pasts and look toward promising but often terrifying futures. The pieces range in genre from psychological horror through science fiction and ghost stories, but they all share fundamental qualities: feminist themes, an emphasis on voice, a focus on characters’ psychologies and a sense of the gothic in contemporary life. Stories here may recall Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Shirley Jackson’s “The Renegade,” or Kelly Link’s “Stone Animals.”
Promise: A Collection of Weird Science Fiction Short Stories, Flame Tree Press, September 2023
“Promise collects Christi Nogle’s best futuristic stories ranging from plausible tech-based science fiction to science fantasy stories about aliens in our midst: chameleonic foils hover in the skies, you can order a headset to speak and dream with your dog, and your devices sometimes connect not just to the web but to the underworld. These tales will recall the stories of Ray Bradbury, television programs such as Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone, and novels such as Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin or Under the Skin by Michel Faber. They are often strange and dreadful but veer towards themes of hope, potential, promise.”
Wilted Pages: An Anthology of Dark Academia, co-editors Ai Jiang and Christi Nogle, Shortwave Publishing, September 2023
It was wonderful to work on this anthology with Ai Jiang, Alan Lastufka, and our many insightful and dedicated first readers!
“Wilted Pages is a new Dark Academia anthology filled with gloomy buildings, hidden histories, secret societies, lurking shadows, futuristic boarding schools, corrupt systems, gothic aesthetics, occult learning and forbidden texts… And that's only your first semester.”
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