A Fairwood Press trade paperback * Out November 5, 2019
Introduction by Martha Wells * Available at
Fairwood Press, Amazon, Amazon Kindle, or Barnes & Noble.

“Reisman (Substrate Phantoms) showcases her mastery of immersive worldbuilding in these 17 speculative short stories, which range from fable to space opera . . . they all center around a theme of connection, whether between lovers, friends, gods, or animals. Readers will enjoy sinking into the strange and lovely landscapes of this collection.” —Publishers Weekly


“Sensual, dreamy, and teeming with fantastical beings, these stories will take you down rain-kissed alleys and
haunted oceans, searching for answers to the questions you haven’t dared to ask yet.”
—A.M. Dellamonica, author of Child of a Hidden Sea

“The Arcana of Maps should be at the top of everyone’s must-read lists.”
—Richard Klaw, editor of The Apes of Wrath

“Every piece a chorus of fresh voices, charged with authentic joy and beautiful melancholy, the stories of Jessica Reisman have always been ahead of their time.” —Christopher Brown, author of Tropic of Kansas



Volume VII of Three-Lobed Burning Eye's collected issues includes a bunch of fabulous, monstrous stories, including my "The Demon of Russet Street," with a singular detective and a monstrous mystery, and wonderful art. Get it here.


"For Successful Haunting" in The Dark, December 2020.


Sin was a summer ghost, born of a death sudden as lightning. They slipped on bare ghost soles down the long corridors of an old inn deep in the forest, drifted and danced in the abandoned heft and dust-limned dim of the inn’s pillared halls.

Available at Curious Fictions:

  • Two Hearts In Zamora - two teenage girls in 1975 Florida are transported to the world of the comics they read
  • Brilliance - on the planet Athkiyar, Jet & the crew of the Bosch find intrigue, danger, and a tangle of questions about life, death, and what they owe each other
  • When the Ice Goes Out - after Isobel's sister Rosetta drowned, she woke hungry
  • Raney's Hounds - Calvert's been living the hobo life a long time, riding freight trains, taking what comes, but he's never seen anything like these hounds, or the man who appears with them, Kade.

  • Flowertongue - Rappaccini's Daughter meets orchid hunting meets weird adventure tales, with an epistolary flourish.

  • Our Lady of the Mantilla - When the things haunting the books in the archive get loose, this team is on the case.




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