2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Fiction "A collection of short stories in which a writer with a fertile and often fabulist imagination explores inner lies and odd corners of reality." NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Book Riot • Buzzfeed • Kirkus Reviews • NPR • Slate • Time Magazine • Toronto Star • io9 • Flavorwire • San Francisco Chronicle • Electric Lit • Washington Post "In stories as haunting as anything the Grimm brothers could have come up with, Link gooses the mundane with meaning and enchantment borrowed from myth, urban legend and genre fiction. Here are superheroes who, like minor characters from reality shows, attend conferences at the same hotels as dentists and hold auditions for sidekicks. Here, a Ouija board can tell you as much about your future as your guidance counselor. In “Two Houses,” six astronauts wake from suspended animation to while away the time telling ghost stories, although they may be ghosts themselves. . . . In a Link story, someone is always trying to escape and someone is always vanishing without a trace. Lovers are forever being stolen away like changelings, and when someone tells you he’ll never leave you, you should be very afraid. Exquisite, cruelly wise and the opposite of reassuring, these stories linger like dreams and will leave readers looking over their shoulders for their own ghosts." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Kelly contributed to the 20th anniversary anthology of Diagram:
a tarot deck: an exquisite literary object and a usable tarot deck usable for divination. As with our 10th anniversary poker deck, our contributors randomly selected cards and created new works in the spirit of the cards they drew. Unlike most of our anthologies, this features all new work and celebrates 20 damn years of publishing DIAGRAM, one of the oldest (and best we daresay) literary journals around.
The 20th anniversary deck features 78 tarot-sized (2.75″ x 4.75″) cards in the four suits (wands, swords, cups, pentacles) and the major arcana in a custom box.
In the latest episode of his eponymous podcast, this week LeVar Burton reads Kelly’s story “The Specialist’s Hat.” If you’re ready, take a deep breath . . .
“Any collection of Kelly Link’s stories will do. They shimmer in the borderlands of myth, genre, and literature. A convenience store caters to the mild-mannered zombies who emerge from a nearby gorge and clumsily attempt to shop. A group of teenagers bond over an elusive TV series. A suburban family becomes slowly and methodically alienated from every possession they own. Link’s stories can make you shudder, then laugh, then feel like a god has just walked past your window.” —Laura Miller
Kelly’s latest story, “The White Cat’s Divorce,” will be published in the catalog for an exhibit, “Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World,” opening later this month at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC.
After its Greensboro debut, Dread & Delight will travel to the Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College in Iowa and the Akron Art Museum in Ohio.
Opening Reception • Aug 25 @ 5pm
Noon @ the ‘Spoon Public Tour • Sep 11 @ 12pm
Why Fairy Tales? Curator Talk: Emily Stamey • Sep 13 @ 7pm
Playing with Tales: Writing Workshop • Sept 15 + 29 @ 2-4:30pm
Evening Tour + Fairy Tales for Adults Book Discussion • Oct 18 @ 6pm
Image & Text – In Conversation: Natalie Frank & Jack Zipes • Oct 25 @ 7pm
Fairy Tale Read-A-Thon • Nov 2 @ 12-9pm
Happily Ever After Closing Tour • Dec 9 @ 3:30pm
The story is part of Clare’s epic bestselling Shadowhunter series and is set in “the Shadow Market” which is a meeting point for faeries, werewolves, warlocks and vampires.”
Here are links to Kobo for the Shadow Market serial so far — the ebooks and audiobooks are available at all the usual ebooksites online:
“Son of the Dawn” by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
“Cast Long Shadows” by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
“Every Exquisite Thing” by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson (June 12, 2018)
There will be a total of ten stories, including another story co-written by Kelly Link and Cassandra Clare, which will be published when all ten stories are collected in a hardcover collection in 2019.
LitHub posted a list of 20 Great Writers on Their Favorite Story Collections which included this:
A one-size-fits-all story collection does not exist, of course—sometimes a writer needs some Borges and sometimes she needs some Lydia Davis. The writer who’s never heard of Barry Hannah probably requires a dose of Airships, and the writer who has never read Steven Millhauser needs to fall into “In the Reign of Harad IV” ASAP.
But if there’s one collection I find myself recommending more than others lately, it’s Kelly Link’s Magic For Beginners. Lots of student writers read Harry Potter or Percy Jackson as kids; maybe in their teens they moved on to Stephen King or Bradbury or Gaiman or (one hopes) LeGuin. I’m learning that these writers, when they’re being asked to read Edith Wharton or John Updike or Melville, are dazzled by Link’s ability to plant multiple limbs in multiple genres. She fuses childhood terrors with adult estrangement; her stories are gorgeous, delicate, spooky, human, and deeply layered.
–Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See