Karen Maitland

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Karen Maitland (born 1956, in England) is a British author of medieval thriller fiction. Maitland has an honours degree in Human Communication and doctorate in Psycholinguistics.[1]

Her works include The White Room published in 1996[2] by Yorkshire Art Circus; Company of Liars published in 2008 by Delacorte Press; and The Owl Killers, published in 2009 by Michael Joseph. The Gallows' Curse was published by Penguin Books in March 2011.

She also has a joint Medieval Murderers novel, The Sacred Stone, written together with medieval crime writers Bernard Knight, Ian Morson, Susanna Gregory, and Philip Gooden.

She has worked as a writer and editor on a number of cross-cultural books including "Poems of Cultural Diversity" and "Cinders in the Wind". [1]

Maitland is dyslexic[3] and resides in medieval city of Lincoln not very far from Sherwood Forest[4]


Stand alone novels

  • The White Room (1996)
  • Company of Liars (2008)
  • The Owl Killers (2009)
  • The Gallows Curse (2011)
  • The Falcons of Fire and Ice (2012)
  • The Vanishing Witch (2014)[5]
  • The Raven's Head (2015)[6]

Medieval Murderers


  • "The White Room", was short listed for The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award.[1]
  • "Company of Liars" was chosen as a Waterstone Book-of-the-Year[4]
  • "The Owl Killers" was a 2009 Shirley Jackson Award finalist



  1. ^ a b c "Karen Maitland". Hilaryjohnson.demon.co.uk. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Karen Maitland". Fantasticfiction.co.uk. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Shirley, The (12 July 2010). "The Shirley Jackson Awards Blog: Karen Maitland Interview (with Charles Tan)". Shirleyjacksonawards.blogspot.com. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Raffel, Keith (19 February 2009). "The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland Archives – The Big Thrill". Thrillerwriters.org. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Upcoming4.me (15 April 2014). "The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland cover art and synopsis". Upcoming4.me. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Upcoming4.me (9 October 2014). "The Raven's Head by Karen Maitland cover art and synopsis". Upcoming4.me. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 

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