More or less in reverse order, here are my online and print publications again so far:
“Pink on Pink”, the trials and tribulations of a modern witch on Mars, is now published in Dark Horses, the Magazine of Weird Fiction, Issue No. 12, January 2023, available at all online bookstores in electronic and print format.
“Red, Blue,. Green, and Yellow” has its own history. First of all, the most important information:
I am overjoyed, thrilled, and so grateful that “Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow” is now online at 4StarStories http://4starstories.com/
You can go directly to my story at https://4starstories.com/4StarStories_Archive_Issue25/story_4.htm
The Editor of Four Star Stories, David Gray, was kind enough to write his acceptance of this story beginning with: “I loved it. I thought it was one of the most original stories I have read in a long time.”
Some stories just show up and demand to be written. However, I owe the existence of this story to three amazing writers, T. Thorne Coyle, Dayle Dermatis, and Annie Reed.
After the tragic death of Kip Ward, the owner of the Historic Anchor Inn in Lincoln City, Oregon, writers T. Thorn Coyle, Dayle A. Dermatis, and Annie Reed suggested that we write stories for a charity anthology in honor of Kip Ward called “Tales From the Anchor”. During the Anthology Workshops in Lincoln City, many of us had had the good fortune to stay at the wonderful Anchor Inn. The stories for the anthology were to be inspired by items there. Proceeds would be donated to Kip Ward’s favorite charity. My story, “Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow” was inspired by the multi-colored, glass lamp above the doorway between the restaurant and bar in the Anchor Inn. As happens sometimes, this anthology didn’t come about, and so my story found a home in Four Star Stories.
I’m overjoyed to have my story “Balance the Books” published online at The Lorelei Signal, https://www.loreleisignal.com/balance-the books. It has definite autobiographical references from my 41 years in the chancery office library, along with wishful thinking from that time.
My story “Tryst at the Tombaugh Regio” in Draw Down the Moon, another wonderful anthology from Propertius Press, available https://www.propertiuspress.com/our-bookstore/Draw-Down-the-Moon-A-Collection-of-Short-Stories-p375745328 and in e-book and print formats at all online bookstores. I wrote this love story for an anthology workshop in Las Vegas. It’s happy ending takes place on the Tombaugh Regio, that pink, heart-shaped area on (dwarf)planet Pluto.
I wrote “Spaceship Nursery” for a Dean Wesley Smith online workshop. It is a new perspective of AI with respect to spaceship construction. The nice people at Wyldblood, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Issue 9, available at https://wyldblood.com/product/wyldblood-9/ and at online bookstores in e-book and print formats.
My story “How Fred the Opossum Mobilized the Microbes and Saved the Universe” in Pulphouse, Issue 18, available in e-book and print formats at all online bookstores and at https://wmgpublishinginc.com/project/pulphouse-issue-18/ and via https://books2read.com/u/38eNgw. It was kindly reviewed by Tangent Online, https://tangentonline.com/print-bi-monthly/pulphouse-18-june-july-2022/ Fred the Opossum was a frequent visitor on our farm in Iowa, and I’m glad I had the chance to give him the credit he deserves.
Blaze Ward was kind enough to publish my story “And Became Titans” in his Boundary Shock Quarterly, Issue 9, Sea Stories . Here intelligent Martian microbes find a way to get the Earthie colonists to help them gain communication with other microbes in the solar system. It is available in e-book and print formats at all online bookstores and at https://www.boundaryshockquarterly.com/book/sea-stories/
Once again Blaze Ward was kind enough to publish my story “The Gods of the Black Forest” in Blaze Ward Presents, Issue 6, available in e-book and print formats in all online book stores and at https://blazewardpresents.com/?mbdb_book=small-gods My small gods live in the streams in the mountains of the Black Forest.
“October Mardi Gras” is published in Dark Horses, the Magazine of Weird Fiction, Issue No. 4, May 2022. It is inspired by memories of various teachers at Miles High School in Miles, Iowa, back in the 1960’s. It is also available at all online bookstores in e-book and print formats
Steven Lester Carr, kindly published “Iowa Summer”, my story that I wrote for an anthology workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon in his online magazine, Short Story Town, unfortunately no longer available on the Internet.
