Written Things

L.D. Lewis is an award-winning SF/F writer and editor, and serves as a founding creator, Art Director, and Project Manager for the World Fantasy Award-winning and Hugo Award-nominated FIYAH Literary Magazine. She primarily writes stories of ordinary Black women and femmes with extraordinary powers in equally extraordinary worlds. She lives in Georgia with her coffee habit and an impressive Funko Pop! collection. Find a comprehensive list of her published works below.



Glitter and Ashes

The Currant Dumas | Short Story

F/F crushes, magic, and adventure on a train after the end of the world

Samson Arrita Duchamp stands at the coffee hutch at the edge of the blustery marketplace, watching the industrious little ballet of volunteers swapping the goods in their trailers and truck beds for the crates onboard the candy painted cars of the Carlyle Limited No. 4.



Part of the Glitter + Ashes anthology from Neon Hemlock


"strange horizons" magazine logoyoung Death is in love | poem

Strange Horizons 20 April 2020

Fireside Quarterly "The Fare" coverSIGNAL | short story

Eldritch monsters, children in mech suits, and why you don’t devalue the youth if you plan to have a future.

July 2019. Fireside Quarterly July ’19  | Fireside (online)
Quick Sip Review  | B&N SFF Round-up August 2019  |  Nebula Reading List  |  Maria Haskins Best of 2019  |  Quick Sip Recommended Reading List 2019  |  2019 Locus Recommended Reading List

Cover of Anathema Magazine Issue #7MOSES | short story

Moses has a terrible power and, with it, has done terrible things. Is there a way back? Or will she allow her vices to consume her if it means never having to live with her memories?

CONTENT WARNING // substance abuse, allusions to human trafficking

April 2019. Anathema Magazine #7
Quick Sip Review | Tor.com Must Reads May 2019 | B&N SFF Round-up May 2019A.C. Wise Favorite Short Fiction 2019  |   Maria Haskins Best of 2019  |  Quick Sip Recommended Reading List 2019 | Reprinted at Lightspeed Magazine
2019 Locus Recommended Reading List

FROM WITCH TO QUEEN AND GOD: A Sea Witch Vignette | Patreon

A vignette for her character in my current novel project, this is an origin story for Ursla, the witch who steps into the seas to fill the void the old gods left behind. 

Far be it from her to give a damn, but if she wanted to become more than a witch, more than the sea queen, she needed the reverence of Men. Becoming a deity was a question of politics. So she would see them freed and they would have her and no other god to thank for it.

Free read on Patreon

"welcome to san guin: the city the dead never left" neon signage on postcardTHE DEAD WITHHELD | Serial on Patreon

Dizzy Carter is a deadwalker witch six years into the hunt for her wife’s murderer. A former blues-singer in San Guin, Dizzy’s lost her music and has shifted to work as a private investigator for the resources it allows her in tracking the apparent serial killer who took Lonnie from her. The first clue in years connects to a growing infestation of enterprising demons in the city. Aided by her violent nature, the madame of a succubus bordello, and dolls animated by captive souls she owes to the vengeful dead, Dizzy will take on anything to see Lonnie’s ghost freed. 

Read Chapter 1 for free on Patreon

TAKE THE MIC: FICTIONAL STORIES OF EVERYDAY RESISTANCE | short story- The Helpers (October 2019, Scholastic/A.A. Levine)

On a Saturday night during an unprecedented summer heatwave, Allie Carmichael, 16, is waiting for her sister Sasha’s EMT shift at the firehouse to end when the city’s power goes out. Twenty-four minutes later, an explosion rocks a commercial section of downtown. She wonders if it has anything to do with the street protests that have ruled the summer, or the new war that’s on, or a transformer blowing, or whatever counts as terrorism these days. Allie and Sasha find each other in the dark and get to work helping whomever they can find in and around the rubble. The embattled community only has each other until the cavalry arrives at dawn as long as the power is out. The how’s and why’s of what happened are less significant than the lives that need saving. THE HELPERS is a short story inspired by Fred Rogers‘s idea of looking for “the helpers in times of crisis”, and finding one’s place in effecting change where it is needed.

October 2019. Indiebound



General Daynja Édo is a legend: head of the celebrated Boorhian Empire’s military and possessor of a mask of untold power. She has raised her Shadow Army of seven assassins from childhood. But mounting disillusionment over a life of brutality, a petulant emperor, and prodding from The Artful Djinni force her to defy orders for the first time in her thirty year career. When the empire decides they no longer need Édo if they can get the mask, she must face the monsters of her own making and the legacy they’ve turned against her.

April 2018. Dancing Star Press     $3.99 – $9.99
Paperback and ebook available at: Dancing Star Press  |  Amazon [paperback] [kindle] | Barnes + Noble  |  Kobo
Goodreads  |  Review in Strange Horizons SEUSA Issue


CHESIRAH | novelette

A fenox cannot help but burn anymore than they can help the cage they emerge into when they return from ash. Even a gilded cage is still a prison. Chesirah has decided to fight for her freedom, and she’ll torch anyone who stands in her way.

January 2017. FIYAH Literary Magazine Issue #1: REBIRTH     $3.99
2017 Nebula Reading List   |  One of The “Time to Run Some Red Lights” Sippy Awards for Excellent Action! in Short SFF   |   Reprinted @ PodCastle

Essays + Other Things

Skiffy & Fanty Signal Boost #52

POB Scoring: Growth + Accountability

FIYAH’s #BlackSpecFic Roundtable

That Which Does Not Kill Us – YA Pride

50 Shades of POC – Roundtable with Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Things I Learned from Nina Simone – Black Girl Nerds

That Time The Muppets Saved My Life – Black Girl Nerds

On Mental Health and Walking My Fault Lines – Black Girl Nerds

Incidents at the Intersection of Black Mental Health – Black Girl Nerds