Speculative Fiction

★ BOOKS

Airships & Alchemy. Women’s League of Ale Drinkers (Aug 2015)

Helen Rochester has a dream: unveiling her airship at the Paris Exposition of 1867. It’s sure to make a splash. But her interfering father wants to chaperone the journey — and she has doubts about the Italian alchemist. He has promised a revolutionary new fuel but why does he need the winged Venetian lion?

“Heartily recommended to anyone who has a sense of humour!”  
“Witty and clever!”

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Dream Book. Short Story Collection. Fox Spirit Books (April 2015).

“You will want to savor every word, every page and read this book over and over. The warmth and peacefulness these stories bring to the reader feels like a big, comfortable blanket on a cold wintry day” — The Pagan & the Pen

“K. A. Laity’s efforts make Finnish mythology and folklore relevant today in ways that resonate with the modern reader. She mates myth and womanhood exquisitely. In short, her work is fabulous.” — FinNALA

Read the short story “Palakainen”!

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White Rabbit. Fox Spirit Books, Easter 2014.

Sometimes the shadows that haunt us 
           are what lead us back to the light

Disgraced former police detective James Draygo has sunk as low as his habit allows, working as a fake psychic despite his very real talents. When a media mogul’s trashy trophy wife gets gunned down at his tapping table he has to decide whether he can straighten up long enough to save his own skin. He may not have a choice with Essex’s loudest ghost bawling in his ear about cults, conspiracies and cut-rate drugs. Oblivion sounds better all the time…

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Noir Carnival. Anthology from Fox Spirit Books, July 2013.

Weird Noir. Anthology from Fox Spirit Books (31 Oct 2012).

Edited by K. A. Laity and including stories by Richard Godwin, Joyce Chng, Paul D. Brazill, Jason Michel, Andrez Bergen and more.

On the gritty backstreets of a crumbling city, tough dames and dangerous men trade barbs, witticisms and a few gunshots. But there’s a new twist where urban decay meets the eldritch borders of another world: WEIRD NOIR. Featuring thugs who sprout claws and fangs, gangsters with tentacles and the occasional succubus siren. The ambience is pure noir but the characters aren’t just your average molls and mugs—the vamps might just be vamps. It’s Patricia Highsmith meets Shirley Jackson or Dashiell Hammett filtered through H. P. Lovecraft. Mad, bad and truly dangerous to know, but irresistible all the same.

Unquiet Dreams. Story collection from Tirgearr Publishing (4 Oct 2012).

“Kate Laity’s Unquiet Dreams  is the long, deep plunge in the coldest quarry in the woods; the lingering look under the rotting wood at all the writhing life there; the stare into the abyss until one realizes something is staring back.” — S. R. Bissette

Owl Stretching. Novel from Immanion Press (September 2012). Available in paperback or ebook.

“It was in the fourteenth year of the war that Simon woke up…”

Shamans v. Aliens! It’s an alternative history/science fiction/urban fantasy/shamanistic retelling of the Descent of Inanna/great American road trip that takes in Albany, the Berkshires, Kripalu and Boston. I pull off the impossible task of making Worcester glamorous and exciting. There’s a dead cat whose ashes need to be taken to Mount Auburn Cemetery, aliens and a 300 year old magpie. I started writing this novel when Kurt Vonnegut died and I was thinking how dispiriting it was to realise there would be no new sad but funny novels from him. I hope it’s got a little of his spirit.

Chastity Flame. Novel. The trilogy begins: out from Tirgearr Publishing, September 2012! Cover design by S. L. Johnson. Sequel Lush Situation out Jan 2013.

“Step aside, 007, and make room for Chastity Flame. Ms. Flame outwits, out-spies and definitely out-sexes James Bond in this rollicking, witty and exceptionally well-written erotic spy thriller. If you’re a fan of British media, look for the in-jokes. If you’re not, there’s more than enough humor, action and hot sex to satisfy any lover of romantic suspense!”
Dana Fredsti, author of Plague Town, Ripping the Bodice, Champagne and Murder for Hire.

“Chastity Flame is one thrill ride after another. [Laity] amazes me with her wonderful writing talent.”
– Coffee Time Romance (5 “cups”)

“Chastity Flame is my kind of woman — smart, savvy and always ready for a romp with the guy of her choice. I wish I’d created this character, but in [Laity]‘s capable hands you won’t be disappointed. Erotic and witty, this is a page-turner.”
Philip Nutman, author of Wet Work

(Originally published as erotic romance: see the wide range of erotic romance titles from ‘C. Margery Kempe’ here.)

