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
Born (1974-11-25) November 25, 1974 (age 48)
Oak 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 Elizabeth Monette[2] (born November 25, 1974) 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.

Early life[edit]

Monette was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on November 25, 1974.[2] She began writing at the age of 12.[3]

Monette studied Classics, English, and French at Case Western Reserve University and graduated summa cum laude in 1996. She received her master's degree in 1997 and her Ph.D. in 2004, both in English literature at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[2][4] She specialized in Renaissance Drama and writing her dissertation on ghosts in English Renaissance revenge tragedy.[5]


Monette won the Spectrum award in 2003 for her short story "Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland".[6] Her first novel Mélusine was published by Ace Books in August 2005, earning starred reviews in Publishers Weekly[7] and Booklist and a place in Locus's Recommended Reading list for 2005.[8] The sequel, The Virtu, followed in July 2006, also earning starred reviews and making Locus's Recommended Reading lists for 2006.[9]

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.[10]

Her 2014 novel The Goblin Emperor was published under the pseudonym Katherine Addison.[11] 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]

  • —— (2005). Mélusine (1st ed.). New York: Ace Books. pp. 1–432. ISBN 978-0441012862.
  • —— (2006). The Virtu (hardcover ed.). Ace Books. pp. 1–439. ISBN 978-0441014040.
  • —— (2007). The Mirador (hardcover ed.). Ace Books. pp. 1–426. ISBN 978-0441015009.
  • —— (2009). Corambis (hardcover ed.). Ace Books. pp. 1–421. ISBN 978-0441015962.

Iskryne series[edit]

Standalone novels[edit]

Published as Katherine Addison

Cemeteries of Amalo series[edit]

Published as Katherine Addison, set in the same world as The Goblin Emperor

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. ^ a b c admin (2015-09-20). "Sarah Monette: The Key to the Library". Locus Online. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  3. ^ "Sarah Monette". 30 June 2009. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Sarah Monette | College of Arts & Sciences". Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  5. ^ Nolen, Larry (2007-08-03). "Interview with Sarah Monette, Part I". Of Blog. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
  6. ^ "2003 Awards". Gaylactic Spectrum Awards. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  7. ^ "Mélusine". Publishers Weekly. 2005-07-11. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  8. ^ "Recommended Reading: 2005". Locus Magazine. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  9. ^ "Recommended Reading: 2006". Locus Magazine. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  10. ^ "Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Collection". Northern Illinois University. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  11. ^ Sarah Monette (2009-11-13). "Announcement". Notes from the Labyrinth. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  12. ^ Monette, Sarah (January 23, 2011). "PSA: Unnatural Creatures". Retrieved December 17, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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