More Writing Updates

Two blog posts in one year? What is the world coming to? Seriously though, I just wanted to give an update on all the writing projects I mentioned last time with some newer announcements, as well!

First of all, you can now pre-order a copy of Ab(solutely Normal) and Transmogrify!

Quick reminder, Ab(solutely Normal) is a YA anthology of short stories that smash mental health stereotypes, as the tagline says. My story is called “Peculiar Falls” and is about a socially anxious vampire who has to overcome his fear of people to save his town. It was really fun and cathartic to write. Also, the anthology comes out April 11, which is a pretty great birthday present for this Aries!

Transmogrify! is a YA anthology of fantasy stories featuring trans and nonbinary protagonists. My story is called “The Hallow King” and is about a trans boy who summons the spirit of Halloween to get revenge on his transphobic teachers. It turned out to be more of a horror story than I expected but I guess that’s what happens when you write about angry teenagers and Halloween. The anthology comes out May 16 just in time for Pride Month!

Ok, now for the new announcements! My flash fiction story “The Yellow House” is in the December Issue of On Spec Magazine (#122 VOL 32 NO 4). It’s the story of a little girl, her beloved house, and what happens when her parents try to convince her to leave it. You can order a print or digital copy on their website.

I’m also excited to announce that I’ll have a story in yet another YA anthology, this one coming out in 2024. It’s called Queer Beasties and is edited by the brilliant Rob Costello. Since the theme is queer monsters, my story is a queer retelling of Beauty and the Beast! See below for the official announcement.

Last but not least, my novel is steadily coming along. As of writing this, I’m at 49,234 words and nearly finished with Part 2. I’m hoping to finish Part 3 next year and then clean it up so I can send it out! I’m still not really sure if it’s middle grade or young adult but hopefully that will become clearer once I have the whole thing written.

That’s all for now! I hope everyone is having a good descent into the darkness before the return of the light, otherwise known as the winter holidays.


  1. L. Marie Avatar

    Congratulations to you and to Rob, Jonathan! πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½
    For some reason I only received this post and not the one before it. But at least it has your news. You have so much going on! Are you still writing poetry as well?

    1. Jonathan Lenore Kastin Avatar

      Sorry for not responding! My notifications were going to an old email. Anyway, that is so weird that you didn’t get the post before this! Well, I’m glad you got this one at least. I haven’t been working on poetry very much but I did just get a poem published!

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