“Marian Womack weaves together the lyricism of Angela Carter, the mad imagination of China Miéville, and the earthiness of Robert Macfarlane. A fantastic new talent.” Helen Marshall

Coming FEBRUARY 2021. Available for pre-order.

“Highlights everything that speculative fiction, of all possible modes of literature, excels at.” Nina Allan

“Marian Womack is an artist with a unique and powerfully-wrought vision.” Una McCormack

“A supremely gifted new writer.” Elizabeth Hand

“Marian Womack is a rising star.’ Tim Major

“Writing chockfull of interesting ideas about the natural world and ourselves.” Jeff VanderMeer

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about

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Welcome to my page.

I am a bilingual writer, born by the Atlantic Ocean in a small Andalusian town, and educated in the UK. My writing is concerned with nature and it features strange landscapes, ghostly encounters, and uncanny transformations through a variety of genres – experimental and hybrid fiction, speculative fiction, gothic and ghostly fiction, and fiction of the Anthropocene. I am interested in the intersection of storytelling and other forms of narrative, and have participated in art installations, video games, and activist campaigns.

I have published fiction, poetry and non-fiction in international anthologies and magazines. My debut short story collection, Lost Objects (Luna Press, 2018), was shortlisted for two BSFA awards and one BSF award. My new novel, The Swimmers (Titan Books, 2021) is a near-future fable set in a luscious gothic Andalusia after an environmental catastrophe. I have also published one gothic/environmental fiction mystery, The Golden Key (Titan Books, 2020). I am at present working on my third novel, Blood Sisters, a speculative fiction/hybrid memoir about the stolen babies scandal in post-Franco Spain.

I am the first Spanish graduate of the San Diego Clarion Writers’ Workshop, and I have just finished my PhD in Creative Writing, focusing on the ways weird and gothic fiction portray environmental anxieties. I teach on the Oxford University writing postgraduate programme, where I focus on fantasy, near-future, and speculative fiction. I am the co-founder of a micro-press dedicated to translation, poetry, and nature writing. I am an enthusiastic collage and pamphlet maker, and I love wild swimming.

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You can find me on Twitter and Instagram, or you can write to me at beekeeper@nevsky.es.

I am represented by Alexander Cochran at CW Agency.

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fiction

These stories explore place and landscape at different stages of decay, positioning them as fighting grounds for death and renewal. From dystopian Andalusia to Scotland or the Norfolk countryside, they bring together monstrous insects, ghostly lovers, soon-to-be extinct species, unexpected birds, and interstellar explorers, to form a coherent narrative about loss and absence.

Shortlisted for two BFA Awards – Best Collection & Best Newcomer

Shortlisted for a BSFA Award – Best short story, ‘Kingfisher’

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PRAISE FOR LOST OBJECTS

“An intriguing and illuminating first collection, chockfull of interesting ideas about the natural world and ourselves.” Jeff VanderMeer

“Addresses humankind’s senseless despoliation of its home in subtle, profoundly affecting ways.” Tim Jarvis, Los Angeles Review of Books

“A first collection powerful enough to scar.” Simon Strantzas

“Highlights everything that speculative fiction, of all possible modes of literature, excels at.” Nina Allan

“Fiction that blends a fantastic sense of place with a haunting glimpse of the near future; it’s work that’s difficult to shake–which is the point.” Tobias Carroll, Vol. 1 Brooklyn

“A beautiful, haunting eulogy to our planet.” Eco-Fiction

“These stories, where birds drop from the sky and giant butterflies haunt the imagination, fizz with a unique and strange originality.” Gary Budden

“A gorgeous, intelligent collection, both masterfully written and cannily prescient… and crafted in a manner that I suspect we will come to recognise as uniquely Womack.” Laura Mauro, Black Static

“Luminous and disturbing as the unearthly things they describe, Marian Womack’s gorgeously written tales map the shifting boundaries between waking life and dream, past and future and our own profoundly unsettled present. Reading them left me with goosebumps.” Elizabeth Hand

“This book–an aviary of the strange, a vital evocation of wild and fleeting spirits–marks the emergence of a fantastic new talent.” Helen Marshall

“Exquisite prose, mesmerizing imagery. Womack has the gift of bringing other/future worlds to life such that we lose ourselves completely in her vision.” Rachel Cordasco

“These short story gems dance at the edge of the world, finding poetry in loss and devastation. Marian Womack is an artist with a unique and powerfully-wrought vision.” Una McCormack

Part supernatural gothic horror, part environmental tale, The Golden Key is mystery novel in the vein of Jonathan Strange & Mr NorrellAlice in Wonderland and Sarah Waters.

