Saturday Evening Post features "The Hula-Hoop Heart"

by Dan Stout


My story "The Hula-Hoop Heart" is now live at The Saturday Evening Post website. 

The Post has published fiction by William Faulkner, Agatha Christie, Kurt Vonnegut, and now... some little bald dude in Ohio. I'm delighted to have my work appear in this publication, and I'm delighted to share it with you. 

"The Hula-Hoop Heart" is a noir crime thriller that takes place on a middle-school playground. It's available to read here, free of charge. If you get a chance to check it out, let me know what you think! 

by Dan Stout

SciFutures' City of the Future Anthology

by Dan Stout


In my time as a writer and storyteller, one of the most enjoyable projects that I've been a part of has been my work as a futurist for SciFutures. Pulling together Science Fiction authors and theorists, SciFutures helps organizations envision how their products and services may evolve in coming years, then creates functional prototypes to transform theory into reality. It’s really joyful work, and smoothly run by their Chief Futurist, Trina Phillips.

Now, SciFutures has released a collection of short stories, sharing glimpses of life in a city of the near-future. Edited by Trina and filled with stories by terrific authors, and topped off by a cover from one of my favorite designers, Holly Heisey.

If you want a glimpse of the future, or just want to sit back and read some great fiction, give The City of The Future a try.

by Dan Stout

Two of My Stories Reviewed

by Dan Stout


SF Bluestocking has posted a short review of two of my stories, "Outpatient" and "The Curious Case of Alpha-7 DE11". Follow this link to see how I fared. (hint: pretty good!)

While you're there you can read reviews of all the stories in the 2016 anthology of Campbell-eligible authors. If you haven't downloaded your copy yet, hop over to BadMenagerie.com asap! It's available free of charge, but after March 31st the link goes dead forever.

by Dan Stout

Campbell Award Eligibility & a Free Anthology!

by Dan Stout


Want to read great science fiction & fantasy but don't know where to look? "Up and Coming" is a collection of works by writers eligible for the 2016 Campbell Award for Best New Writer. 

S.L. Huang and Kurt Hunt organized this anthology to highlight the many talented new voices in the SF & F genres, and I'm honored to be included in that group. In among the tremendous talents, my stories "Outpatient" and "The Curious Case of Alpha-7 DE-11" will be hiding out, just waiting to jump out at unsuspecting readers.

Up and Coming is available to download free of charge-- but ONLY for the month of March. After that, it's gone forever.


by Dan Stout

Harper Lee, 1926-2016: A Tale Deftly Told

by Dan Stout


It's difficult to put into words how much I love "To Kill a Mockingbird". Harper Lee was an extraordinary author, and by all accounts a first-rate human being.

Her novel is by turns funny, thrilling, inspiring, and heart-breaking. The human experience breathes and bleeds all over its pages. If you're not familiar with Mockingbird, it's well worth your time to give it a read or watch the wonderful film.

Rest easy, Miss Lee.

Harper Lee with Scout (Mary Badham) on the set of "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Harper Lee with Scout (Mary Badham) on the set of "To Kill a Mockingbird"


by Dan Stout

Suspicious Electrical Fire

by Dan Stout


You see a lot of weird things pop up in the construction industry. Recently I came across a photo of a metal busway that was damaged in an arc fault event. I thought it looked a little... familiar to fans of The Evil Dead.

Busway photo credit:  EC&M Magazine

Busway photo credit:  EC&M Magazine



by Dan Stout