Dace started writing weird gay stuff back in the 2010s but really kicked off his erotica when the pandemic locked him and everyone else inside. He does numbers for a living and resides in a semi-urban commune in the US Mid-Atlantic region.
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This interview is part of a series with the 10 contributors to the PLOTHOLE: Loregasm Edition bundle!
time.to.occur: All right, all right! We’re just about ready to get started! If you’ve never seen a 3D scan of your own teeth, I both can and cannot recommend it! Thanks for being here with us, Dace!
Dace McGraw: I’m excited to be here! I’ve been reading the interviews and am eager for my turn in the hot seat, haha.
T: Amazing! I think we’re going to learn a lot about Dace McGraw! Speaking of which…What is the origin of your pen name?
D: It’s purely constructed! I did a lot of googling to make sure it didn’t reflect a real person, and Dace was a name that was odd but memorable enough that it stuck nicely, which is good-ish for SEO and also doesn’t tag some unfortunate pensioner with the digital footprint of a smutwright
T: Haha, yesss, my nemesis, the SEO.
D: So even though I didn’t really expect to ever publish (much less as much as I have!) I was being very mindful of getting a catchy but obviously-not-real name.
T: I love the name Dace, by the way. Does it have a particular meaning apart from being unusual?
D: Nope! I actually deliberately threw out a lot of username-generating algorithms that I’d used to search for porn or sign up for forums and such to make this pen-name. I was in a slightly paranoiac phase of my coming out process, haha.
T: So that means you get to define Dace for us. What is the meaning of the name Dace, please?
D: Dace is short, approachable, memorable, got a nice mix of hard and soft sounds – good for a persona that writes the playful but serious-inflected sort of stuff that tends to come out of my keyboard
T: Definitely — it’s a name that sounds both friendly and cool. Vaguely Celtic?
D: Slightly? I’ve actually been learning Irish via duolingo, and because of the Dread Wolf and War Dogs stories I have rapidly learned that Irish naming conventions are much more complicated than my previous exposure thought!
The Mc-ness of the surname is definitely meant to play that up a bit though! I’ve got an Irish surname on my legal identity so it seemed like a nice nod to who I actually am, in an untraceably vague way and unlike most Irish names it’s much easier to spell.
T: Okay, so we’ve got Dace as ‘An approachable, memorable smutwright’ down on the books.
How did you get your start writing (and writing smut specifically)? How long have you been writing, and how long have you been writing smut?
D: I first started writing in…hm, I think my first creative writing work was in 5th grade?
For a school assignment, naturally. I was a voracious reader — literally, my parents would have to check my bags when we traveled to make sure I had actually packed clothes, because otherwise it would just be books.
I was writing on-and-off, nearly all in the space of science fiction and fantasy, or worldbuilding for TTRPGs, through college
T: That’s adorable — about packing more books than clothes.
D: As an adult I am enchanted by past-me and I want to just hand him an e-reader and tell him it’s going to be OK. Not that we had such things, but it’s easy to forget how amazing the magic internet boxes would have been to literally all of us when we were children.
But we were talking about smut!
T: Absolutely. So it sounds like you’ve had a lifelong love affair with books and writing.
Yes, the smut!
D: I first starting reading smut, as the natural prelude to writing smut, when I was just wrapping up college. I came out in 2011-ish and while porn was available, I found I was really much more charged by the narrative and mental state of reading erotica
T: I hear you — my brain is the same way.
D: I missed the AO3 explosion of fanfic or that probably would have been my intro to writing and reading smut, but trawling through Nifty to sort gold from dross was something I could do on a smartphone with a degree of privacy without too much issue.
T: Yeah, having no images makes it harder to tell what’s going on.
D: And somewhere in the early 2010s I started writing the occasional smutty or smut-adjacent story; two of them are in this bundle! Both Jacob of the Mists and The Devil’s Woods are pre-GSS Dace originals, only lightly edited.
T: So cool — historical Dace!
D: I’ve written a lot more since finding GSS, not in the least because the friendly UX and opportunities for feedback hit my dopamine buttons and made writing really rewarding (it helped that everyone was locked inside though).
T: I hear that — I also first published on GSS after a long time writing smut for myself and friends during 2020. I can’t say it was because of the Pandemic necessarily, but I think it’s a contributing factor.
