Quick Updates




  • December 8, 2017: I’ll be a moderator of two panels on the SF/fantasy/horror track at the 2018 Tucson Festival of Books–one about short stories (natch) and one about non-Western fantasy settings. Come find me after the panels and say hi!
  • November 29, 2017: THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES is “strongly recommended for any speculative-fiction readers interested in experiencing a fresh new voice in the genre,” according to Booklist.
  • September 16, 2017: THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES will hit shelves and mailboxes on January 16, 2018. Commence 4 months of excited internal screaming.
  • June 4, 2017: Fantastic news! I’ve signed a contract with Pink Narcissus Press, who will publish my first ever printed fiction collection, THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES! (We have no definite publication date yet, but once we do, I’m gonna bellow it from the rooftops. Believe you me.)
  • May 21, 2017: I’ll be a panelist at TusCon 44! And my 2016 story “All Souls Proceed” has been reprinted in a 2016 horror anthology from Flash Fiction Online.









  • December 20, 2013: I’ve made my seventh sale to F&SF! Be on the lookout for many a pulp-era trope in “The Bomb-Thing,” which will serve as a complementary story to another story in that issue by Someone I’m Not Sure I’m Allowed To Name.
  • November 21, 2013: I heard a rumor that my current story in F&SF, “The Soul in the Bell Jar,” is “worthy of Edgar Allan Poe.”Perhaps you should investigate this.
  • September 14, 2013: I’ve put up an interview at Smashwords, and F&SF has put my story “The Game Room” in their September/October issue.
  • August 21, 2013: I wonder what lucky person has purchased my critique of a short story in the 2013 Daily Science Fiction kickstarter! Speaking of, I’ve updated my bibliography to include a link to “The Flight Stone,” a story that appeared there in July.
  • July 10, 2013: Mine is the lead story in F&SF this month, with cover art by Kent Bash! Mine is also the first story in Pen-Ultimate: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, which collects stories from former members of the Ultimate Science Fiction Workshop in Cambridge, MA. All proceeds will be donated to the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund. And you DO want to help sick writers, RIGHT?
  • May 1, 2013: “The Separatists” appeared in the March 21 issue of Nature with some gorgeous art, “The Color of Sand” (a.k.a. “the talking cat story”) should be featured on the cover of the Jul/Aug issue of F&SF (!) with some other gorgeous cover art, and “The Flight Stone”, a fantasy flash peice, has sold to Daily Science Fiction, and could possibly also appear with some gorgeous art, but it’s equally likely that it will appear next to an irrelevant picture of a robodragon. Or something.
  • January 29, 2013: Holy toad–I’ve sold a science fiction flash piece to Nature! (NB: Story does not contain holy toads, but does contain cloning, riots, marital difficulties, and the President of the United States.)
  • January 6, 2013: F&SF has once again taken a fantasy story of mine, “The Color of Sand,” even though it totally features talking cats. (Or is that… BECAUSE?) Editor Michael Knost has taken my horror piece “Banjo Monsters” for his brilliantly titled anthology “Redneck Zombies from Outer Space” (coming out from Woodland Press), which does not feature talking cats, but rather, horrible shambling monsters of unspeakable, um… shamblingness.



  • December 18, 2012: My 50th published story blew past without me even noticing! (Everybody wave to “Heaventide”!) Well, “The Terms of Our Alliance” in the Circlet Press anthology “Like a Breath of Flame” is my 51st, anyway.
  • November 5, 2012: New stories! “Nathan and the Amazing TechnoPocket NerdCoat” appeared in Daily Science Fiction in October and “Heaventide” appears in F&SF’s Nov/Dec issue.
  • August 25, 2012: Making some changes to my website. But they’re under the hood. You won’t notice them. Nothing to see, move along, move along.
  • July 18, 2012: My ever-popular story “The Leafsmith in Love” has been reprinted in the ebook anthology “Ceaseless Steam,” and my story “Heaventide” will be appearing in the (mumble mumble) issue of F&SF.
  • May 30, 2012: Who DOESN’T love stories about intelligent landsquids? Unless you’re one of those non-landsquid-liking weirdos, please go enjoy “Something to Be Tamed,” and admire the fine accompanying art by Chris Howard.
  • May 29, 2012: Whoa! I just learned that Rich Horton, in his Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2011, has put “The Leafsmith in Love” on his recommended reading list!
  • April 5, 2012: (1) Daily Science Fiction has accepted my story “Nathan and the Amazing TechnoPocket NerdCoat (the title of which is pretty self-explanatory);” (2) Buzzy Mag has selected May 25 as the publication date for “Something to Be Tamed;” and (3) my flash “Surface Tension” has been called, “A very good, subtly written tale,” by Sam Tomaino at SFRevu.
  • March 16, 2012: March Madness! Two more stories in addition to my F&SF appearance are out this month: “The Idiot” in Big Pulp, in which a surprising creature is helped by an even more surprising hero; and “Heart of Brass,” a super-steamy steampunk novella, courtesy of Forbidden Fiction.
  • March 11, 2012: Circlet Press will be publishing my smutty story “The Terms of Our Alliance,” in their Like a Breath of Flameanthology. It’s dragon-riding like you’ve never seen it before. (And perhaps never wanted to.) (If you’re one of those boring people.)
  • March 10, 2012: Now available! My beachpunk story “Gnarly Times at Nana’ite Beach” in the March/April issue of F&SF. And my steampunk erotica novella And my steampunk erotica novella “Heart of Brass” from (Forbidden Fiction), has been given a charming little cover.
  • March 9, 2012: Illustrator Chris Howard will add some pizazz to my forthcoming science fiction story “Something to Be Tamed” by providing the hosting magazine with a gorgeous illustration of a giant landsquid. And who DOESN’T want an illustration of a giant landsquid?
  • February 15, 2012: Whoa! Pink Narcissus Press tells me that they’ve nominated my story “Neighbors: A Definitive Odyssey” (in their WTF?! anthology) for a WSFA Small Press Award!
  • February 14, 2012: Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate the spirit of this day, read my story of love and reconciliation, “Surface Tension,” now up at Flash Fiction Online—and know that my steampunk erotica novelette, “Heart of Brass,” is forthcoming from Forbidden Fiction.
  • January 29, 2012: I’ve been podcasted! Listen to the Beam Me Up! podcast version of my far-future story “Get Happy,” and stay tuned for the date on which they’ll be doing “Billions of Stars.” If you can’t wait that long, just sit tight until next month—Flash Fiction Online will be publishing my tale of love and reconciliation, “Surface Tension.”



