Ash Tales – After I Watched Her Die

Sci-fi horror short story “After I Watched Her Die” has been published in Ash Tales, an independent literary journal dedicated to post apocalyptic fiction: stories exploring the end of the world as we know it. .

The story follows the moments of grief after a loved one is lost on an alien planet.

Ash Tales is a fantastic source for dystopian and apocalyptic fiction. Read more of their stories, and listen to their podcast here.

AWAKENINGS LITERARY MAGAZINE

J. Askew’s short story, “The Everything”, appears in Issue 9 of Awakenings here.

The story follows Aspen, a scientist on board a exploratory ship, who suffers on a daily basis with the guilt of not reporting her own rape by her captain. Under the icy seas of Neptune, she rescues a strange life form who doesn’t appear to be what he seems.

This art, poetry and prose magazine aims to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. Not only a magazine, Awakenings currently help survivors heal through art by providing year-round programming at their gallery space in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.

To read and download “The Everything”, head to Awakenings Literary Magazine Issue 9 and you’ll find it on page 70.

DEAD CANARIES: AWAKENED VOICES: THE NIGHTINGALE

“Dead Canaries: The Bruises on Our Wrists” is a short 500-word story about the injuries that victims of sexual abuse have to live with.

Awakenings says: J. Askew’s poetic piece on recovery imagines her yellow bruises as canaries, and magical realism provides a pathway to love of a body that has been through trauma. When these bruises transform into birds — separate living beings to be loved, cherished, and cared for — Askew moves through her pain, but not alone. Although the canaries fade away as all bruises do, Askew lives on to remember them as a survivor.”

This literary magazine is very close to my heart. Please support everything they do, even in some tiny way. The art, poetry and prose magazine aims to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. Not only a magazine, Awakenings currently help survivors heal through art by providing year-round programming at their gallery space in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.

To read the story, visit the Awakened Voices site here.

AWAKENED VOICES: THE NIGHTINGALE

“Let Me Tell You About Hazel” is a short 500-word story about the protagonist of Green Again.

Awakenings says: “The post-apocalyptic world of Askew’s imagining contains graphic violence that speaks to the trauma many survivors experience, and Hazel’s strength in living through it serves as proof that healing is possible both for those who can tell these stories and all those who read and experience them.”

As a survivor of sexual assault herself, it is apt that this short story about Hazel Fox will appear in The Nightingale. This art, poetry and prose magazine aims to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. Not only a magazine, Awakenings currently help survivors heal through art by providing year-round programming at their gallery space in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.

To read the story, visit the Awakened Voices site here.

GREEN AGAIN

Green Again, J. Askew’s debut sci-fi horror, has been with talented senior editor, Ella Chappell. The novel explores mental health and neurodiversity at the end of the world.

Green Again is unique. It is a science-fiction horror, a genre more male-dominated, but has an all-female force behind it. From beta readers, to line editors, each mark made on this work is by female hand.

With characters conceived over 15 years, the story follows a woman, who has been on her own in a rotting world since the age of ten. She is found by other survivors and needs to learn to trust in order to survive. There are enemies in the sky, enemies in her mind, and perhaps enemies in her savoirs too.