Gerri Leen's Virtual Abode

Last Updated 26 March 2017

Hi and welcome to my page. I'm a transplanted Seattleite who's lived in Northern Virginia for nearly three decades. I started writing professionally in my early 40's, and it's been a fun ride so far.

Some of the stories can be read online; look for the icon.
My romances are at Kim Strattford, Hopeless Romantic.

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Newly Published:

"Shared Losses" in the Murder Mayhem anthology. A nasty little story that has done quite well for itself; this is its third time out. (Crime/Mystery)

"The Woman I Used to Be" in the Dystopia Utopia anthology. This story first appeared in Grimdark Magazine and is one of those works you don't realize what you've got when you write it. Pure gold in this case as it reappears for the second time in a pro-paying market. (Science Fiction)

Bittersweet flash piece "The Longest Night" is featured in the holiday line-up of Grievous Angel. (Fantasy)

"Secret Agent Man" combines sci fi, industrial espionage, and noir in Issue 1 of Black Ice. (Science Fiction)

Epistolary email story "Failure to Communicate" has been reprinted by Digital Quickfics. Bureaucracy is alive and well in space. So is the human tendency to work around it. (Science Fiction)

"What the Rain Brings" in Killing It Softly. This is a creepy tale--one of my weirdest--that's on its second time out in a a horror anthology that just came in second in the Preditors and Editors Awards--the story tied for 10th place for horror story. (Science Fiction/Horror)

Newly Accepted:

"The Thing in the Basement" for Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

"Paying Old Debts" for Gamut Online. (Science Fiction)

"I Give You My Heart" for Far-Fetched Fables. (Fairy Tales)

"Scavenger Hunt" for Ember. (Science Fiction)

"The Thunder and the Blood" for Spirit's Tincture. (Science Fiction)

"Body Count" for Straeon Quarterly. (Science Fiction)

"Found Things" for Digital Fantasy. (Fantasy)

"The Hunt" for Digital Science Fiction. (Science Fiction)

"Not Right" for Wild Musette Journal of Music, Mystery, and Myth. (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

"Pomegranates and Ashes" (Poem) for Eternal Haunted Summer. (Mythology)


Bibliotheca Alexandrina Anthologies/Devotionals: "A Brotherly Talk" (Poem) and "Glory" (Poem) for Dauntless: A Devotional for Ares and Mars. (Mythology)

"Forever My Own" (Poem) and "The Hearth as Witness" (Poem) for First and Last: A Devotional for Hestia. (Mythology)

"Love's Sting," "Deathwatch," and "Aphrodite from the Depths" (Poem) for Blood and Roses: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Aphrodite. (Mythology)

"Full Moon Over the Crossroads" for Elektrik Milk Bath Press's upcoming motorcycle anthology. (Mythology)

"Moments in Time" for the Issues of Tomorrow anthology. (Science Fiction)

"Mourning is Mourning" (Poem) for an as yet untitled anthology on "Loss." (Mainstream/Literary)

"Shadow of a Black Cat" for The Ghost Papers, Vol. 1. (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Editing news:

I'll be editing The Delicious Wound: A Mythical Romance Anthology for Neos Alexandria. Looking for fiction, poetry, prose-poetry, and art/photographs for a call tentatively scheduled to open in May 2017.

Story Collections:

Released in the summer of 2010 by Hadley Rille Books, Life Without Crows is a collection of new and previously published short stories and novelettes. The stories are mostly fantasy, science fiction, and dark fantasy, with a smattering of mainstream/literary fiction.

