Gerri Leen's Virtual Abode

Last Updated 7 January 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:

"Cinema Verite" is reprinted in Issue 3 ofUnoriginal Magazine. (Science Fiction)

"Drum Solo" Is part of the Miscommunication issue of Helios Quarterly. (Science Fiction)

"A Happy Coincidence" is part of a wonderful line-up in the August 2016 issue of Phantaxis. (Fantasy)

"Here by Choice" found a third home in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination's Dragon Super Pack anthology. (Mythology)

Far-Fetched Fables released wonderful podcasts of "The Last Stong" (Fantasy) and "Whither Thou Goest" (Horror/Dark Fantasy). Excellent narration--give them a listen.

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

"The Musings of a Misunderstood Scientific Prodigy, Miss Leila Johanson, 1889-1890" is a darkly humorous story that found a great home in Unsung Stories. (Horror)

"Sepulchre for the Stolen" was published in the Winter Solstice issue of Eternal Haunted Summer. I update the tale of Hades and Persephone to modern times. Not for everyone. (Mythology)

"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)

"Spaghetti the Wrong Way" celebrates a family recipe in the Tomato Slices anthology. (Essay/Recipe)

"The Turn of the Year" is one of my favorite stories and uses the "Puss in Boots" tale as inspiration for Enchanted Conversation's "New Year's" theme and "Those Who Came Before" (Poem) answers the "Ghost" theme with a "Cinderella" coda. (Fairy Tales)

"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 . (Science Fiction/Horror)

"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)

Newly Accepted:

"Body Count" for Straeon Quarterly (Science Fiction)

"A Brotherly Talk" (Poem) and "Glory" (Poem) for Dauntless: A Devotional for Ares and Mars. (Mythology)

"Failure to Communicate" for Digital Quickfics. (Science Fiction)

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

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

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

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

"Life is Too Short to Drink Bad Wine" for Black Denim Lit (Romance)

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

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

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

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

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

"Scavenger Hunt" for Ember. (Science Fiction)

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

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, dark fantasy, with a smattering of literary.


My first foray into self-publishing. A sci fi/romance novelette "Mind Games" is available at Amazon for Kindle. (If you don't have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle app for devices and/or PCs and Macs at Amazon for free.)

Current Magazines, Journals, and Ezines

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

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)

Daily Science Fiction

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

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)

Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things

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

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)

Encounters Magazine

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

Escape Pod

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

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)

Eye to the Telescope

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

Far-Fetched Fables

Number 67 (2015) "One Hundred Years" (Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes)

The First Line

Spring 2007 "Memory Lane" (Mainstream/Literary)

Grimdark Magazine

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


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

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)

Nature Magazine (Nature Futures)

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

Issue 2 "Letting Go" (Mythology)

Schlock Magazine

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

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)


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

Witches and Pagans

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

Anthologies in Print

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

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

Athena's Daughters 2 (Silence in the Library, 2015) "Destiny's Bitch" (Fantasy)

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

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

Black Chaos (Big Pulp Publications, 2014) "Run for the Roses" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Les Cabinets des Polytheistes (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2016) "Blood-Red Leaves on a Moonlit Night," "Red is for Ritual" (Poem), and "Split Ends" (Poem). (Fairy Tales)

Coming Around Again: A CASFWG Anthology (Central Arkansas Speculative Fiction Writers’ Group, 2016) "The Night Before Never" (Fantasy)

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

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

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

Desolate Places (Hadley Rille Books. 2007) "Lucky Shot" (Science Fiction)

Desolation: 21 Tales for Tails (Dragon's Roost Press, 2014) "The Murder in the Steel Skeletons" (Science Fiction)

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

Dia de los Muertos (Elektrik Milk Bath Press, 2010) "The Effect of Place on Love and Death" (Mainstream/Literary)

Dragon's Hoard (Sky Warrior Book Publishing, 2015) "Here by Choice" (Mythology)

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

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

Florilegium (PegLeg Publishing, 2009) "Dancing with Shiva" (Mythology)

Footprints (Hadley Rille Books, 2009) "The Hunt" (Science Fiction)

