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Gwendolyn Kiste

Gwendolyn Kiste is a speculative fiction writer based in Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in Nightmare, Shimmer, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, and LampLight among others. Her debut collection, AND HER SMILE WILL UNTETHER THE UNIVERSE, was released through JournalStone in April 2017. She currently resides on an abandoned horse farm with her husband, two cats, and not nearly enough ghosts.

Awards: Stoker (2019), Stoker (2018)  see all

Genres: Horror
New and upcoming books
   The Rust Maidens (2018)
   Boneset & Feathers (2020)
   Reluctant Immortals (2022)
   The Haunting of Velkwood (2024)
Novellas and Short Stories
Gwendolyn Kiste recommends
Bless Your Heart (2024)
(Bless Your Heart, book 1)
Lindy Ryan
"Lindy Ryan is among the most electrifying voices in the horror genre today. Her writing is devastating, beautiful, and horrifying in all the best ways. With her new novel, she's created a group of characters you won't ever forget set in a world that's sure to get under your skin. Bless Your Heart is everything you could want in a horror novel and more. Highly recommended."
The Briar Book of the Dead (2024)
A G Slatter
"Angela Slatter hits it out of the park again. With gorgeous prose and a heart-breaking story about family, magic, and the weight of the past, this is a darkly fantastic masterpiece that shouldn't be missed."
The Daughters of Block Island (2023)
Christa Carmen
"Christa Carmen has long been one of my favorite horror authors, and The Daughters of Block Island is further proof that she's among the most important voices in the genre today. A clever inversion and exploration of gothic tropes, this is a debut novel unlike any other. A true macabre masterpiece, this book is a must-read."

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Books containing stories by Gwendolyn Kiste
Mother Knows Best (2024)
Tales of Homemade Horror
edited by
Lindy Ryan
Euroschlock Nightmares (2024)
Lurid Tales of Cinematic Continental Horror
edited by
Jonathan Raab
Bloodlines (2024)
Horror's Past, Present, and Future
edited by
Kevin Lucia

More books 

2019 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction : The Eight People Who Murdered Me (Excerpt from Lucy Westenra's Diary)
2018 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel : The Rust Maidens

Award nominations
2023 Dragon Award for Best Horror Novel (nominee) : Reluctant Immortals
2022 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel (nominee) : Reluctant Immortals
2020 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction (nominee) : The Invention of Ghosts

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