Wilde Stories 2016 is now available!

The latest volume in Wilde Stories, a Year’s Best collection of gay speculative fiction edited by Steve Berman, is loose in the wilds!

wilde2016It includes a reprint of my story, “To the Knife-Cold Stars” (originally published in Escape Pod). There book has a fantastic line-up of excellent authors, and I’m honored to be included in such a collection. ❤

Wilde Stories 2016: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction

(ed. by Steve  Bernam, Lethe Press)

It’s available in ebook via Smashwords, and paperback available at Amazon, or directly through Lethe Press’s website.


Upcoming Things! and a poem!

I have some exciting things to share! I got so swamped last month that I forgot to post that I HAVE A POEM IN APEX MAGAZINE.

in the day after the world stopped being is a post-apocalyptic little thing about women and magic and hope. I hope you enjoy!

In the short fiction category…

I’ll have a short portal fantasy story out next month in Fireside Fiction called, “This Is Not A Wardrobe Door.” (Featuring tiny robot dinosaurs, female friendships, adventure, and romance!)

Also in October is the release of The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015, edited by Joe Hill and series editor John Joseph Adams. It includes a reprint of “How To Become A Robot In 12 Easy Steps” and I could not be more thrilled about this. My favorite story is in a book!


And in December, I will have a space opera in Lightspeed: “Tomorrow When We See the Sun.” It’s got cyborgs and spaceships and gods and it’s all about identity and duty and choice. I’m sooo proud of this one, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Also, I’m almost sone with principle photography on my capstone film, What Monsters Hide Beneath — so excited! More news on that soon. It’s been busy here in Merc’s cardboard box, but the good kind of busy. I hope you are all well!


I’m delighted to be able to share this news today!

BASFF-2015I have a story in the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2015 anthology, edited by Joe Hill and John Joseph Adams. It’s available for pre-order now, and will be released in October. (No, I can’t tell you which story is mine yet–soon, though!)

So honored to be a part of this. The TOC is amazing. Check it out:

  • Nathan Ballingrud
  • T.C. Boyle
  • Adam-Troy Castro
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Theodora Goss
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Kelly Link
  • Carmen Maria Machado
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Sam J. Miller
  • Susan Palwick
  • Cat Rambo
  • Jess Row
  • Karen Russell
  • A. Merc Rustad
  • Sofia Samatar
  • Sofia Samatar
  • Kelly Sandoval
  • Jo Walton
  • Daniel H. Wilson

The book will publish on October 6, 2015, and can be pre-ordered now:


Barnes & Noble




Google Play

*(un)restrained dancing*

“To the Knife-Cold Stars” on Escape Pod!

Delighted to share my SF story, “To the Knife-Cold Stars,” which is about cyborgs and wirepunk and learning to live again. It just went live on Escape Pod! You can read the text version or listen to the audio, which is guest-hosted by Rachael K. Jones and narrated by Mat Weller.

To the Knife-Cold Stars

This is part of Escape Pod’s Artemis Rising special, a month of stories featuring non-binary and women authors. 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

Entwined ‘Neath Stars and Empty Suns

The second issue of Liminality, a poetry ‘zine full of breathtaking, beautiful words by outstanding poets, came out a week ago. You should indulge in reading both the first and second issues–there are so many amazing poems in these ethereal (digital) pages.


Liminality #2 also contains my very first poetry publication!


Entwined ‘Neath Stars and Empty Suns” is a space opera romance full of shiny things.


I hope you enjoy. 🙂


What I Did in 2014: A List of Lists

Writing Things
– I wrote 10 new short stories, 3 short film scripts, and 1 pilot-length TV script.
– I did not write very much novel, and that is okay.
– I had several stories published.
– I discovered poetry! (It’s awesome.)
– …And then I saw poetry debut in Liminality Magazine!
– Got interviewed (coming 2015).
– Had my favorite story featured in a Year’s Best list. (OMG)
– Sold a couple stories that will be coming out in 2015.


Film Things
– I made four (!) short films (Natural (not finished yet), River, Leaves and Butterflies, Prank, and  Don’t Look Now).
– I began preparation (finished a script, in particular) for my senior film which begins next year.
– I got to DP (director of photography) on a comedic short film written and directed by Jaclyn Tyler.
– Worked on several other productions (filming Neverland performed by Circus Juventas, filming a dance recital at the U of M), and working with a client (Infinity Drumworks) to make promotional videos.
– I finished editing my very first film, Click.


