His first published story, “Rat’s Reputation,” appeared the next year in Karl Maurer’s fanzine FurVersion, was reprinted on Algis Budrys’s groundbreaking webzine TomorrowSF in 1997, and was chosen by Fred Patten for his 2003 “Best in Show” anthology. He’s since expanded it into a full novel, but it so far only exists in 20 half-hour audio installments that Payne read live during the summer and fall of 2010 on his Sunday afternoon radio program The Darkling Eclectica.
Subsequent Ottersgate stories include “Crow’s Curse,” a third place winner in the 1990 Writers of the Future contest, the novel The Blood Jaguar, published by Tor Books in 1998, and A Curial Quartet, four linked short stories available through Amazon’s Kindle store. More e-books of his work can be found at Fictionwise.com: www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/MichaelHPayneeBooks.htm.
He’s also written five stories so far about Cluny the sorceress squirrel for Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword & Sorceress anthology: the 2003 Ursa Major Award winning “Familiars” appeared in volume 19, and “The Raw and the Cooked” will be in the soon-to-be-released volume 26.
Among other ongoing projects, he writes — and unfortunately draws — two webcomics a cumulative seven days a week: Daily Grind, posted Monday through Friday, and Terebinth, posted on Mondays and Thursdays. He’s also currently serializing a novel in weekly installments on his FurAffinity account inspired by Renee Carter Hall’s “Thursday Prompts.”
His My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan novel, Half the Day is Night, has a 6-star rating at Equestria Daily, and even after all the bios he’s put together over the years, he still gets a little twitchy writing about himself in the third person.