Caitlín R. Kiernan is the author of eight dark-fantasy novels, beginning with Silk (Roc/NAL, 1998), and followed by Threshold (Roc/NAL, 2001), Low Red Moon (Roc/NAL, 2003), The Five of Cups (Subterranean Press, 2003), Murder of Angels (Roc/NAL, 2004), Daughter of Hounds (Roc/NAL 2007), and The Red Tree (Roc/NAL, 2009). Most of her novels are now available as audiobooks from She has begun work on her ninth novel, The Wolf Who Cried Girl, as well as an as-yet untitled play. Her short fiction, which has been selected for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, The Years Best Science Fiction, and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, has been collected in Tales of Pain and Wonder (Gauntlet Publications, 2000), Wrong Things (with Poppy Z. Brite; Subterranean Press, 2001), From Weird and Distant Short (Subterranean Press, 2002), To Charles Fort, With Love (Subterranean Press, 2005), Alabaster (Subterranean Press, 2006), A is for Alien (Subterranean Press, 2009), and, most recently, The Ammonite Violin & Others (Subterranean Press, 2010). Two of her novellas have appeared as short hardbacks: In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers and The Dry Salvages (both from Subterranean Press, 2002 and 2004, respectively). Her transformative "weird erotica" has been collected in two volumes, Frog Toes and Tentacles (2005) and Tales from the Woeful Platypus (Subterranean Press, 2007), with a third volume — Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart — planned for 2011 (Subterranean Press); her erotica also appears in the monthly subscription-only PDF-zine Sirenia Digest (November 2004- ), which published its 55th issue in June 2010. Caitlín's chapbooks include Candles for Elizabeth (Meisha-Merlin 1998). "A Study for 'Estate'" (Gauntlet Publications, 2000), "On the Road to Jefferson" (Subterranean Press, 2002); "Waycross" (Subterranean Press , 2003), Embrace the Mutation (with J.K. Potter; Subterranean Press 2003), Trilobite: The Writing of Threshold (Subterranean Press, 2003), "Alabaster" (Camelot Books, 2003), "Mercury" (Subterranean Press, 2004), "The Worm in the Mind's Eye" (Subterranean Press, 2004), The Merewife: A Prologue (Subterranean Press, 2005), False/Starts: Being a Compendium of Beginnings (Subterranean Press, 2005), The Little Damned Book of Days (Subterranean Press, 2005), "Highway 97" (Subterranean Press, 2006); Tails of Tales of Pain and Wonder (Subterranean Press, 2008), B is for Beginnings (Subterranean Press, 2009), and "Sanderlings" (Subterranean Press, 2010). She wrote the novelization for Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf (HarperCollins, 2008), and scripted thirty-eight issues of the DC/Vertigo comic The Dreaming (October 1997-May 2001), along with two mini-series: The Girl Who Would Be Death (1998-1999) and Bast: Eternity Game (2003).

Caitlín's work has been translated into many languages, including German, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, Polish, Russian, Italian, Finnish, Korean, and Japanese. She's a four-time recipient of the International Horror Guild Award, four-time Stoker Award finalist, and two-time World Fantasy Award finalist. In 2010, her short story "Galápagos" was honored by the James Tiptree, Jr. Award Council, and The Red Tree has been nominated for the 2010 Shirley Jackson Award. It was also named one of the best fantasy and sf books of 2009 by a list of editors. Caitlín recently appeared in Frank Woodward's award-winning documentary, Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008). Born near Dublin, Ireland, she now lives in Providence, RI. Trained as a vertebrate paleontologist, her research has been published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Journal of Paleontology, and Journal of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. In 1988, described a new genus of mosasaur, Selmasaurus, and she was the first to discover evidence of velociraptorine dinosaurs ("raptors") from the US Gulf Coast. Her first fiction publication, the sf tale "Persephone," appeared in the March 1995 issue of the now-defunct Aberrations (#27). She is not a "horror" writer.