About KJ Kabza

Grayscale head shot of KJ Kabza

KJ Kabza began selling short fiction in 2002, while earning his B.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch College. Since then, he has sold over 70 stories to places such as F&SFBeneath Ceaseless SkiesDaily Science Fiction, THE YEAR’S BEST DARK FANTASY AND HORROR 2014, THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, VOLUME SIX, and more. His work has been called, “Intelligent and sublime—a powerful combination” (Tangent), “Fascinating, unique, imaginative” (SFRevu), and “Worthy of Edgar Allan Poe” (SFcrowsnest). His debut print collection, THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES, released in January 2018 from Pink Narcissus Press.

KJ lives in sunny Tucson, by way of many other American towns too numerous to name. He is not great at hiking, swimming, and roller skating, but he enjoys all of these activities and does them regularly anyway. He shares a home with one husband, zero cats, and a number of trees that he is determined to sustain.

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Author Pages

Curious Fictions
SFWA Speaker’s Bureau


Forbidden Fiction – on my story “Heart of Brass” – January 2017
Fantasy Scroll Magazine  – (general profile) – April 2014
Smashwords – (general profile) – September 2013
Life of a Dude in Publishing  – (general profile) – June 2013
F&SF blog – on my story “The Ramshead Algorithm” – August 2011
New Myths – (general profile) – March 2011

Guest Posts

Once in a Blue Muse – “Some Doors Will Open, but Not All: Traditional Publishing with a Small Press” – June 2018
Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog – My Favorite Bit: “KJ Kabza talks about THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES” – January 2018
The Furry Writers’ Guild blog – “On the Inside, Looking Out: Furry in a Human Land” – January 2018
Circlet Press 25th Anniversary Kickstarter – “Writing Is For Everyone” – October 2017
Once in a Blue Muse – “The Valley of Short Fiction” – November 2014
Skiffy and Fanty Show blog  – “My Superpower” – October 2014


What’s the preferred orthography of your first name?

“KJ” and not “K. J.” However, a lifetime of listening to mutilations of my last name (“Kazba? Kibbiz? Kabaz? Kabaza? Kadla? Kazaa? Kizba? Kazaba? Kabzaa?”) has prepared me for the inevitability of people getting it wrong, sometimes.

Banner image: N 180B in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Image credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).