Caitlín R. Kiernan
Author Special Guest
Two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award, Caitlín R. Kiernan has been heralded by The New York Times as “one of our essential writers of dark fiction.” Kiernan's novels include Silk, Threshold, Low Red Moon, Daughter of Hounds, The Red Tree (nominated for the Shirley Jackson and World Fantasy awards), and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir (winner of the James Tiptree, Jr. and Bram Stoker awards, nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Locus, and Shirley Jackson awards). Since 2000, their short fiction has been collected in sixteen volumes, including Tales of Pain and Wonder, From Weird and Distant Shores,
Alabaster, A is for Alien, The Ammonite Violin & Others, Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume One), Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume Two), The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, Dear Sweet Filthy World, Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales, The Very Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Dinosaur Tourist, Comes a Pale Rider and Vile Affections. A seventeenth volume, Murder Ballads, will be released in 2023.
Between 2017 and 2020, Tor.com released Kiernan's Lovecraftian spy-noir Tinfoil Dossier novellas – Black Helicopters, Agents of Dreamland, and The Tindalos Asset. They have also won a World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction for "The Prayer of Ninety Cats." During the 1990s, they wrote The Dreaming for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint and, more recently, scripted the three-volume Alabaster series for Dark Horse Comics. The first third, Alabaster: Wolves, received the Bram Stoker Award.
Kiernan is also an accomplished paleontologist. In 1988, they described a new genus and species of mosasaur, Selmasaurus russelli, from Alabama and ten years later discovered the first evidence of velociraptorine theropod dinosaurs ("raptors") from the southeastern United States. Their 2002 examination of Alabama mosasaur biostratigraphy remains a benchmark in the field. In 2019, Kiernan returned to paleontology after a long hiatus and is now a research associate at both the McWane Science Center (Birmingham, AL) and the University of Alabama's Museum of Natural History. Recently, they coauthored "Asmodochelys parhami, a new fossil marine turtle from the Campanian Demopolis Chalk and the stratigraphic congruence of competing marine turtle phylogenies" (based in part on a specimen they discovered in 2002), Currently, they are coauthoring additional papers on fossil turtles as part of a major study of marine turtle evolution, as well as describing new mosasaur species from Kansas and Alabama.
And yet, the fiction keeps coming.
In 2017, Brown University's John Hay Library established the Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers, archiving juvenilia, manuscripts, artwork, and other material related to their work.
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