Cover art by ikaruna

Authors

Nicola Kapron, Erica Ciko Campbell, A.E. Stueve, Stephen McQuiggan, Carson Winter, Garrett Rowlan, Steve Hayward, Anna Ziegelhof, Frances Pauli, Catherine J. Cole, Dave D’Alessio, Britt Foster, Carla Durbach, Carol Holland March, Joel Donato Ching Jacob, Aviel McDermott, Kathrine Machon, Coleman McClung, Jessa Forest, Matthew Gomez, Julie Cohen, Lisa Short, M.M. Schreier, E. Seneca, Geri Meyers, Rowan Rook, Roni Stinger, Spencer Mann, Simon Brown, Chrissie Rohrman

I am so honored to be included in this anthology alongside so many wonderful authors with wonderful stories.

see the world through other eyes

Stories take us beyond the bounds of our own lives—into new worlds and new situations. Perhaps most importantly, they invite us into new minds. Through the eyes of the characters we temporarily become, we not only live other lives, but discover new ways of looking at our own. Speculative fiction takes us a step farther—beyond the bounds of humanity, itself.

In Through Other Eyes, the first All Worlds Wayfarer anthology, immerse yourself in 30 unique stories featuring non-human protagonists, from aliens to dragons and monsters to mythical beings. Become someone—and something—else.

Blurb and author list from All Worlds Wayfarer.

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my story

This anthology features my short story The Harpy’s Son.

This story was inspired by my still unfinished NaNoWriMo 2016 manuscript and is the backstory of one of the protagonists of The Heart of the Forest Cycle.

It seems, though I struggle with getting my characters’ current lives on paper, I have zero issues writing their backstories.

Cover design by Jessa Forest via Canva, wolf logo by mycustombookcover.com

Old wounds.

New beginnings.

Jellyfish monsters.

Teenage Regina Slaughter finds out there are three sides to life: human, monster, and human-turned-monster.

Restarting her life with an emotionally barren Void hunter for a teacher and a caring werewolf for an adopted father gives her a bright, shiny future. But her world didn’t start out so bright and shiny.

When little Regina unwillingly became a werewolf at the tender age of nine, she lost her whole family soon after. Her new life in a cage at the whim of HADES monster hunters’ experimentations is even worse than her old life.

Now on the monster side of life, Regina learns that there are no limits to the kind of monster humans can be.

Regina is saved by the Alpha of a werewolf pack, who was also once human…and also once a werewolf hunter himself. Joyfully accepted into the Alpha’s new pack–joyful on her side, not on all of theirs–Regina enters the perilous world of monster hunting to protect the world from actually evil monsters.

Although sometimes she ends up keeping them as pets.

Buckle your seatbelts, put on a helmet, and hold on tight as you join Regina Slaughter in this grimdark paranormal fantasy collection that features five stories, two mad scientists, and one wolf girl.

Jessa Forest‘s The Slaughter Chronicles kicks off with Pulling Teeth and Other Stories, an anthology that reads like a novel. Follow Regina Slaughter through her young life as a werewolf who wants nothing more than to shift into wolf form and run under the moon—except she’s imprisoned by monster hunters who want to experiment on her. But this isn’t her first brush with danger. And it won’t be her last. At times visceral and at times light-hearted, Pulling Teeth and Other Stories is an exciting journey into a new paranormal world you’ll love!

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For only $1.99 you get:

2 Regina Slaughter backstory novellas

3 Slaughter Chronicles short stories

AND bonus worldbuilding content

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For librarians: you can also find Pulling Teeth on cloudLibrary!

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Hey Y’all!

I have two bits of news for you today. The first is that my poem “Home” is live at Dear Reader magazine. Thanks so much Dear Reader Poetry for giving my poem a home!

Check it out here and show these amazing writers some love 🙂

The second is I’m starting an email list. At the end of every month subscribers will get a newsletter with updates on my writing, any publication news I have to share, and links to all the behind-the-scenes goodness that goes on here on the blog.

If you sign up for my newsletter you will receive a link to a free download of Harbinger of Havoc, one of the short stories in my upcoming collection Pulling Teeth and Other Stories of the Slaughter Chronicles.

You will also get exclusive sales, discount codes (when I figure out how those work…when I publish more than one book…), and pre-order giveaways. Because when the first novel in The Slaughter Chronicles comes out I ever I will be handing out prizes. Awesome prizes–like shit I really want to keep for myself but I can’t because they’re for you (when I finish writing the damn book haha).

My newsletters will be delivered directly to your inbox at the end of the month, starting this Halloween. I’m not going to spam you with promotional begging or tell you every single detail about my life. I don’t have time for that. I’m taking chemistry this semester (yes, again). But once a month you’ll get a glimpse into what I’m up to and hopefully you’ll stick around for the future awesomeness to come.

You can subscribe to my newsletter by clicking on the tab in the menu above or by clicking on this link here. Enter your email address and follow the prompts.

Of course, you are free to unsubscribe at any time. If I’m not your cup of tea or tumbler of whiskey it’s okay.

So yeah, go ahead and sign up. Download Harbinger of Havoc. It’s not too bloody…I promise *crosses fingers behind back*

Love y’all, stay safe!

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Image Credit: painting by Charles Blum

I’m using a pen name now.

-Because I want to make my writing professional and I want to separate professional like A (the writing) from professional life B (the day job).

-My surname is the same as someone famous.

-My pen name fits the genre better.

What is the new name???

Jessa Forest 🙂

It’s my middle name and a variant of my given name. So I still know it’s me and I won’t get confused.

What’s new with my blog?

-I’ve started working with an editor and project manager so hopefully things will get a little less chaotic and random around here. I’ll be able to make news updates more consistently. And more fun stuff for you to read.

What’s new with The Slaughter Chronicles?

-Everything I’ve previously published, all 1 short story and 1 novella, will be re-published in a short fiction collection I’m working on (Pulling Teeth and Other Stories of the Slaughter Chronicles).

-All of my fiction will now be released under the name Jessa Forest.

What’s new with my poetry?

-Girl + Muse and Lupercalia have been re-launched with my new name and are only available for download directly from me on this site. They are still free 🙂

-All previous publications in print and online magazines still carry my real name. They will not be changed.

-All new poetry publications, self-published and published in literary journals, will be under the name Jessa Forest.

I really appreciate y’all sticking with me and being patient while I get things organized.

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