KJ Kabza


Over 80 of KJ Kabza's fantasy and science fiction stories have appeared in four different languages in online venues, print anthologies, print magazines, ebooks, podcasts, and subscription email lists, in such places as Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Nature, Motherboard, F&SF, and many, many more.

KJ goes by his middle name, Jack, in his "regular people life" outside of writing circles. "I started selling fiction before I transitioned, and I wanted to have a gender-neutral byline," he explains. The byline stuck a little too well in that area of his life, but he accepts this with graceful resignation.

KJ lives in sunny Tucson, Arizona, which is lovely for most of the year but rather like death in an oven for a few unfortunate months in the middle. He is not great at hiking, running, and weightlifting, but he enjoys all of these activities and does them regularly anyway. He shares a home with one husband, zero pets, and a number of trees that he is determined to sustain.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
At age 4, I demanded of my mother, "Teach me to read." I was an avid consumer of Sesame Street, and my mother had watched me sound out letters and words, so she said, "You already know how to read." I didn't believe her, so we sat down with a book and she helped me (slowly) read it aloud to her. The book was called, "Ann Likes Red." The impact was tremendous. I ran around the house screaming.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I used to "make books" when I was very little by drawing a sequence of pictures, sometimes with some words, and stapling them together. I started doing this when I was 4 or 5. One of the earliest "books" I can remember making featured a hungry shark who ate so many fish that he exploded, replete with an illustration of a cartoony BOOM 50 feet under the ocean. Obviously, I was a little fuzzy on the physics.
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Where to find KJ Kabza online

Where to buy in print


Heart of Brass and Other Fantasies
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,250. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2023. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Fantasy
Naughty Goldilocks is punished by three strong bears, a submissive yields to a full transformation, angels explore pleasures of the flesh, dragon riders reveal the secret of bonding with their mounts, and an inventor of sex machines must service the most forbidden client of his career. These fantastical fantasies from KJ Kabza will put the fire in your dragon as they take you out of this world.
Through Spaces
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,610. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2023. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
All spaces—from gaps in assumptions to voids between afterlives—can be dangerous to cross, and KJ Kabza's third omnibus fiction collection is here to guide you through them all. From haunted bone flutes to hacked bio-nanites, the stories in THROUGH SPACES are "Heartwrenching perfection" (Apex Magazine), "Darkly delightful" (B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog), and a bridge to someplace new.
Under Stars
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,410. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
KJ Kabza is back with a second, bigger round of short fiction that's "Incredible" (Tangent), "Fascinating" (SFRevu), and "Worthy of Edgar Allan Poe" (SFcrowsnest). Featuring his freshest work from the top science fiction and fantasy venues of today, including F&SF, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, and more, UNDER STARS showcases wonders from worlds both here and beyond.
Fantasy Scroll Magazine Issue #1
Series: Fantasy Scroll Magazine, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,590. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014 by Fantasy Scroll Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Fantasy Scroll Magazine is an online, quarterly publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short-fiction. The magazine’s mission is to publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. With a mixture of short stories, flash fiction, and micro-fiction, Fantasy Scroll Magazine aims to appeal to a wide audience.
In Pieces
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,910. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
From a mechanical forest that constructs itself to the streets of Kyoto 8,000 years hence, the sometimes whimsical, sometimes cutting short fiction of KJ Kabza has been dubbed "Delightful" (Locus Online) and "Very clever, indeed" (SFRevu). Collecting all of his previously published, early works (plus five new stories), IN PIECES offers glimpses into other worlds—some not unlike your own.