Pamela Dean

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Pamela Dean Dyer-Bennet
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Born 1953
Pen name Pamela Dean
Occupation Author
Nationality United States
Genre Fantasy
Literary movement Contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy and fantasy of manners

Pamela Collins Dean Dyer-Bennet (born 1953), better known as Pamela Dean, is an American fantasy author whose best-known book is Tam Lin, based on the Child Ballad of the same name, in which the Scottish fairy story is set on a midwestern college campus loosely based on her alma mater, Carleton College in Minnesota.

She was a member of the writing group The Scribblies, along with Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Kara Dalkey, Nate Bucklin, Patricia Wrede and Steven Brust, and was a contributor to the Liavek shared-world anthologies. She is a member of the Pre-Joycean Fellowship.

As of 2012, Dean reports that Going North, the future "joint sequel to The Dubious Hills and The Whim of the Dragon, has been rejected by Viking Press, leaving her to make further revisions and seek alternative methods for publication.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

She married fellow fan David Dyer-Bennet on December 30, 1982,[3] and practices polyamory.[4]



Short stories[edit]

  • "The Green Cat" (1985), in Liavek anthology
  • "Two Houses in Saltigos" (1986), in Liavek: The Players of Luck anthology
  • "Paint the Meadows with Delight" (1987), in Liavek: Wizard's Row anthology
  • "The Last Part of the Tragic History of Acrilat" (1988), in Liavek: Spells of Binding anthology
  • "A Necessary End" (1990), in Liavek: Festival Week anthology
  • "Juniper, Gentian and Rosemary" (1989), in Things That Go Bump In The Night anthology
  • "Owlswater" (1993), in Xanadu anthology
  • "This Fair Gift" (1996), in Sisters in Fantasy II anthology
  • "Cousins" (2006), in Firebirds Rising anthology



  1. ^ Going South at Dean's blog, dated 2012-09-11.
  2. ^ Official website
  3. ^ Dyer-Bennet, David. "Pamela's and My Wedding"
  4. ^ Interview: Pamela Dean, by Mary Anne Mohanraj; at Strange Horizons; published January 1, 2001; retrieved October 9, 2013

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