Current Magazines, Journals, and Ezines

Nature Magazine (Nature Futures)

August 2016 "Floating In My Tin Can" (Science Fiction)

Daily Science Fiction

22 June 2015 "Hellhound, Free to Good Home" (Fantasy)

Escape Pod

Episode 434 (2014) "Coping Mechanisms" (Science Fiction)

Grimdark Magazine

Issue 1 (2014) "The Woman I Used to Be" (Science Fiction)

Ares Magazine

Issue 1 (2014) "Disruption of Destiny" (Fantasy)

Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things

Volume 1, Issue 1 "They Just Don't Mix" (Fantasy)

Eye to the Telescope (Poetry)

Issue 14 (2014) "Razors Are Not Always Metal" (Science Fiction)

Far-Fetched Fables

Number 67 (2015) "One Hundred Years" (Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes); Number 131 (2016) "The Last Stong" (Fantasy); Number 134 (2016) "Whither Thou Goest" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Star*Line (Poetry)

Winter 2015 "The Months After the End" (Science Fiction)

Aurora Wolf

Volume 4, Issue 4 (2013) "Man's Best Friend" (Science Fiction)

Bards and Sages Quarterly

October 2009 "Today's Top Stories" (Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes)

The Colored Lens

Autumn 2011 "Cinema Verite" (Science Fiction)

EGM Shorts

June 2015 "Good Intentions" (Fantasy); October 2015 "Opposites and All That" (Fantasy); January 2016 "Broken" (Fairy Tale); February 2016 "One Hundred Years" (Fairy Tale)

Electric Spec

Volume 3, Issue 2 (2008) "Grinding to a Halt" (Science Fiction)

Enchanted Conversation (Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes)

Volume 1, Issue 1 (2009) "Dilemma of the Spindle" (Poem); Volume 1, Issue 2 (2009) "Like Flies on the Wall"; Volume 1, Issue 3 (2010) "Torn"; Volume 1, Issue 4 (2010) "Broken"; Volume 2, Issue 1 (2011) "The Other End of the Tale" (Poem); December 2011 "Red is for Ritual" (Poem); February 2016 "I Give You My Heart"; July 2016 "The Scattering and the Gathering" (Poem); October 2016 "Those Who Came Before" (Poem); December 2016 "The Turn of the Year"

Encounters Magazine

Issue 7 (2013) "Imperfect Relations" (Fantasy)

Eternal Haunted Summer (Mythology)

Autumn Equinox 2011 "Dancing with Shiva"; Autumn Equinox 2013 "Selene" (Poem) and "The Girl in the Moonlight" (Poem); Spring Equinox 2014 "Fire Goes Where It Will"; Spring Equinox 2015"Sisters Under the Skin"; Winter Solstice 2015 "Hecate's Domain" (Poem); Spring Equinox 2016 "Narasimha, Fourth Incarnation of Vishnu" (Poem) and "Souvenirs from Above" (Poem); Summer 2016 "Wonder Woman in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice -- How Did They Do?" (Essay); Winter 2016 "Sepulchre for the Stolen"

The First Line

Spring 2007 "Memory Lane" (Mainstream/Literary)


Volume 3, Number 1 (2015) "The Same Old View" (Crime/Mystery)

Helios Quarterly

Volume 1, Number 1 (2016) "Drum Solo" (Science Fiction)

The Lorelei Signal

Jan-Mar 2008 "Life Lesson" (Fantasy); Jul-Sep 2009 "Shadow of a Black Cat" (Horror/Dark Fantasy); Jan-Mar 2011 "Step Right Up" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Mirror Dance

Summer 2008 "Sense of Blood" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Issue 2 "Letting Go" (Mythology) Phantaxis
November 2016 "A Happy Coincidence" (Fantasy)

SF Reader

July 2015 "And Then She Walked In" (Science Fiction)

Sirens Call

February 2014 Women in Horror Issue "Shadows in the Rain" (Horror/Dark Fantasy) ; February 2015 Women in Horror Issue "Lost" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)


Nov/Dec Contest (2013) "Salt the Earth" (Second Place) (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Unsung Stories

September 2, 2016 Post: "The Musings of a Misunderstood Scientific Prodigy, Miss Leila Johanson, 1889-1890" (Horror)

Unoriginal Magazine

Issue 3 (2016) "Cinema Verite" (Science Fiction)

Witches and Pagans

Issue 23 (2011) "Lies, Truth, and the Color of Faith" (Science Fiction)


Amazon Self Published

"Mind Games" (2015). (Science Fiction/Romance)

Amoeba Ink Co.

