This shall be the year of free sci-fi, fantasy, and horror for my readers. You’ve supported my writing habit for so long that I owe you something extra.

FREE FICTION FRIDAY: Ruined by Nachos (Feb 28th, 2020)


Description: Todd’s romantic weekend turns into a breakup disaster that leads to public drunkenness and El Chupacabra.

Read for FREE: https://jessicamariebaumgartner.com/2020/02/28/ruined-by-nachos-monster-short-story/

FREE FICTION FRIDAY: Manufactured Humanity (Jan. 31st, 2020)


Description: Family and human relationships have been outlawed and society has flourished. But when Zayden’s urges begin to overpower his hormone blockers, he is instructed to go to a Touch-House to enjoy the physical pleasure of A.I. designed to release this embarrassing aspect of adulthood.

Read for FREE:  https://jessicamariebaumgartner.com/2020/01/31/manufactured-humanity-short-sci-fi/


Best Indie Speculative Fiction Volume II: By the Stars (Nov. 25th, 2019)

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Description: Volume 2 of our annual celebration of the small press and independent publishing community. Many of these stories were previously only available in digital format. Loney Rises the Abyss by Darin Hlavaz, The Apprentice by Sarah GribbleX X by Liam Hogan, The Sylkies by Henry Gasko, Weredodo Sleuth by Emily Martha Sorensen, Hyena Woman by Aaron Vlek, Communion by William Suboski, Treasure by Rebecca Gomez Farrell, By the Stars by Jessica Marie Baumgartner, That One Time I Broke into a House, Killed the Homeowner, and Took His Family Hostage by J.D. Gordon, Above the Ceiling by Dan Allen, H I R A E T H by Kerry Caldwell.

Get a Copy HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1733082220

The Society of Misfit Stories Volume III: Headstones (Oct 23rd, 2019)

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Description: The Society of Misfit Stories is a home for those wonderful stories that are too long for most magazines but too short for print as stand-alone books. Whether you call them short stories, novelettes, or novellas, these stories are all of a length that often struggles to find publication traditionally. Volume Three represents all of the stories that were published in 2018.

Get a Copy HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Society-Misfit-Stories-3/dp/1702118851

Alban Lake Publishing: Bad & Sly (Sept. 12, 2019, Dark Fairy Tale/Weird Tale-ebook)

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Description: It’s a fairy tale world, which might sound great unless you happen to be the villain. Bad is a wolf and everyone knows he earned his name. Down on his luck, sick, and tired of being treated like a monster he goes to the bar, the only medicine he knows he can get. There he’s approached by Sly, a fox with a plan to make some quick cash. It’s dicey, but a solid plan. Bad is hesitant. He already knows he’s on his last chance, and if he gets caught one more time, they’ll lock him up and throw away the key. Sly, while friendly, seems a bit off, certainly not trustworthy. Will Bad take the deal? Can they make out like Sly says? Or will it all end with those bleak walls closing in on him once more? Find out in Bad & Sly.

Get a Copy HERE: https://www.irbstore.co/product-page/bad-sly-by-jessica-marie-baumgartner


Fantastic Tales of Terror: History’s Darkest Secrets (Oct 26, 2018/Horror, Sci-Fi, Dark Fantasy – paperback, ebook)

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Description: Discover the lost supernatural stories behind some of the most famous people and events in history. These Fantastic Tales explore the secret history that has been hidden in the shadows of the world, and even alternative histories from other worlds. Tales such as a young man seeking the secret of immortality from none other than Bela Lugosi. The tragic story of how the Titanic really sank. The horrifying lengths the people of New York city would go to raise above the Great Depression, rather in seeking fame or trying to feed the city. And many more Fantastic Tales of Terror.


  • Introduction by Tony Todd
  • “The Deep Delight of Blood” by Tim Waggoner
  • “Unpretty Monster” by Mercedes Yardley
  • “The Tell-Tale Mind” by Kevin J. Anderson
  • “Topsy-Turvy” by Elizabeth Massie
  • “Ray and the Martian” by Bev Vincent
  • “The Girl with the Death Mask” by Stephanie M. Wytovich
  • “On a Train Bound for Home” by Christopher Golden
  • “The Custer Files” by Richard Chizmar
  • “Red Moon” by Michael Paul Gonzalez
  • “The Prince of Darkness and the Showgirl” by John Palisano
  • “The Secret Engravings” by Lisa Morton
  • “Mutter” by Jess Landry
  • “La Llorona” by Cullen Bunn
  • “The London Encounter” by Vince Liaguno
  • “Bubba Ho-Tep” by Joe R. Lansdale
  • “Gorilla my Dreams” by Jonathan Maberry
  • “Articles of Teleforce” by Michael Bailey
  • “Sic Olim Tyrannis” by David Wellington
  • “The Washingtonians” by Bentley Little
  • “Scent of Flesh” by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
  • “Rotoscoping Toodies” by Mort Castle
  • “Lone Wolves” by Paul Moore
  • “The Great Stone Face vs. the Gargoyles” by Jeff Strand
  • “The Return of the Thin White Duke” by Neil Gaiman

Get a Copy HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Fantastic-Tales-Terror-Historys-Darkest-ebook/dp/B07HXXDWQR

Bards and Sages Quarterly (October 2018 Issue / Dark fantasy)


Description: First launched in January 2009, The Bards and Sages Quarterly is a celebration of short speculative fiction. Each issue brings readers a vibrant collection of speculative works from both new and established writers. Our goal remains the same today as when we began: to create a showcase in which to introduce readers to amazing voices they might have otherwise missed. In this issue: Doug Lane, Harold R. Thompson, Daniel Stride, Jessica Marie Baumgartner, Joseph Cusumano, Colin Lubner, E.J. Martin, Katherine Inskip, Lisa Ahn, Matthew Rettino, S.H. Mansouri, and Kathleen R. Sands.

