Marian Womack is a bilingual writer. She is the founder of indie press Nevsky Books and worked for nearly a decade in publishing before becoming a postgraduate researcher at the Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her genre-bending fiction gained her a place in the Clarion Writers Workshop, and in the Creative Writing Master degree at Cambridge University. Marian’s writing is concerned with loss, nostalgia and nature, and her research explores the connections between the weird and ecological fiction. Other research interest are heritage in narrative, storytelling and the Anthropocene, genre publishing and translation. Her fiction in English has appeared in LossLit, Weird Fiction Review, SuperSonic, Apex, or the anthologies The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, vol. 3 and EcoPunk! Speculative Tales of Radical Futures. She has also been translated into Italian and she has written for videogames. Lost Objects, a collection of tales about ghosts, loss and landscape, is now available from Luna Press Publishing.
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BIOS & PICS
- A longer biography of Marian is available here.
- Downloadable author pics are available here.
- About Lost Objects and ecofiction in Sarena Ulibarri’s blog.
- About writing weird fiction in Weird Fiction Review.
- About translating strange and uncanny Science Fiction in Weird Fiction Review.
- About small press publishing in Spain in Samovar
REVIEWS – Lost Objects (2018):
- Nina Allan in Interzone #276: “[T]he themes of climate change and ecological destruction are more urgently expressed in this short book than in any other I have recently read, yet it is Womack’s bravery in stating these themes in terms of poetry, of metaphysics, of personal loss that lifts them above polemic… a sequence of carefully curated pieces of writing that are intended to be read together… This book, with its sharp edges and its thematic urgency and its painful admissions of weakness and of fear, is a collection that highlights everything that speculative fiction, of all possible modes of literature, excels at.”
- Rachel Cordasco: “I loved Lost Objects because of its exquisite prose, mesmerizing imagery, and apocalyptic/postapocalyptic vision that was anything but dark and depressing. Womack has the gift of bringing other/future worlds to life such that we lose ourselves completely in her vision… I hope to see much more from Womack because my brain demands more collections like this one.”
- Simon Strantzas in his blog recommendations: “Marian Womack’s Lost Objects is a collection short fiction that illuminates our emotional states of existence in this threatened world… Marian writes with an ear for emotional truth that resonates within the reader, and the book continues to reward even after the covers are closed. Another prime example of a first collection powerful enough to scar, and one you can expect to see on award short-lists next year.”
- Leif Schenstead-Harris in Weird Fiction Review: “On balance, they offer much to a generous reader. In the effort, they continue the response that weird fiction shapes to the question of the Anthropocene (Capitalocene? Chthulucene?), even while they broaden the ambit of weird fiction by introducing new spaces and settings for creative imaginations… For a debut, Lost Objects looks to a great range of sources and shoulders an immense weight.”
REVIEWS – Short Fiction (2015-2018):
- On “Orange Dogs”: “[F]illed with evocative passages.” Gary Fry.
- “The best stories take innovative risks and have better payoffs… The eponymous “Orange Dogs” in Marian Womack’s tale are carnivorous butterflies, born in a future of floods and climate change.” Publishers Weekly
- On “Frozen Planet”: “A dark, cold setting, with mirage and vision become indistinguishable. Descriptions are vivid, the ubiquitous snow displaying more colors than Lawrence had thought possible.” Locus Magazine
- On “Black Isle”: “[E]choes the most beautiful traditions of British language writing.” Strange Horizons