Forging Freedom II anthology. (Freedom Forge Press, 2015) "Tall Grass" (Fantasy)

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

In the Garden of the Crow (Elektrik Milk Bath Press, 2011) "Trading Up," "Sauce for the Gander," "Scratching Post," and "Reflecting" (Poem--Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes)

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

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

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

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

No Horns on These Helmets (Sky Warrior Book Publishing, 2015) "To Love Loki" (Mythology)

Origins: Tales of Human Evolution (Hadley Rille Books, 2009) "Patterns of Fall" (Mainstream/Literary)

Potnia: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Demeter (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2014) "Letting Go" (Mythology)

Puppy Love 2015 (Zimbell House Publishing, 2015) "Guardian Angel" (Mainstream/Literary)

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

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

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

Return to Luna (Hadley Rille Books, 2008) "Coping Mechanisms"(Science Fiction)

Ruins Excavation (Hadley Rille Books, 2015) "The Red Queen" (Mainstream/Literary)

Ruins Metropolis (Hadley Rille Books, 2008) "Seeker of the Dead" (Fantasy)

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

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

A Shadow of Autumn (Gwendolyn Kiste/CreateSpace, 2015) "Salt the Earth" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

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

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

Songs of the Great Cycle (Long Count Press, 2014) "Defying the Conquerors" (Fantasy)

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

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds VII (Pocket Books, 2004) "Obligations Discharged" (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 10 (Pocket Books, 2007) "The Smell of Dead Roses" (Grand Prize Winner) (Science Fiction/Star Trek)

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

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

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

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

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

Twisted Boulevard (Elektrik Milk Bath Press, 2014) "Handle with Care" (Fantasy)

Way Out West (Big Pulp Publications, 2015) "Panning in Thin Air" (Fantasy)

WTF?! (Pink Narcissus Press, 2011) "Slouching Toward Cedarville" (Science Fiction)

Zombies for the Cure (Elektrik Milk Bath Press, 2012) "Run for the Roses" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

Books I've Edited

The Dark Ones: Tales and Poems of the Shadow Gods (Biblioteca Alexandrina, 2016) is out and I'm very proud of the wonderful poems, fiction, and artwork/photographs included in this. Such a fun book!

Garland of the Goddess: Tales and Poems of the Feminine Divine (Biblioteca Alexandrina, 2016) Goddesses from across the globe, and even some made up for this book. If you like mythology, check out this collection of fiction, poetry, and art/photographs.

A Quiet Shelter There (Hadley Rille Books, 2015) contains speculative stories and poems about service or companion animals. My first editing gig and I'm hooked. 70% of proceeds benefit Friends Of Homeless Animals in Northern Virginia. Makes a great gift!

Eric Reynolds graciously allowed me to co-edit Renaissance Festival Tales (Hadley Rille Books, 2010) va fantasy collection from Hadley Rille that features Renfest-inspired novelettes from Camille Alexa, M.C. Chambers, Julia Dvorin, Paula H. Murray, and Kim Vandervort. I'm thrilled to have had this opportunity to learn what our editors go through.

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)

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)

Out of Print Anthologies:

All About Eve (WolfSinger Publications, 2010) "Mother of Demons" (Fantasy)

Allusions of Innocence (Solarwyrm Press, 2015) "Step Right Up" (Horror/Dark Fantasy)

By Bone, Blood, and Blade: A Tribute to The Morrigan (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2014) "The Blood Crow" (Poem--Mythology)

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

Fem-Fangs (Pill Hill Press, 2010) "Things Every Girl Should Know Before Turning Undead" (Fantasy)

Hysterical Realms: Alternate Hilarities 3 (Strange Musings Press, 2015) "Failure to Communicate" (Science Fiction)

One Step Beyond (Subatomic Books, 2008) "Power Chord" (Fantasy)

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

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

This Ain't No Rodeo (WolfSinger Publications, 2008) "Country Cousin" (Mainstream/Literary)

WolfSongs - Volume 1 (WolfSinger Publications, 2008) "To Love Loki" (Mythology)

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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