Profile: Nina Allan

ninaallanNina Allan

I was born in London and grew up in the south east of England. My first published piece of fiction appeared in a magazine called Dark Horizons in 2002. Since then, my stories have featured in numerous magazines and anthologies including The Year’s Best Science FictionBest Horror of the Year and The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime. I have a lifelong love of speculative fiction, including science fiction, the gothic, weird fiction and good old fashioned ghost stories. I am particularly interested in work that tests the boundaries of genre: playing with philosophical ideas, savouring language, and experimenting with form. Ideas around landscape and sense of place, memory and personal identity form important strands in all my novels and stories. Recurring obsessions include old clocks and rare insects, forgotten manuscripts and abandoned houses. Writers who have inspired me include Iris Murdoch, Joyce Carol Oates, M. John Harrison,  Paul Auster, Ali Smith and Alasdair Gray. I have won the British Science Fiction Award, the Novella Award, the Kitschies Red Tentacle and France’s Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire.

In May 2018 I was named as one of the Guardian’s Fresh Voices: 50  writers you should read now.

My literary agent is Anna Webber, of United Agents.

I live and work in Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute.


Award – Wins and Nominations

Aeon Award, Angelus, 2007 (alebedo)

British Science Fiction Association Award, Spin, 2013 (tor)

Finalist Red Tentacle Award, The Race, 2014 (The Kitchies)

Novella Award, The Harlequin, 2014 (ninallan)

Nomination The Shirley Jackson Awards NovellaMaggots, 2016 (Shirley Jackson)

Red Tentacle Award Winner, The Rift, 2017 (The Kitchies)

Most Recently Published Horror Book (as of October 2018)

newfearsFear comes in many forms.

The horror genre’s greatest living practitioners drag our darkest fears kicking and screaming into the light in this collection of nineteen brand-new stories. In The Boggle Hole by Alison Littlewood an ancient folk tale leads to irrevocable loss. In Josh Malerman’s The House of the Head a dollhouse becomes the focus for an incident both violent and inexplicable. And in Speaking Still Ramsey Campbell suggests that beyond death there may be far worse things waiting than we can ever imagine… Numinous, surreal and gut wrenching, New Fears is a vibrant collection showcasing the very best fiction modern horror has to offer.

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Other Work:

Five Stories High

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Aickman’s Heirs

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The Harlequin

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