More books by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan Tales of Pain and Wonder, Wrong Things, From Weird and Distant Shores, Five of Cups, To Charles Fort, With Love, Beowulf, The Red TreeWrong Things — (2001) With Poppy Z Brite. Publisher: This short collaborative collection contains an original novella by Caitlín R. Kiernan, an original novella by Poppy Z. Brite, and a brand-new collaborative story by Caitlín and Poppy set in Poppy’s fictional stomping grounds of Missing Mile, North Carolina. Wrong Things also features an exclusive afterword by Caitlín, 10 full-page interior illustrations by Richard Kirk.Caitlín R. Kiernan Tales of Pain and Wonder, Wrong Things, From Weird and Distant Shores, Five of Cups, To Charles Fort, With Love, Beowulf, The Red Tree


From Weird and Distant Shores — (2002) Publisher: From Weird and Distant Shores: This collection of thirteen short stories by the award-winning author of Silk and Tales of Pain and Wonder establishes Caitlín R. Kiernan as one of today’s most versatile fantasists. Spanning and transcending the fields of fantasy, dark fantasy, and science fiction, these stories include some of Kiernan’s early and hard-to-find work, and explore the limits of that ubiquitous bane of contemporary F&SF, the “theme” and “shared-world” anthology.


book review Caitlín R. Kiernan Five of Cups Five of Cups — (2003) Publisher: This is three-time IHG award-winning author Caitlín R. Kiernan’s long unpublished, “lost” first novel. The manuscript was completed early in 1993 (with some notes and fragments for the book dating back to Kiernan’s high school days). The Five of Cups was lauded by numerous established horror authors, landed Kiernan her first agent, was the subject of a 1996 Writer’s Digest interview, and was even sold, but never published. Why? As the author says, “It’s a long story.” The Five of Cups attempts to blend the two dominant subgenres of the contemporary vampire tale, crossing the historical Gothic with the gritty, urban realism of “splatterpunk.” Grounded in the squalor of street-life in Atlanta in the early 1990s, but with an epic scope that encompasses the Irish famine of 1847, a yellow-fever epidemic in 1853 New Orleans, and the Union assault on Atlanta in 1864, Kiernan describes the novel as an “overly-ambitious jumble of competing ideas and subplots, trying to unite vampirism, the grail myth, the tarot, T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, and the Arthuriad into a single, coherent storyline.” Though Kiernan has been privately offered as much as $500 for manuscript copies of the novel and major publishers continue to express interest in the work, she has refused to allow its release until now. The Five of Cups will be published solely as a limited edition, the author providing an extensive introduction relating to the genesis, history, and her present feelings about the book. The Five of Cups allows us a rare glimpse into the mind of one of dark fantasy’s most important and celebrated voices at a formative stage in her career. The Subterranean Press edition will be the only edition published and will include the following: The original introduction, written by Poppy Z. Brite in 1996. A lengthy new introduction by the author. A 1999 essay on The Five of Cups written by Kiernan for her newsletter, Facsimiles of original notes, outlines, correspondence, rejection slips, photos, and fragments from Kiernan’s files and notebooks. Black-and-white interior illustrations by Richard Kirk.


book review Caitlín R. Kiernan The Dry SalvagesThe Dry Salvages — (2004) Publisher: Award-winning author Caitlín R. Kiernan, best known for her contemporary settings, “gothnoir” tales of pain and wonder, and atmospheric stories of Lovecraftian terror, was first published as an author of dark science fiction. Now she returns to sf with a masterful thirty-thousand word novella, The Dry Salvages. Three centuries in the future, though much of Earth has been crippled by war, pollution, and catastrophic climatic change, man has at last traveled to the stars and even found evidence of at least one extraterrestrial civilization. In a bleak and frozen Paris, at the dawn of the 22nd Century, an old woman is forced to confront the consequences of her part in these discoveries and the ghosts that have haunted her for almost fifty years. The last surviving member of the crew of the starship Montelius, exopaleontologist Dr. Audrey Cather struggles to remember what she’s spent so long trying to forget — the nightmare she once faced almost ninety trillion miles from Earth.


Caitlín R. Kiernan Tales of Pain and Wonder, Wrong Things, From Weird and Distant Shores, Five of Cups, To Charles Fort, With Love, Beowulf, The Red TreeTo Charles Fort, with Love — (2005) Publisher: To Charles Fort, With Love is award-winning fantasist Caitlín R. Kiernan’s third collection of short fiction, a haunting parade of the terrible things which may lie beyond the boundaries of science, the minds which may exist beyond psychology, and the forbidden places which will never be located in any orthodox globe. To quote the object of Kiernan’s affection, meta-poet and arch-enemy of dogma Charles Hoy Fort, “The little harlots will caper, and freaks will distract attention, and the clowns will break the rhythm of the whole with their buffooneries — but the solidity of the procession as a whole: the impressiveness of things that pass and pass and pass, and keep on and keep on and keep on coming.” A deceptively even dozen, this collection includes Kiernan’s celebrated stories “Onion” and “Andromeda Among the Stones,” as well as a number of more obscure pieces. Though Kiernan was recently praised as “the new Lovecraft,” these stories stand as testimony that she will never be merely the “new” anyone, that hers is a unique and demanding voice entirely unlike any other.


