Amanda Downum

Amanda Downum is an author of fantasy and horror based out of Austin, Texas. Her short fiction and poetry has appeared in The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu, Dreams from the Witch House, Strange Horizons, and more. Her novels include Dreams of Shreds and Tatters (Solaris) and The Necromancer Chronicles (The Drowning City, The Bone Palace, and Kingdom of Dust) from Orbit.

Find Amanda Downum on:
Still So Strange: The Official Website of Amanda Downum


“Ethereal, atmospheric, and mysterious.”
—Elizabeth Bear, author of Karen Memory and Shoggoths in Bloom, and winner of the Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, and Campbell Awards

“Amanda Downum’s work is always atmospheric and full of character. These stories range from the melancholic to the downright chilling, and deftly evoke both the truly strange and the very human. I enjoyed them.”
—Liz Bourke, reviewer for and Locus Magazine

“Amanda Downum’s prose is intoxicating, sensual, layered—both addictive and poisonous, a shot of absinthe with an opium smoke chaser. The stories in Still So Strange run the full pleasure/pain gamut of the dark fantastic, offering a bastard cornucopia of gods, monsters and monster-gods, gorgeous terrors etched in salt and blood and gold. It’s Clive Barker crossed with Tanith Lee set to a Siouxsie and the Banshees beat, and I loved every second of it.”
—Gemma Files, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of Experimental Film

“Amanda Downum’s prose is the undertow, gently pulling, promising beautifully cold oblivion in smothering darkness. She makes me shiver and want to lean back and let that pull whisk me away to unimagined places. Downum’s not just one of my favorite writers, she’s one of the very best dark fantastical writers working today.”
—Bracken MacLeod, author of Come to Dust and 13 Views of the Suicide Woods