Well, I for one, am delighted that you did.
D: Me too! It’s been an awesome creative outlet and I don’t think I’ll ever give it up as a hobby
T: Let’s talk dopamine. What is the kind of community feedback that keeps you writing? What’s a comment or reaction that has stuck with you?
D: There’s one comment on Jacob of the Mists, I think, that I still go back to sometimes – it’s there for posterity at last check, but it was something along the lines of “OK now I want the 300,000 page doorstopper trilogy version of this, please and thank you.”
And, not going to lie, sometimes a man needs a little pick-me-up and reading it again gives me the warm fuzzies.
T: Amazing — that sounds like exactly what you would want to hear about a story like that. (Between you and me, I totally collect nice comments for the fuzzies.)
D: (I’ll guard this secret with my life 😄)
T: I think feedback is pretty important for most authors who are out there just writing for their community! (Tip your writers, feed them comments!)
Noam de Pluma (Author and Audience Member): I’m not the only one, then. Thank goodness! It’s like finding out there are other gay people all over again…
T: What has been your biggest surprise about joining a community of gay kink authors?
D: I’ve been astonished by the overall diversity! Which seems like a strange thing to be surprised by, but when one steps out from behind the “reader” curtain and starts hanging out with people who participate in the craft and have shared critique or gushing about the stuff you’ve read / written / loved / hated in common, it really helped me normalize my sexuality in a way I didn’t expect.
I’ve had a pretty robust gay friend group since 2013 or so, and yet it’s only in 2020 that I can confidently talk about social dominance hierarchy in omegaverse porn or how mpreg is a really convenient in-universe explanation for all-male societies.
Noam de Pluma: Both are thesis-worthy topics, IMO.
T: That’s a pretty phenomenal thing to find and it sounds lovely.
D: And yet, the academy denies these truths! I shall have to batter down their ivory citadels.
I’ll figure out how to make it sexy in post.
T: Hmm, there were definitely people in my PhD program studying Otome games, so…maybe not anymore?
I think the methodology needs some work…
D: Ah, to live the enlightened life! Alas I am locked in the cesspit of American cultural hegemony, and its rather prudish assault against anything even remotely fun.
(I kid, there’s definitely room for it – but the route from here to there is perhaps infeasible for the foreseeable future.)
T: Very fair. I could say more about academia but I don’t think I will, right this moment. I want to Dace it up!
What is something unique to you — a special skill, a particular experience, or a challenge that you face — and how do you think that it has shaped or impacted your writing practice?
A Pos5es5ion A Day (Author and Audience Member): (ok im so late to the party but i can’t stay awake for the interview to end, isn’t dace a fish?)
T: [Editor’s Note: After doing a quick search.] It is! It is a fish!
D: Definitely my initial paranoiac approach to my own sexuality! It’s funny to think of it now but when I was first sort of independent enough to be able to explore my sexuality, I still hid porn in encrypted folders, wiped session cookies, used burner accounts, that sort of thing! I shudder to think, there might even be lost doodle stories from before I trusted online backup programs and such to hold my notes and thoughts. Part of this is because of how I was sort of forced to confront my sexuality — I was a smidge less adroit about hiding my trail as a teenager and my parents had to sit me down for a mortifying discussion about porn on the family computer, which I made way way more embarrassing by coming out to them as not-straight.
[Editor’s Note: About the fish.] oh no
welp, that’s it, pack it in boys, need me a new pen name
T: So, that sounds like a mortifying thing to have happen. Do you think this changed the way you write now? Or did it just delay our access to Dace?
D: Probably both! I was very reluctant to share things and especially to share the kind of writing that I’ve since become known for — where my imagination could really run with an idea. I published more garden-variety erotica on Nifty and even on Amazon using this pen name, all with those precautions and limiters and paranoia.
Then 2020, then GSS, then a powerful case of the fuck-its and a whole lot of typing.
T: The terrifying ordeal of being known? What’s that quote? Oh — the mortifying ordeal of being known!
To me, Dace is synonymous with “cool SFF erotica” — I’m sure your other stuff was good, but I’m glad you let yourself go wild.
D: I’m afraid I’m not familiar but I definitely and very suddenly felt “the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about” that so vexingly occupied the minds of otherwise unoccupied Victorian elites.
T: Oooh, well, speaking of which, I have a very similar quote. You know the one.
