Books by Kelly Link

GHOSTS OF THE SHADOW MARKET by Cassandra Clare
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 4, 2019

"Fast food for dedicated fans. (about the authors) (Fantasy. 14-18)"
Ten short stories set in the expansive Shadowhunter universe introduced in the Mortal Instruments series. Read full book review >
GET IN TROUBLE by Kelly Link
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Exquisite, cruelly wise and the opposite of reassuring, these stories linger like dreams and will leave readers looking over their shoulders for their own ghosts."
In stories as haunting as anything the Grimm brothers could have come up with, Link (Magic for Beginners, 2005, etc.) gooses the mundane with meaning and enchantment borrowed from myth, urban legend and genre fiction.Read full book review >
MONSTROUS AFFECTIONS by Kelly Link
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"An anthology of riches, even if they aren't always fair of form. (introduction) (Anthology/horror/fantasy. 13 & up)"
Short stories with otherworldly creatures may be a dime a dozen, but rarely do they offer such nuanced scope. Read full book review >
STEAMPUNK! by Kelly Link
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

You can't have steampunk without steam (and maybe some gears), but in the hands of a stellar cast of authors, everything else is open to interpretation. Read full book review >
PRETTY MONSTERS by Kelly Link
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Although some of Link's work appears in other YA and adult short-story anthologies, this is her first collection wholly aimed at a young-adult audience. Weirdly wonderful and a touch macabre, the nine short stories take readers into worlds with elements of reality but also supply a fantastic twist. The opening story, "The Wrong Grave," plays into the current trend of books featuring the dead and the undead; in it, a boy whose girlfriend dies wants to dig her up to retrieve the poems he put in her coffin. "Magic for Beginners" centers on a boy whose closest friendships form around a TV show with a loyal following but no set broadcast time or channel. Erudite, economical word choices give readers a strong sense of setting without drowning them in adjectives. The humor is dry and the characters are easy to relate to, even in alien (literally and figuratively) settings. Fantasy readers used to long, single tomes may hesitate at the short-story format, but once they see these, they will want more. (Fantasy/short stories. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE YEARS BEST FANTASY AND HORROR 2007 by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2007

"Worth a space on any bookshelf."
Bring out the bone china—a critically acclaimed fantasy/horror annual celebrates its 20th anniversary in grand style. Read full book review >
STRANGER THINGS HAPPEN by Kelly Link
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Stylistic pyrotechnics light up a bizarre but emotionally truthful landscape. Link's a writer to watch."
Eleven stories showcase a dexterous use of language and a startling, if frequently elusive, imagination as ghosts, aliens, and the living dead invade the most mundane aspects of everyday life. Read full book review >