Rae Simmons

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Rae Simmons

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What I Write

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“When I did my training, they threw me into a pool with my hands tied up,” he says, the ocean swelling around us. “All you have to do, no matter what, is just find the bottom. And push off. And keep pushing off.” I imagine being thrown into a pool with one’s limbs bound is exciting, but I am a child with no concept of anything and I nod solemnly. As if I am being trained for something important. As if my attention to this detail will someday save my own small life.

“What if there isn’t a bottom?”

He waves his arms in wide arcs. It reminds me of a manta-ray like the ones on the laser discs at school. Hypnotic. So at ease in the element they inhabit.

“You can tread water forever,” he says.

What I Write

I write dark SFF and it seems that most of my work is touched by horror on some level. I explore themes of trauma, liminality, and the body. Much of my writing is informed by my queerness and my perpetual struggles with chronic illness.

My Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals

I’m hoping to finish edits on two stories: one about two scientists trapped on a dead world in a wreck of a ship, one about love between ghosts in the age of climate change.

I’m also working on a new short story exploring how long absences and returns can warp longstanding romantic love. This will probably run about 6k and I’d love to have a finished draft by the end of the write-a-thon!

Fundraising Goals

I’m thrilled that you’ve come to my page. Clarion West was the best thing that ever happened to me and it was only possible for me to do because of the generosity of others. I welcome any and all donations. Thanks!