A Pos5es5ion A Day: (Oscar Wilde was very entertaining)
T: Robert Hass says, “It’s hell writing and it’s hell not writing. The only tolerable state is having just written.” Discuss. Or, to put the question another way, what’s your writing practice like and how do you hold space for it?
D: I am going to make some enemies today but I’ll be honest. I usually finish a draft in one or two sessions and often only read it once for obvious typos before publishing it.
T: Well, Dace, I admire your courage and your verve.
D: It’s a trial! haha
I know many other writers would kill for what looks like a commitment and drive but I’ll be honest, it’s more like a flow-state fixation to get it all out so it’ll stop bugging me. Which is awesome when I have time to indulge it!
T: Right, but then sometimes you get…*checks notes* Nerd-sniped.
D: Yeah, it’d be nice to be easily seized by the desire to write orc-human mpreg postapocalyptic erotica when I actually have time to do that, instead of at 3am on New Year’s Day when I have a busy morning schedule.
(that one’s still baking guys, watch that space)
[Editor’s note: missed opportunity for a bun-in-the-oven joke!]
T: I am definitely familiar with a story that won’t let you go ’til it’s written, and that insists loudly on its shape.
So unruly, those writerly urges.
D: Damned ungovernable, truly.
Okay, so now that we know that Dace doesn’t draft…What do you like to read in queer porn? How do your tastes in reading differ from your tastes in writing?
D: I have a much wider tolerance? Interest? as a reader than as a writer. I’ve read a lot of stuff that’s Not Quite My Thing out of curiosity
I’m a huge fan of sexual intensity, either the raw sensuality of describing touch and desire, or the social/emotional intensity of undermining taboos or inverting relationships along sexual or expected lines. I’m also increasingly enjoying semi-spiritual erotica like the stuff GruffGinger has been putting out – something that sacralizes male sexuality without sacrificing either the sacred or the sexual.
And at the end of the day I’m a sucker for cum, precum, lube – no idea why, but that’s always been a Thing for me. Sweat’s also pretty [hot] [Editor’s note: hot replaces a sweating emoji making an ahegao face].
T: Oooo, that’s such a lovely concept — sacred male sexuality — and then, yeah, there’s the fluids, which are great <3.
So, it sounds like you read pretty widely, but those are things that draw you?
D: Among a lot of other things, yeah – I think I’ve been drawn to GSS and the SFF erotica community at least a little because I could get my rocks and also enjoy the mental scenery of science fiction, fantasy, or just oddball erotica that isn’t copy-paste translations of IRL sexual encounters or heterosexual dynamics through a be-penis’d lens. I’m a sucker for novelty to the point that I started writing it to give some back to the community (and uh, entertain myself).
T: Oh my gosh, I hear you there. Novelty is a big driver for me as a reader and writer. And obviously, I am here for lore.
D: SAME, haha.
T: Did you work with any other authors in preparing for PLOTHOLE (either on your work or theirs)? How do you find collaborating with others on something as personal and “transgressive” as porn?
D: For a long time – that paranoia again – I was very territorial about my writing! That probably also contributed to my one-and-done method in an unhealthy way. A lot of people apparently come into this hobby-space via erotic roleplay which for me is just wild compared to my furtive infiltration followed by carpet-bombing the publishing queue with smut from behind a VPN and a burner email.
T: That is quite the image!
D: It’s really only since I enjoyed the community on the GSS discord that I started to really appreciate collaborating with peers, and it’s been a treasure – not just in getting feedback on some of the more oddball stuff I wanted to write, but also in inspiring me to make it better.
T: Aww, that is so lovely.
D: All three of these pieces in the bundle are solo work, beyond some editorial notes (thanks so much! 🙏) but the Dread Wolf in particular only came about because of the Supernatural challenge on GSS. It was also the first time I was writing to spec, vague as the prompt was, and from there I’ve really kicked into gear.
D: Since then I’ve participated in the roleplay space a little with some partners and it’s still an area I’m struggling with – but I’ve found I’m somewhat enjoying the editor/contributor role and might want to refine my skill in that direction since apparently shared creation is a little tough for me. Or maybe I just need to kill my inner paranoiac some more and learn to let go, haha!
T: I would say that it takes as much communication for me to feel good roleplaying with someone as for doing kink or BDSM. So…who the partners are and what the communication is like matters a lot.
