Published Works


Short Stories

“Yearbride”, (Snows of Darkover anthology, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Editor). My first professional fiction sale, to the woman whose works got me hooked on fantasy in the first place.

“Porter Piedmont and the Office Party Santa”, originally written for the November/December ’92 issue of Rump Parliament Magazine, and so well-received that it was reprinted a few years later. It appeared on BOOKFACE.COM during that endeavor’s brief and glorious life, was included in The Folly of Assumption collection, and is available again in Bard’s Road.

“Porter Piedmont’s Not-So-Wonderful Life”. Sequel to the above story, published in Rump Parliament Magazine, on BOOKFACE.COM. in the Folly collection, and in Bard’s Road.

“Mrs. Bailey’s Harp”, Zone 9 Magazine, May ’96 issue, John Peyton, Editor, and BOOKFACE.COM, and was also included in the Hell Hath No Fury… collection from Yard Dog. It is included in Bard’s Road.

“The Impression of Power”, first appeared in Sword & Sorceress XIV, Marion Zimmer Bradley with Rachel Holmen, Editors, and subsequently on BOOKFACE.COM. I still don’t know how I managed to sell an “Arthurian” story to the woman who wrote The Mists of Avalon. This one also appeared in To Stand As Witness, my second collection from Yard Dog Press, and is in the To Stand As Witness audiobook CD. Included in the Bard’s Road trade paperback and ebook from HarpHaven Publishing.

“What Goes Around…”, another holiday offering (the holiday being celebrated was Halloween) in Rump Parliament Magazine. Also appeared on BOOKFACE.COM and in the Folly collection. Included in the Bard’s Road trade paperback and ebook from HarpHaven Publishing.

“Neighborhood Watch”, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Issue #40, illustrated by Vincent Di Fate. A story that combined size acceptance and fantasy, and introduced a fat, fiesty and toothsome heroine into SF&F. The readers of BOOKFACE.COM apparently liked this one, too; it stayed in the top spots on the Horror Top Ten for quite a while, and was climbing the ranks again when the site met its demise. Subsequently appeared in the Folly collection, and is included in Bard’s Road.

“Hell Hath No Fury…”, Sword & Sorceress XVII anthology, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Editor. The first of my “Copperwood Bard” stories to be published. It was the title story of my third collection from Yard Dog Press, and was included in Unconventional Fantasy: In Celebration of Forty Years of the World Fantasy Convention. It also appears in Bard’s Road.

“That Which Feeds The Soul”, a short fantasy about misconceptions and marriage. Published for the first time on BOOKFACE.COM, and released in 2001 in the print anthology Outside The Box: The Best of Bookface.Com, edited by Lou Anders. It was also included in Hell Hath No Fury… from from Yard Dog, and Bard’s Road from HarpHaven Publishing.

“Doin’ The Drive-In”, co-authored with Bradley H. Sinor, a curious bit of weirdness involving egg rolls, barbecue sauce, sex and violence in Selina Rosen’s Bubbas of the Apocalypse, May 2001.

“The Folly of Assumption”, the lead-off story for the June 2001 collection of the same name from Yard Dog Press. A veteran assassin’s assignment is foiled by her intended victim…or is it?. Available again in Bard’s Road.

“Scarborough Fairy”, Kinships Magazine, Issue #4. RenFaires, Irish stepdance, magic and an unusual take on fairies. Appeared again in Hell Hath No Fury…: Five Bardic Tales from Yard Dog Press, and Bard’s Road from HarpHaven Publishing.

“Metal and a Man of Good Heart”, (To Stand as Witness, Yard Dog Press, April 2002). The finding of it is legend. Now comes a tale of its creation. Another of the stories I read on the audiobook CD. and featured in Issue #13 of the podcast magazine Sci Fi Traveling Road Show. Available again in Bard’s Road.

“To Stand As Witness At The End”, (To Stand as Witness, Yard Dog Press, April 2002). Also on the audiobook from HarpHaven Publishing. It is included in Bard’s Road.

“Queen’s Bard”, (Hell Hath No Fury…: Five Bardic Tales, Yard Dog Press, May 2003). Part of the Bard’s Road collection.

“Promise and Pledge”, (Elysian Fiction Issue #4, May 2003). A tale of old love and tough decisions. Included in Bard’s Road

“Spinacre’s War”, (Low Port, edited by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Meisha Merlin Publishing, August 2003). My first sale of something science fictional, on the theme of being careful who and what you throw away as “useless”. Available again in Bard’s Road.

“Widder Liggett And The Breath O’ God” (Four Bubbas Of The Apocalypse, Selina Rosen, Editor,Yard Dog Press, 2004). Pass the BBQ sauce and hunker down for a tasty tale. There’s a brand new anti-Yumbie weapon in the wilds of North Carolina.

