Dark, irreverent, and truly innovative, the nine speculative stories in Homesick meditate on the theme of home and our estrangement from it, and what happens when the familiar suddenly shifts into the uncanny. In stories that foreground queer relationships and transgender or nonbinary characters, Cipri delivers the origin story for a superhero team comprised of murdered girls; a housecleaner discovering an impossible ocean in her least-favorite clients’ house; a man haunted by keys that appear suddenly in his throat; and a team of scientists and activists discovering the remains of a long-extinct species of intelligent weasels.
Content warnings: This collection contains several horror or horror-adjacent stories. The following content warnings apply to the collection as a whole:
- Violence and abuse of children (off screen)
- Depictions of homophobia, transphobia, and racist microagressions
- Suicide (off screen)
- Depictions of dementia
Finna is a rambunctious, touching story that blends all the horrors the multiverse has to offer with the everyday awfulness of low-wage work. It explores queer relationships and queer feelings, capitalism and accountability, labor and love, all with a bouncing sense of humor and a commitment to the strange.
When an elderly customer at a big box furniture store slips through a portal to another dimension, it’s up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company’s bottom line. Multi-dimensional swashbuckling would be hard enough, but those two unfortunate souls broke up a week ago.
To find the missing granny, Ava and Jules will brave carnivorous furniture, swarms of identical furniture spokespeople, and the deep resentment simmering between them. Can friendship blossom from the ashes of their relationship? In infinite dimensions, all things are possible.
Content warnings: This novella contains several scenes that are suspenseful — not horror, but possibly horror-adjacent to readers who are sensitive to that.
- Characters with mental illness (depression and anxiety)
- Messy breakup feelings
- Depictions of transphobia (from a minor character)
Liner Notes — $1.99 at Smashwords
Loosely based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Liner Notes is, at its heart, an ode to all the punk music that got me through being a lonely teenager. It’s about being young, being torn away from your best friend, and about how we deal with the pain of loneliness. This chapbook was designed and illustrated by Amanda Blix.