book review Caitlín R. Kiernan Tales from the Woeful Platypus Tales from the Woeful Platypus — (2007) Publisher: In 2005, Caitlin R. Kiernan surprised her readers with, Frog Toes and Tentacles, a small-form hardcover of darkly weird erotica. Now Kiernan follows that sold-out volume with a second collection of her unique brand of erotica, Tales from the Woeful Platypus. Like its predecessor, this book will be illustrated by acclaimed artist Vince Locke (The Sandman, Batman, A History of Violence, Deadworld, etc.), and also like the first volume, it is unlikely ever to be reprinted.


book review Caitlín R. Kiernan Beowulf Neil Gaiman Beowulf — (2007) The novelisation of the movie. Publisher: Who will come to the aid of beleaguered King Hrothgar, whose warriors have become the prey of the vengeful outcast monster Grendel? A grand and glorious story that has endured for centuries, the ageless classic adventure takes on a breathtaking new life in a remarkable new version for a modern era. Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed, award-winning author Caitlín R. Kiernan, based on the screenplay by #1 New York Times bestseller Neil Gaiman and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Roger Avary, it is the tale of a noble liege and a terrible creature who has cursed his kingdom with death, blood, and destruction — and of the great hero, Beowulf, who is called to a land of monsters to triumph where so many have failed… or to die as so many of the brave before him.


Caitlín R. Kiernan Tales of Pain and Wonder, Wrong Things, From Weird and Distant Shores, Five of Cups, To Charles Fort, With Love, Beowulf, The Red TreeTales of Pain and Wonder — (1998) Publisher: This collection of twenty-two short stories by the author of Daughter of Hounds and Alabaster, originally published in 2000, firmly established Caitlín R. Kiernan as one of the preeminent voices in dark fantasy today. Through a cycle of interconnected narratives, Kiernan unflinchingly explores a surreal world where the fantastic and the mundane are never separated by more than the insubstantial thickness of a shadow. From the murderous backstreets of New Orleans to an abandoned shipyard of the Hudson River, from sun-weary Los Angeles to a maze of dank and forgotten tunnels beneath Manhattan, these stories present a landscape at once alien and undeniably familiar. Including such acclaimed tales as “Estate” (selected for The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror), “Postcards from the King of Tides” (selected for The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror), “In the Water Works” (the basis of Kiernan’s award-winning second novel, Threshold), and “Tears Seven Times Salt” (to be reprinted in The Century’s Best Horror), Tales of Pain and Wonder is destined to stand as a modern classic of weird and supernatural fiction. This edition includes a new, previously unpublished story, as well as an introduction by Douglas E. Winter and an afterword by Peter Straub.


Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume One) Caitlín R. Kiernan A is for AlienA is for Alien — (2009) Publisher: A is for Alien is award-winning author Caitlín R. Kiernan’s first collection devoted entirely to her science-fiction work. It includes the critically acclaimed novelette Riding the White Bull (chosen for The Year s Best Science Fiction, 22nd Annual Collection), along with seven other tales of a less-than-utopian future. Ranging from the wastelands and mountains of Mars to the streets of a late 21st-Century Manhattan, from the moons of Europa and Saturn to an iceless Antarctica, these tales bring Kiernan s trademark brand of the eco-gothic to bear on what it means to be human and the paths and decisions that may face mankind only a little farther along.Caitlín R. Kiernan The Drowning Girl


The Drowning Girl — (2012) Publisher: India Morgan Phelps — Imp to her friends — is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth-or from something far, far stranger…


fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsThe Ape’s Wife and Other Stories — (2013) Publisher: Caitlin R. Kiernan has been described as one of ‘the most original and audacious weird writers of her generation’ (Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, The Weird), ‘one of our essential writers of dark fiction’ (New York Times), and S. T. Joshi has proclaimed, ‘hers is now the voice of weird fiction.’ In The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories — Kiernan’s twelfth collection of short fiction since 2001–she displays the impressive range that characterizes her work. With her usual disregard for genre boundaries, she masterfully navigates the territories that have traditionally been labeled dark fantasy, sword and sorcery, science fiction, steampunk, and neo-noir. From the subtle horror of ‘One Tree Hill (The World as Cataclysm)’ and ‘Tall Bodies’ to a demon-haunted, alternate reality Manhattan, from Mars to a near-future Philadelphia, and from ghoulish urban legends of New England to a feminist-queer retelling of Beowulf, these thirteen stories keep reader always on their toes, ever uncertain of the next twist or turn.


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