Seanan McGuire

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Seanan McGuire
Seanan McGuire
Seanan McGuire
Born (1978-01-05) January 5, 1978 (age 37)
Martinez, California
Pen name Mira Grant
Nationality American
Genre Urban Fantasy, Horror
Notable works Rosemary and Rue, Discount Armageddon, Feed (as Mira Grant)
Seanan McGuire
Born (1978-01-05) January 5, 1978 (age 37)
Origin California
Genres Filk
Associated acts Lady Mondegreen

Seanan McGuire (pronounced SHAWN-in)[1] (born January 5, 1978, in Martinez, California) is an American author and filker. In 2010, she was awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer by the 2010 World Science Fiction Convention, largely because of her urban fantasy/detective story Rosemary and Rue (2009), and has published a number of other novels since then also featuring October Daye.

Writing under the pseudonym Mira Grant, she published the political thriller/zombie series Newsflesh, comprising the books Feed (2010), Deadline (2011), and Blackout (2012). Blackout received a 2013 Hugo Award nomination for Best Novel. That year, McGuire received a record five Hugo nominations in total, two for works as Grant and the other three under her own name.[2]


October Daye[edit]

  1. Rosemary and Rue (September 1, 2009, ISBN 978-0-7564-0571-7)
  2. A Local Habitation (March 2, 2010, ISBN 978-0-7564-0596-0)
  3. An Artificial Night (September 7, 2010, ISBN 978-0-7564-0626-4)
  4. Late Eclipses (March 1, 2011, ISBN 978-0-7564-0666-0)
  5. One Salt Sea (September 6, 2011, ISBN 978-0-7564-0683-7)
  6. Ashes of Honor (September 4, 2012, ISBN 978-0-7564-0749-0)
  7. Chimes at Midnight (September 3, 2013, ISBN 978-0-7564-0814-5)
  8. The Winter Long (September 2, 2014, ISBN 978-0-7564-0808-4)
  9. A Red Rose Chain (September 1, 2015, ISBN 978-0756408091)[3]
  10. Once Broken Faith (expected September 2016, DAW)[3]
  11. The Brightest Fell (expected September 2017, DAW)[3]
  12. Night and Silence (expected September 2018, DAW)[3]
  13. The Unkindest Tide (expected September 2019, DAW)[3]


  1. Discount Armageddon (March 6, 2012, ISBN 978-0-7564-0713-1)
  2. Midnight Blue-Light Special (March 5, 2013, ISBN 978-0-7564-0792-6)
  3. Half-Off Ragnarok (March 4, 2014, ISBN 978-0-7564-0811-4)
  4. Pocket Apocalypse (March 3, 2015, ISBN 978-0-7564-0812-1)
  5. Chaos Choreography (expected in 2016)[4]
  6. Magic for Nothing[4]
  7. Tricks for Free[4]

Newsflesh (as Mira Grant)[edit]

(Also see the standalone novellas in the Newsflesh series.)

Parasitology (as Mira Grant)[edit]

  1. Parasite (October 29, 2013, ISBN 978-0-356-50192-5)[5]
  2. Symbiont (November 25, 2014, ISBN 978-0-316-21899-3)
  3. Chimera (November 24, 2015, Orbit) [6]


  1. Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots (November 9, 2012, ISBN 978-0-98579-891-8, ISFiC Press)
  2. Velveteen vs. The Multiverse (August 23, 2013, ISBN 978-0-98579-896-3, ISFiC Press)


  1. Indexing (January 24, 2014, ISBN 978-1-4778-0960-0)
  2. Indexing: Reflections (expected 2015)[7]

Ghost Stories[edit]

  1. Sparrow Hill Road (May 6, 2014, ISBN 978-0-7564-0961-6)

Short fiction[edit]

In anthologies[edit]

  1. "Lost" in Ravens in the Library (March 2009)
  2. "Animal Husbandry" in Grants Pass (August 2009)
  3. "Everglades" in The Living Dead 2 (as Mira Grant, September 2010)
  4. "Gimme a 'Z'!" in Zombiesque (February 2011)
  5. "The Alchemy of Alcohol" in After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar (March 2011)
  6. "Through This House" in Home Improvement: Undead Edition (August 2011)
  7. "Riddles" in Human Tales (September 2011)
  8. "Cinderella City" in Human for a Day (November 2011)
  9. "Crystal Halloway and the Forgotten Passage" in Lightspeed Magazine (December 2011)
  10. "We Will Not Be Undersold!" in The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity (December 2011)
  11. "The Flower of Arizona" in Westward Weird (February 2012)
  12. "Rat-Catcher" in A Fantasy Medley 2 (December 2012)
  13. "Laughter at the Academy: A Study in the Development of Scizotypal Creative Genius Personality Disorder (SCGPD)" in The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination (January 2013)
  14. "Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust" in Oz Reimagined (February 2013)
  15. "Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea" in Carniepunk (July 2013)
  16. "Bad Dream Girl" in Glitter and Mayhem (August 2013)
  17. "Train Yard Blues" in Coins of Chaos (October 2013)
  18. "Frontier ABCs: The Life and Times of Charity Smith, Schoolteacher" in Raygun Chronicles (November 2013)
  19. "Red as Snow" in Hex and the City (December 2013)
  20. "Spores" in The End is Nigh (February 2014)
  21. "Jammed" in Games Creatures Play (April 2014)
  22. "We Are All Misfit Toys in the Aftermath of the Velveteen War" in Robot Uprisings" (April 2014)
  23. "The Lambs" in Bless Your Mechanical Heart (April 2014)
  24. "Stingers and Strangers" in Dead Man's Hand (May 2014)
  25. "Fruiting Bodies" in The End is Now (September 2014)
  26. "Lady Antheia's Guide to Horticultural Warfare" in Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens (September 2014)
  27. "Best Served Cold" in Streets of Shadows (September 2014)
  28. "Knit a Sweater Out of Sky" in Dead But Not Forgotten (November 2014)
  29. "The Fixed Stars" in Shattered Shields (November 2014)
  30. "Driving Jenny Home" in Out of Tune (November 2014)

Stand-alone novellas[edit]

McGuire has published novellas directly through Orbit Books under the Mira Grant pseudonym. All have thus far centered on her previously established Newsflesh continuity.

