Kelly Link - Author

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Kelly Link lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she and her husband, Gavin J. Grant, run Small Beer Press and publish the zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. She once won a free trip around the world by answering the question, 'Why do you want to go around the world?' ('Because you can't go through it.')

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Behind the Mask An Anthology of Heroic Proportions

Behind the Mask An Anthology of Heroic Proportions

Author: Kelly Link, Cat Rambo, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/05/2017

Behind the Maskis a multi-author collection with stories by award-winning authors Kelly Link, Cat Rambo, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire, Lavie Tidhar, Sarah Pinsker, Keith Rosson, Kate Marshall, Chris Large and others. It is partially a prose nod to the comic world - the bombast, the larger-than-life, the save-the-worlds and the calls-to-adventure. But it's also a spotlight on the more intimate side of the genre. The hopes and dreams of our cape-clad heroes. The regrets and longings of our cowled villains. That poignant, solitary view of the world that can only be experienced from behind the mask. The authors in this collection, both established and new, are all dexterous and wonderfully imaginative, each deserving of their own form-fitting uniforms and capes. Some of the stories pulse with social commentary, like Cat Rambo's whimsical and deft Ms. Liberty Gets a Haircut and Keith Rosson's haunting Torch Songs. Others twist the genre into strange and new territories, like Stuart Suffel's atmospheric Birthright, Kate Marhsall's moving Destroy the City with Me Tonight, and Adam Shannon's reality-bending Over an Embattled City. Some punch with heart and humor, like Matt Mikalatos's satisfying The Beard of Truth and Chris Large's adventurous Salt City Blue, while others punch with bite and grit, such as Michael Milne's evocative Inheritance, Aimee Ogden's poignant As I Fall Asleep, and Jennifer Pullen's heartfelt Meeting Someone in the 22nd Century. Some of the stories feature characters who might not be superheroes in the traditional sense, yet are heroic nonetheless, such as Sarah Pinsker's imaginative The Smoke Means It's Working and Stephanie Lai's majestic The Fall of the Jade Sword. Some shine a unique, captivating spotlight on supervillains, like Keith Frady's dramatic Fool and Carrie Vaughn's romantic Origin Story. Some are somber, ponderous works, where our heroes consider their impact on the world, like Lavie Tidhar's regret-tinged Heroes and Nathan Crowder's resonant Madjack. Others tread more light-hearted waters, with heroes adjusting to the sometimes-comical, sometimes-stressful life in the public eye, like Seanan McGuire's entertaining Pedestal and Patrick Flanagan's lively Quintessential Justice. And then there are the softer, quieter moments between heroes, as they navigate their extraordinary lives in their own unique ways, such as Ziggy Schutz's tender Eggshells and, of course, Kelly Link's captivating Origin Story. Publisher's Weekly - Reeks and Richardson have pulled together a treasure trove of 20 stories . . . exploring the lives of superheroes when they're not saving the world. . . . There is nary a miss in this diverse and thoughtful collection, which will have readers considering what it means to be human. Kirkus Reviews- (starred review) A momentous, readable collection, its sole downside being that there areonly20 superhero stories.

Get in Trouble Stories

Get in Trouble Stories

Author: Kelly Link Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Fantastic, fantastical and utterly incomparable, Get in Trouble rummages in the cupboards of our psyches and pulls out fierce truths about everything from the essence of ghosts to the nature of love. And hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the pyramids . . . Strange, dark and wry, the stories in Get in Trouble reveal Kelly Link at the height of her creative powers and stretch the boundaries of the human imagination.

Summer People

Summer People

Author: Kelly Link Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2015

Kelly Link's new collection of stories explores everything from the essence of ghosts to the nature of love. And hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the pyramids. . . The Summer People is a bite-sized sample of Link's incomparable writing, telling the story of Fran, her friend Ophelia, and their adventures at the house belonging to the mysterious and rarely glimpsed 'summer people'. As the tales Fran tells about the house and its inhabitants become ever stranger and more magical, it gets harder and harder to tell what is real and what exists only in her imagination, and the lines between truth and fantasy become deliciously blurred.

