Cherie Priest, 2009, by Caitlin Kittredge
July 30, 1975 |
Florida, United States
|Genre||Horror, Southern Gothic, Science fiction, steampunk|
|Notable works||Boneshaker, Maplecroft|
Priest is a Florida native, born in Tampa in 1975. She graduated from Forest Lake Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school 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, and in 1998 she graduated with a B.A. from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. 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. In May 2012, she and her husband Aric Annear  moved back to Tennessee from Seattle, Washington.
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.
- In March 2006, she won the Lulu Blooker Prize for Fiction for Four and Twenty Blackbirds, becoming the first ever winner in that category.
- Her 2006 short story "Wishbones" was part of the Aegri Somnia anthology by Apex Digest, which was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award.
- Her 2009 novel Boneshaker won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award
- The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced that Boneshaker made the final ballot for the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novel.
- Boneshaker was a 2010 Hugo Award nominee in the Best Novel category.
- Boneshaker won the 2010 Locus Award in the Best Science Fiction Novel category.
The Borden Dispatches
Eden Moore Series
- Four and Twenty Blackbirds,
- Wings to the Kingdom, October 2006, Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-7653-1309-6.
- Not Flesh Nor Feathers, Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-7653-1310-2.
Clockwork Century Universe
- Boneshaker, October 2009, Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-7653-1841-1.
- Clementine, July 2010, Subterranean Press. ISBN 978-1-59606-308-2.
- Dreadnought, September 2010, Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-7653-2578-5.
- Ganymede, September 2011, Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-7653-2946-2.
- The Inexplicables, November 2012, Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-7653-2947-9.
- Fiddlehead, November 2013, Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-7653-3407-7 
Cheshire Red Reports Series
- Bloodshot, January 2011, Bantam Spectra. ISBN 978-0-345-52060-9.
- Hellbent, September 6, 2011, Bantam Spectra. ISBN 978-0-345-52062-3).
The Cheshire Red Reports concern a vampire thief called Raylene Pendle. Although she prefers to work alone, she acquires a group of misfits who join her in her adventures. These are two young children, a blind vampire and an ex-Navy Seal/Drag Queen. Bloodshot also features the world of urban exploration. The Cheshire Red reports were originally only commissioned as a two book series. There is the possibility of a third book in this series provisionally entitled Sawbones if sufficient interest is expressed.
- Dreadful Skin, March 2007, Subterranean Press. ISBN 978-1-59606-080-7.
- Fathom, December 2008 Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-7653-1840-4.
- Those Who Went Remain There Still, December 2008, Subterranean Press. ISBN 978-1-59606-179-8.
- I Am Princess X , May 2015
Short Stories & Other Work
- 'The Heavy', a short story. Published in Apex Digest Issue #12, March 2008.
- 'The Target Audience', a short story. Published in Noctem Aeternus January, 2008.
- 'Following Piper', a short story. Published in Subterranean Digest issue #6.
- 'Little Wards', a short story. Published in The Edge of Propinquity. June 2006
- 'The Immigrant', a short story, part of Mythic #2, October 2006 Mythic Delirium Books. ISBN 978-0-8095-5756-1
- 'Bad Sushi', a short story. Published in Apex Digest, Issue #10.
- 'Wishbones', a short story, part of Aegri Somnia. December 2006 Apex Digest. ISBN 978-0-9788676-2-1 (paperback), ISBN 978-0-9788676-3-8 (hardback)
- 'Tanglefoot', a short story, published online by Subterranean Press, 2009. First release of the Clockwork Century universe.
- 'Hell’s Bells,' Grant’s Pass, Morrigan Books 2009
- 'The Catastrophe Box', a short story Son of Retro Pulp Tales, Subterranean Press 2010
- 'Reluctance', a short story, part of "The Mammoth Book of Steampunk", first published in the UK by Robinson, an imprint of Constable & Robinson Ltd, 2012
- 'Steampunk Wardrobe Customizations for the Lazy, the Poor, or the Crafty,' Tor, October 2009
- 'Steampunk for Beginners,' BookBrowse, October 2009
- 'Growing up Poe,' Weird Tales, January 2009
- Trombi, Liza Groen, ed. (September 13, 2010). "Cherie Priest: Pornography & War". Locus.
- 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.
- 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.
- Priest, Cherie (September 27, 2005). "Damn.". CheriePriest.com. United States. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
Since those halcyon days of yore, I’ve more or less left the church and gone my own way …
- Priest, Cherie. "The Urban Explorer's Guide to Gently Trespassing". Googobits.com. 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.
- Lulu Blooker Blog: And the Winners are
- "Past Bram Stoker Nominees & Winners". Retrieved February 23, 2012.
- "Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association 2010 Book Awards". Retrieved January 15, 2010.
- "2009 Nebula Awards Final Ballot". Retrieved February 19, 2010.
- "The 2010 Hugo and John W. Campbell Award Nominees". AussieCon 4. April 4, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
- "2010 Locus Awards Winners". 26 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
- "Cherie Priest - Fiddlehead cover art reveal!". Upcoming4.me. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- "Bloodshot by Cherie Priest". Retrieved Dec 7, 2010.
- The Clockwork Century - Stories
- "Tanglefoot - complete short story". Retrieved February 23, 2012.
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