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Homesick: Stories
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Release date: October 15, 2019
Winner of the Dzanc Short Fiction Collection Prize
Finalist for the Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy Award

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 individual stories or the collection as a whole:

  • Violence and abuse, including towards children (mostly off screen)
  • Depictions of homophobia, transphobia, and racist microagressions
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Suicide (off screen)
  • Depictions of dementia

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Finna (LitenVerse #1)
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Release date: February 20, 2020
Finalist for the Lambda award in Transgender Fiction
Finalist for the Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novella

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 grandma, 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. Content warnings include:

  • Characters with mental illness (depression and anxiety)
  • Messy breakup feelings
  • Depictions of transphobia (from a minor character)
  • Violence
  • Blood
  • Monsters

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Defekt (LitenVerse #2)
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Release date: April 20, 2021

Derek is LitenVärld’s most loyal employee. He lives and breathes the job, from the moment he wakes up in a converted shipping container at the edge of the parking lot to the second he clocks out of work 18 hours later. But after taking his first ever sick day, his manager calls that loyalty into question. An excellent employee like Derek, an employee made to work at LitenVärld, shouldn’t need time off.

To test his commitment to the job, Derek is assigned to a special inventory shift, hunting through the store to find defective products. Toy chests with pincers and eye stalks, ambulatory sleeper sofas, killer mutant toilets, that kind of thing. Helping him is the inventory team — four strangers who look and sound almost exactly like him. Are five Dereks better than one?

Content warnings: This novella contains several scenes that are horror-adjacent to readers who are sensitive to that. It’s a little darker than Finna overall.

  • Body transformation
  • Blood
  • Graphic violence against anthropomorphic furniture
  • Less graphic violence against humans
  • Abusive dynamics

Liner Notes - redLiner 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.

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