  • December 23, 2011: Now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble! The anthology “WTF?!” from Pink Narcissus Press, featuring my story “Neighbors: A Definitive Odyssey,” in which the characters are words, and the setting, the interior of a dictionary. (If that’s not an embodiment of WTF, I don’t know what is.) Plus, short fiction reviewer Rich Horton has called my story “The Ramshead Algorithm” one of his favorites he’s read in F&SF this year.
  • December 4, 2011: This Wednesday, check out the serialized web novel The Wizard’s Prophecy. In chapter 10, you might look at the art and see a striking resemblance to the style of the doodles I have placed throughout my page. Fascinating, no?
  • November 27, 2011: I have published another weirdo story for your enjoyment, “The Expurgated Version,” now up at Brain Harvest. Feel free to whittle away 5 minutes of your time by reading it. Also, feel free to purchase The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year 2, in which my magical steampunk love story, “The Leafsmith in Love,” has been reprinted.
  • November 7, 2011: Q: What is beachpunk? A: It’s like Neal Stephenson’s “Snowcrash” meets the Gidget movies. Q: Can you give me an example? A: Why yes! My story “Gnarly Times at Nana’ite Beach,” which just sold today to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
  • November 1, 2011: Sometime in 2012, the not-yet-launched Buzzy Mag will publish my scifi story “Something to Be Tamed,” which features giant, color-changing landsquids and vaguely D/s themes. (Can’t go wrong with tentacles and petplay.) (Apparently.)
  • October 30, 2011: Bad news! “Neighbors: A Definitive Odyssey,” my fine tale of adventure and intrigue set inside a dictionary, will not appear in “Liminality: Tales from the Borders of Speculative Fiction” because the publisher has pulled the anthology. Good news! “Neighbors: A Definitive Odyssey,” my fine tale of etc. etc., will instead appear in “WTF?!,” an anthology from the wise folks over at Pink Narcissus Press.
  • October 25, 2011: The wonderfully warped people at Brain Harvest will publish “The Expurgated Version,” a flash piece of mine, on November 27th. You may run around in circles until then in fervid anticipation.
  • August 22, 2011: Go read “Get Happy” and, well, get happy. Then go read my new author interview at F&SF, where I talk about “The Ramshead Algorithm” and give you further glimpses into the questionable milieu that is my imagination.
  • August 12, 2011: Every Day Fiction and Quantum Kiss, two online magazines that host some of my free online fiction, are having some hosting difficulties. As long as these sites are down, email me with the name of the free online story (or stories) you can’t access, and I’ll send it/them to you. Sorry for the trouble!
  • July 21, 2011: You all DID know that Julia Rios interviewed me as a bonus feature in my ebook, right?
  • July 1, 2011: Witness my F&SF debut! “The Ramshead Algorithm” is available now, in their July/August issue.
  • June 21, 2011: Despite the fact that I am not Canadian, I’ve sold “Get Happy” (one of my many former Honorable Mentions in the WOTF contest) to AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review. (But I’ve visited Canada twice. Maybe that was enough?)
  • June 18, 2011: Surprise! The KJ Kabza omnibus, “In Pieces,” is now available at Smashwords. Contains new stories! New author interview! New story notes! And a pile of Flare and Panache! All for just 3 bucks—impulse buy it today!
  • June 17, 2011: I’m sharing an F&SF table of contents with Peter S. Beagle, Peter David, and Robert Reed! SQUEEEEEE.
  • May 6, 2011: Big Pulp will be publishing my fantasy story “The Idiot,” in which an unlikely savior steps in to help an even unlikelier victim, in their March 2012 issue. And you did know that the anthology “Like Heaven and Hell” is now for sale, right?
  • April 12, 2011: Review copies of “Like Heaven and Hell,” a Circlet Press ebook anthology of angel and demon erotica, are now available! Want to read and review my story “Switch,” among others? Drop me line.
  • April 11, 2011: Bee-tee-double-you. The Library of Science Fiction & Fantasy Press has taken my story “Neighbors: A Definitive Odyssey” for the anthology “Liminality: Tales from the Borders of Speculative Fiction.” Good thing too. If a story set inside a dictionary isn’t liminal, I don’t know what is.
  • March 3, 2011: I’ll be danged. I’ve just sold my fantasy novelette, “The Ramshead Algorithm,” to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction!
  • February 23, 2011: My latest fantasy flash piece, “Hero,” is now up at Every Day Fiction. Read! Care!
  • February 8, 2011: My story “Switch” will appear in an erotic anthology from Circlet Press entitled “Like Heaven and Hell,” which will feature sexy tales of queer angels and demons. So if you want to read a story about angels boinking, I’ve got your number.
  • January 11, 2011: Every Day Fiction has accepted another of my flash pieces, “Hero,” while New Myths has bumped back my upcoming piece, “Scales Made Manifest,” to March 1. Meanwhile, I’ve updated the featured reprint, so you can check that out while you wait.



