Cherie Priest

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Cherie Priest
Cherie Priest by Caitlin Kittredge.jpg
Cherie Priest, 2009, by Caitlin Kittredge
Born (1975-07-30) July 30, 1975 (age 38)
Florida, U.S.
Occupation Writer
Genres Horror, Southern Gothic, Science fiction

Cherie Priest (born 30 July 1975) is an American novelist and blogger living in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Priest is a Florida native, born in Tampa in 1975.[1] She graduated from Forest Lake Academy in Apopka, Florida in 1993. She moved around quite a bit as a child of an Army father, living in many places such as Florida, Texas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. She moved around regularly until college. In 2001 she left the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with an M.A. in Rhetoric/Professional writing,[1] and in 1998 she graduated with a B.A. from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee.[1] Priest lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee for twelve years and it is there she both set her Eden Moore series and wrote the first two books.[2] In May 2012, she and her husband Aric Annear [1] moved back to Tennessee from Seattle, Washington.

Although Priest was raised Seventh-day Adventist,[3] she has no further contact with the church and claims no religious affiliation.[4]

In addition to her novels, Priest was a reviewer for the Bram Stoker Award-winning website Chiaroscuro and currently is a staff member of Subterranean Press. She is a regular attendee and panelist at DragonCon and several other genre conventions around the country such as Penguicon and Steamcon. She is also known for giving talks and writing articles about the hobby of urban exploration.[5]


Priest's published writing style thus far falls into the Southern Gothic genre as well as the Horror genre. She has also written a number of short stories, most of which can be categorized as Horror or Science fiction. Priest has expanded her style to include the Steampunk genre, which can be best described as a fantastical Neo-Victorian alternate history often involving modern technology powered by nineteenth century means. Priest has developed a large fan following, as evidenced by Boneshaker's nomination for the 2010 Best Novel Hugo Award.[6]


  • In March 2006, she won the Lulu Blooker Prize for Fiction for Four and Twenty Blackbirds, becoming the first ever winner in that category.[7]



Eden Moore Series[edit]

Clockwork Century Universe[edit]

Cheshire Red Reports Series[edit]

Other Novels[edit]

Short Stories & Other Work[edit]

Articles (Non-Fiction)[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Trombi, Liza Groen, ed. (September 13, 2010). "Cherie Priest: Pornography & War". Locus. 
  2. ^ Martini, Adrienne (October 17, 2007). "Bringing Out the Undead: Cherie Priest's Eden Moore Novels Are Perfect Complements to an October Night". Boston's City Paper. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ Davis, Brangien. "2010 Spotlight Award: Cherie Priest". Seattle Magazine. Retrieved February 23, 2012. ""Born in Florida, Priest grew up with a penchant for horror and fantasy stories—perhaps because her mother, a Seventh-day Adventist, promised that the Second Coming could happen any minute." 
  4. ^ "". September 27, 2005. Retrieved February 23, 2012. "Since those halcyon days of yore, I’ve more or less left the church and gone my own way+last=Priest,first=Cherie" 
  5. ^ Priest, Cherie. "The Urban Explorer’s Guide to Gently Trespassing". Retrieved August 11, 2012. "Trespassing, or “Urban Exploration” as it is sometimes euphemistically called, has been a hip leisure activity for years. Now this hobby has burgeoned into quite the popular pastime – though as with any field, the influx of trend-surfing amateurs tends to cause problems for the old pros." 
  6. ^ a b "The 2010 Hugo and John W. Campbell Award Nominees". AussieCon 4. April 4, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ Lulu Blooker Blog: And the Winners are
  8. ^ "Past Bram Stoker Nominees & Winners". Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association 2010 Book Awards". Retrieved January 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ "2009 Nebula Awards Final Ballot". Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
  11. ^ "2010 Locus Awards Winners". 26 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Cherie Priest - Fiddlehead cover art reveal!". 18 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Bloodshot by Cherie Priest". Retrieved Dec 7, 2010. 
  14. ^ The Clockwork Century - Stories
  15. ^ "Tanglefoot - complete short story". Retrieved February 23, 2012. 

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