1901. Queen Victoria is dead, and England heaves with the uncanny. Séances are held and the dead are called upon from darker realms. Helena Walton-Cisneros, known for her ability to find the lost and the displaced, is hired by the elusive Lady Matthews to solve a twenty-year-old mystery: the disappearance of her three stepdaughters who vanished without a trace on the Norfolk Fens.

Eliza Waltraud is solving a vanishing of her own, that of Eunice Foote from the science books, after being the first person to theorise about the warming of the atmosphere due to poisonous gases in her writings. Is the disappearance of the tern connected with a pollution problem, or is something darker afoot?

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PRAISE FOR THE GOLDEN KEY

“A fascinating, unsettling tale that shifts, mutates and changes meaning much like the eerie ruined house in the Fens at the centre of this weird and brilliant debut novel.”  Lisa Tuttle

“Slow-burning gothic to folk horror to environmentalism and the destructive arrogance of imperialism. The end result is a smart, haunting novel that stuns the reader with its elegance and beauty but refuses to leave their mind after reading.” Jonathan Thornton, The Fantasy Hive

“Precise and eerie … Patient readers willing to wade through Womack’s murky, off-kilter world will be rewarded with moments of disquieting beauty.” Publishers Weekly

“It’s in keeping with Womack’s past work that the most resonant moments in this novel are those where the landscape becomes a character, and arguably the most sinister one to be found within these pages.” Tobias Carroll, Tor.com

“An intriguing and unsettling tale… Womack brings a great sense of the uncanny to the Fens.”
Alison Littlewood

“Graceful, moving, confident and intricate, like slipping into a warm bath and finding secret thorns there to pierce the heart.”
Catherynne Valente

“A beguiling mystery that lingers long after reading, much like the unsettling mists of the Fens that creep through this story. The Golden Key mesmerises.”
Katherine Stansfield

“A compelling mystery in which everyone has hidden facets, this book gives up its secrets like a puzzle box.” G.V. Anderson

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selected short fiction

 

Edited Anthologies – ENGLISH & SPANISH

Contributions to Anthologies and Magazines – ENGLISH

  • “At the Museum”, in Uncertainties, Vol. 4 (Swan River Press, 2020), edited by Timothy Jarvis
  • “One, Two, Three”, in The Shadow Booth, Vol. 4 (2019), edited by Dan Coxon
  • “Nox Una”, in The Silent Garden, a Journal of Esoteric Fabulism (Undertow Publications, 2018), edited by Michael Kelly
  • “Mrs. Fox”, in LossLit (November 2017), edited by Aki Schilz and Kit Caless.
  • “Pink Footed”, EcoPunk! Speculative Tales of Radical Futures (Ticonderoga Publications, 2017), edited by Liz Grzyb and Cat Sparks
  • “The ravisher, the thief”, Barcelona Tales (NewCon Press, 2016), edited by Ian Whates.
  • “Stones”, SuperSonic (October-November 2016), edited by Cristina Jurado.
  • “Orange Dogs”, Weird Fiction Review (October 2015). Reprinted in Year’s Best Weird Fiction (vol. 3) (Undertow Publications, 2016), edited by Simon Strantzas and Michael Kelly. Translated into Italian by Francesco Verso in Antropocene. L’umanità come forza geologica (Future Fiction, 2018)
  • “Black Isle”, Spanish Women of Wonder (Palabaristas, 2016). Reprinted in A Dying Planet. Short Stories (Flame Tree Press, 2020).
  • “Frozen Planet”, Apex Mag Special International Issue #76 (September 2015)