Tomato Slices (2016) "Spaghetti the Wrong Way" (Essay/Recipe)

Bad Dream Entertainment

Dark Little Dreams (2016) "Where the Sheep Have Fangs When You Count Them" (Fantasy)

Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Mythology/Pagan)

Les Cabinets des Polytheistes: An Anthology of Pagan Fairy Tales, Fables, and Nursery Rhymes (2016) "Blood-Red Leaves on a Moonlit Night," "Red is for Ritual" (Poem), and "Split Ends" (Poem)

The Dark Ones: Tales and Poems of the Shadow Gods (Editor, 2016)

Garland of the Goddess: Tales and Poems of the Feminine Divine (Editor, 2016)

Lunessence: A Devotional for Selene (2016) "The Girl in the Moonlight" (Poem) and "Selene" (Poem)

The Queen of the Sky Who Rules Over All the Gods: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Bast (2015) "Seeker of the Dead" and "On Silken Feet, Through Reeds and Water" (Poem)

By Bone, Blood, and Blade: A Tribute to The Morrigan (Out of Print, 2014) "The Blood Crow" (Poem)

Potnia: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Demeter (2014) "Letting Go"

Beyond the Pillars: An Anthology of Pagan Fantasy (2013) "The Drum of the Sea"

Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys (2013) "All the Colors of the Rainbow"

A Mantle of Stars: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of the Queen of Heaven (2013) "Here by Choice"

Queen of Olympos: A Devotional Anthology for Hera and Iuno (2013) "Selective Memory"

Queen of the Sacred Way: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Persephone (2012) "All for the Taste of a Pomegranate"

The Shining Cities: An Anthology of Pagan Science Fiction. (2012) "Lies, Truth, and the Color of Faith"

The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth (2011) "Like Herding Cats"

Big Pulp Publications

Way Out West (2015) "Panning in Thin Air" (Fantasy)

Black Chaos (2014) "Run for the Roses" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Central Arkansas Speculative Fiction Writers’ Group

Coming Around Again: A CASFWG Anthology (2016) "The Night Before Never" (Fantasy)

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Baby Shoes: 100 Stories by 100 Authors (2015) "Blow" (Mainstream/Literary)

A Shadow of Autumn (2015) "Salt the Earth" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Dragon's Roost Press

Desolation: 21 Tales for Tails (2014) "The Murder in the Steel Skeletons" (Science Fiction)

Dybbuk Press

She Nailed a Stake Through His Head: Tales of Biblical Terror (2010) "Whither Thou Goest" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Elektrik Milk Bath Press

Twisted Boulevard (2014) "Handle with Care" (Fantasy)

Zombies for the Cure (2012) "Run for the Roses" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

In the Garden of the Crow (Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes Poetry, 2011) "Trading Up," "Sauce for the Gander," "Scratching Post," and "Reflecting"

Dia de los Muertos (2010) "The Effect of Place on Love and Death" (Mainstream/Literary)

Fantasist Enterprises

Sails & Sorcery: Nautical Tales of Fantasy (2007) "The Drum of the Sea" (Fantasy)

Freedom Forge Press

Forging Freedom II (2015) "Tall Grass" (Fantasy)

Hadley Rille Books

A Quiet Shelter There (Editor, 2015)

Ruins Excavation (2015) "The Red Queen" (Mainstream/Literary)

Renaissance Festival Tales (Co-Editor, 2010)

Footprints (2009) "The Hunt" (Science Fiction)

Origins: Tales of Human Evolution (2009) "Patterns of Fall" (Mainstream/Literary)

Return to Luna (2008) "Coping Mechanisms" (Science Fiction)

Ruins Metropolis (2008) "Seeker of the Dead" (Fantasy)

Desolate Places (2007) "Lucky Shot" (Science Fiction)

Horrified Press

Dark Fairy Tales Revisited II (2014) "Today's Top Stories" (Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes)

Little Bird Publishing House

Dark Heart Volume Two: Mirrors and Tears (2014) "Pale Reflection" (Poem) (Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes)

Long Count Press

Songs of the Great Cycle (2014) "Defying the Conquerors" (Fantasy)

Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Work Trust

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword And Sorceress XXIII (2008) "The Vessel" (Fantasy)

Misanthrope Press

A Rustle of Dark Leaves: Tales from the Shadows of the Forest (Out of Print, 2012) "What the Rain Brings" (Science Fiction)

The Novel Fox

Anthology I: A Collection of 8 Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories (2015) "Paying Old Debts" (Science Fiction)

Parsec Ink

Triangulation: Beneath the Surface (2016) "Tearing the Hood" (Fairy Tales)

Triangulation: Dark Glass (2009) "Windows to the Soul" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Triangulation: Taking Flight (2008) "Nothing to Crow About" (Fantasy)

PegLeg Publishing

Entrances and Exits (Poetry, 2013) "The Train as Destination" (Mainstream/Literary), "Rollercoaster" (Mainstream/Literary), and "All Alone in God's House" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Florilegium (2009) "Dancing with Shiva" (Mythology)

GlassFire Anthology (2007) "The Hand of God" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Pill Hill Press

Daily Flash 2012: 366 Days of Flash Fiction (Out of Print, 2011) "Misery" (Horror/Dark Fantasy), "Random Nostalgia" (Mainstream/Literary), "Desert Pool" (Mainstream/Literary), and "Anonymous Arms" (Mainstream/Literary)

Fem-Fangs (Out of Print, 2010) "Things Every Girl Should Know Before Turning Undead" (Fantasy)

Pink Narcissus Press

WTF?! (2011) "Slouching Toward Cedarville" (Science Fiction)

Pocket Books

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 10 (Pocket Books, 2007) "The Smell of Dead Roses" (Grand Prize Winner) (Science Fiction/Star Trek)

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 9 (Pocket Books, 2006) "Living on the Edge of Existence" (Science Fiction/Star Trek)

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds VII ( 2004) "Obligations Discharged" (Science Fiction/Star Trek)

Positronic Publishing

Fantastic Stories Presents: The Dragon Super Pack (2016) "Here by Choice" (Mythology)

Fantastic Stories Presents: Science Fiction Super Pack #1 (2014) "Lies, Truth, and the Color of Faith" (Science Fiction)

Post Mortem Press

Mon Coeur Mort: My Dead Heart (2011) "Shared Losses" (Crime/Mystery)


Spirit Legends: Of Ghosts and Gods (2011) "Shadow of a Black Cat" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Silence in the Library

Athena's Daughters 2 (2015) "Destiny's Bitch" (Fantasy)

Sky Warrior Book Publishing

Dragon's Hoard (2015) "Here by Choice" (Mythology)

No Horns on These Helmets (2015) "To Love Loki" (Mythology)

Sniplits Publishing

Tales of the Heart Volume 1 (2010) "The Distance Between Things" (Mainstream/Literary)

Solarwyrm Press

Allusions of Innocence (Out of Print, 2015) "Step Right Up" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Strange Musings Press

Hysterical Realms: Alternate Hilarities 3 (Out of Print, 2015) "Failure to Communicate" (Science Fiction)

Romantic Ruckus (Out of Print, 2014) "If At First You Don't Succeed" (Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes) and "That Girl with the Wicked Long Hair" (Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes)

Subatomic Books

One Step Beyond (Out of Print, 2008) "Power Chord" (Fantasy)

Third Flatiron Publishing

Ain't Superstitious (Third Flatiron Anthologies Book 13) (2015) "Spellcasting" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Whortleberry Press

Strange Changes (2015) "Bluegrass Dreams Aren't for Free" (Fantasy)

WolfSinger Publications

All About Eve (Out of Print, 2010) "Mother of Demons" (Fantasy)

This Ain't No Rodeo (Out of Print, 2008) "Country Cousin" (Mainstream/Literary)

WolfSongs - Volume 1 (Out of Print, 2008) "To Love Loki" (Mythology)

Zimbell House Publishing

Puppy Love 2015 (2015) "Guardian Angel" (Mainstream/Literary)

Closed Magazines, Journals, and Ezines:

