If you’d like to read more of my work, here are a few links to where some of it can be found:
Beneath Blair Mountain, 1888/Black Hill Press, 2015 – Beneath Blair Mountain was selected for publication after coming in the top ten in JukePop and 1888’s Summer Writing Project 2015. This debut novella blurs historical fiction, horror, and urban fantasy to tell a story of immigration, industrialization, and identity amidst a backdrop of old world horrors and new world ghosts. Available in paperback and Kindle.
Wolf Warriors Anthology Series:
Wolf Warriors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology, Thurston Howl Publications, 2014 – This wolf-themed charity anthology features the poem “We Were Wolves”, alongside such talents as David Clement-Davies and Catherynne M. Valente. Available in paperback and Kindle.
Wolf Warriors II: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Charity Anthology, Thurston Howl Publications, 2015 – The second annual wolf-themed charity anthology to raise money for the National Wolfwatcher Coalition features urban fantasy short, “Blue Moon”, and “Lost Girl”, a three-part poem. Available in paperback.
Wolf Warriors III: Winter Wolves, Thurston Howl Publications, 2016 – This winter- and wolf-themed installment in a series of charity anthologies raises money for the National Wolfwatcher Coalition. It features “Yuletide Carols”, an all-ages holiday short that follows two school-age girls from a pagan family in rural New England as they celebrate the Longest Night and the return of the sun. Available in paperback and a hardcover deluxe edition (deluxe edition has full-color and bonus art).
Wolf Warriors 4: Wolves of Light and Darkness, Thurston Howl Publications, 2017 – This light/shadow- and wolf-themed anthology features horror short and loose fairy tale retelling, “East of the Midnight Sun, West of the Full Moon”, which serves as both a deconstruction and reconstruction of the werewolf v. vampire trope. Alone for the winter in a remote outpost in northern Alaska, Senka struggles to bury the past, both her own and the ancestral trauma that still weighs on her family. But as polar night sets in and a storm grows closer, the past proves not to be as dead as she’d hoped. Available in paperback.
Wolf Warriors V: Wolves in Time, Thurston Howl Publications, 2019 – This charity anthology of wolf-themed fiction, essays, and art set throughout time (and sometimes time-traveling) features two stories by yours truly. The first is an animal story flashfiction. “Song for a Desert Hollow” follows the journey of a Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) as he discovers his ancestral migration route blocked. The second, a fairytale retelling/historical fiction short, mixes German folklore and history to retell “Little Red Riding Hood” against the backdrop 1930s Germany. “The Corn Wolf’s Tithe” follows two sisters, Alena and Silvia, as they find the world around them changing and their steps dogged by the mythic and mysterious corn wolf. Available in paperback.
FORTHCOMING – Nothing Without Us, Renaissance, TBD – This own voices, multi-genre fiction anthology features disabled, neurodiverse, deaf, mentally ill, and/or chronically ill main characters, writers, and publishers. Supernatural short, “Search and Seizure”, follows the journey of Cassie Pryor, a teenage girl with undiagnosed Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, as she searches for answers in this life and the next. For the sake of realism, nothing a doctor says in this story hasn’t been said to me by a real life doctor and much of the story, though fictional, is drawn from my own experiences as a chronically ill person trying to access healthcare while female.
Witch Lit: Words from the Cauldron, Treehouse Magic, 2019 – This anthology of witch, witchy, and magic related literature features invocational poem and feminist anthem “I Am of Fire”, which originally appeared in Fabulously Feminist in 2015. Available as a Kindle e-book.
The Cost of Paper: Volume Three, 1888, 2016 – This anthology from 1888 features “A Room Apart”, a humorous fantasy short set at Hampshire College. Available in paperback for the literal cost of paper. Also available to read for free on the 1888 website.
NON-ANTHOLOGY SHORT STORIES:
“Chosen”, Redhead Magazine, 2013 – This epic fantasy short deconstructs the hero’s journey narrative/chosen one trope that dominates the genre. It was voted the 2013 Choice Story on Redhead Magazine and is available to read for free on their website.
“I Am of Fire”, Fabulously Feminist, 2015 – This poem examining the place of women in mythic cycles/religious works was published in digital magazine Fabulously Feminist’s article “Shannon Barnsley: Turn Ambivalence Into Empowerment Through Poetry”.
“A Willow Weeps for No One”, Fabulously Feminist, 2015 – This poem about gender relations and the politics of grief was published in Fabulously Feminist article “Shannon Barnsley: Turn Ambivalence Into Empowerment Through Poetry”.
“Priorities”, The Concord Monitor, 2014 – A political haiku, featured in The Forum’s The News in Haiku section of The Concord Monitor.
“We Were Wolves”, The Climax, 2009 – A poem published in the literature and photography section of Hampshire College’s official newspaper. This issue is available in the online archives.
Bound and Gagged Banned Books Blog – This blog dedicated to exploring censorship and intellectual freedom issues is a labor of love, created and run by yours truly. I have since brought three other talented writers into the fold.
Salt and Iron – The blog you’re already on. Let’s hope you know how to find it by now.
INTERVIEWS/ON WRITING/GUEST BLOG ARTICLES:
“Read Books and Fight Evil: Banned Books Week During the Trump Administration” – My guest blog article for Fabulously Feminist talks Banned Books Week, censorship, and what they mean in our current political environment.
“Shannon Barnsley: Turn Ambivalence Into Empowerment Through Poetry” – This article in digital magazine Fabulously Feminist: Art For Social & Eco Justice features two of my poems, “I Am of Fire” and “A Willow Weeps for No One”. I also talk ancient epics, the role of women in religion/mythology, and what inspires my work.
“Shannon Barnsley on Speculative Fiction” – A personal essay on what attracts me to the spec-fic genres, written for the Mariya Suzuki Collection Blog Tour.
“Why I Write” – My personal essay on why I write, written for the Mariya Suzuki Collection Blog Tour.
“Why We Write – Shannon Barnsley” – A personal essay on why I write, written for 1888/Black Hill Press’s feature, “Why We Write”.
“Live Free and Read: Banned Books Week With Shannon Barnsley of Bound and Gagged Books” – An interview about Banned Books Week, intellectual freedom, and YA fiction.
“Routineology – Shannon Barnsley” – A glimpse at my routine and creative process, plus a reading list of myths and folktales.
“The Girls’ Guide to Horror; Full Interview with Shannon Barnsley” – In this interview on Sediment and Scrawl, I give my take on women in horror and my enduring love of An American Werewolf in London.
Though a shy forest creature from the wilds of New Hampshire, I am easily approachable, especially with chocolate. You can find or follow me on a variety of social media platforms, including:
Facebook – Updates on writing news. And occasionally music and pretty pictures from people more talented than I.
Twitter – Here there be politics. Ye be warned.
Goodreads – Just the books.
Instagram – Books, tea, trees, dogs, chronic illness updates/info/memes, nerd swag, pictures of food, occasional selfies, etc.
LinkedIn – My qualifications and such. In case you should want to hire me. Or you just reaaally want to know why I talk about Shakers so much.
Batsignal, semaphore, and the warning beacons of Gondor have also proved effective. If you would like to contact me about my work, my blogs, my editing services, or where I was on the night of June 17th, feel free to contact me here or on any of the above platforms. Or on an actual platform as you light the beacons of Gondor. Whatever works.