D: Definitely! and I’m in actual honest-to-gods therapy to work on mastering and enforcing boundaries in my personal, work and social life so that’s just gonna be one more thing I gotta calibrate to my comfort level at some point.
T: I do think collaboration holds its own special rewards and pleasures, and I really hope that one day you find your footing there. But contributing/editing is amazing, too, and so helpful! I remember getting your help on Wild-Eyed Boys and how wonderful it was.
That makes so much sense — and I’m glad you have a space where you get to work on that. Isn’t therapy amazing?
D: It is! I highly recommend it to anyone who is considering it, though it’s clearly not for everyone (including anyone who doesn’t want to be there, because that was me for a while! It’s also OK to change!)
T: I hear that. It can be very hard but rewarding work.
D: Intensely so, sometimes!
T: Thanks for being candid about that, Dace. It’s one of those things I think it is important to normalize, even if it isn’t what everyone wants or needs.
Here’s question from another author: “Who are some of the smut authors who have been influential on your work? Are you in dialogue with any authors who influence you now?”
D: I’ll answer that in reverse! I adore chatting with everyone here on GSS about smut, and have a few friends I’ve made on here (including you, Time!) that have provided incredible encouragement and influence on my work and interests over time! Reading and editing Wild-Eyed Boys, for example, made me realize that I’d somewhere shed a lot of femme- and trans-anxious feelings along the way to becoming an author!
And looping back, I’d be remiss if I didn’t call out some of the brilliant work by Wrestlr, whose breadcrumbs on other sites led me here, and the amazing work by SQ Neemie, ChaoticDjinn, and Viridian that made this place feel right for me and resonated with the kind of author I wanted to be in this community.
T: That’s so heartwarming! And it’s lovely that the authors that drew you here are still around making stuff!
D: To my everlasting delight!
T: Well, I’m also very grateful for the lovely community here, and to be your friend, Dace.
D: We’ve discussed many times that it’s something really special and precious, and I’ll be forever grateful for it.
T: A bit of a change in gears here. Just asking you to bare all your secrets. (But don’t feel that you have to.)
Which of your favourite kink/erotica tropes do you think is the most unusual? What are your top three?
D: I would have once said mpreg! But I’ve accessed the admittedly small community that really gets that, and that’s definitely helped normalize it for me.
So nowadays I would probably say foreskin play/docking! It might be a sensitive subject for some, but as a circumcised cismale it was a shock/item of fascination to encounter and play with uncircumcised men, and I often find ways to work mention of a foreskin into my work just to normalize that uncircumcised penises are hot, normal, and fun!
Runners-up might be … hmn, precum/cum/lube as discussed earlier, just because it is often around but rarely a focus, so I’ll designate it as “unusual.”
T: Underrated kink act there for sure, when it comes to docking and foreskin play! I’m so glad you get to slip it in there from time to time. (Okay, I didn’t mean that as a double-entendre, but I ain’t changing it.)
And lastly, since there was a request for three, I’ve always been a little disappointed there’s not more shapeshifter porn. So many opportunities!
T: And fluid play like that…seems pretty common to me, but I guess you’re right that it’s not always the main event.
Oooo, well, once again, I am taking notes for what to write next.
D: I’ve played around with ideas before but nothing’s ever hit the go-juice just right for me
T: One day!
So, what do you want us to know about your stories in the PLOTHOLE bundle and any other stories in there?
D: There’s a little bit of exclusive content you won’t find anywhere else in each one! I added a commentarium to the last page of each story, talking a little about when and where I wrote it, and what the story means to me.
Also everyone should go read @Soren Fitz’s Top-Maker because it’s scorching hot 🔥.
T: That’s such a lovely idea!
Ooo, if folks aren’t ready to commit to the whole bundle, Soren’s posted a preview chapter on GKS/GSS!
Obviously, taboo and social norms often figure a lot in smut, but the work you’ve included in PLOTHOLE seems to deal specifically with a certain kind of mixture of anxiety and desire around transforming bodies and compulsions. Can you speak to that?
D: Definitely! And if you put them in a chronological line you can see my increasing comfort with the tropes – I wrote Devil’s Woods first, and Dread Wolf last.
All three are very emotionally powerful in ways that a lot of my other work isn’t (well, some of my work isn’t).
