Helen Marshall is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of two short story collections and two poetry collections. Her stories and poetry have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Abyss & Apex, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Tor.com.
What the Critics are Saying
- "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 Percyauthor of Red Moon and The Wilding
- "Helen Marshall uses the fantastic to pry her way inside her readers’ ribcages and break us wide open."Neil GaimanAuthor of Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Migration (Coming March 2019)
Creepy and atmospheric, evocative of Stephen King’s classic Pet Sematary, The Migration is a story of sisterhood, transformation, and the limitations of love, from a thrilling new voice in Canadian fiction.
Storms and flooding are worsening around the world, and a mysterious immune disorder has begun to afflict the young. Sophie Perella is about to begin her senior year of high school in Toronto when her little sister, Kira, is diagnosed. Their parents’ marriage falters under the strain, and Sophie’s mother takes the girls to Oxford, England, to live with their Aunt Irene. An Oxford University professor and historical epidemiologist obsessed with relics of the Black Death, Irene works with a centre that specializes in treating people with the illness. She is a friend to Sophie, and offers a window into a strange and ancient history of human plague and recovery. Sophie just wants to understand what’s happening now; but as mortality rates climb, and reports emerge of bodily tremors in the deceased, it becomes clear there is nothing normal about this condition–and that the dead aren’t staying dead. When Kira succumbs, Sophie faces an unimaginable choice: let go of the sister she knows, or take action to embrace something terrifying and new.
Tender and chilling, unsettling and hopeful, The Migration is a story of a young woman’s dawning awareness of mortality and the power of the human heart to thrive in cataclysmic circumstances.
Collections & Poetry
Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 4
Showcasing the finest weird fiction published 2016, volume 4 of the Year’s Best Weird Fiction is our biggest and most ambitious volume to date.
Acclaimed editors Helen Marshall and Michael Kelly bring their editorial acumen to the fourth volume of the Year’s Best Weird Fiction. The best weird stories of 2016 features work from Dale Bailey, Gary Budden, Octavia Cade, Indrapramit Das, Malcolm Devlin, Jeffrey Ford, Camilla Grudova, Daisy Johnson, Katie Knoll, Usman T. Malik, Sam J. Miller, Irenosen Okojie, Aki Schilz, Johanna Sinisalo, and Sarah Tolmie.
Many of Helen’s short stories have been included in anthologies such as End of the Road, Aickman’s Heirs and Chilling Tales 2. Stories from her collections also been reprinted in several Year’s Best anthologies.
In addition to being an author, Helen is also the editor of Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction published by ChiZine Publications.
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