Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Joyce writes speculative fiction from the wide open spaces of Northeastern Oregon.

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Joyce Reynolds-Ward is a speculative fiction writer who splits her time between Enterprise and Portland, Oregon. Her short stories have appeared in Well…It’s Your Cow, Children of a Different Sky, Steam. And Dragons, Allegory, River, and Fantasy Scroll Magazine, among others. Her books include Shadow Harvest, Alien Savvy, Netwalking Space, Pledges of Honor (2018 Self Published Fantasy BlogOff Semifinalist), Challenges of Honor, and Klone’s Stronghold. Projected 2019 book publications include Beating the Apocalypse and Choices of Honor. Joyce has edited two anthologies, Pulling Up Stakes (2018), and Whimsical Beasts (2019). Besides writing, Joyce enjoys reading, quilting, horses, skiing, and outdoor activities. She has been a member of Soroptimist International of Wallowa County since 2017.

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Electoral Changes

Published May 4, 2019 · 979 words (4 minutes) · 19 views

Horror Satire gargoyles political allegory political campaigns

Campaign manager Molly Martinez has a bigger problem than she anticipated when her friend Reed McAllen, the manager for the candidate in the next Congressional district, disappears. Things are not what they seem to be....

Notre Dame gargoyle sunrise.


The Notice

Published Apr 11, 2019 · 3,948 words (15 minutes) · 51 views

Fantasy Literary Fiction political persecution refugee witch separated lovers betrayals

Previously published in Alma Alexander's anthology, CHILDREN OF A DIFFERENT SKY. When the witch Yarrow comes home to a warning of betrayal--can she trust the bearer of the warning? Or is escape even possible?



Jay Lake and the Ski Bum Zombies

Published Apr 5, 2019 · 2,504 words (10 minutes) · 50 views

Horror zombies Jay Lake memorial anthology ski bum zombies mount hood intelligently redesigned

Previously published in JAY LAKE: INTELLIGENTLY REDESIGNED (2008). A limited edition anthology edited by J.K. Richard, written by friends of Jay Lake for Jay after his first bout with colon cancer. One of my very few zombie stories, written during my hardcore ski bum days while teaching special education classes at Welches Middle School. Several of my students advised me on the appropriate jargon for the era. Ah, Jay. You left us far too soon. Thanks for the inspiration.


Protecting the Protectors

Published Mar 27, 2019 · 2,094 words (8 minutes) · 61 views

Science Fiction #science fiction #netwalk sequence #strong female character #security downtime #touch of ptsd

An outtake from the NETWALK SEQUENCE series. Back in 2013 I played around with some different perspectives while trying to get up the nerve to write the last two books of the current series. This one looks at the relationship between the couple who lead Melanie Fielding's Security--set between NETWALKER UPRISING and NETWALK'S CHILDREN.

Black skateboard



Published Mar 11, 2019 · 3,991 words (15 minutes) · 58 views

Fantasy Literary Fiction post-apocalypse River shapeshifting transformation journey

An older woman seeks transformation in order to help her people. But can she successfully complete her pilgrimage and join with the River? Originally published in Alma Alexander's anthology RIVER.



So Sorry About Your Loss

Published Mar 5, 2019 · 1,180 words (5 minutes) · 50 views

Horror Science Fiction dark #alien invasion #badbad greeting cards

A rather grim take on greeting cards, inspired by a former colleague's exasperated comment that "there's a greeting card for EVERYTHING these days!"

Antony Gormley did an extraordinary job in creating these sculptures in Lake Ballard Western Australia. Visions of aliens in an alien landscape came to mind.


Our Lady of Justice

Published Feb 22, 2019 · 3,967 words (15 minutes) · 1 like · 79 views

Fantasy self-discovery superhero trickster

In a world where St. Catherine of Siena is the patron saint of those affected by the superhero virus, Coyote reveals that one of St. Catherine's Sisters, Alice Mary, is an unknown superhero. Alice Mary struggles to find what her power is--and discovers it in an unexpected manner.

Foggy day on the pond.