April 2010 "Salt the Earth" (Horror/Dark Fantasy); July 2010 "Shadows in the Rain" (Horror/Dark Fantasy); October 2010 "Good Intentions" (Fantasy); January 2011 "The Night Before Never" (Fantasy); July 2011 "Tallgrass" (Fantasy)

713 Flash Fiction Contest

February 2014 "One Hundred Years" (Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes) Art&Prose Magazine October 2007 "Mother of Demons" (Fantasy)

Big Pulp

Fall 2008 "The Circle of Life" (Crime/Mystery); December 2012 "Failure to Communicate" (Science Fiction); Thirst Issue 1 (2014) "The Dance of Love" (Romantic Mainstream/Literary)

Cabinet des Fees

Issue 8 (2009) "In the Ashes" (Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes)

Dark Valentine

Autumn 2010 "The Town After Dark" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

The Drabbler

Issue 10 (2008) "Dust to Dust" and "Over the Fold," Issue 11 (2008) "Company Coming," Issue 17 (2010) "Conspiracy Theory"


October 2011 "To Love Loki" (Mythology)

Falling Star Magazine

Summer 2014 "Johnny Long Shot" (Science Fiction) Flash Me Magazine
Volume 6, Issue 22, (2008) "Daggers"

Fusion Fragment

Issue 1 (2007) "Inspected By"; Issue 5 (2008) "Life Without Crows"

GlassFire Magazine

Volume 2, Issue 2 (2007) "Moments in Time" (Science Fiction); Fall 2013 "Whither Thou Goest" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

M-Brane SF

Issue 7 (2009) "The More Things Change" (Science Fiction)

Mytholog (Mythology)

Volume 5, Number 2 (2007) "The Weight of Things Forgotten"; Volume 5, Number 3 (2007) "Selective Memory"; Volume 5, Number 4 (2007) "All for the Taste of a Pomegranate"

newWitch Magazine

Issue 16 (2008) "The Hermit" (Poem--Fantasy)

Paper Crow

Issue 0 (2009) "String Theory" (Poem--Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Quantum Kiss

February 2008 "Riptide" (Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes)

Ray Gun Revival

February 2011 "Proving Ground" (Science Fiction)

Reflection's Edge

July 2008 "The Last Song" (Fantasy)

Renard's Menagerie

Issue 3 (2007) "Like Herding Cats" (Mythology); Issue 6 (2007) "Flesh and the Price of Summer" (Horror/Dark Fantasy); Issue 8 (2008) "Bluegrass Dreams Aren't For Free (Fantasy)

Schlock Magazine

The Gothic Issue (2011) "The House on the Cliff (Gothic Paranormal Romance)

Shelter of Daylight

Issue 2 (2009) "Retiring the Cape" (Fantasy)

Shred of Evidence

9 July 2007 "Shared Losses" (Crime/Mystery) Sorcerous Signals
Nov-Jan 2008 "Mountain of the Dawn People" (Fantasy); Feb-Apr 2009 "Deathwatch" (Fantasy)

Spacesuits and Sixguns

Volume 2, Issue 1 (2015) "All Systems Go" (Science Fiction)


Summer 2014 "Qalupalik" (Poem--Fantasy)

Staffs & Starships

Volume 1, Issue 2 (2008) "Love's Sting" (Mythology)

Static Movement

September 2008 "Just Another Day at the Mall" (Fantasy)

Wicked Words Quarterly

Issue 3 (2014) "Fox Fire" (Fantasy)

The Written Word

June 2008 "Kids Today" (Science Fiction)

Resources for Writers:

Duotrope's Digest: search for short fiction & poetry markets
This is hands down the best resource for finding new markets, keeping track of upcoming themed projects, and reporting response times. It's no longer free since a lot of people couldn't be bothered to chip in when it was run by donations. It's worth the money: this site saves me more time than any other writer's resource out there. (If you want a free alternative, try The Submission Grinder.)

The Turkey City Lexicon A laundry list of basic writing mistakes. One of the most useful short lists out there. There are lots of great resources on the SFWA site. Check them out while you're there.

Books I've found useful:

On Writing

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print

Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, Second Edition"

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