Pelzmantel and other Tales of Medieval Magic. Novel plus three bonus short stories and an essay on medieval magic. Immanion Press (June 2010). Available as an ebook, too.

“Laity is a very remarkable sorceress indeed.” — Elizabeth Hand

“Laity’s storytelling is magic in itself. The language is beautiful and weaves vivid pictures for the reader’s imagination.” — Matrifocus Magazine

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The Mangrove Legacy: a comic gothic novel about mystery, romance and pockets by ‘Kit Marlowe‘. Tease Publishing (Dec 2010).

Two English girls, pirates, kidnappers, orphans, disguises, a ghost, interesting facts about insects, cheese, the King of Naples and at least one improving book: this ain’t your mama’s Gothic!

This is a genuinely entertaining, superbly crafted, somewhat silly and utterly wonderful book. An antidote to too serious romances with ludicrous plots, knowingly tongue in cheek and yet still offering characters you can’t help but like and empathise with and adventures that have you almost skipping ahead to check everyone makes it out ok. It also makes a very serious point about pockets.

Heartily recommended to anyone who has a sense of humour, even if comedy, gothic and romance are three genres they firmly shun under normal circumstances. ~ Un:Bound

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Unikirja [Dreambook]. Short Story Collection. Aino Press (April 2009). Now available as an ebook!

“You will want to savor every word, every page and read this book over and over. The warmth and peacefulness these stories bring to the reader feels like a big, comfortable blanket on a cold wintry day” — The Pagan & the Pen

“K. A. Laity’s efforts make Finnish mythology and folklore relevant today in ways that resonate with the modern reader. She mates myth and womanhood exquisitely. In short, her work is fabulous.” — FinNALA

Watch the trailer! Read the short story “Palakainen”! Buy it for your Kindle!

Jane Quiet. Comic book. Story by K. A. Laity; Designed and illustrated by Elena Steier.

“Algernon Blackwood and Dennis Wheatley, make room: Kate and Elena are here, and their heroine Jane Quiet is taking no prisoners in the occult wars.” — Steve Bissette

“Jane Quiet is my kind of woman: smart, sexy (it’s the smart that makes her sexy), fearless when fighting monsters…and, well, she doesn’t say a lot but she knows how to kick monster ass!” — Philip Nutman

Watch the animatic! See the latest panels online!

★ SHORT WORKS

“Madonna of the Wasps: Ch 1 – Love.” The Blood Red Experiment vol 1, 31 Oct 2017.

“Deliberately Lost SF Classics.” Humour. Short Humour Site: 14 May 2016.

“Fur Baby.” Short story. Spelk, 15 Apr 2016.

“It’s a Curse.” Short story. Drunk on the Moon: A Roman Dalton Anthology. Ed. Paul D Brazill. Blackwitch Press: March 2016 (new edition). Also “Broken Bicycles” as Graham Wynd.

The State of the Church of Bowie in 2525.” Pulp Metal Magazine: 13 Jan 2016.

“Confabulation.” Short story. New World Finn. Winter 2015 (Jan/Feb/Mar): 8-10.

“ZomPoc in Nashville.” Song lyrics. Girl at the End of the World, Vol 1. Fox Spirit Books: Jul 2014.

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“Carlos.” Flash fiction. Shapeshifters: A Fox Pockets Anthology. Fox Spirit Books, Dec 2013.

Coming soon from Fox Spirit!

“Black Ethel’s Beast.” Flash fiction by ‘Kit Marlowe’. Piracy: A Fox Pocket Anthology. Fox Spirit Books, Jun 2013.

“Spider.” Flash fiction. A Knife and a Quill. 31 Oct 2012.

“The Willimantic Frogs.” Short story. Broad Spectrum: The 2012 Broad Universe Sampler. 30 Oct 2012.

“The Price.” Short story. Tales of the Nun and Dragon. Ed. Adele Wearing. Fox Spirit Books: 10 September 2012.

“The Flying Seal.” Poem. The Short Humour Site. 19 August 2012.

“Kingsley Amis in the Afterlife.” Poem. Short Humour Site. 19 June 2012.

“Horse Clock.” Short story. Burning Bridges: A Renegade Fiction Anthology. Ed. Heath Lowrance. Renegade: April 2012. Free at Smashwords / 99¢ at Amazon: 100% of authors’ proceeds will be donated to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens.

