Kathryn Ptacek

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Kathryn Anne Ptacek Grant
BornKathryn Anne Ptacek
(1952-09-12) September 12, 1952 (age 66)
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Pen nameLes Simons,
Kathryn Atwood,
Anne Mayfield,
Kathleen Maxwell,
Kathryn Ptacek,
Kathryn Grant
OccupationWriter, editor
NationalityUnited States
Genrescience fiction, fantasy, horror, suspense, romance
SpouseCharles L. Grant (1982-2006)

Kathryn Grant, née Ptacek (born September 12, 1952 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American writer and editor. Since 1981, she has published science fiction, fantasy, horror, suspense, and romance short stories and novels under her maiden and married names, and under the pseudonyms: Les Simons, Kathryn Atwood, Anne Mayfield, and Kathleen Maxwell. She is the editor and publisher of the writers-market magazine, The Gila Queen's Guide to Markets.


Kathryn Anne Ptacek was born on September 12, 1952 in Omaha, Nebraska, United States, but she was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her B. A. in Journalism, with a minor in history, with honors from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in 1974.[1] She was married to Charles L. Grant from February 1982 until his death in 2006.

She has also edited several anthologies of short stories. Her short story "Each Night, Each Year" was nominated for the 1989 Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Fiction.


This is a partial bibliography of her work. [2][3]

As Les Simons[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • Gila! (1981)

As Kathryn Atwood[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • Satan's Angel (1981)
  • Renegade Lady (1982)
  • The Lawless Heart (1984)
  • My Lady Rogue (1986)
  • Aurora (1987)

As Anne Mayfield[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • The Wayward Widow (1982)

As Kathleen Maxwell[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • The Devil's Heart (1983)
  • Winter Masquerade (1984)

As Kathryn Ptacek[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • Shadoweyes (1984)
  • Blood Autumn (1985)
  • Kachina (1986)
  • In Silence Sealed (1988)
  • Ghost Dance (1990)
  • The Hunted (1993)

Omnibus collections[edit]

  • Looking Backward in Darkness (2013)

As Kathryn Grant[edit]

Land of Ten Thousand Willows[edit]

  1. The Phoenix Bells (1987)
  2. The Black Jade Road (1989)
  3. The Willow Garden (1989)

Anthologies edited[4][edit]

  • Women of Darkness (1989)
  • Women of Darkness II

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Kathryn Ptacek's Website Bibliography
  2. ^ Marion Chesney at FantasticFiction
  3. ^ ISFDB Summary Bibliography: Kathryn Ptacek, retrieved 31 January 2019
  4. ^ Women of Darkness Book Series, retrieved 31 January 2019

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