My Story “The Devil and the Deep Blue Chiemsee”, inspired by my years in the chancery office library and a library conference at Frauenchiemsee, is available online at: https://mysterytribune.com/the-devil-and-the-deep-blue-chiemsee-cozy-mystery-by-mary-jo-rabe/
My two stories previously published in Pulphouse #4 (For the Love of Killer) and Pulphouse #8 (Taking Care of Business) have been reprinted in new Pulphouse issues, as always available in e-book and print format at all online bookstores. “For the Love of Killer” appears in Run!! Creatures, Critters, and Pulphousers and is also availaboe at WMG, https://wmgpublishinginc.com/project/run-creatures-critters-and-pulphousers/?fbclid=IwAR1AgtKTe43OF13MH6BXRfaZuPG93kRzqw-MhcZct0SZU-vbQm5Wbsjo-gc. “Taking Care of Business” appears in Twisted Robots, Oh, My!, and is also available at WMG (https://wmgpublishinginc.com/project/twisted-robots-oh-my/?fbclid=IwAR1f1-E4wEW9OhaFuRwNkEsmdgr3oH8jGzJ5VBTke987vi48UJva7r5KlyM)
My story “Gargoyles of the World, Unite!” inspired by the gargoyles of the Freiburg cathedral and featuring Annegret Gumpert, one of my somewhat homicidal alter egos, to my endless delight, is published in The Lost Librarian’s Grave, a wonderful anthology available as an e-book and in print from Redwood Press https://redwood-press.com/, and at every online bookstore.
I wrote “Endless Horizons”, a joyful story about exploring the universe, for the 2019 Anthology Workshop and was overjoyed and eternally grateful when editor Leah Cutter accepted it for her anthology “Explorers, Cutter’s Final Cut: Issue Three“, which of course if available in e-book and print form at all online bookstores and at https://cuttersfinalcut.com/book/explorers/
Steven Lester Carr, kindly published “Rescuing Sparty”, my story inspired by the three years that I spent at Michigan State University in his online magazine, Short Story Town, unfortunately no longer available on the Internet.
My story “A Squeaky-Clean Reunion” takes place in the Maquoketa Caves (Maquoketa, Iowa). It features one of my recurring characters, Maquoketa B. Dragon, a mellow, Iowa dragon. I am overjoyed to see it published in Crunchy with Chocolate, available in e-book and print format at WolfSinger Publications, https://www.wolfsingerpubs.com/crunchy-with-chocolate and at every online bookstore.
Back in 2015 I took a workshop on writing short stories taught by one of the writers I admire most, Dean Wesley Smith. One of the stories I wrote for the workshop was “Tauri”, which the wonderful people at Fabula Argentea have published in their online edition. You can read it at: https://fabulaargentea.com/index.php/article/tauri-by-mary-jo-rabe/
My story “Christmas in the Ruins”, a fictional account of Christmas in Freiburg in 1944, appeared as part of WMG Publishing’s Winter Holiday Spectacular 2020. I am so grateful to Kristine Kathryn Rusch for including it in her anthology, even though it was perhaps darker than what she was looking for.
It is available as e-book and in print at all online bookstores as well as at WMG, https://wmgpublishinginc.com/project/mysterious-christmas/
I wrote “It’s Lechtenbrink, Libby Lechtenbrink” for a science fiction writing workshop in January of 2020. My story features Libby Lechtenbrink, a librarian on Mars, one of my more homicidal alter egos. I am so grateful to Barbara G. Tarn for including me in this wonderful anthology, Sci-Fi Stories Earth Colonies, published in July, 2021. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
I wrote “We Can Wait But No Longer Want To” during Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020. Energetic Martian microbes take advantage of the opportunity to leave their frosty underground lakes. I am overjoyed to have it published July, 2021, in Alien Dimensions #20/21, a wonderful magazine available in electronic and print form.
