Results tagged “originals”

Toasted Cake 259! In which we skate the spell.

I fell the first time I tried the spell. The magic broke, snapping a crack into the ice and getting me a three-day ban from the rink by the angry ex-almost-pro who drove the Zamboni.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Kristen Koopman is a graduate student, writer, and nerd.  Her interests include blatant escapism, overanalyzing anything and everything, playing with her dog, and enough garlic to kill vampires at twenty paces.  Other stories of hers can be found at Kaleidotrope and forthcoming in GlitterShip.  She is definitely not two smaller Kristen Koopmans in a trenchcoat.


Toasted Cake #257! In which we attempt the parallel parking maneuver.

360-degree camera coverage. Radar, inertial compass, GPS. Independent all-wheel drive, nanoceramic brakes. 5G, sat-phone, and UHF communications. Air bags everywhere. And the worst student driver in the history of the automobile.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Laurence Raphael Brothers is a writer and a technologist. He has published around 30 short stories in magazines such as Nature, PodCastle, the New Haven Review, and Galaxy's Edge. His WWI-era fantasy novel Twilight Patrol and his romantic noir urban fantasy novella The Demons of Wall Street were both just recently published. Follow him on twitter: @lbrothers or visit for more stories that can be read or listened to online.


Toasted Cake #255! In which we make breathable air.

It wasn't a new idea. But as soon as mother said out loud "we should wrap the Moon"--so close, so dead, but with resources hidden under dust and rock--father and his scientists started figuring out how to do it.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo (a 2017 Locus Awards Finalist) is a science fiction spy thriller about a superpowered secret agent facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. Curtis' short stories have appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and Oregon Reads Aloud. He is a graduate of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise writers' workshops. Visit him online at: .


Toasted Cake #251! In which we get out the hard-boiled egg.

This one November my mom went missing and me and Andy and his other friend Meg tried to fill in for her because my mom is the moon.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Megan Lee Beals is fostering mason bees in her modest city garden, sewing things which attempt to defy physics, and forgetting to pull the bread out of the oven. She lives in Tacoma Washington with her husband and one formerly feral cat. You can read more of her stories at


Toasted Cake #250! In which we celebrate.

Tommy's sixth birthday was ruined due to a mix-up at the bakery.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Liam Hogan is an award winning short story writer, with stories in Best of British Science Fiction 2016, and Best of British Fantasy 2018 (NewCon Press). He's been published by Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Flametree Press, among others. He helps host Liars' League London, volunteers at the creative writing charity Ministry of Stories, and lives and avoids work in London. More details at

Toasted Cake 249! In which we feed the printer. 

Everyone in the office called the supply room printer a "giant plastic sack of crap that deserved to rot in the underworld for all eternity."

This story is original to Toasted Cake. 

Diane Callahan strives to capture her sliver of the universe through writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. As a developmental editor and ghostplotter, she spends her days shaping stories. Her YouTube channel, Quotidian Writer, provides practical tips for aspiring authors. You can read her work in Translunar Travelers Lounge, Short Édition, and Riddled with Arrows, among others.


Toasted Cake 244! In which the story pours out like honey.

For some girls it was lustrous hair, twice as long and twice as thick every time it was cut.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Kristiana Willsey is a writer and an academic living in Los Angeles. She has a PhD in Folklore, teaches at the University of Southern California, and has published research on folk narrative in various academic journals and edited volumes. She is a 2019 graduate of Clarion West.

Toasted Cake #243! In which we clean the nunchucks.

"Saviour Ltd.  How may I help you?"

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Annie Percik lives in London with her husband, Dave, where she writes novels and short stories, whilst working as a University Complaints Officer. She writes a blog about writing and posts short fiction on her website, which is where all her current publications are listed. She also makes a media review podcast with her husband at @loveittomorrow and publishes a photo-story blog, recording the adventures of her teddy bear. He is much more popular online than she is. She likes to run away from zombies in her spare time.


Toasted Cake 241! In which we win the diapers.

It's not the usual thing nowadays, but when I was born my fairy godmother gave me a blessing. 

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Elizabeth Walker lives in sunny Southern California with her family and the neediest housecat on the planet. You can find her online at and on Twitter at @AuthorEDW.

Toasted Cake 239! In which we knit the booties.

Jordan recognised the griffin waiting outside the chicken cage as she stepped out, holding three dead hens by the neck; his chest had that unmistakeable stripe of velvet-black feathers among the russet.

This story is original to Toasted Cake. You can also read it right here on Matt Dovey's website!

Matt Dovey is very tall, very British, and most likely drinking a cup of tea right now. He has a scar on his arm from a gap year working a Megafauna Sanctuary in the Pacific Northwest; he'd like to pretend it was from calming a raging beast and saving the day, but really it was an infected scratch from rusted chickenwire. He now lives in a quiet market town in rural England with his wife and three children, and still struggles to express his delight in this wonderful arrangement. Although his surname rhymes with "Dopey", any other similarities to the dwarf are purely coincidental. He has fiction out and forthcoming all over the place: you can keep up with it at, or find him timewasting on Twitter as @mattdoveywriter.

