Kelly Link was born in Miami, Florida. She writes slipstream or magical realism, a combination of fantasy, horror, science fiction and mystery. Her short stories have won three Nebulas, a Hugo, and a World Fantasy Award. Link lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she and her husband, Gavin J. Grant, co-edit the fantasy half of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror with Ellen Datlow, and run Small Beer Press. In 1996 they started the literary fantasy journal/zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Link has taught creative writing workshops (with a focus on short story writing) at many colleges in the New England area, including Smith College and University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Themes: Pirates, Zombies, Family, Divorce, Disappointment, Love, Friendship, Wizards, Loneliness, Gender, Politics, Hauntings, Ghosts, Magic
Short Story Collections
- 4 Stories: Chapbook
- Stranger Things Happen
- Catskin: A Swaddled Zine
- Magic For Beginners
- Pretty Monsters: Stories
Read the stories “The Faery Handbag” and “The Hortlak” (from both Magic and Pretty Monsters) on Link’s website. You can also download the majority of stories from Magic For Beginners free under a Creative Commons license.