Short Stories

I’ve seen dozens of my short stories published since the 1990s in many different magazines and anthologies. For a somewhat accurate bibliography, you can visit the Speculative Fiction Writers Database. I’m happy to share a few of those short stories with you here.


Before Blindness

Before Blindness” appeared in Daily Science Fiction, October 23, 2019. The story was published online and is free to all readers.


Bella and the Blessed Stone

The multi talented and charismatic Nicole Imthurn read my short story “Bella and the Blessed Stone” live on her show Radiovert on WFMU radio, July 24, 2019. The performance is archived on her site, or you can click here to pop the recording and play it now. “Bella” was originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2019.


Carp Man

Ellen Datlow published my short story “Carp Man” in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Twelfth Annual Collection, in 1999. The story first appeared in the Tampa Tribune Fiction Quarterly (1998) under the title “She Might Have Been Yesterday,” edited by Rick Wilber.

I had the unique pleasure of hearing renowned Rochester actor Emmett Michie read the story on the podcast Disturbing Frequencies in 2017. You can listen to Emmett’s reading, and then, if you’re willing, enjoy a short interview with me after the performance.


Check out Magic Feathers if you’re interested in my collaborations with Mike Resnick.


“Breathe/Smile. Relax/Enjoy/Laugh. Play/Create/Envision. Let go/Forgive/Accept. Work/Serve/Contribute.”

Lama Surya Das