Novel Coming Spring 2019

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After working on my strange novel about aliens, robots, pig people, ghosts, and kids with powers for the last four years, I’m so happy I can finally announce that it sold!

Here’s the official announcement memo from Publishers Marketplace:

Author of New American Fiction Prize-winning Electricity and Other Dreams, Micah Dean Hicks’s debut BREAK THE BODIES, HAUNT THE BONES, in which dangerous machines and unnatural beastmen mysteriously arrive in a dying town already filled with ghosts, forcing a haunted brother and sister to figure out how to save their family before tortured spirits tear the town and the newcomers apart, to John Joseph Adams Books, in a pre-empt, for publication in Spring 2019, by Kerry D’Agostino at Curtis Brown (NA, Audio).

I’m incredibly excited to be working with John Joseph Adams. Huge thanks to Kerry at Curtis Brown, to friends who gave feedback on the book as it took shape, and to Brenda for, well, everything.

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Pushcart Prize XLI Special Mention

Somehow I missed this, but last November my story “Flight of the Crow Boys” was recognized as a special mention in The Pushcart Prize XLI anthology. I’m very grateful to Witness for publishing the story initially and to Salt Hill Journal for reprinting it.

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BASFF 2017 Notable Story

I’m really pleased that my story “The Carpenter and the Beast of Teeth” was listed as a Notable Story in Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017. Big thanks to the editors and readers, and congratulations to the other notables and the top twenty!

Here’s the full list.

You can read my story online at Territory.

BASFF 2017


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“Lost Ones” in Arkansas Life

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I have a short essay about living with way too many people and taking in stray kids in the most recent issue of Arkansas Life Magazine.

You can also find the essay online at the Arkansas Life website.

Big thanks to editor Jordan Hickey for taking this piece and to all the people who shared the essay on social media!

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Ninth Letter 2017 Literary Awards

Ninth Letter

I forgot to post this several weeks ago, but my story “Missing in the City of Wind” was a runner up in Ninth Letter‘s 2017 Literary Awards.

Huge congratulations to winner Cady Vishniac, runner up Gwen Cullen, and the rest of the winners and finalists!

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Interview in Arts & Letters

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Big thanks to Abbie Lahmers for doing this interview with me over at Arts & Letters! I got to talk about stories and poetry by some of my favorite people:

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Kenyon Review Online: “Church of Birds”

I’m so happy that my story “Church of Birds” appears today in Kenyon Review Online:


The story is a sequel and response to the Brothers Grimm tale “The Six Swans.”

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TriQuarterly Issue 151

I had two pieces of flash fiction up at TriQuarterly in January: “Selling Death” and “In the Snowy Ruins.” Big thanks to the editors for taking the stories!


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Dog Ear Books Signing and Reading

We have a new book store in Russellville, AR, and it’s amazing. Thanks to Emily Young at Dog Ear Books for inviting me to do a signing in December and a reading in January.


You can find Dog Ear Books on the web at

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“The Bone Oven” Pushcart Nomination


Thanks to the editors of Yemassee for nominating my story, “The Bone Oven,” for a Pushcart Prize. Congratulations to all the nominees!

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