(I realize now I’ve got quite a bit of this and might need to sit with that sometime.)
T: Yeah, we don’t want you to sell yourself short! You write very impactful stuff.
D: But I think that the idea of change, especially change forced by an antagonist or hostile environment, is something that captures me as a writer.
I’ve had a little fun writing slice-of-life stuff but I feel like I sometimes struggle with plot (because my natural inclination is to just dump pages of intricate lore and call it prose) and having that hostility resolve in some transformative fashion, especially if it reveals that a character was holding themselves back for some reason, is attractive to me.
T: Change naturally creates stakes, and usually conflict — internal or external. That’s really what a story needs, a lot of the time!
D: Another great story in this vein is the Inking Fate stories, though the mental manipulation there is more direct and arguably the point of the plot, such as it is.
And if you transit through conflict without it changing you, what was the point of the conflict?
T: Yes, especially in Devil’s Woods and Jacob in the Mists, it feels as though the characters are anxiously seeking permission for their difference, in a way.
D: You don’t need to be a psychiatrist to wonder why that might be 😅
T: Well, I think they are very relatable and wonderful metaphors that exceed the bounds of the original thing they might be metaphorizing.
D: Even though I was “out” at the time I wrote those, I’ve definitely been struggling for a while to authentically inhabit my sexuality in a way that really fits right. I’m astonished and amazed at people who just are, unapologetically, and admire them. I’m sure it’s not as easy as I’m writing it to be, but if it is I imagine it to be liberating.
I’d rather have the confidence of Charles from the Devil’s Woods, just reaching for what he wants, because he can take it and knows doing so is right and fits. So it’s nice that I can at least imagine it.
T: I think there’s a certain self-consciousness that comes with even asking the question that I’m sure is relatable to a lot of people. I do think there’s power in making deliberate choices about how you want to be perceived, too.
Like, for example, whether to wear earrings or dye your hair, or put on that leather jacket or that Crop-Top of Queerness +1, you know?
D: For sure! I dyed my hair in college (before I was out) and recently had one ear pierced, and “justifying” it to myself was a whole unnecessary, anxious process compared to the act of just doing it.
Helped when it came to having to take an injectable medicine, though! I recently went on Testosterone replacement therapy for hypogonadism, where my body doesn’t make quite enough natural hormone to operate properly. I remembered how the needle to pierce my ear didn’t actually hurt much and agreed to give myself shots instead of mucking about with creams and lotions.
Turns out even when it’s a big needle, it’s all a matter of mindset and technique.
T: I think there’s a lot to be said about identity constitution and visible signals and how important that can be to feeling ‘right’ and ‘good’ in your identity.
Hey, T-shot Buddies!
D: My PCP has informed me that I should not expect as dramatic a transformation as you have had, though 😛
T: I will say, sometimes it hurts a lot when it has no right to.
Well, not everyone can be the abstract concept of Time itself.
D: I’ve been lucky so far! 🤞
T: I hope you keep being lucky! Yeowch!
In your own body of work, do you have a favourite story, a favourite character, or any other favourite elements? You’re allowed to pick more than one, and I promise I won’t tell any of them.
D: Good because a couple of them could actually cause me some serious bodily harm and one or two are rather prideful.
I did not expect to have so much fun writing Emrys, the adorkable ADHD werewolf from the Dogs of War series! He’s a delight and I’m really glad I queued him up where I did because the rest of his little pack are all super-serious grimboys even while they’re socially anxious semi-alien super soldiers.
T: I do love Emrys — he’s a delight to watch as a reader.
D: He is the Best Boy Werewolf!
Paul and Bradley from Mistletoe wish were also nice to write, like wearing a cozy blanket on a cold winter morning while drinking hot chocolate. A huge part of their story is just cutting past all the social stuff that hangs us back from fulfillment. It’d be nice if life and dating and sex was as easy as a dreamboat rugby crush from college making a wish under mistletoe then running to your side like the most loyal golden retriever himbo in human history.
Oh that’s a spoiler for a story that’s been out for two years — ah well. It’s good and wholesome and hot, I encourage you to read it!
T: Aww, that sounds really sweet. So it sounds like you like your happy distractible boys, huh?
