Pretty Monsters

Kelly’s first collection of stories for readers of all ages:


And: A phone booth in Las Vegas ~ Aliens ~ Unhelpful wizards ~ Possibly carnivorous sofas ~ A handbag with a village inside it ~ Tennessee Fainting Goats ~ Dueling librarians ~ A statue of George Washington ~ A boy named Onion ~ Pirates ~ An undead babysitter ~ A nationally-ranked soccer player ~ Shapeshifters ~ An unexpected campfire guest. . . .

And: drawings by SHAUN TAN.

Paperback Publication Blog Tour:

The Cozy Reader — on writing and not writing
Forever Young
— a continuation of the above
Parajunkee’s View
— paranormal monsters
Reviews by Brooke
— reading lists
Anna’s Book Blog
— reading as a writer
Books By Their Cover
— short review + interview
Fantasy &  SciFi Lovin’ News & Reviews
— story idea generation
Monster Librarian
— interview
Fantasy Book Critic
— Kelly interviews N.K. Jemisin
Word for Teens
— on Diana Wynne Jones
The Compulsive Reader — go make a zine!
Book Chick City — on deciding to self publish


— the USA in paperback.
— the UK from Canongate as a beautiful black-edged hardcover and paperback—and with another excellent cover from Walker.
— Australia in two beautiful volumes from Text: The Wrong Grave (longlisted for the Inky Award) and Pretty Monsters.
— Brazil from Grupo Leya (as O estranho mundo de Zofia e outras histórias)
Italy from Newton & Compton (click through for a spooky trailer!)

and will soon be available in
— Japan from Hayakawa
— Spain from Seix Barrel

and is also available from Recorded Books
—Selected by Booklist as an Editors’ Choice best of the year pick
Audiofile review

A World Fantasy Award nominee.

Listen to Kelly introduce the book on Penguin’s Pretty Monsters page.

“Pretty Monsters” received a 2009 Locus Award.

“Perfect bedtime stories for people who never want to have boring dreams.”


Table of Contents

The Wrong Grave
The Faery Handbag
The Wizards of Perfil
The Constable of Abal
The Specialist’s Hat
The Surfer
Magic for Beginners
Pretty Monsters
The Cinderella Game (added to the paperback edition)


. . . a sorceress to be reckoned with.
The New York Times Book Review

. . . a flat-out genius.
—Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles

. . . almost certainly not human. I believe she is a story-telling elemental who has unearthly powers that she uses to create wondrous and deeply fascinating tales.
—Garth Nix, author of the Abhoresen Trilogy

. . . [a worldsaver.] A new collection by Kelly Link—and once more, for a little while, the world is worth saving.
—Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventure of Kavelier and Clay

. . . juicy and deliciously weird. Enjoy the ride.
—Libba Bray, author of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy

. . . the literary descendant of Jorge Luis Borges and Franz Kafka.
—Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

. . . intoxicating. These stories will come alive, put on zoot suits, and wrestle you to the ground. They want you and you will be theirs.
—Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

. . . an alchemical mixture of Borges, Raymond Chandler, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
—Laura Miller, Salon

. . . 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.

. . . dazzling.
Entertainment Weekly

Hardcover Table of Contents

The Wrong Grave
The Faery Handbag
The Wizards of Perfil
The Constable of Abal
The Specialist’s Hat
The Surfer
Magic for Beginners
Pretty Monsters

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