Books and Magazines

A Calling on Song (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 2004)

“I'm uncertain if this is the best story in the collection or simply the most interesting.  It is certainly the story that I read the most times...” (Read more...)

His Master’s Voice (Talebones, Winter 2006)

“...if I’d have known what this was going to be about before I actually read it, I might have avoided reading it at all. Which would have been a terrible shame...” (Read more...)

The Mynah (Forgotten Worlds, 2007)

“A janitor at a museum has quite a surprise when he discovers that a stuffed bird has come alive in Mark Rigney’s The Mynah. The how and why are never explained, but...” (Read more...)

Called On Account (Shadow Regions, Cavern Press)

“Another excellently written story is Mark Rigney's "Called on Account". A star small-town baseball pitcher dies in a suspicious accident and the consequences for his greatest fan - his father - are devastating...” (Read more...)

This story is also available as a podcast (!) at Tales to Terrify.  Comments from other listeners call this story, “A beautiful example of disturbing and ungory fright,” and “Oh, jeepers, creepers, this is the soul-chilling kind of horror that made me want to read more horror as a kid...pure gold from the crypt!

The Facts (The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Press)

The Surrogate (Niteblade, June 2012)

Originally slated for All Hallows, but that market died without warning, and it took four years for this story to find a second home.  Dead and dying markets remain one of the greatest hazards for writers of fiction.  Beware, beware!

My thanks to Rhonda Parrish at Niteblade for picking this up.

The Scorpion Blues (Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, Sep-Oct 2006)

Born On Sunday (The Bellevue Literary Review, Fall 2006)

The Experts (All Hallows, Oct 2005)

The Imaginary Zoo (Surplus, Vol. 1 No. 1 2005)

The October Society (Aoife’s Kiss, March 2005)

The Planting (Green Hills Literary Lantern, 2004)


in 2008

The Trade (Black Gate)

As of 12/12/12, the first part of this trilogy is available––free!––at Black GateTangent Online says “The pace is fast...  Marvelous tale.  Can’t wait for the next part.”

L.A.D. (Skive Magazine, December 2007)

Barong and Rangda Do Battle In Missouri (THEMA, Autumn 2003)

This story is also available on-line as a reprint at Fiction On the Web.

The Good Underneath (Big Muddy, Vol 3.2 2003)

Used Bedding People (Red Rock Review, Summer 2003)

Toshi’s Wife (The Rambunctious Review, Vol. 18 2001-02)

Hearts of Cobalt Blue (Rain Crow, 2001)

Delicate (Sou’wester, Spring 2001)

The Heisenberg Principle (The Kit-Cat Review, Vol. 3 No. 1 2001)

The American-Made Bomb Speaks Out (Bibliophilos, Vol. 2 No. 4 1999)

A New Grave for Monique (Traps, Dark Hart Press)

One Winner Only (Shelter of Daylight, Sam’s Dot Publishing)

Karen Addy’s Cat Flap (Strange, Weird & Wonderful April, 2009)

in 2009

Honorable Mention, Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2008

“Rigney’s song is a fine homage to Lomax and the tradition he helped preserve from the obscurity of time.” - Lois Tilton

Magpie (Realms Of Fantasy, February 2011)

The February 2011 issue of Realms of Fantasy is definitely the best issue in recent memory.”  - Dreaming About Other Worlds.

Received an Honorable Mention from Best Horror of the Year Vol. 4 - E. Datlow.

Named as one of the Best Short Stories of 2011 - Sarah Lee Parker, The Last Short Story.

That Business With the Hole (Altered States, Main Street Press)

The Heisenberg Principle (Sleet Magazine, 2011)

(reprint from The Kit-Cat Review, see below)

The Demon Laplace (Black Static, December 2012)

“A nice little chiller....Black Static maintains its title as the premiere horror magazine on the market. Subscribe.” - Sam Tomaino, SFRevu

...beautifully written and characterful.  Seriously memorable story: a new O. Henry or Jerome Bixby?” - D.F. Lewis, The Hawler

Mark Rigney and Carole Johnstone deliver solid stories...”  - Nick Cato, Horror Fiction Review

A Perfect Wedded Bliss (Not One Of Us, Oct. 2012)

Honorable Mention, Year’s Best Horror Volume 5 (Ellen Datlow, Editor)

A Free Pass With Elvis (Fiction On the Web, Sept. 30, 2012)

The Find (Black Gate, posted 2/15/13)

“Reminiscent of the old sword and sorcery classics...  A must read.” 

                                                            Louis West, Tangent Online

Karen Addy’s Cat Flap (The Big Book Strange, Weird, & Wonderful Vol. II,         Strange, Weird, & Wonderful Publishing)

This is a well-told and surprisingly light-hearted tale with a satisfyingly thoughtful ending.”  -  Mary Patterson Thornburg, Amazon Review

The Haunting of Beethoven’s Fifth (Ancient New, Deepwood Publishing)

Mayor Of a Flourishing City (Betwixt, Fall 2013)

The Skates (and other Renner & Quist titles, Samhain Publishing)

“This book is grand entertainment.”         - William P. Maynard, Black Gate

“Warning: put your beverages down before reading or be prepared to clean your screen afterward... I’ll be watching for the next Renner and Quist book.”


                                                                - Love Romances and More  

“4 1/2 Stars!  This was a fabulous story.”

                                                                - Diana Coyle, Night Owl Suspense

“Very engaging...highly recommended. I loved the characters!”


                                                                - Horror Maiden’s Book Reviews

Customs (reprint, Terror Train, Spring 2014)

Mark Rigney’s masterful ‘Customs’ unfolds like black silk, and reminded me of shorter work from Paul Bowles, or those slice-of-life Sam Shepard pieces that patiently creep into your mind and heart like snake venom. Rigney’s alienated protagonist confronts a sort of physically manifested emblem of loneliness and existential nausea, in a genuinely nightmarish yarn. If he can sustain such effects at novel-length, we’re in for a treat.”    

                                                                         - William Grabowski, Hellnotes

Found Items (Unlikely Story, Spring 2014)

                                                                    Cover Art by Shaun Beaudry

Ms. Henry In Rehearsal (Beloit Fiction Journal, Spring 2014)

Robbie’s Zona Cero (reprint, Betwixt, Spring 2014)

The Last Horse in Skopje (Witness, Spring 2013)

Roll With It (The Long Story, No. 31)

“...engaging plots, neat structures, and round and diverse characters.  Long live The Long Story!” - Julie Nichols, New Pages

Impalas (Ascent, Spring 2013)

The Latest Incarnation of Secondhand Johnny

                                                                    (Unlikely Story, Fall 2013)

The scenario is inspired and worked-out well. Johnny himself works out his own salvation, and it turns out fantastically well. Recommended.”

                                                                                                Lois Tilton, Locus

“Nicely done, imaginative tale.”                          Sam Tomaino, SFRevue