Sparrow Hill Road[edit]

In 2010, McGuire wrote a series of linked stories for The Edge of Propinquity, an online magazine. During this time, she was billed as a "universe author". The Sparrow Hill series focused on Rose Marshall, a hitchhiking ghost seeking revenge on the man originally responsible for her death. (Same universe as InCryptid.)

  1. "Good Girls Go To Heaven" in The Edge of Propinquity (January 2010)
  2. "Dead Man's Party" in The Edge of Propinquity (February 2010)
  3. "Tell Laura I Love Her" in The Edge of Propinquity (March 2010)
  4. "Building A Mystery" in The Edge of Propinquity (April 2010)
  5. "El Viento del Diablo" in The Edge of Propinquity (May 2010)
  6. "Last Dance With Mary Jane" in The Edge of Propinquity (June 2010)
  7. "Do You Want To Dance" in The Edge of Propinquity (July 2010)
  8. "Dead Man's Curve" in The Edge of Propinquity (August 2010)
  9. "Last Train" in The Edge of Propinquity (September 2010)
  10. "Bad Moon Rising" in The Edge of Propinquity (October 2010)
  11. "Faithfully" in The Edge of Propinquity (November 2010)
  12. "Thunder Road" in The Edge of Propinquity (December 2010)


  • "Mathematical Excellence" in Chicks Dig Time Lords (March 2010)
  • "Introduction" in In A Gilded Light (Jennifer Brozek, September 2010)
  • "The Girls Next Door: Learning to Live With the Living Dead and Never Even Break a Nail" in Whedonistas (March 2011)
  • "Summers and Winters, Frost and Flame" in Chicks Dig Comics (April 2012)


  • Pretty Little Dead Girl: Seanan McGuire and Friends Live at OVFF 2005 (2006)
  • Stars Fall Home (2007)
  • Red Roses and Dead Things (2009)
  • Wicked Girls (2011)


McGuire was awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer by the 2010 World Science Fiction Convention. This award was announced at Aussiecon 4 on September 5, 2010.[11] As this award is in the form of a tiara and was presented in Australia, McGuire has blogged that this makes her "Officially the Princess of the Kingdom of Poison and Flame".[12]

In 2010, McGuire's novel Feed (written under the pseudonym Mira Grant) ranked #74 in an National Public Radio listener poll of the top 100 thriller novels of all time.[13] Feed was also selected by Publishers Weekly as one of their Best Books of 2010.[14] It was nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award, as well as the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Novel.[15] Its sequel, Deadline, was also nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel. The stand-alone Newsflesh story Countdown was nominated for the 2012 Best Novella Hugo. Her filk album Wicked Girls was nominated for the 2012 Best Related Work Hugo. The SF Squeecast, a podcast to which she contributes, won the 2012 Hugo for best fancast.[16]

McGuire was the 2012 inductee into the 2012 Darrell Awards Hall of Fame for her contributions to Mid-south science fiction.[17]

SF Squeecast won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Fancast, its second Hugo. Blackout received a 2013 Hugo nomination for Best Novel. In addition, McGuire received three other nominations (a record five nominations in a single year): best novella (as Grant) and twice for best novelette (both as McGuire).[2]

McGuire has won six Pegasus Awards:[18]

  • Best Filk Song (2011), for "Wicked Girls"
  • Best Badass Song (2011), for "Evil Laugh"
  • Best Mad Science Song (2010), for "What A Woman's For"
  • Best Writer/Composer (2008)
  • Best Performer (2007)
  • Best Filk Song (2015), for "My Story Is Not Done"

She has received four other nominations:

  • Best Tragedy Song (2008), for "The Black Death"
  • Best Torch Song (2006), for "Maybe It's Crazy"
  • Best Writer/Composer (2005 and 2006)
  • Best Filk Song (2012), for "My Story Is Not Done"

McGuire was Interfilk guest at Conterpoint 2007.[19]


  1. ^ "Silly Survey Bio". Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Flood, Alison (31 March 2013). "Seanan McGuire gets record five nominations for Hugo awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e McGuire, Seanan. "The October Daye Books". Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c McGuire, Seanan. "Guess Who's Coming to the Family Reunion?". Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Mira Grant - Parasite announced! Release date and synopsis inside". ; Will Hinton. "An apple a day won’t keep PARASITE away!". Orbit Books. Retrieved Nov 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ McGuire, Seanan. "Everyone knew how the story would go: crows on the battlements, blood on the snow.". Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "When Will you Rise? and Velveteen vs. available now!". Seanan McGuire's blog. LiveJournal. November 16, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ Grant, Mira. How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea. Orbit. 
  10. ^ Grant, Mira. The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell. Orbit. 
  11. ^ "John W. Campbell Award / Hugo Awards". 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Audience Picks: Top 100 'Killer Thrillers'". NPR. 2010. 
  14. ^ Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2010
  15. ^ Renovation Hugo nominee announcement
  16. ^ "2012 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  17. ^ The Darrell Awards
  18. ^ Pegasus Awards - Seanan McGuire
  19. ^ Interfilk - Guests

External links[edit]

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Further reading