Anne Bishop is an American fantasy writer. Her most noted work is The Black Jewels Trilogy. She lives in upstate New York. She won the Crawford Award in 2000 for the first three novels in her The Black Jewels series: Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, and Queen of the Darkness.
Born in 1950, Anne Bishop started her writing career by publishing short stories. She is best known for her award-winning novels, The Black Jewels Trilogy, "Daughter of the Blood," "Heir to the Shadows," and "Queen of the Darkness." Bishop has also created The Tir Alainn Trilogy, and The Landscapes of Ephemera Series. She is currently residing in upstate New York working on The Others, her newest series of which the first book, "Written in Red," is available in the USA & Canada. Many of her novels are also available internationally.
The first volume of the original trilogy, and first novel of the Black Jewels universe, "Daughter of the Blood," was published in March 1998 with the subsequent volumes, "Heir to the Shadows" and "Queen of the Darkness," each being published in April 1999 & January 2000, respectively. An Omnibus for the whole trilogy was then released in 2003. Also in 2000, Bishop released her first stand alone novel for the Black Jewels universe, "The Invisible Ring." Taking place prior to the trilogy itself, readers were able to pick up the novel either before or after reading the trilogy, though Bishop recommends reading it after. In 2005, Bishop then released the book of four short stories known as "Dreams Made Flesh." Once again, this collection of short stories allowed a reader to taste the rich universe Bishop had created without needing to have read the core trilogy. Although, reading the trilogy added to the depth of the individual short stories and vice-versa. 2008 brought about another stand-alone novel, Tangled Webs. Then in 2009, Bishop's novel "The Shadow Queen" was published and here she did something a little different. Unlike her prior releases, this novel was related to characters and events which occurred during another of her stand-alone novels, "The Invisible Ring" as well as the events of the original trilogy. "Shalador's Lady," released in 2010, is the sequel to "The Shadow Queen" and in March 2011, "Twilight's Dawn" hit the shelves. It contains four more short stories which help to answer some questions reader's had about different parts of the universe/story. Two short stories, "By the Time the Witchblood Blooms" and "The Price" were originally published (March 2000 and October 2004 respectively) in anthologies of short stories from a variety of authors. "By the Time the Witchblood Blooms" can also be found at the end of "Tangled Webs."
In publication order the titles are:
- Daughter of the Blood, March 1998
- Heir to the Shadows, April 1999
- Queen of the Darkness, January 2000
- By the Time the Witchblood Blooms, (Short Story) Originally published in Treachery and Treason (Anthology), March 2000 (also included in Tangled Webs, 2008)
- The Invisible Ring, October 2000 (Prequel)
- The Price, (Short Story) Published in Powers of Detection: Tales of Mystery and Fantasy, October 2004
- Dreams Made Flesh, January 2005, Short Story Collection including the stories:
- Weaver of Dreams
- The Prince of Ebon Rih
- Kaeleer's Heart
- Tangled Webs, March 2008
- The Shadow Queen, March 2009 (Related to the events/characters of The Invisible Ring and occurring after the original trilogy)
- Shalador's Lady, March 2010 (Sequel to The Shadow Queen)
- Twilight's Dawn, March 2011, Short Story Collection including the stories:
- Winsol Gifts
- Shades of Honor
- The High Lord's Daughter
The Landscapes of Ephemera Series
- Sebastian, February 2006
- Belladonna, March 2007
- The Voice: An Ephemera Novella, February 2012
- Bridge of Dreams, March 2012
The Tir Alainn Trilogy
- The Pillars of the World, October 2001
- Shadows and Light, October 2002
- The House of Gaian, October 2003
- Written in Red, March 2013
- Murder of Crows, March 2014
- "Match Girl", Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (Anthology), 1995
- "Rapunzel", Black Swan, White Raven (Anthology), October 1998
- "The Wild Heart", Silver Birch, Blood Moon (Anthology), March 1999
- "Tunnel", Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, September 1999
- "A Strand in the Web", Orbiter, November 2002
- "By the Time the Witchblood Blooms", Treachery and Treason (Anthology), March 2000 (also included in Tangled Webs, 2008)
- Summer in Mossy Creek (Anthology), June 2003
- "The Price", Powers of Detection: Tales of Mystery and Fantasy, October 2004
- "Stands a God Within the Shadows", Imaginary Friends (Anthology), September 2008
- Deutsche Nationalbibliothek "Bishop, Anne"
- Bishop, Anne (September 28, 2008) (in English). Anne Bishop Interview. (Interview). Darkstars Fantasy News. Archived from the original on April 15, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5g44TXudk. Retrieved April 15, 2009.
- Bishop, Anne (2002-01-04). Darkly Woven Dreams. Interview with Dodge, Shelley. Romantic SF. Archived from the original on April 15, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5g44VJkfa. Retrieved April 15, 2009.
- "Anne Bishop's Biography". Anne Bishop. Archived from the original on April 15, 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2009.
- "2000 William L. Crawford - IAFA Fantasy Award". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Locus. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- Anne Bishop Official Website: Short Stories
- Anne Bishop Official Website: Black jewels
- Anne Bishop Official Website: Tir Alainn Trilogy
- Anne Bishop Official Website: Ephemera Series
- Anne Bishop Official Website: The Others
- Anne Bishop Official Website: Booklist
- Anne Bishop Official website
- Anne Bishop at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Anne Bishop Bibliography at Fantastic Fiction
- Anne Bishop at Fantasy Literature