D: Maaaaaaaybe. I think I admire the uncomplicated nature of their characters, which could easily be one-note, but is just … accepting what is, rather than obsessing over the why, like I do in my own life. Though Emrys has a shred of that in his insatiable curiosity. Poor Paul is definitely more “me” in that context, haha.
T: I hear that. I badly wanted to write a smart-guy-to-himbo story when I was finishing my dissertation. A need that somehow evaporated when I was less stressed, haha.
Well, I won’t tell Aed, who is a personal favourite of mine.
D: Aed can handle it, and if he can’t, Yates can explain it to him.
T: He sure can <3!
Dace, from what I know of you, you’ve moved around a fair bit. Can you tell us how all of those experiences of living in different places have led you to living in a Commune that you organized yourself? What ideals does this structure enable you to enact? Do you see those ideals playing out in your writing, too?
D: Oh this is a fun one! Yes, before I graduated from school I’d lived on three continents and 11 different cities, so “home” has a very flexible context for me. It also made it somewhat easy to merge into the flow of the highly-transient DC lifestyle, where people duck in and out of your lives with little notice, sometimes.
One of those people has been my oldest and closest friend, who’s also been an awesome roommate and recently celebrate the birth of his first child! He and his wife were looking for a place to live as the pandemic first (sorta) waned, and we’d always joked about setting up a commune so he could have the local gays raise his kids for him. Some of my friends think that wasn’t a joke, but I swear the kid’s just really cute and my attempts to teach him Russian and the dark arts of political analysis are purely for his education.
At first we were just expecting a sort of English basement situation to naturally arise because anyone who has looked at real estate recently can confidently assure you that it’s a goddamn nightmare. But the place we’re in now sort of surfaced to us as an outrageously oversized 6-bedroom joint, not far from the metro, and which otherwise fit our needs … if we could find enough roommates to fill it!
So now I live with five other adults, a baby, two birds, and a dog. (It is occasionally noisy.)
But I’ve always been an introvert, and living in a communal situation very much became a priority for me even before the pandemic because otherwise my natural inclinations to just hermit up would consume me entirely and I wouldn’t be happier for it.
Also I have some quibbles with the American-standard one-size-fits-all white-picket-fence social model and living in a commune is a slight 🖕 to the whole idea.
T: Quibbles” is doing a lot of work in that sentence.
D: I shocked the hell out of a coworker earlier this month when she did the casual “so how was your pandemic, you fare OK,” thing and I laid out the five-adults-baby-birds-dog line and each word you could see her eyes dilate in shock and confusion.
At the end she just sort of said…you’re happy right? This was voluntary? And I grinned and said, “YEAH!”
(My work-husband witnessed all this and just dissolved in laughter.)
T: Wow, haha! When you put it that way, it sounds much different from ‘I live in a commune’. Do you think this structural thinking and those experiences and ideals show up in your writing?
D: Oh, for sure. If I let my creative urge have its head there’d be appendices to nearly all my smut describing the social situation that produces these characters or how they live their lives. I try to keep that a bit contained to its actual service in the story. The Citadel in the Jacob of the Mists story practically begs for it.
T: Well, that’s good practice when it comes to lore — it’s good to iceberg it! But it’s very cool that you’re thinking about those questions and developing those ideas.
Okay, we’re nearly at the end of our time. Any shoutouts, last words, rude remarks, or requests for anyone reading this?
D: It’s really flown!
Everyone really brought their A-game to the bundle and I’ve been blown away by their work thus far. I’ve got a major shout-out to you, Time, for all your work coordinating it and bringing it together! I’m excited for future editions of PLOTHOLE!
T: Aww, thank you! And yes, there’s so much to love in this bundle. Thank you for being here with me, Dace!
D: Thank you for your time (!) and your tremendous grace as an interviewer!
T: You’re more than welcome — it was a delight to get some insight into your world, and I’m sorry about the fish.
D: Sigh, me too…
T: Rest assured, there will be a picture of that fish at the appropriate spot in our interview. Apparently there are lots of different kinds!
D: oh lord
You are too kind 😄.
PLOTHOLE: Loregasm Edition is a bundle of 10 authors, 17 stories, available until June 15th 2022 on itch.io. It contains porn with plot, stories with worldbuilding and lore alongside some very hot erotica. You can find Dace’s Dread Wolf, Jacob in the Mists and The Devil’s Woods along with 14 other stories here.