Gemma Files

Gemma Files was born in London, England and raised in Toronto. Her story “The Emperor’s Old Bones” won the 1999 International Horror Guild Award for Best Short Fiction. She has published two collections of short work (Kissing Carrion and The Worm in Every Heart, both Prime Books) and two chapbooks of poetry (Bent Under Night, from Sinnersphere Productions, and Dust Radio, from Kelp Queen Press). A Book of Tongues, her first Hexslinger novel, won the 2010 DarkScribe Magazine Black Quill Award for Small Press Chill, in both the Editors’ and Readers’ Choice categories. The two final Hexslinger novels, A Rope of Thorns and A Tree of Bones were published by ChiZine Publications in 2011 and 2012. We Will All Go Down Together followed in 2014, and the Shirley Jackson and Sunburst Award-winning Experimental Film came out in 2015.

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  • Sunburst Award (winner, Experimental Film, 2016)
  • Shirley Jackson Award, Best Novel (winner, Experimental Film, 2016)
  • Black Quill Award (winner, A Book of Tongues, 2011)
  • CBC Bookies Award (shortlisted, A Book of Tongues, 2011)
  • International Horror Guild Award, Best Short Story (winner, “The Emperor’s Old Bones,” 1999)

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