Single Author Collection – SPANISH

Contributions to Anthologies and Magazines – SPANISH

  • “¡Muerte a Rasputin!”, ÁCRONOS vol.4 (Tyrannosaurus Books, 2016), ed. Josué Ramos.
  • “El último piquicorto”, Mariposas del Oeste y otros relatos. Antología de Ciencia Ficción, Fantasía y Terror, ed. Mariano Villarreal (Spórtula, 2015)
  • “Perros Naranja”, Presencia Humana Mag, ed. Cisco Bellabestia (Aristas Martínez, 2014). Reprinted in Mexican anthology Sólo cuento, ed. Alberto Chimal (Mexico: UNAM)
  • “Nox Una”, Aquelarre. Antología del cuento de terror español actual, ed. Antonio Rómar y Pablo Mazo (Madrid: Salto de Página, 2010). Reprinted in Las mil caras del monstruo, ed. Ana Casas y David Roas (Eolas Ediciones, 2018)
  • “Matrioshka”, Rusia Imaginada, ed. Care Santos (Nevsky Prospects, 2011)
  • “Luz de gas”, Bleak House Inn. Diez huéspedes en casa de Dickens, ed. Care Santos (Fábulas de Albión, 2012)
  • “En la tierra del lobo”, Al otro lado del espejo (Madrid: Escalera)
  • “Montañas”, Náufragos de San Borondón. Antología hispanoamericana de narradores (Madrid: Baile del Sol; Spanish and Latin American edition)
  • “Barbazul”, La banda de los corazones sucios. Antología del cuento villano, ed. Salvador Luis (Bolivia: El Cuervo). Reprinted in Spanish edition (Madrid: Ediciones Baladí)
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events

What follows is a (very incomplete) listing of (mostly in English) selected public readings, exhibitions, workshops and other events.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS:

There are no current or forthcoming events, but stay tuned.

PAST EVENTS:

  • 12.4.20: Panel discussion, ‘Launching in Lockdown’, #StayAtHomeLitFestival, with Una McCormack, Tiffani Angus, Gemma Milne, Eddie Robson, and Marian Womack. 12-1pm.
  • 03.4.20: Launch and Reading, The Golden Key, Calque Press Inaugural Salon – CAMBRIDGE – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
  • 09.6.20: ‘Dangerous places’, discussion at Cymera Festival with Janette Ng – EDINBURGH – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
  • 30.6.20: ‘Place and Landscape’, Environmental Reading, St John’s College’s Writer in Residence Salon – CAMBRIDGE – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
  • 08.6.19 13:15 pm: Reading at Cymera Festival, with Anne Charnock, Aliette de Bodard and James Brogden – EDINBURGH
  • 08.6.19 10am-11am: Eco-fiction roundtable at Cymera Festival, with Oliver Langmead and Vicky Jarret – Tickets Available – EDINBURGH
  • 16.4.19 till 29.4.19: ‘Orange Dogs’, Included in ‘Reduce Speed Now!‘, Installation by Justin Brice Guariglia, Somerset House – LONDON
  • 20.3.19 17pm: Chair & Discussion, Cambridge EcoFiction Bookgroup – Sealed – CAMBRIDGE, UK
  • 06.2.19 16pm: Eco-Storytelling CW Workshop, English Faculty, Cambridge EcoFiction Bookgroup – CAMBRIDGE, UK
  • 28.11.18 17pm: Chair & Discussion, Cambridge EcoFiction Bookgroup – Annihilation – CAMBRIDGE, UK
  • 21.10.18 11:30am: Panelist at FantasyCon, ‘Ghostly Happenings’ – CHESTER, UK
  • 20.10.18 2pm: Lost Objects Launch Party at FantasyCon – CHESTER, UK
  • 20.10.18 4pm: Panelist at FantasyCon, ‘Choosing a writing course’ – CHESTER, UK
  • 24.11.17 6pm: Co-chair with Helen Marshall: Weird Fiction at Waterstones. A conversation with Christopher Priest, Aliya Whiteley, and Gary Budden – CAMBRIDGE, UK
  • 17.11.17: Advance reading from forthcoming collection, Lost Objects, at Gothic Nature International Conference, Trinity College – DUBLIN
  • 25.2.17: Advance reading from forthcoming collection, Lost Objects. Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy, Anglia Ruskin University. Launch Event – CAMBRIDGE, UK
  • 19.1.17: Speaker: Mapping the Rise of Indie Presses in Spain, Graduate Forum, Máster en Teoría de la Literatura, Universidad Complutense – MADRID, SPAIN
  • 31.10.16: Reading, short fiction event at Desperate Literature – MADRID, SPAIN
  • 06.11.16: Panelist at EuroCon, ‘How to promote European SF’ – BARCELONA, SPAIN
  • 14.8.14: Panelist at LonCon 3 – WorlCon, ‘Understanding Steampunk’ – LONDON, UK
  • 27.3.14: Speaker: Noche Aristas – Weird Fiction, B-Meat – BARCELONA, SPAIN
  • 04.6.10: Speaker: Los Worstsellers at Feria del Libro de Madrid – MADRID, SPAIN