LIVE!FIYAH Reading Series

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Thank you all for coming out! We had a blast and might even do this again. Missed a reading? You can find the replays in the drop-down below.

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Wanted: one negress to find a certain lost cargo. Welcome to a Charleston of the past filled with a very necessary magic.

Originally appeared in FIYAH #2: Spilling Tea


Eden Royce is a Freshwater Geechee from Charleston, South Carolina, now living in the Garden of England. Her work can be found in various print and online publications including: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, Vastarien: A Literary Journal, PodCastle, and PseudoPod. She’s also a contributor to the Bram Stoker Award finalist anthology Sycorax’s Daughters.

Her debut middle grade Southern Gothic novel Root Magic is scheduled for publication in January 2021 from Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins. Find more at on Twitter @EdenRoyce and on Instagram @edenroycebooks.

It’s race day. What if your life depends on winning?

Originally published in Uncanny Magazine.


Cherae graduated from Indiana University’s creative writing MFA. She’s been a personal trainer, an English teacher, and an editor, and is some combination thereof as she travels the world. When she’s not writing or working, she’s learning languages, doing P90something, or reading about war and [post-]colonial history. She’s a co-editor at PodCastle and her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, FIYAH, PodCastle and Uncanny. You can follow her on Twitter @c_l_clark or subscribe to her newsletter to stay updated on new stories and upcoming projects at

Layla has the power to save or end a person’s life with a few words. In this story, we learn the true limits of power and responsibility.

Originally appeared in FIYAH #2: Spilling Tea


“Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali is a writer, editor and narrator.
Her publications include Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, FIYAH, and others. Her fiction has been featured in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 12 edited by Jonathan Strahan and The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Three edited by Neil Clarke.

Khaalidah is a proud World Fantasy Award nominee for her work at, where she was co-editor from 2017-2019. You can hear her narrations at any of the four Escape Artists podcasts, Far Fetched Fables, and Strange Horizons. Of her alter ego, K from the planet Vega, it is rumored that she owns a time machine and knows the secret to immortality. She can be found online at

Omani, a coif mage who can weave magics into hair, dreams of leaving her family’s shop behind and becoming an imperial mage. When Myra, a poor but talented knightess-to-be, stumbles into Omani’s shop, both of their lives will be irrevocably changed.

Originally appeared in FIYAH #10: HAIR


Jen Brown is a queer, Black SFF writer and instruction librarian. When not working on stories or helping college undergrads learn critical research methods, she’s either playing visual novels and/or tactical RPGs, watering an impressive collection of house plants, or desperately trying to tackle her “To Be Read” pile. Find her tweeting @jeninthelib, or (sometimes) blogging at

The Royal Heretic is due to be released on July 2nd from MV Media.


Sarah A. Macklin is a writer and artist from Blythewood, South Carolina. When she’s not at her laptop, you can find her at her sewing machine designing wedding dresses. She’s known as @killianfantasy on Twitter and sarah_macklin on Instagram.

“Nichole Otieno’s Early Filmography” is an unreleased fantasy short story about a professor returning to his home country of St. Isila and uncovering lost film snippets made by a deceased filmmaker close to his heart.


Kola is a Computer Science and English graduate of Amherst College, currently living in Durham, NC. He was a Pitch Wars 2018 mentee, published in Clarkesworld and FIYAH, and he’s currently writing his way towards attainable futures–global pandemic be damned. You can find him online at or on Twitter at @KolaHR.


At the author’s request, we will not be providing the replay of this performance.

As a veteran of the Mechanized Corps, Patrick flounders for a connection with a society that refuses to see the man hidden within the war machine—until the day he meets an inquisitive five-and-a-half-year-old on the train.

Originally appeared in FIYAH #14.


Errick Nunnally​ was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, ​and ​served one tour in the Marine Corps before deciding art school was a safer pursuit. He enjoys art, comics, and genre novels. A designer by day, he earned a black belt in Krav Maga and Muay Thai kickboxing by night. His writing has appeared in several anthologies and is best described as “dark pulp.” His work can be found in FIYAH LITERARY MAGAZINE, LAMPLIGHT, TRANSCENDENT, MONARCHIES OF MAU, THE FINAL SUMMONS, PROTECTORS 2, NIGHTLIGHT PODCAST, and the novels, LIGHTNING WEARS A RED CAPE, BLOOD FOR THE SUN, and ALL THE DEAD MEN. Visit learn more about his work.

What do you do when your home is destroyed and you lose (almost) everyone you love? Go a quest for revenge of course! Hounded by gods she didn’t believe in, Fille Bon crosses a desert to give her dead justice.

Originally appeared in Strange Horizons .


Marika Bailey was born in the Caribbean and raised in Brooklyn. She reps both with equal pride. She has previously been published at Strange Horizons and FIYAH Magazine and has an upcoming story “Daughters With Bloody Teeth” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies this summer. In the fall of 2020, her illustrations will be featured in the middle grade novel “The Amazing Q”. She is currently hard at work procrastinating on her first novel and tweeting assorted ridiculata as @Marika_Writes_

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