“It’s a Curse.” Short story. Drunk on the Moon: A Roman Dalton Anthology. Ed. Paul D. Brazill. Dark Valentine Press April 2012. Available as an ebook or in print.

“Dracula X.” Humour. Defenestration Magazine (13 Jul 2011).

“The Wyandotte Haunting.” Short Story. There Was a Crooked House… Ed. Jessy Marie Roberts. Pill Hill Press (Jun 2011): 165-167.

“Lullaby.” Poetry. Chronogram Magazine (Jun 2011).

“Fear and Loathing in Deptford.” Short story. Women’s League of Ale Drinkers 1 (Oct 2010): 29-40. Reprinted at the World SF Blog (Feb 2012).

“High Plains Lazarus.” Short story. Rotting Tales. Ed. Jessy Marie Roberts. Pill Hill Press, 2010.

“The Last Ant.” Humour. Wild Violet 9.2 (2010).

“Touched by an Angel.” Short story. Kalkion (Jun 2010).

“Lachrymae Draconis.” Short story. Realms 2 (Spring 2010): 3-12.

“A Case of Dead Faces.” Short story. Nocturnal Illuminations. Ed. Kerry Morgan. Pagan Imagination (Jan 2010): 73-84.

“Kali.” Poem. Talking to Goddess. D’vorah J. Grenn, ed. Lilith Institute, 2009. 216.

“Kantele.” Short story. Kippis 1:1 (Winter 2009): 41-50. Collected in Unikirja.

“The Princess and Her Pig.” Poem. New Fairy Tales 1 (Oct 2008): 18-19.

“Fluorescence.” Short story. The Harrow (Jul 1008).

“Eating the Dream.” Short story. Femspec 8.1/2 (2008): 108-117. Winner of the Femspec 2nd Five Years Creative Writing Award for Fiction, 2010. Reprinted in The Best of Femspec’s First Ten Years Creative Writing Awards Anthology (2012).

“Tangled up in Some Sort of Cerulean Hue.” Short story. Ephemera 3 (Dec 2007): 49-52.

“Dear Friend.” Humor. Helium (2007).

“Raising Lempi.” Short story. Circle 100 (Winter 2007): 31-33. Collected in Unikirja.

“Corrections to the Rules of Fimble Fowl (for 3 players or 4).” Humor. Wild Violet 6.2 (2007).

“Palakainen.” Short story. New World Finn 7.2 (Apr-Jun 2007): 4-6. Reprinted: Mythic Passages (Feb 2009). Collected in Unikirja.

“On Buffalo Bayou.” Short story. New Texas Review (2005): 92-108.

“Vipunen.” Short story. New World Finn 5.3 (Jul-Sep 2005): 22-24. Reprinted: Mythic Passages (Jul 2007). Collected in Unikirja.

“Sun Thief.” Short story. Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress XXI . New York: DAW Books, 2004. 133-142. Collected in Unikirja.

“Kerttu.” Short story. New World Finn 4.2 (Apr-Jun 2004): 7-9. Collected in Unikirja.

When Little Joe the Krampus Met. Chapbook with The Joey Zone (Dec 2003).

“Sacrifice.” Short story. New World Finn 3.2 (Apr-Jun 2002): 22-23.

“Wordgeryne.” Short story. Lovecraft’s Weird Mysteries 5 (Jun 2002): 42-46.

The Willimantic Frogs. Chapbook (May 2001). Reprinted: Broad Universe Anthology (2012), forthcoming.

“Sinikka Journeys North.” The Beltane Papers 25 (2001): 14-19. Reprinted: Mythic Passages (Feb/Mar 2004). Collected in Unikirja.

“Walpurgisnacht.” The Seeker Journal 13.5 (2001): 6-9. Reprinted: The Pagan Activist, Jan 2007 and in Pelzmantel.

Three Penny Dreadfuls. Chapbook (Jun 1998). Out of Print.

“A Gift House.” Masters of Terror’s House of Horror (Apr 1998).

“The Eleventh Commandment.” Rictus 9 (Apr 1997).

“Another Metamorphosis: A Moral Tale About Obsession.” Short story. Dream Forge (Nov 1996).

“Revelation.” The Official Clive Barker Page, http://www.clivebarker.com. Winner, MGM/United Artists/Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions Short Story Contest, November 1995.