Tarver Nova

Welcome! I'm Tarver.
I have stories and cats to share with you.
Glad you've stopped by.

✧ About Me ✧


Read my latest stories and see what's coming next.

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Img Credit: Kelly Sikkema

Resources for Writers

Some sites my fellow writers may find useful.


Check out my cats. I have four of my own, and I've fostered a clowder's worth.

Tarver with a tuxedo cat on his shoulder

Tarver Nova

Tarver Nova is a spec-fic writer and professional night owl in New York.His stories are found in Baffling Magazine, Air & Nothingness Press, Daily Science Fiction, and other fine places.He is the assistant editor of CatsCast, a fiction podcast with the Escape Artists Foundation.He is a member of SFWA and Codex Writers.

Reach him through email or Twitter below.

Short Fiction

✧ in Dragon Gems, a Water Dragon Publishing anthology – October 2023

A story about dangerous alliances on the sea.

Fantasy | 2,230 words

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Img Credit: Zoltan Tasi

✧ in Tangle & Fen, a Crone Girls Press anthology – September 2023

A story about the ghosts in our antiques.

Horror | 4,800 words

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Img Credit: Ramiro Mendes

✧ in Baffling Magazine – Apr 2023

An expedition to an exotic world reveals troubling gifts.

Science Fantasy | 1,120 words

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Img Credit: Hamed Hosseini

✧ in Tiny Tales – March 2023

Supernatural horrors emerge across weeks of a newspaper's local news.

Horror | 1,050 words

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Img Credit: BeccaH

✧ in The Librarian Reshelved, an Air and Nothingness Press anthology – Feb 2023

A multiverse-roving Librarian helps Earth's last archivist let go, start anew—and pet cats.

Sci-Fi | 2,950 words

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Img Credit: Daniel Olah

✧ in Tales to Terrify – Dec 2022

A father skips holiday traditions at his peril.

Horror | 540 words

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Img Credit: Robert Thiemann

✧ in Daily Science Fiction – July 2022

Lighthearted troubles arise in a magical glasswork shop.

Fantasy | 315 words

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Img Credit: Aaron Burden

✧ in Fabula Argentea – Jan 2022

A tarot-reading trickster gets creative when a bank heister takes her seriously.

Crime/Humor | 3,900 words

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Img Credit: Content Pixie

✧ in Kaleidotrope – Oct 2021

Death and her crows clash over the soul they're meant to collect.

"With its compelling mix of bittersweet drama and charming silliness, this story should not be missed."
– Alex Brown, Tor.com

Fantasy | 4,600 words

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Img Credit: Kevin Mueller

Resources for Writers

Find a Market or Agent

Short Story Markets

Small Presses




Formatting and Standards

Professional Orgs


  • ASMRion - Background noise generator for focus

  • StayFocusd - Chrome app to limit time on distracting websites

  • Photopea - free Photoshop alternative


Cats. (1)

(1) Cats.