Theodora Goss

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Theodora Goss is a Hungarian American writer of fantasy short stories. Her stories have been nominated for major awards, including the 2007 Nebula Award for "Pip and the Fairies," and the 2005 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction for "The Wings of Meister Wilhelm." She won the 2004 Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem for "Octavia is Lost in the Hall of Masks." Her collection In the Forest of Forgetting was published in 2006 by Prime Books.

In 2008, her story "The Singing of Mount Abora" won the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction.[1] The story was originally published in the spelling-bee inspired anthology Logorrhea.

In October 2011, she completed her Ph.D. in English with a dissertation "The Monster in the Mirror: Late Victorian Gothic and Anthropology,"[2] while teaching full-time at Boston University.


Theodora Goss was born in Hungary and immigrated to the United States as a child. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She worked briefly as a corporate attorney in New York. She is currently (2012) a lecturer at Boston University in the Arts and Sciences Writing Program.[3]



"The Rose in Twelve Petals"
"The Rapid Advance of Sorrow"
"Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold"
"Lily, With Clouds"
"Her Mother's Ghosts"
"What Her Mother Said" (poem)
"Chrysanthemums" (poem)
"The Ophelia Cantos" (poem)
"That Year" (poem)
"The Bear's Daughter" (poem)
"Bears" (poem)
"Helen in Sparta" (poem)
"By Tidal Pools" (poem)
"The Changeling" (poem)
  • In the Forest of Forgetting (2006) (Some of the 16 stories in this volume were previously published in The Rose in Twelve Petals & Other Stories),[5] Prime Books ISBN 0-8095-5691-X
Introduction by Terri Windling
"The Rose in Twelve Petals"
"Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold"
"The Rapid Advance of Sorrow"
"Lily, With Clouds"
"Miss Emily Gray"
"In the Forest of Forgetting"
"Sleeping With Bears"
"Letters from Budapest"
"The Wings of Meister Wilhelm"
"A Statement in the Case"
"Death Comes for Ervina"
"The Belt"
"Pip and the Fairies"
"Lessons With Miss Gray"

Short fiction[edit]

She has been a contributor to many publications including, Apex Magazine, Clarkesworld Magazine, The Journal of Mythic Arts, Exotic Gothic, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, The Year's Best Fantasy, The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens, Best New Fantasy, Polyphony, Realms of Fantasy, Alchemy, Strange Horizons and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (LCRW),[3] and wrote an introduction to Mike Allen's book Disturbing Muses[6]

Her poem "Octavia Is Lost in the Hall of Masks" won the Rhysling Award [7] and she was nominated for the Locus Poll Award for "The Rose in Twelve Petals".[8]


  1. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 4 Feb 2011. 
  2. ^ Boston University, English Dissertation Defense of Theodora Goss (accessed Oct. 26, 2011)
  3. ^ a b "Theodora Goss", Contemporary Authors Online (2008) Gale Biography In Context, Gale, Detroit
  4. ^ The Writers Directory (2012) St. James Press, Detroit
  5. ^ Library Journal (July 1, 2006)
  6. ^ Mike Allen, Disturbing Muses Wildside Press (2005) ISBN 0809556049
  7. ^ Small Beer Press
  8. ^ Speculative Fiction Base

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