Sarah Monette

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Sarah Monette
Monette at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo in 2014
Monette at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo in 2014
BornOak Ridge, Tennessee[1]
Pen nameKatherine Addison
GenreSpeculative fiction
Notable worksMélusine, The Goblin Emperor
Notable awards2003 Gaylactic Spectrum Award, 2015 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel

Sarah Monette is an American novelist and short story author, writing mostly in the genres of fantasy and horror. Under the name Katherine Addison, she published the fantasy novel The Goblin Emperor, which received the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel and was nominated for the Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.


Monette was born and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and she began writing at the age of 12.[2] In 2004 she earned a PhD in English literature, specializing in Renaissance Drama and writing her dissertation on ghosts in English Renaissance revenge tragedy.[3] She double-majored in Classics and Literature (a cross-departmental program between French, English, and Comparative Literature) in college.


Monette won the Spectrum award in 2003 for her short story "Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland".[4] Her first novel Mélusine was published by Ace Books in August 2005, earning starred reviews in Publishers Weekly[5] and Booklist and a place in Locus's Recommended Reading list for 2005.[6] The sequel, The Virtu, followed in July 2006, also earning starred reviews and making Locus's Recommended Reading lists for 2006.[7]

Her short stories have been published in Strange Horizons, Alchemy, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, among other venues, and have received four Honorable Mentions from The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, edited by Ellen Datlow, Gavin Grant, and Kelly Link. Her poem "Night Train: Heading West" appeared in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror XIX, and a story she co-wrote with 2005 Campbell winner Elizabeth Bear, "The Ile of Dogges", appeared in The Year's Best Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois, in 2007. She also has been published in the award-winning Postscripts.

In 2007, she donated her archives to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.[8]

Her 2014 novel The Goblin Emperor was published under the pseudonym Katherine Addison.[9] The novel received the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel and was nominated for the Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.



Doctrine of Labyrinths series[edit]

Iskryne series[edit]

As Katherine Addison[edit]

Short fiction[edit]

Kyle Murchison Booth[edit]


Other short fiction[edit]



  1. ^ "Sarah Monette: Tangents and Curlicues". Locus Online. April 2008. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
  2. ^ "Sarah Monette". 30 June 2009. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Nolen, Larry (2007-08-03). "Interview with Sarah Monette, Part I". Of Blog. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
  4. ^ "2003 Awards". Gaylactic Spectrum Awards. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  5. ^ "Mélusine". Publishers Weekly. 2005-07-11. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  6. ^ "Recommended Reading: 2005". Locus Magazine. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  7. ^ "Recommended Reading: 2006". Locus Magazine. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  8. ^ "Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection". Northern Illinois University. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  9. ^ Sarah Monette (2009-11-13). "Announcement". Notes from the Labyrinth. Retrieved 2013-05-06.

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