Cat Hellisen

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Cat Hellisen
Born (1977-05-31) 31 May 1977 (age 45)
OccupationWriter
NationalitySouth African
GenreFantasy, Young adult, Middle Grade
Notable worksWhen the Sea is Rising Red
Website
www.cathellisen.com

Cat Hellisen (born 31 May 1977) is the South African author of fantasy novels When the Sea is Rising Red, House of Sand and Secrets, and Beastkeeper..[1]

Biography[edit]

Cat Hellisen was born in Cape Town and has lived in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa and Nottingham, England. They currently live in Scotland.[1]

Awards[edit]

In 2015, Cat Hellisen won the Short Story Day Africa award at the Ake Arts & Book Festival in Nigeria, presented by Prize judge Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, for their story "The Worme Bridge".[2]

Works[edit]

Novels

  • When the Sea is Rising Red (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 2012 (304 pp.); ISBN 978-0-374-36475-5)
  • Beastkeeper (Henry Holt)[3]
  • House of Sand and Secrets (Folded Wherry; 2013)[4]
  • Charm (Smashwords; 2015)[5]

Short Stories

  • "This Reflection of Me" (Jabberwocky 3; Prime Books; 2007)[6]
  • "The Subtle Thief" (Something Wicked 4; 2007)[7][8]
  • "Jack of Spades, Reversed" (Something Wicked 17; 2012)[7][9]
  • "Mother, Crone, Maiden" (Tor.com; 2012)[10][11]
  • "Waking" (Apex Magazine, 2014)[12]
  • "The Girls Who Go Below" (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, 2014)[13]
  • "Mouse Teeth" (Terra Incognita, Short Story day Africa Collection, 2015)[14]
  • "Serein" (Shimmer #26, July 2015)[15]
  • "Golden Wing, Silver Eye" (Ghost in the Cogs Anthology, Broken Eye Books, 31 October 2015)[16]
  • "I'm Only Going Over" (Daily Science Fiction, 11 December 2015)[17]
  • "The Face of Jarry" (Dreams From the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror, Anthology, Dark Regions Press, 2016)[18]
  • "The Worme Bridge" (Water, Short Story Day Africa collection, 2016)[19]
  • "A Green Silk Dress and a Wedding-Death" (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March/April 2017)[20]

Reception[edit]

Publishers Weekly writes of When The Sea Is Rising Red, "Hellisen's style features evocative descriptions and unflinching detail, drawing readers into the unusual and intriguing elements that make up Felicita's socially complex world,"[21] while Kirkus says that "the worldbuilding intrigues, and the open-ended conclusion begs a sequel."[22] In a starred review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books writes, "Dark, foreboding, and not entirely redemptive, this is an intense look at the seeds of rebellion and the individual consequences they sometimes reap."[23]

Kirkus calls the narration for Beastkeeper, “...thoughtful and lyrical. Figurative prose is memorable yet never flashy.” in a starred review.[24] Publishers Weekly also gave it a star, saying, “Blending modern-day problems and ancient magical curses, Hellisen’s (When the Sea Is Rising Red) novel sparkles like a classic fairy tale, even as it plumbs unpleasant truths.”[25] The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books suggests in a starred review that "older fans of fairy tales and their retellings will revel in this poetic, tragic, epic story of a girl who is faced with the worst of what people can choose and instead decides to step outside of the curse and make her own way."[26] Voya gives another star and writes, “"Beastkeeper is a bright, beautiful sliver of a novel ... Every page shimmers with magic."[27]

The judges of Short Story Day Africa 2015 said of "The Worme Bridge": "The story works effortlessly to construct an other kind of reality while grounding itself in the real world. The writing is compelling: the reader is drawn into this family and the strangeness that overtakes them. We found this a powerful piece of writing that continues to haunt the reader afterwards.”[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cat Hellisen (24 June 2013). "About/Contact | Cat Hellisen". Cathellisen.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Cat Hellisen wins 2015 Short Story Day Africa Prize".
  3. ^ "Rights Report: Week of February 11, 2013". Publishers Weekly. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Folded Wherry". Folded Wherry.
  5. ^ "Charm". Smashwords.
  6. ^ Ian Hough Tuesday, 13 September 2011 • 8:06 am (13 September 2011). ""This Reflection of Me" from Jabberwocky 3". Fantasy Magazine. Retrieved 15 July 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ a b "The Subtle Thief". Something Wicked. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Subtle Thief, The – Something Wicked". Somethingwicked.co.za. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Jack of Spades, reversed". Something Wicked. 31 January 2012. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  10. ^ Cat Hellisen. "Mother, Crone, Maiden | Cat Hellisen | Macmillan". Us.macmillan.com. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  11. ^ Cat Hellisen (22 February 2012). "Mother, Crone, Maiden by Cat Hellisen". Tor.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Waking". Apex Magazine. 4 March 2014.
  13. ^ "The Girls Who Go Below". The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. 16 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Terra Incognita: Cover reveal".
  15. ^ "Serein, by Cat Hellisen | Shimmer".
  16. ^ Ghost in the Cogs: Steam-Powered Ghost Stories. Broken Eye Books. 31 October 2015.
  17. ^ "I'm Only Going Over", Daily Science Fiction, 11 December 2015.
  18. ^ Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror[permanent dead link] DarkRegions
  19. ^ "Water: New Short Fiction from Africa".
  20. ^ "Fantasy and Science Fiction: November/December 2020 Table of Contents".
  21. ^ "Children's Review: When the Sea Is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen". Publishers Weekly. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  22. ^ Richards, Elizabeth. "WHEN THE SEA IS RISING RED by Cat Hellisen | Kirkus". Kirkusreviews.com. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  23. ^ Quealy-Gainer, Kate. "When the Sea is Rising Red" (review), The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 65.7 (March 2012): 354–355.
  24. ^ "BEASTKEEPER | Kirkus Reviews".
  25. ^ "Beastkeeper" (review), Publishers Weekly, 15 December 2014.
  26. ^ April Spisak, "Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen (review)", Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books , Vol. 68, No. 7, March 2015, p. 356. doi:10.1353/bcc.2015.0228.
  27. ^ "Home". voyamagazine.com.
  28. ^ "Winners of the 2015 Short Story Day Africa Competition Announced", Books Live, 21 November 2015.

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