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A Japanese hacker story. Published in Cosmos, Dec 2014.
The coming of the bears.Published in Every Day Fiction, Sep 2014.
A Japanese ghost story.
Published in Lightspeed, Jul 2012.
Honorable mention in Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best SF #30Author Interview about Ghost River RedArtwork by Galen DaraIllustrating Ghost River Red – Galen Dara’s process of creating the illustration

After his brother died, Hitoshi Watanabe quit his job and decided to walk to the hot spring waterfall at the end of the world.
Published in Strange Horizons, Nov 2010.Audio version published in Drabblecast.storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Story of 2010Artwork by Jerel DyeArtwork by Jerel Dye’s article on creating the illustration.

The Real Hokkaido Green – photos of the hot spring waterfall in Hokkaido.

Executioners, magnetic destiny and sky rivers.
Even though he was a god, Daisuke always removed his shoes before he went inside. It was the polite thing to do.
Published in Fantasy, Sep 2010.Honorable mention in Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best Science Fiction #28Author Interview About Stone Flowers

Mr Nine and the Gentleman Ghost

Featuring a duel between the ghost of a zeppelin captain and a homicidal gold-eating puppet.
Published in Weird Tales, Oct 2010.Audio version published in Cast of Wonders

Vampire numbers, hidden codes and virtual numberfalls.Published in Fantasy, Nov 20093rd place in Fantasy Magazine readers’ story of the year.Reprinted in CosmosReprinted in Looking GlassFantasy Magazine Author Interview About Reading By NumbersCosmos Author Interview About Reading By Numbers


If you’re a monster, stop reading this right now! I’ve hidden lots of traps in these words.
Published in Worlds Next Door anthology, Aug 2010.Aurealis Award finalist.Audio version published in Cast of Wonders

For a complete listing of stories see my Fiction bibliography.


A vampire citadel, a fortress built by God and a castle whose herd of goats saved Christendom.History and photos of Eastern European castles.Published in Fantasy, Jun 2010

Iga Ueno: home of Japan’s ninjas.Published in Kansai Scene, Apr 2008

Why dolls are set on fire in Japan.Published inKansai Scene, Mar 2009

An overview of Japanese SF anime, manga, novels and video games.

Published in The Internet Review of Science Fiction, Jul 2008

Comparing two views of Japan from recent books: Roland Kelts’ Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the US and Michael Zielenziger’s Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation.Published in Kansai Scene, May 2008

Exploring the influences and links that books have with terrorist groups such as Japan’s Supreme Truth.Published in Salon, Dec 2003

For a complete listing of articles see my Non-Fiction Bibliography