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Year’s Best Science Fiction – Honorable Mention

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The esteemed Doug Cohen at Realms of Fantasy just informed me that my short story “The Hearts of Men” garnered a honorable mention in the latest Year’s Best Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois. Very exciting!

Good friend Aliette de Bodard also wracked up quite a few honorable mentions and had a story included in the anthology, but I was thrilled to see my favorite of her stories last year, “Desaparecidos”, was among the honorable mentions. Congrats to her on another stellar year!

Another Review of Shock Totem 1

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Found another new review of the premier issue of Shock Totem, featuring my short story “The Music Box”. Nathaniel Katz had this to say about my piece:

T.L. Morganfield’s The Music Box, seems on first glance to be as odd a horror opener as imaginable. The story is told from the point of view of Snowflake, a sentient stuffed elephant who does his best to get his nemesis, the stuffed Boo Bear, to be eaten by the family’s dog instead of him. The first pages are more cute and amusing than scary – and then comes the part where Snowflake and the other animals display sickening cruelty in their competitions with one another.

New Review of Shock Totem 1

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My fantastic editor over at Shock Totem found this review at Casual Debris yesterday (my Google alerts appear not to be working, as usual. It only ever finds my blog posts anymore, even after redoing the alerts….). Here’s the part about my story:

“A good lead-in story about a pair of stuffed animals competing for a boy’s attention. Snowflake the elephant was father’s childhood favourite while Boo Bear was mother’s. What works here is that it’s not just the animals that are in competition, but the parents’ own unhealthy relationship is highlighted in their efforts to thrust upon their only child a part of their individual pasts. Troubled and unable to face their problems, it is the tensions in their relationship that manifests itself in this competition. The father has an advantage for, long ago, Snowflake had revealed to him the secret of stuffed animals: they are sentient, have acute feelings and are able to enact horrible acts of vengeance. Of course, it’s all for love. 7/10”

There’s a lot more written up about the other stories and magazine itself, so go check it out.

New Review of Eight Against Reality

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Found another review of the Anthology Eight Against Reality. Luke Forney of The OLD Luke Reviews had this to say about my story “Love, Blood and Octli”:

A tale that worked myth into narrative in a brilliant way (too bad the Mythopoeic Award is only for novels), this story was great in almost every way.

Visit the OLR website to read the rest of the review.

Recent Reviews

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Here’s a list of the most recent reviews for my short story “The Hearts of Men”:

Soyka at Black Gate: The proverbial “worth the price of the issue” story is “The Hearts of Men” by T.L. Morganfield, who seems to specialize in a subgenre of her own devising, Aztec mythology.

Talekyn at 365shortstories: Morganfield’s story, of the reincarnation of some Mexicali gods in the American southwest in modern times, is a far far darker work, and the focus is on the reincarnated Huitzilopochtli and his hunger for human hearts on the path to do battle with his sister, who has stolen the moon. The teenager in question plays a vital role in the story, but is not the center of it (although he may turn out to be the heart of it, pun intended). It’s a dark, dark story that I really enjoyed.

Daniel Woods of Tangent Online: It is not so uncommon to find fantasy stories based in the mythology or religions of other cultures, but more often than not this is restricted to Ancient Greece, Native America, etc. — the “familiar” ones. I enjoyed this piece because I have never seen the Aztec beliefs used for a story, and it caught my attention straight away. It may not be an outstanding tale, but “The Hearts of Men” is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale genre.

Jamie Lackey: “The Hearts of Men” by T.L. Morganfield is my favorite story in this issue. It’s a re-imagined Aztec myth set in the old west. Everything about it worked for me. The pacing was great, the world was immersive, the characters felt real, and I love the ending.

Lois Tilton of Locus Online: This one is best appreciated by readers with a basic understanding of the Mexica myth. But the best touches are those in which the author has updated things; Méxtli comes to life with a pair of six-shooters, not an obsidian-studded club. Unfortunately, the updated god is a bit moralistic as a narrator.