Toasted Cake 238! In which we are not in sight.

The giant spruce trees behind Grandma's house had the best climbing branches, despite the pine needles.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Lyndsie Manusos's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Apex Magazine, Apparition Lit, F&SF, Okay Donkey, and other publications. She lives in Indianapolis with her family and writes for Book Riot and Publishers Weekly.

Toasted Cake #237! In which we check out Goblin's stash.

"That's one more shambling patchwork monstrosity which won't be terrorizing our fair city any longer." 

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Michael M. Jones lives in southwest Virginia with too many books, just enough cats, and a wife who stole the television remote in 1998 and has yet to give it back. He's been published in places such as Constellary Tales, F is for Fairy, and Mad Scientist Magazine. He's the editor of Scheherazade's Facade, and Schoolbooks & Sorcery. For more, visit him at


Toasted Cake 235! In which things get a little messy.

The taco beach was a mistake.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Kate Ristau is a folklorist, an author, and the Executive Director of Willamette Writers. You can find her essays in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and her young adult and middle grade books online. She lives in a house in Oregon where they found fairies in the garden and a sword behind the water heater. You can find out more about her at

Toasted Cake #234! In which we find the daffodils.

A witch's garden. Agnes had read about them in fairy stories. 

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Samuel Poots is a writer from N. Ireland who communicates primarily by means of Pratchett quotes. His story The Glass-Eyed Girl was awarded Kraxon Magazine's Short Story of the Year Award for 2018 and he was recently given the Support for Individual Artists Award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. When not writing, or procrastinating, he can usually be seen clambering around the north coast muttering stuff about dragons. If found, please give him a cup of tea and send him home via the nearest post office. You can find Sam on Twitter as @pootsidoodle.


Toasted Cake #232! In which we aren't sure what kind of a bird we are.

Justin is ten feet tall, so I give myself a pair of wings with which to reach him.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Avra Margariti is a queer Social Work undergrad from Greece. She enjoys storytelling in all its forms and writes about diverse identities and experiences. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Flash Fiction Online, The Forge Literary, SmokeLong Quarterly, and other venues. You can find her on twitter at @avramargariti.


Toasted Cake 225! In which we quit.

After jumping through 57 portals under your command, it's time to say goodbye.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Aimee Picchi is a journalist and SFF writer who lives in Burlington, Vermont. Her short fiction has appeared in publications including Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, and Flash Fiction Online. A classical musician by training, she's a graduate of Juilliard Pre-College and University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music. Find her at or on Twitter at @aimeepicchi.

Toasted Cake 222! In which we try to find just the right inhabitants.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a house in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a family so, with the dawn warming my gables, I redistribute the notification.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

M. J. Pettit lives as a settler in Toronto, Canada and an immigrant in Manchester, UK. By day (and night and many weekends) he is an undisciplined academic trying to figure out how science and society fit together. An avid reader of short fiction, his own stories have appeared in Daily SF, Nature, and other venues. He is happily no longer the world's foremost expert on raccoon intelligence. You can often find him proximate to kale, canals, or cats.

Toasted Cake 221! In which we long for the candied carrots.

Occasionally, I dream of moonlit meadows illuminated by the light of the eagle moon and the courtesan moon.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Nin Harris is an author, poet, and tenured postcolonial Gothic scholar  who exists in a perpetual state of unheimlich. Nin writes Gothic  fiction, cyberpunk, nerdcore post-apocalyptic fiction, planetary  romance, and various other forms of hyphenated weird fiction. Nin's  publishing credits include Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and  The Dark.  


Toasted Cake 217! In which we try not to fall into the sweetmeats.

Lord Seetseet Reetseetseet, Earl of Breakaday, alit on the rim of the sweetmeat chalice and pecked at the candied plum atop the pile.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Aimee Ogden is a former science teacher and software tester; now she writes stories about sad astronauts and angry princesses. Her work has also appeared in Shimmer, Apex, and Escape Pod.

Toasted Cake 215! In which we delete.

The basket scratches my skin, but I hold onto it, dreaming of the smell of freshly boiled bamboo and my mom's humming as she turns the ladle.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

D.A. Xiaolin Spires steps into portals and reappears in sites such as Hawai'i, NY, various parts of Asia and elsewhere, with her keyboard appendage attached. Besides Toasted Cake, her work appears or is forthcoming in publications such as Clarkesworld, Analog, Strange Horizons, Nature, Terraform, Grievous Angel, Fireside, Galaxy's Edge, StarShipSofa, Andromeda Spaceways (Year's Best Issue), Diabolical Plots, Factor Four, Pantheon, Outlook Springs, ROBOT DINOSAURS, Shoreline of Infinity, LONTAR, Mithila Review, Reckoning, Issues in Earth Science, Liminality, Star*Line, Polu Texni, Argot, Eye to the Telescope, Liquid Imagination, Gathering Storm Magazine, Little Blue Marble, Story Seed Vault, and anthologies of the strange and beautiful: Deep Signal, Ride the Star Wind, Sharp and Sugar Tooth, Broad Knowledge, Future Visions and Battling in All Her Finery. She can be found on Twitter: @spireswriter and on her website: