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Caitlín R. Kiernan

Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (Volume One)

The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan: Book 1

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlin R. Kiernan's short fiction was first published in 1995. Over the intervening decade and a half, she has proven not only one of dark fantasy and science fiction's most prolific and versatile authors, but, to quote Ramsey Campbell, "One of the most accomplished writers in the field, and very possibly the most lyrical." S. T. Joshi has written, "Kiernan's witchery of words creates a mesmerizing effect that we haven't seen since the days of Lovecraft and Bradbury."

Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitl'n R. Kiernan (Volume One) presents a stunning retrospective of the first ten years of her work, a compilation of more than two hundred thousand words of short fiction, including many of her most acclaimed stories, as well as some of the author's personal favorites, several previously uncollected, hard-to-find pieces, and her sf novella, The Dry Salvages, and a rare collaboration with Poppy Z. Brite. Destined to become the definitive look at the early development of Kiernan's work, Two Worlds and In Between is a must for fans and collectors alike, as well as an unprecedented introduction to an author who, over the course of her career, has earned the praise of such luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, Charles De Lint, and Clive Barker.


  • Emptiness Spoke Eloquent - (1997)
  • Two Worlds, and in Between - (1997)
  • To This Water (Johnstown, Pennsylvania 1889) - (1996)
  • Tears Seven Times Salt - (1996)
  • Breakfast in the House of the Rising Sun (Murder Ballad No. 1) - (1997)
  • Estate - (1997)
  • Rats Live on No Evil Star - (1999)
  • Salmagundi (New York City, 1981) - (1998)
  • Postcards from the King of Tides - (1998)
  • Giants in the Earth - (1996)
  • Zelda Fitzgerald in Ballet Attire - poem (2000)
  • Spindleshanks (New Orleans, 1956) - (2000)
  • The Road of Pins - (2002)
  • Onion - (2001)
  • In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers - (2002)
  • Night Story 1973 - (2002) - by Poppy Z. Brite and Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6 - (2005)
  • Andromeda Among the Stones - (2002)
  • La Peau Verte - (2005)
  • Riding the White Bull - (2004)
  • Waycross - (2003)
  • The Dead and the Moonstruck - (2004)
  • The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles - (2007)
  • The Dry Salvages - (2004)
  • The Worm in My Mind's Eye - (2005)
  • Houses Under the Sea - (2006)

Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (Volume Two)

The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan: Book 2

Caitlín R. Kiernan

In his Locus review of "Two Worlds and In Between"--the first volume of The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan--Gary K. Wolfe wrote, " makes you wish the second volume were here now." Well, the long wait is almost over. "Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume Two)" completes this ambitious undertaking, collecting the finest of Kiernan's stories from 2004 to 2012, selected by the author herself. The book includes twenty-five short stories and one poem, plus the short novel "Black Helicopters"--over two hundred thousand words of fiction, including the World Fantasy Award-winning "The Prayer of Ninety Cats."

In his introduction, S. T. Joshi writes, "Caitlín R. Kiernan does not care to be called a 'horror writer,' and with good reason: that term is far too crude and blunt to convey even a fraction of all the diverse elements that make her work unique. Perhaps she wishes to be a writer of what Lovecraft called 'weird fiction'; or maybe she prefers Aickman's coinage 'strange stories.' These terms seem sufficiently broad and ambiguous to encompass the multiplicity of tones, moods, manners, and motifs that make up Kiernan's short fiction, and in this volume you will find the full range of her work amply displayed. Her output to date has already placed her at the head of her field; she has nothing more to prove. Any subsequent work can only augment her achievement."

The collection includes the first complete bibliography of Kiernan's writing (1985-2015).


  • Bradbury Weather - (2005)
  • Pony - (2007)
  • Untitled 17 - (2007)
  • A Child's Guide to the Hollow Hills - (2006)
  • The Cryomancer's Daughter (Murder Ballad No. 3) - (2006)
  • The Ammonite Violin (Murder Ballad No. 4) - (2006)
  • A Season of Broken Dolls - (2007)
  • In View of Nothing - (2007)
  • The Ape's Wife - (2007)
  • The Steam Dancer (1896) - (2008)
  • In the Dreamtime of Lady Resurrection - (2007)
  • Pickman's Other Model (1929) - (2008)
  • Galápagos - (2009)
  • The Melusine (1898) - (2011)
  • As Red as Red - (2010)
  • Fish Bride (1970)
  • The Mermaid of the Concrete Ocean - (2015)
  • The Sea Troll's Daughter - (2010)
  • Hydrarguros (2011)
  • Houndwife - (2012)
  • The Maltese Unicorn - (2011)
  • Tidal Forces - (2011)
  • And the Cloud That Took the Form - (2010)
  • The Prayer of Ninety Cats - (2013)
  • Daughter Dear Desmodus - (2011)
  • Goggles (c.1910) - (2012)
  • One Tree Hill (The World as Cataclysm) - (2013)
  • Black Helicopters - (2013)
  • Atlantis - (2012) - poem

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