“Combat Shopping”, (Turn The Other Chick. Esther Friesner, Editor, Baen, 2004) For a heroically-proportioned woman warrior, battles are easy. It’s buying new armor that’s hard. Available again in Bard’s Road.

“Necessity And The Mother”, (Sword and Sorceress XXI, Diana Paxson, Editor, DAW, 2004) – Banning weapons and armor of steel from Hemfrock may not have been the smartest move the spellcasters could have made. Included in Bard’s Road.

“The Bubba of DunTrune”, co-written with Bradley H. Sinor, (International House of Bubbas. Selina Rosen, Editor, Yard Dog Press,.2005) Penn and Raven together again, this time in the Highlands of Scotland.

“Blinket’s Dilemma”, (Flush Fiction, Selina Rosen, Editor, Yard Dog Press April 2006) Such a tiny village, such big problems. Included in Bard’s Road.

“Act of War”, (Lorelei Signal edited by Carol Hightshoe, April-June 2006 issue.) Also appears in A Time To…: Best of Lorelei Signal 2006 and Bard’s Road. In war, any war, there are common tactics and common cruelties. This time around, there’s uncommon resistence.

“In The House of Sisters”,(Sorcerous Signals, edited by Carol Hightshoe, February – April 2007 There is power is sisterhood. But what happens when it’s not enough? Appeared in Arcane Whispers: The Best of Sorceress Signals 2007, edited by Carol Hightshoe and published by Wolfsinger Press, and available again in Bard’s Road.

“Old Age And Sorcery”, (Catopolis, edited by Maritin Greenberg and Janet Deaver-Pack. DAW, Dec. 2008). Life as a Free Cat was not without its dangers. Life in the Top Cat’s Household held a whole different set. Included in Bard’s Road.

“Nimue And The Mall Nymphs”, (Witch Way To The Mall, edited by Esther Friesner,. Baen, May 2009). There were times when Nimue mourned the loss of “survival of the fittest” as a teaching tool for the young. One of the stories included in Bard’s Road.

“Lady Blaze”, (Warrior Wisewomen 2, edited by Roby James, Norilana Books, June 2009). A star-faring bordello, a madam who tells it like it is, and space pirates! One of the stories included in Bard’s Road.

“Sarah Bailey and the Texas Beauty Queen”, (Fangs For The Mammaries, edited by Esther Friesner, Baen, September 2010). Househunting with the wrong real estate agent can suck the life right out of you. Included in Bard’s Road.

“The Lady Of Trade Town”, (The Ladies of Trade Town, HarpHaven Publishing, June 2011). Yes, I edited the anthology, but I wrote the song and I reserved the right to write the story. One of the stories included in Bard’s Road.

“Sword’s Edge”, (Bard’s Road, HarpHaven Publishing, 2014). She had the courage to die, but did she have the courage to live?

“Passions of Youth”, (Bard’s Road, HarpHaven Publishing, 2014). Nothing confuses a passionate young heart quite so much as passion.

“The Harperwoman and the Queen of Fools”, (Bard’s Road, HarpHaven Publishing, 2014). History doesn’t always tell the whole story.

“To Walk A Bard’s Road” (Bard’s Road, HarpHaven Publishing, 2014). To win her Name and place, Llyra had to do the impossible.

“…And Your Enemies Closer”, (Chicks and Balances, edited by Esther M. Friesner and John Helfers, Baen Books, July 2015) Horatia The Heroic rides again, and this time she’s been partnered with a mage!

Original Anthologies

Such A Pretty Face: Tales of Power and Abundance (Lee Martindale, Editor, Meisha Merlin, May 2000). Groundbreaking anthology of original science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories featuring heroes and heroines on the upper end of the size-diversity spectrum.

The Ladies of Trade Town (Lee Martindale, Editor, HarpHaven Publishing, June 2011) Fifteen tales of women and men who offer pleasure, comfort, companionship — and other things not so easily defined — for a price.

Single Author Collection

Bard’s Road: The Collected Fiction Of Lee Martindale (HarpHaven Publishing, June 2014). Twenty-nine short stories, from those that first appeared in anthologies such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress series and Esther Friesner’s Turn The Other Chick to four never-before-published tales.

Non-Fiction

Prejudice By The Pound: Collected Essays From The Size Rights Movement by Lee Martindale (HarpHaven Publishing, January 2008). Essays and editorials published in Rump Parliament Magazine. Part snapshot of a ten-year period of a human rights movement, and unfortunately, still relevant today.

“The Good Guest Primer”, (The SFWA Bulletin, Jean Rabe, Editor. January 2012). Some of the things that science fiction and fantasy conventions look for when putting together their guest lists.