Published Writing

Michael J. Riser writes short stories and poems. Some of these have been published, as listed below. He also writes novels, novellas, reviews, essays, scripts, flash fiction, micro fiction, and God only knows what else. If you want to pay him money to write or edit something (anything), chances are he’ll be happy to oblige.

His second novel, Plague Thieves, is nearing completion, and his novella Peristalsis is being negotiated for publication.

June 19th, 2014 –
“Love, Posey”, which previously appeared at, closes out the best-of anthology Solarcidal Tendencies. Book available from CreateSpace and ($10 for a paperback).

May 27th, 2014 –
The first volume of Despumation by Despumation Press features “Cradlesong”, a rambling short story of 5,000 words written from the perspective of a junkie in the middle of an identity crisis. It was written as a fictional interpretation of Meshuggah’s “Bleed”, the flagship track from 2008’s obZen. Can be purchased via CreateSpace or (paperback issue is $6.99, or $3.99 for a Kindle ebook).

May 18th, 2014 –
In the Pantheon Magazine’s Gaia: Shadow & Breath, “Casa de Perros”, a story about gang violence, dog fighting, and darker things that sleep within the earth, opens the anthology. The book can be purchased via CreateSpace or (paperbacks from $10-$13, ebooks for $2.99).

December 2013 –
Two short literary fictions, “Dog Training” and “As Simple as Teacups”, were featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Sheepshead Review. Print only. Copies can be ordered for $5 (shipping included) via email here.

September 21st, 2013 –
The Pursuit of Love and Labor, a short piece of literary horror, was published in Deimos eZine, vol. 2, issue 3 (no longer available, as the publication is defunct).

January 6th, 2013 –
“Snow Angels” was published in Downer Magazine (no longer available, as the publication is defunct).

December 12th, 2012 –
A short work of dark fiction, “Love, Posey”, was published as guest post at It has since been removed to be featured in future Solarcide print anthology.

April 26th, 2012 –
because I still don’t get e. e. cummings featured at for National Poetry Month.

December 2008 –
“poet show” was published in UNC Charlotte’s Sanskrit, vol. 39, pg. 19.

2008 –
“profanity”, a short, humorous acrostic, was published by Black Book Press.

The list of rejections is much longer and more impressive, featuring some truly stunning journals and magazines. MJR refuses to be rejected by less than the very best, and his publication history suitably reflects this. He hopes to be rejected by even better journals in the very near future.

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