  • November 18, 2010: I recently got word that I’m a Finalist in the Writers of the Future Contest for the third quarter of 2010. To celebrate, I offer you a newly published flash piece, “One Year Later.”
  • November 8, 2010: Double double story story update update! Both “Boulder No. III,” which shows you a side of Sisyphus you’ve never seen before, and “The Perfect Find,” in which one family can’t see the line between trash and treasure, are now live.
  • October 13, 2010: You may now go dig the fanciful little flash “How the Snake Got the Fork in His Tongue” and offer an encouraging/excoriating opinion with Every Day Fiction’s comment feature.
  • October 11, 2010: www.kjkabza.com: now interdigitated with occasional doodles of random weirdo crap! Because “I think your website needs some pictures or something” [source: friend].
  • September 27, 2010: Every Day Fiction (who brought you such fine tales as “Flow,” “Epiphany Sale,” and “One-Sided”) has agreed to publish my tongue-in-cheek Just-So Story homage, “How the Snake Got the Fork in His Tongue.”
  • September 21, 2010: Did you miss the part where Flash Fiction Online published “Now Open” earlier this month? If so, that’s okay. I won’t tell anyone. (But you better go read it now, before anyone notices your lapse in vigilance.)
  • August 26, 2010: On December 1, New Myths will be publishing the tragic, fantastic “Scales Made Manifest,” which last year received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest—and Flash Fiction Online has accepted the tongue-in-cheek “Now Open” (publication date TBD). I must be twice as awesome as usual today.
  • August 6, 2010: Another one of my flash fiction pieces, “One Year Later,” has been accepted by the brand-spankin’-new Daily Science Fiction. At the time of this posting, the magazine has not yet launched, but you can keep an eye on it here.
  • July 5, 2010: The Beneath Ceaseless Skies reading at Readercon has been scheduled for Friday, July 9 at 6 p.m. See me there!
  • April 9, 2010: Available as a Kindle download or in dead-tree format: my latest story, “Ovum Tempi,” appearing in Bards and Sages Quarterly. Buy a hard copy now! (Then sell it on Ebay in 50 years. Or whatever.)
  • March 25, 2010: Beneath Ceaseless Skies has finally published my steampunk romance, “The Leafsmith in Love.” Read! Care!
  • March 11, 2010: I’ll be reading from “The Leafsmith in Love” at Readercon, so if you missed me at Boskone, here’s your chance!
  • February 27, 2010: My little mircoflash piece “Forever in Heaven” was abruptly accepted yesterday and published today. (That was fast.) Read! Care!
  • February 10, 2010: My scifi flash fiction piece “One-Sided” is now up at Every Day Fiction. Read! Care!
  • February 1, 2010: My SF flash piece “One-Sided” has been accepted at Every Day Fiction and is slated to appear on February 10th.
  • January 25, 2010: If you’re going to Boskone, come see me at the Beneath Ceaseless Skies reading (Saturday, February 13 at 5 p.m.), where I’ll be reading an excerpt from an upcoming story, “The Leafsmith in Love.”
  • January 3, 2010: I have joined the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), which means I am now a professionally recognized nerd. (It also means that, if I wanted to, I could totally use the internal member directory to look up Larry Niven’s phone number. Sugoi!)
  • January 1, 2010: www.kjkabza.com is now fully live and waiting for your desultory perusal. You may now go read the pages, click the links, and bask in my minimalist design aesthetic.



  • December 1, 2009: “You Don’t Know Where That’s Been” is now live at Spaceports and Spidersilk. Read it soon! Spaceports and Spidersilk doesn’t archive their content.
  • October 27, 2009: Gnomon Copy is printing my business cards. (I should give you one. They look swank.)
  • September 24, 2009: Received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future Contest for the third quarter (Q3) in 2009.
  • September 17, 2009: “The Leafsmith in Love,” a romantic steampunk fairytale, has been accepted by Beneath Ceaseless Skies.