Newest Stories

Brian writes short stories and novelettes across genre lines, typically exploring themes of disability and debilitation. Here's the latest:

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Song of a Flightless Bird

Amelia has been taking care of her disabled husband for years, her resentment growing apace with his infirmity. When an opportunity arises to run from her circumstances, she must decide what sort of person she truly is.

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Museum Piece e-book cover, featuring a tenant in the shape of a female cowboy filled in by a recipe sunset and a gnarled desert tree. Links to Amazon.

Museum Piece

Aging outlaw Silje Rash rides into civilized Reno to retire, but struggles with the choice, instead throwing in with a double amputee and his half-Chinese niece against a sadistic Sheriff looking to make a name for himself. (Winner the 2017 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for Best Short Fiction)

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“Pie in the Sky”

My flash horror story, “Pie in the Sky,” is now available in Issue 24 of Bete Noire Magazine. It follows an elderly performer who must come to terms with both his increasing debilitation and a string of murders in his nursing home, exclusive to clowns. I’m fascinated with the psychological struggle set off when an […]

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“Museum Piece” Wins Peacemaker Award!

And the winner of the Western Fictioneers 2017 Peacemaker Award for Best Short Story is… “Museum Piece”! Much love to my fellow nominees, along with the judges and all who make these awards possible. Most of all, I’d like to thank all the readers out there who keep this fantastic genre alive, especially those in […]

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“Museum Piece” nominated for Peacemaker Award

“Museum Piece,” my novelette about an aging gunslinger coming to terms with her increasing debilitation, has been announced as one of five nominees for the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for Best Short Fiction. Winners will be announced on June 15, 2017. See the full list of nominees here.

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About the Author

Brian Koukol, raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, now makes his home among the salt breezes and open spaces of San Luis Obispo County on California’s Central Coast.

A lifelong battle with muscular dystrophy has informed the majority of his fiction, which is written with the aid of voice recognition software.

Despite his challenges, Brian maintains an adventurous spirit, a wicked sense of humor, and a willingness to delve into the darker sides of the human experience with his work. There is no genre he won’t explore, but science fiction remains a lifelong favorite.