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Kelly Link

USA flag (b.1969)

Kelly Link's story "Travels with the Snow Queen" won the James Tiptree Jr. Award in 1997. Her story "The Specialist's Hat" won the World Fantasy Award in 1999. She received her BA from Columbia University and her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She once won a free trip around the world. She co-edits the zine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. She currently lives in Brooklyn. Stranger Things Happen is her first collection of stories.

Genres: Horror, Young Adult Fantasy
Anthology series
Anthologies edited
Anthologies containing stories by Kelly Link
Short stories
Travels with the Snow Queen (1997)World Fantasy (nominee)
The Specialist's Hat (1998)World Fantasy
The Girl Detective (1999)
Swans (2000)

World Fantasy Best Short Story winner (1999) : The Specialist's Hat
World Fantasy Best Short Story nominee (1999) : Travels with the Snow Queen
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (2002) : Stranger Things Happen
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (2006) : Magic for Beginners
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2016) : Get in Trouble

Kelly Link recommends
The Truth about Celia (2003)
Kevin Brockmeier
"Imagine I'm standing beside you in the bookstore. I'm putting this book in your hands. I loved The Truth About Celia: you should buy this book, take it home, and read it at once."
Mortal Love (2004)
Elizabeth Hand
"You don't so much read this novel as drink it down, like absinthe."
The Keeper (2006)
Sarah Langan
"THE KEEPER kept me up, late into the night...I'm hoping for a whole shelf of novels by Langan."
The Serial Garden (2008)
(Armitage Family)
Joan Aiken
"The best kind of writer, strange and spooky and surprising, never sentimental or whimsical."
The Lonely Hearts Hotel (2017)
Heather O'Neill
"A fairytale laced with gunpowder."
Things We Lost in the Fire (2017)
Mariana Enríquez
"These stories unsettle; they disturb; they disquiet. Read them!"
Broken River (2017)
J Robert Lennon
"J Robert Lennon is a master of the are dark arts."
Tropic of Kansas (2017)
Christopher Brown
"The great American novel about the end of America. This book is marvelously propulsive, big hearted, and whip smart."
The Grave Keepers (2017)
Elizabeth Byrne
"A lyrical and gorgeously uncanny coming-of-age story of incantatory power."
Red Clocks (2018)
Leni Zumas
"Strange and lovely and luminous. I loved RED CLOCKS with my whole heart."
Bash Bash Revolution (2018)
Douglas Lain
"Lain's writing is unsettling, ferociously smart, and extremely addictive."
The Merry Spinster (2018)
Mallory Ortberg
"A collection of stories delectable, formidable, and nimble. As a fantasist and short story writer, Mallory Ortberg is without peer."
Confessions of the Fox (2018)
Jordy Rosenberg
"With adventure, wit, and a ferocious heart, Confessions of the Fox is an astonishing, bawdy, dazzling triumph of a book."
Half-witch (2018)
John Schoffstall
"A picaresque fantasy debut in the mode of L. Frank Baum, in which witches and magic and God and goblins populate a world that is possibly just next door to our own. Lizbet and the witch girl Strix are delightful company in which to set out on the road."
The Mere Wife (2018)
Maria Dahvana Headley
"Maria Dahvana Headley translates the excesses of contemporary life into the gloriously mythic. This is not just an old story in new clothes: this is a consciousness-altering mind trip of a book."
The New Me (2019)
Halle Butler
"THE NEW ME renders contemporary American life in such vivid, stinging color, that certain sentences are liable to give the reader a paper cut. But you'll want to keep on reading anyway. Halle Butler is terrific, and I loved this book."
The Silk Road (2019)
Kathryn Davis
"[Davis] is the kind of writer who makes me want to corner strangers on buses, so I can read whole paragraphs at them."
The City We Became (2019)
N K Jemisin
"Jemisin is an absolute master."

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