Tonya Walter

fictioneer     |     bloggist     |     doodler

Read my Abominable Rat Tale, The Mischief, in

The San Cicaro Experience


"Take a vacation somewhere that you certainly shouldn’t go."


From Thunderbird Studios, this anthology revisits the "jewel of the California coast," San Cicaro. After exploring the city's haunted lighthouse and sentient garden, encountering its secret society of bodysnatchers and resident demon hunter in Welcome to San Cicaro, Thunderbird Studios is sending readers on a return trip in its second urban fantasy anthology, The San Cicaro Experience. Featuring eight diverse tales from talented authors, the anthology blends sci-fi and fantasy, the strange and mundane, into one compelling package. You’ll never be sure what will happen to you on the streets of San Cicaro, but rest assured your time there will be far from dull.

Pick up a copy on Amazon today.

Shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award


from Eibonvale Press

Edited by Allen Ashley and Sarah Doyle, Humanagerie has received a nod from the British Fantasy Society. The British Fantasy Award shortlist of five titles, including Best Anthology, is on its way to a select jury for final decision, to be announced at FantasyCon in Glasgow on 20 October.

Pick up a copy of this beautiful and unsettling collection, including my story "Wade," on Amazon.

Vine Leaves Press launches new column: 

"Spill It!"


Vine Leaves Press has a new opinion column on their website. Spill It! features opinion articles from Vine Leaves authors about books, authorship, the publishing industry, as well as income inequality, Billie Eilish, and the ethics of ghost writing. 


If you care to read my opinion on the importance of fiction, you can find it at 

Read "Cicada" in

LampLight Magazine 

Vol VII, Issue 3


I seem to have found my place in the writing world, which is as an author of super short stories about people who are also insects going through a rough time.

If you’re into darker fiction and have $3 to spend, this issue of LampLight Magazine is definitely worth it! Click the link below to purchase a copy through Amazon.

LampLight Magazine: Vol VII, Issue 3

It has my bug story, an unsettling tale about plague survivors, a haunted bottle of 200 year old wine, and a shapeshifting house that wrecks relationships!


from Eibonvale Press: It's ALIVE!!!


Humanagerie is available on Amazon! Edited by Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley and inspired by notions of the animalistic, these thirty-two poems and thirteen short stories explore emergence and existence, survival and self-mythology, and the liminal hinterland between humanity and animality. Check out the Eibonvale Press blog for more info or pick up a copy here.

Eibonvale Press Anthology, 


featuring "Wade"


Speculative, fantastical, metaphorical, metaphysical, magical.  Humanagerie  is the forthcoming anthology from Eibonvale Press UK.  Edited by Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley, 

Humanagerie will explore shifting states; duality, hybridity, and liminality in the spirit of Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” and Hermann Hesse’s “Steppenwolf”.  My story, "Wade," will appear alongside the work of Ian Kappos, Jason Gould, Tracey Emerson, Doulas Thompson and more. Look for it this October, 2018. For more info, visit

Vine Leaves Literary Journal: 
A Collection of Vignettes from Across the Globe


Three of my vignettes were selected for this collection of poetic snapshots from all over the world. It's not only an amazing read, but a self contained art gallery that you'll revisit again and again.  A Collection of Vignettes from Across the Globe is a nice thick coffee-table style book, and is available at retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and Chapters Indigo.

Check it out at

The Healing Muse
Journal of Literary and Visual Art


The State University of New York's Journal of Literary and Visual Art, The Healing Muse, has chosen two of my art works to appear in their publication.  "Folded" and "Myth" will be in Vol 17 of The Healing Muse, due out October 18, 2017.  To see more of the beautiful work they've published, and to find out more about the magazine, visit

"Butterfly Man" flash fiction featured in
Apex Magazine


Apex Magazine selected the super short "Butterfly Man" to print in their February 2017 Issue #93.   While you're there, make sure to check out the beautifully disturbing story by Rich Larson, "St. Theophilus the Penitent." 

For those who don't know, Apex Magazine is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Please visit!

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