Get a Copy HERE:  https://www.amazon.com/Bards-Sages-Quarterly-October-2018/dp/1724170058

Aurora Wolf: Resurfacing (May 2018 Issue / Fantasy)


Description: Fantasy with a happy ending isn’t just for children. The May 2018 issue of Aurora Wolf contains Jessica Marie Baumgartner’s uplifting tale about loss and undiscovered worlds.

Read for FREE: https://aurorawolf.com/2018/05/resurfacing/

The Society of Misfit Stories Presents: Headstones (Dark Fantasy-ebook Jan 5th)


Description: Since her death ninety years ago, Sal has watched over all newcomers to her graveyard. But when a young spirit rises from the grave with a unique power, Sal has to help him navigate the realm of the dead before he brings damnation to himself and others.

What is The Society of Misfit Stories? These are stories often trapped in the forsaken shadowlands of the publishing industry: too long for traditional magazines and journals, but too short for print. Launched in 2016, The Society of Misfit Stories provides a loving home for longer short fiction. Each entry in the series is a stand-alone tale from talented new and established voices in a wide range of genres.

Estimated word count: 7,000 words

The Society of Misfit Stories Presents…Volume One is available in digital, paperback, and hardcover formats and features the stories first published in 2016.

Purchase (FREE with Kindle Unlimited): https://www.amazon.com/Society-Misfit-Stories-Presents-Headstones-ebook/dp/B078H6T72D


Outposts of Beyond: Cold Awakening (April 2017 Issue / Sci-fi/fantasy Magazine-paperback)



April 2017

Short Stories
Hothouse by Tyrean Martinson
Interlopers by Daniel Deisinger
The Metal Moai by D. A. D’Amico
For the Good of the Settlement by Vonnie Winslow Crist
Cold Awakening by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
Killing Time by Matthew Barron
In the Stars by Allison Stalberg

Flash Fiction
An Arctic Dig by Terrie Leigh Relf
Offbeat by Lauren McBride

Atlantean Secrets by DJ Tyrer
The Oracles of Old by irving
Common Enemy by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
Shelter from Harm by Debby Feo
Invading Jupiter by Christina Sng
Möbius World by David C. Kopaska-Merkel & Kendall Evans
We could always hitch a ride by Terrie Leigh Relf
Annalise Wanders the Forest by Christina Sng
She traveled back in time by Terrie Leigh Relf
The Sidhe, Who Came to Babylon by irving

Movie Review: Star Trek: Beyond by Lee Clark Zumpe

Florida Vacation by Laura Givens
Sarrow by Betharyelle Taylor

Get a Copy HERE: http://store.albanlake.com/product/outposts-of-beyond-april-2017/

Trigger Warning Magazine: Arachnid Gift (February 2017 / Fiction-Web)

Description: What happened to the pig who was allowed to live into old age? This morbid tale reminds us that not all intentions are carried out in the webs we weave.



Embracing Entropy (Space Opera Trilogy-paperback)


Description: As Earth dies, leaving its inhabitants struggling to survive, an alien race offers an unimaginable option: to relocate humans to their own planet on the far end of the universe. The Campbells, one of the last surviving families, quickly realize humanity’s hope for survival may come with a price. Accepting a new way of life, acclimating to a new atmosphere, and trying to fight against a universe that seems set on tearing them apart offers many struggles. Can the Campbell’s make it through, together?

Get a Copy HERE: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Entropy-Jessica-Marie-Baumgartner/dp/1943755205/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1458061589&sr=8-4&keywords=embracing+entropy


The Horror Zine:  Molded to Perfection(Fall 2015 Issue / Horror-paperback)

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Description: As always, the Horror Zine offers up chilling tales that are sure to entertain. But in this issue the story, Molded to Perfection, brings back a more classic style with Jessica Marie Baumgartner’s tale of a mother who struggles with her parenting issues.

Get a Copy HERE: http://www.amazon.com/Horror-Zine-Magazine-Fall-2015/dp/0692482067/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1438105059&sr=8-1


HELLFIRE CROSSROADS VOLUME 4: The Reader’s Death (Horror-ebook)

Authors: DEMONSPEAK by Stephen Faulkner, BREAKDOWN LANE by William C Rasmussen, YOUR ADVERSARY by Adam Randolph, THE NEXT BUS by Jim Mountfield, SOME SORT OF EDEN by Ralph Robert Moore and Allen Ashley, LAUGHTER by Michael Washburn, COMING BACK by Joseph Rubas, WHITE CHRISTMAS by Jeremy Simons, PETS by Dominick Nole, THE READER’S DEATH by Jessica Marie Baumgartner, EGGSHELLS by Gary Couzens

Description: This is the fourth volume in a series of horror stories that have more than just a slasherfest aspect to them. These stories have depth, characters that you can identify and (maybe) even sympathise with. This volume includes stories from Ralph Robert Moore & Allen Ashley (a co-operative work from two extremely talented authors from different sides of the pond!), and one of my absolute favourite supernatural pieces from the marvellous Gary Couzens.

Get a Copy HERE: HELLFIRE CROSSROADS Volume 4: Horror Stories With a Heart