I wrote “If You Lead an Earthling to Water, Who Gets To Drink?” during Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020. Martian colonists have to deal with the dilemma of possibly endangering alien life in order to keep their Earth colony running. I am thrilled that Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine chose to publish it in its online magazine, Issue 1, June 2021:
During Dean Wesley Smith’s story a week challenge in 2019 and 2020 I wrote a story I titled “Herr Gehrke, Why Is Everyone Lying to Me?” that took place in an archdiocesan chancery office of a mid-sized German city. In the hopes that it would fit Blaze Ward Presents 5 Crime and …, which was published in June, 2021, I renamed it “Bishops”. I am incredibly grateful to Blaze Ward for accepting this story. Naturally it is completely fictional, but some of the characters are inspired by people I have known. The anthology is available at all your favorite online bookstores, to name a few
I wrote “Slim Pickings on Mars” for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. A detective on Mars literally stumbles onto an object at a crime scene that has multi-universal consequences. It was my immense good fortune that Blaze Ward was willing to accept it for his Blaze Ward Presents 4 anthology which was published in November, 2020. The anthology is available at all your favorite online bookstores, to name a few
“Father Otto” is a story I wrote in 2016 for the 2017 Anthology Workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon. Thanks to kind editor Dayle A. Dermatis, it became my first professional sale, appearing in the Fiction River issue 33 Doorways to Enchantment, published in August, 2020. “Father Otto” is an homage to one of my favorite people at the chancery office of the Archdiocese of Freiburg. Naturally all figures are mere figments of my imagination, but inspired by real people. The story itself takes place on the second floor of the historic chancery office building in Freiburg, Germany.
It is available, electronic and print, at all online bookstores, here a selection:
https://books2read.com/u/4NLWMo and of course at WMG Publishing:
Tangent Online wrote a kind review of my story:
Fiction River #33: Doorways to Enchantment, ed. Dayle A. Dermatis
“Sagan in the Past” is science fiction story I wrote for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. Sagan, a cat, plays an important role in a time-travel story that begins on a university campus that has certain similarities with Michigan State University. Barbara G. Tarn, was kind enough to include this story in her anthology Future Earth Tech. published in July, 2020.
You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection:
“Katie’s Visions” is also a product of Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge”, one I worried about finding a home for, since it isn’t science fiction. Maybe you could call it historical fantasy. Katharina von Bora (Martin Luther’s wife) gets visions from Joan of Arc who has her own agenda for wanting to encourage Katharina. The wonderful people at Propertius Press included this story in their anthology Whispers from the Universe, published in June, 2020. It is available, electronic and print, at most online stores but also easily at Propertius Press, which does not charge for postage or handling.
Go to: https://bit.ly/whisperstories or
“Taking Care of Business” is a science fiction story I wrote for Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. An Elvis impersonator on Mars finds a way to deal with devastating health issues, consistent with his reverence for The King. Dean was then kind enough to include this story in Pulphouse, Issue 8 of 2019.published in December, 2020. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
or naturally at WMG Publishing: https://pulphousemagazine.com/the-magazine/issue8/
Tangent Online reviewed this issue of Pulphouse: https://tangentonline.com/print-quarterly/pulphouse-fiction-magazine/pulphouse-8-fall-2019/
“For the Love of Killer” is another story I wrote in 2016 for the 2017 Anthology Workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon. Killer is a little, white peekapoo, inspired by Puffy, our dog on the farm. It wasn’t chosen for the anthology about female heroines, but Dean Wesley Smith was kind enough to take it for Pulphouse, Issue 4 of 2018, published in December, 2018 You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
or naturally at WMG Publishing: https://pulphousemagazine.com/the-magazine/issue4/
Tangent Online reviewed this issue of Pulphouse: https://tangentonline.com/print-quarterly/pulphouse-fiction-magazine/pulphouse-4-december-2018/
Russ Crossley was kind enough to include “Efficient Engineering”, a story I wrote for the anthology workshop in Lincoln City, Oregon, in 2017, in his Rocketpack Adventures anthology in October, 2018. An engineer on Mars decides to build her own rocket and leave for parts unknown. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
“One Universe Is Never Enough” is a story I wrote Dean Wesley Smith’s “Write 30 Stories in 60 Days Challenge” back in 2017. An administrator on Pluto gets tired of the bureaucratic backbiting and takes a chance on travel to another universe. Barbara G. Tarn was kind enough to include it in her Space Opera Mashup. Published in July, 2018. You can find the magazine, electronic or print, at all online bookstores, here a selection
Two of my poems are still archived online:
Salt Water Rafting at Raven Electrick: http://www.ravenelectrick.com/ravenpoetrick/saltwaterrafting.html
Tharsis Lil at Astropoetica: http://www.astropoetica.com/Summer07/tharsislil.html
I have my author pages at amazon where you can see which stories of mine have been published so far: