Helen Marshall

Aurora Award-winner Helen Marshall is an author, editor, and self-proclaimed bibliophile. As a Ph. D candidate at the University of Toronto’s prestigious Centre for Medieval Studies, she has presented widely in England, Canada and the United States on topics ranging from the width of medieval punctuation to fourteenth-century romances. In 2011, she published a collection of poetry, Skeleton Leaves, that “[took] the children’s classic, [stripped] away the flesh, and [revealed] the dark heart of Peter Pan beating beneath.” The collection was jury-selected for the Preliminary Ballot of the Bram Stoker Award for excellence in Horror, nominated for a Rhysling Award for Science Fiction Poetry and won the Aurora Award for best Canadian speculative poem. She released Hair Side, Flesh Side, a short story collection about history, memory, and cost of creating art, in 2012, with Gifts for the One Who Comes After following in 2015. Her poetry and fiction have been published a range of magazines including Tor.com, The Chiaroscuro, Paper Crow, Abyss & Apex, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

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The Official Helen Marshall Website


  • World Fantasy Award, Best Collection (winner, Gifts for the One Who Comes After, 2015)
  • Shirley Jackson Award, Best Single-Author Collection (winner, Gifts for the One Who Comes After, 2014)
  • Bram Stoker Award, Best Fiction Collection (shortlisted, Gifts for the One Who Comes After, 2014)
  • British Fantasy Award, Best Newcomer [the Sydney J. Bounds Award] (winner, Hair Side, Flesh Side, 2013)

Interviews/Guest Posts


“Marshall’s work is fantastical and surreal, with similarities to that of writers like Kelly Link and Robert Shearman. But whereas Link’s stories can sometimes seem wilfully opaque, Marshall’s are built round an emotional core that is always engaging; whereas Robert Shearman might use his twisted plots for the purposes of dark comedy, Marshall’s stories are full of heartbreak and hurt. . . . Gifts for the One Who Comes After should single out Marshall as one of the most accomplished writers of the fantastic being published today, an exceptional collection likely to be among the best 2014 has to offer.”
This is Horror

“Marshall is an extremely talented, wonderful writer. . . .”

“Stories subtle and unsettling: Helen Marshall clothes the uncanny in new flesh and then makes it bleed.”
—Kelly Link, author of Pretty Monsters and Stranger Things Happen

“Helen Marshall whispers in your ear when she fits the noose around your neck, filling you with wonder and dread, urging you into a startling, beautiful darkness. These stories—which sometimes feel more like spells—are the very best kind of unsettling.”
—Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon and The Dead Lands

“Helen Marshall is a writer who creates real people in real situations, then uses the fantastic to pry her way inside her readers’ rib cages and break us wide open.”
—Neil Gaiman

“. . . Marshall is simply extraordinary.”
SF Site

“Sometimes you hear people talking about the new face of horror. Well huddle closer, children. Hair Side, Flesh Side is it. This is author Helen Marshall’s debut story collection, but she’s no stranger to these shores. . . . Marshall’s stories are frightening, touching, quirky, sexy and deeply lyrical.”
January Magazine

“Strangely touching, disturbing and weird as hell, Marshall proves herself a potent new talent.”
Rue Morgue Magazine

“Helen Marshall writes assured, accomplished prose that is as chilling as it is beautiful, and the stories she tells are as daring as they are unexpected. This superb first collection is set to make waves.”
—Tim Lebbon, author of Echo City and The Thief of Broken Toys