Caitlín R. Kiernan is one of today’s leading authors of dark fantasy and science fiction, having published eight novels and approximately two hundred short stories, novellas, and vignettes. Her novels include such award-winning and critically acclaimed works as Threshold, Low Red Moon, Daughter of Hounds, and her most recent novel, The Red Tree, which has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award.Her short fiction has been collected in several volumes: Tales of Pain and Wonder; From Weird and Distant Shores; Wrong Things; To Charles Fort, With Love; Alabaster; and The Ammonite Violin & Others. Two volumes of her weird "erotica" have been released, Frog Toes and Tentacles and Tales from the Woeful Platypus. Additionally, since 2005 Kiernan's surreal, transformative erotica has been featured each month in her subscription-only ezine, Sirenia Digest (now on Issue No. 57). In 2011, Subterranean Press will be releasing Two World and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan, Volume One, a 220,000-word collection which will span the first fourteen years of her career.In addition to her prose, Kiernan scripted The Dreaming for DC/Vertigo, as well as the mini-series The Girl Who Would Be Death and Bast: Eternity Game. She appeared in Frank Woodward's 2009 documentary, Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, and has cited H.P. Lovecraft as one of her most important literary influences.Before turning to fiction writing in 1992, Kiernan worked as a vertebrate paleontologist at museums in both Colorado and Alabama. She published several scientific papers, including the description of a new genus and species of mosasaur (an extinct family of marine lizards), Selmasaurus russelli, and an exhaustive study of the mosasaurs of Alabama. Her last scientific paper was published in 2005, describing the first record of a velociraptorine ("raptor") dinosaur from the southeastern United States. She attended college at the University of Alabama and the University of Colorado. At the former, she briefly taught taxonomy and evolutionary biology.Kiernan has been honored with the International Horror Guild Award four times, as well as the Barnes and Noble Maiden Voyage Award for best first novel (Silk), the James Tiptree Jr. Award Honor List, and multiple nominations for the World Fantasy Award and Bram Stoker Award. Her most recent novel, The Red Tree, was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award. She was born in Dublin, grew up in the American South, and currently lives and writes in Providence, Rhode Island.
Caitlín R. Kiernan