I also
– Read some books.
– Watched some movies and TV shows.
– Went to my first convention (4th Street).
– Read a lot of comics.
– Made a Deadpool costume for Halloween. (Next up: ZENpool.)
Did some cosplay.
– Played Dragon Age: Inquisition. A lot. (It’s soooo good.) And finished a first play-through!
– Took steps to make self-care a priority at times so I could be here and manage.
– Accomplished homework on a (mostly) regular basis so I could keep up my grades. Also, you know, college.
– Met all sorts of awesome people.


Lots of stuff happened. I didn’t record it (or share it) all. But these are some highlights, and almost all positive, because I feel it is very important to highlight the good things that happened when this time of year is the darkest.


What is in mind for 2015? Have a list!


In 2015 I Will…
– Be making my senior film (a 15-20 min. dark fantasy about women and family and monsters).
– Continue to write things.
– Continue to read things.
– Continue to watch things.
– Continue to put self-care as a priority.
– Be awesome.


Make it so.


My short story Thread” is now live in the December issue of Ideomancer!

This story was inspired by a nightmare, and it ended up being one of my favorites of things I’ve written. I’m so delighted it found an awesome home.

From the Editor’s Note on the issue:

A. Merc Rustad’s “Thread” upends light, dark, alien intelligence, and the symbology of far-future science fiction in a story of quiet revolution.

Read all of Vol. 12, Issue 4 here.

I hope you enjoy! 🙂


RIDE THE MOON has launched! (02/29/2012)

I’m terribly excited about this, you guys. It is bookday!

From the backcopy of the anthology:

For thousands of years, the Moon has inspired stories and legends about heroic animals, violent deities, and criminal humans. In modern times, those tales have been overshadowed by vampires and werewolves. It’s time for the Moon and her denizens to take back the night.

My story, “With the Sun and the Moon in His Eyes” is about the Stars, betrayed and cast down into the world alone, and the lengths he will go to in order to reclaim what he lost. Have a sample!

“My lord,” I greet Moon in his cell. A simple room: obsidian blocks set with a thousand mirrors. There are no doors. “How do you fare?”

Moon sits in the center of the floor, hands relaxed upon knees, face serene and eyes closed. He will not look at the mirrors. “Better than you shall.”

I kneel beside him and trace the line of his smooth, silver jaw. I remember his lips, cool and soft, a caress in the never-darkness. “More empty threats, my lord? Surely, if your lover were to come to your aid, he would have done so.” I smile, but Moon does not see. I grip his chin until dark bands spread across his flesh.

He shrugs aside the bruises. “Your time is not ours.”

I release his jaw. One day, I will force him to look on me and remember. But not yet. (My weakness will show, not his.) “Sun will not come for you,” I tell my once-lover. “He is vain and stands alone in the sky now.”

Moon touches a finger against the darkened imprints of my hand upon his chin. His eyes remain closed. “You know nothing,” Moon says, lip curled. I used to love that contempt, the hauteur, the pain-laced affection.

I laugh, furious. “Alas, my lord, I know everything.”

–from “With The Sun and The Moon in His Eyes” by A. Merc Rustad © 2012

(Love, betrayal, loss, destruction, the consequences of one’s choices–and the hope of redemption, even at world’s end. It is a sad little story and I’m very proud of it.)

You can read the rest in the anthology, along with other fabulous offerings!

The full TOC:

The Secondary 4 Class of Prettygood Park High School by Claude Lalumière
The Buried Moon by Marie Bilodeau
The Dowser by Kevin Cockle
Moon Dream by Rebecca M. Senese
Tidal Tantrums by C. A. Lang
With The Sun and The Moon in His Eyes by A. Merc Rustad
On The Labrador Shore, She Waits by Krista D. Ball
White Moon byTheresa Crater
Shara’s Path by David L. Cradock
Small Seven’s Secrets by Billie Milholland
Husks by Isabella Drzemczewska Hodson
Sunset at the Sea of Fertility by Tony Noland
Bitter Harvest by Jay Raven
A Moonrise in Seven Hours by Lori Strongin
Aloha Moon by Shereen Vedam
Cherry Blossoms by Amy Laurens
The Black Mermaid and the Moon by Chrystalla Thoma
Je Me Souviens by Edward Willett
Moon Laws, Dream Laws by Ada Hoffmann

RIDE THE MOON is available from Tyche Books directly, and you can also find it on Amazon and B&N or request it at local bookstores.

(And thank you to everyone who reads and spreads the word! I do hope you enjoy the anthology. :))