Get In Trouble

Get In Trouble

Author: Kelly Link Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as ';the most darkly playful voice in American fiction' and by Neil Gaiman as ';a national treasure.' Now Kelly Link's eagerly awaited new collectionher first for adult readers in a decadeproves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have.Link has won an ardent following for her ability, with each new short story, to take readers deeply into an unforgettable, brilliantly constructed fictional universe. The nine exquisite examples in this collection show her in full command of her formidable powers. In ';The Summer People,' a young girl in rural North Carolina serves as uneasy caretaker to the mysterious, never-quite-glimpsed visitors who inhabit the cottage behind her house. In ';I Can See Right Through You,' a middle-aged movie star makes a disturbing trip to the Florida swamp where his former on- and off-screen love interest is shooting a ghost-hunting reality show. In ';The New Boyfriend,' a suburban slumber party takes an unusual turn, and a teenage friendship is tested, when the spoiled birthday girl opens her big present: a life-size animated doll.Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids . . . These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailtyand the hidden strengthsof human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do.Read by a Full Cast:';The Summer People' read by Grace Blewer';I Can See Right Through You' read by Kirby Heyborne';Secret Identity' read by Tara Sands';Valley of the Girls' read by Robbie Daymond';Origin Story' read by Rebecca Lowman';The Lesson' read by Cassandra Campbell';The New Boyfriend' read by Ish Klein';Two Houses' read by Susan Duerden';Light' read by Kirsten PotterAdvance praise for Get in Trouble';Kelly Link is the author whose books I would take to the proverbial desert island. Link's work is always darkly funny, sexy, frightening, and truly weirdshe can dismantle and remake the world in a paragraph. Get in Trouble offers further proof that she belongs on every reader's bookshelf.'Karen Russell';Get in Trouble contains some of Link's best writing yet. These are not so much small fictions as windows onto entire worlds. This is a brilliant, giddying read.'Sarah Waters';Kelly Link is one of my all-time favorite writers. You know who else would love her? Kafka and Lewis Carroll. Like them, she knows the things the rest of us don't. But she also knows how to make well-known heartbreaks glow with strange new lights.'Arthur Phillips';Kelly Link's prose is conveyed in details so startling and fine that you work up a sweat just waiting for the next sentence to land. This is why we read, crave, need, can't live without short stories.'Tea Obreht';Kelly Link is inimitable. Her stories are like nothing else, dark yet sparkling with her unique brand of fairy dust. This is the most marvelous kind of trouble to get in.'Erin Morgenstern';Every one of the stories in this collection is like a one-of-a-kind jack-in-the-box. How does Kelly Link understand our pains and longings and memories and even our futures so well?'Yiyun Li';Close your mouth and get out of the way, because here comes Kelly Link, than whom no one is better.'Peter Straub';The stories in Get In Trouble confirm once again that Kelly Link is a modern virtuoso of the formplayful and subversive required reading for anyone who loves short fiction.'Jeff VanderMeer

Magic for Beginners

Magic for Beginners

Author: Kelly Link Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014

Perfect for readers of George Saunders, Karen Russell, Neil Gaiman, and Aimee Bender, Magic for Beginners is an exquisite, dreamlike dispatch from a virtuoso storyteller who can do seemingly anything. Kelly Link reconstructs modern life through an intoxicating prism, conjuring up unforgettable worlds with humor and humanity. These stories are at once ingenious and deeply moving. They leave the reader astonished and exhilarated.Includes an exclusive conversation between Kelly Link and Joe HillRead by Mark Bramhall, Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell, Robbie Daymond, Kirby Heyborne, Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey, Lorna Raver and Meera SimhanPraise for Magic for Beginners';A sorceress to be reckoned with.'The New York Times Book Review';[Kelly] Link's stories . . . play in a place few writers go, a netherworld between literature and fantasy, Alice Munro and J. K. Rowling, and Link finds truths there that most authors wouldn't dare touch.'Lev Grossman, Time';She is unique and should be declared a national treasure.'Neil Gaiman ';Funny, scary, surprising and powerfully moving within the span of a single story or even a single sentence.'Karen Russell, The Miami Herald';This is what certain readers live for: fiction that makes the world instead of merely mimicking it.'Audrey Niffenegger';[These] exquisite stories mix the aggravations and epiphanies of everyday life with the stuff that legends, dreams and nightmares are made of.'Laura Miller,Salon, Best Books of the Decade';A major talent . . . Like George Saunders, [Link] can't dismiss the hidden things that tap on our windows at night.'The Boston Globe ';The most darkly playful voice in American fiction.'Michael Chabon';I think she is the most impressive writer of her generation.'Peter Straub';Link's world is one to savor. [Grade:] A'Entertainment Weekly ';Intricate, wildly imaginative and totally wonderful . . . will fill you with awe and joy.'NPR

Bloody Fabulous

Bloody Fabulous

Author: Kelly Link, Holly Black, Sandra McDonald, Genevieve Valentine Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2012

Lace. Leather. Open collars over exquisite collarbones. A single red drop on paper-white cuffs. From the brocade extravagance of the Unseelie courts to the ubiquitous leather of supernatural detectives to the old-fashioned good taste of wealthy vampires - we are as familiar with fantasy protagonists' attire as we are with their paranormal deed. Tales of tormented designers and well-dressed vampires strut into spotlight in this anthology of fantasy tales focusing on the world of fashion and its intersection with the uncanny.

Magic for Beginners

Magic for Beginners

Author: Kelly Link Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2007

In this dazzling collection, prize-winning short story writer Kelly Link takes the ordinary and makes it strange - and the strange and makes it ordinary. Engaging, funny, eerie and magical, these nine stories prove Link to be an original and important talent. Of all the books you read this year, this will be the one that you remember. Taking themes from horror and fantasy, these stories transform them into the stuff of delicate lyrical fantasy, with a distinctive and effervescent blend of humour and pathos. In 'Stone Animals', a middle-class family moves from Manhattan to a beautiful house in the suburbs. Almost immediately, their belongings become haunted, and they are increasingly unnerved by the growing hordes of rabbits that camp out nightly on the front lawn. The title story follows a group of adolescent schoolfriends whose experiences subtly parallel events in a surreal TV fantasy series which switches channels and times at whim. In 'The Hortlak', an all-night convenience store serves zombies as an experiment in retail; while 'The Faery Handbag' features a village which takes refuge from time to time in a magical handbag. Bold, tender, mischievous and unsettling, Link's stories have the insistent quality of dreams and show a writer at the height of her powers.

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