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Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan — Author

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About the Author Edit

Caitlín Rebekah Kiernan (born 26 May 1964) is the author of science fiction and dark fantasy works, including ten novels; many comic books; and more than two hundred published short stories, novellas, and vignettes. She is also the author of scientific papers in the field of palaeontology.


Contemporary Weird Fiction / Horror / UF-Horror / Short Stories / Urban Fantasy

Writing StyleEdit

In her blog she stated, "I'm getting tired of telling people that I'm not a 'horror' writer. I'm getting tired of them not listening, or not believing. Most of them seem suspicious of my motives."[2] "I've never tried to fool anyone. I've said I don't write genre 'horror.' A million, billion times have I said that."[3] "It's not that there are not strong elements of horror present in a lot of my writing. It's that horror never predominates those works. You may as well call it psychological fiction or awe fiction. I don't think of horror as a genre. I think of it – to paraphrase Doug Winter – as an emotion, and no one emotion will ever characterize my fiction."

"Anyone can come up with the artifice/conceit of a 'good story.' Story bores me. Which is why critics complain it's the weakest aspect of my work. Because that's essentially purposeful. I have no real interest in plot. Atmosphere, mood, language, character, theme, etc., that's the stuff that fascinates me. Ulysses should have freed writers from plot."

Kiernan has garnered a reputation as one of the foremost authors of contemporary weird fiction. In his review of her novel 2009 The Red Tree, H. P. Lovecraft scholar S. T. Joshi writes: "Kiernan already ranks with the most distinctive stylists in our field – Edgar Allan Poe, Lord Dunsany, Thomas Ligotti. With Ligotti's regrettable retreat into fictional silence, hers is now the voice of weird fiction." ~ Caitlín R. Kiernan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Series Edit

Series Title Genre Supernatural Elements
Siobhan Quinn series UF Werepire hybrid, Demon-monster hunter, Vampire, Werewolves, lupe, demons, djinn, ghouls, Ghosts, trolls, necromancers, magic totem, talking bird
Silk (2 books) Horror
Chance Matthews (2 books) Horror
The Girl Who Would Be Death Horror

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Quotes Edit

Caitlín R. Kiernan - Wikiquote

Awards Edit


  • International Horror Guild Award, Best First Novel 1998 (Silk)
  • Barnes and Noble Maiden Voyage Award, Best First Novel 1998 (Silk)
  • International Horror Guild Award, Best Novel 2001 (Threshold)
  • International Horror Guild Award, Best Short Story 2001 ("Onion")
  • International Horror Guild Award, Best Mid-Length Fiction 2005 ("La Peau Verte")
  • James Tiptree, Jr. Award Honoree, 2010 ("Galápagos")
  • James Tiptree, Jr. Award Winner, 2012 (The Drowning Girl: A Memoir)
  • Bram Stoker Award, Best Novel 2012 (The Drowning Girl: A Memoir)
  • Bram Stoker Award, Best Graphic Novel 2013 (Alabaster: Wolves)[12]
  • Locus Award, Best Short Story 2014, ("The Road of Needles")
  • World Fantasy Award, Best Short Story 2014, ("The Prayer of Ninety Cats")
  • World Fantasy Award, Best Collection 2014, (The Ape's Wife and Other Stories)

Caitlín R. Kiernan - Wikipedia

Notes Edit

This author has a page on the Urban Fantasy Wiki based on being included in many UF anthologies and several UF Artists pages. However, I won't be including her series here, since they do not classify as Urban Fantasy. 

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