Kat Howard
Kat Howard
Award-winning author of fantasy, science fiction, and horror

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COLLECTIONS

 
 

A Cathedral of Myth and Bone: Stories

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In these sixteen exquisite stories Kat Howard deftly weaves in and out of the countries of myth and hagiography to write the lives of women untold and unexplored.

Howard has already been called a “remarkable writer” by Neil Gaiman and her “dark and enticing” (Publishers Weekly) debut novel, Roses and Rot, was beloved by critics and fans alike. Now, you can experience her collected shorter works, including two new stories, in A Cathedral of Myth and Bone. In these stories, equally as beguiling and spellbinding as her novels, Howard expands into the enchanted territory of myths and saints, as well as an Arthurian novella set upon a college campus, “Once, Future,” which retells the story of King Arthur—through the women’s eyes.

Captivating and engrossing, and adorned in gorgeous prose, Kat Howard’s stories are a fresh and stylish take on fantasy.

 
With A Cathedral of Myth and Bone, Kat Howard cinches her place as a new generation’s vividly different answer to Zelazny; as an Ovid of sidewalk and cafe metamorphoses; and as a vibrant voice very much of her own time and place.
— Fran Wilde, award-winning, Hugo and Nebula-nominated author of The Bone Universe series and The Jewel and Her Lapidary
The ferocious bonds of girls and women are the focus of these myths for the modern age, drawn from two thousand years of lore, ritual, and witness. In them, Howard has created enchanted narratives of hard-won survival.
— Maria Dahvana Headley, author of The Mere Wife
 
 

 

NOVELS & NOVELLAS

 
 

An Unkindess of Magicians

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Alex Award Winner

There is a dark secret that is hiding at the heart of New York City and diminishing the city’s magicians’ power in this fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard.

In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney—a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it.

Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians.

 
This is an amazing book filled with magic, consequences, and what happens when you fight rather than turning away. This is Omelas, for magic.
— Fran Wilde, award-winning author of Updraft and Horizon
Howard’s vengeance-fueled urban fantasy is stylish, macabre, and spellbinding.
— Booklist
Strong characters and a captivating revenge plot make this a fun, absorbing read for those who like their magic, and their magicians, dark and twisty.
— Kirkus Reviews
 

Roses and Rot

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Publishers Weekly Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Novel of Summer 2016

Imogen and her sister Marin escape their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, whether it be art or love in this haunting debut novel from “a remarkable young writer” (Neil Gaiman).

What would you sacrifice for everything you ever dreamed of?

Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn’t imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts program—Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there’s more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale she’s dreamed about as a child, but it’s one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her heart’s desire.

 
Captivating, fiercely smart (about sisters, artists), utterly transporting. I read it so consumingly, it was more akin to swallowing it whole. Not to be missed.
— Megan Abbott, Edgar-winning author of The Fever and You Will Know Me
Kat Howard seems to possess a magic of her own, of making characters come alive and scenery so vivid, you forget it exists only on the page. Roses and Rot is both beautiful and dark, lovely, and haunting!
— Anton Bogomazov, Politics and Prose Bookstore
A contemporary dark fantasy full of dark magic, the hidden traps of fairy tales, and painful humanity. I loved every page.
— Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Ringers
 

The End of the Sentence

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Co-written with Maria Dahvana Headley

It begins with a letter from a prisoner…

As he attempts to rebuild his life in rural Oregon after a tragic accident, Malcolm Mays finds himself corresponding with Dusha Chuchonnyhoof, a mysterious entity who claims to be the owner of Malcolm's house, jailed unjustly for 117 years. The prisoner demands that Malcolm perform a gory, bewildering task for him. As the clock ticks toward Dusha's release, Malcolm must attempt to find out whether he's assisting a murderer or an innocent. The End of the Sentence combines Kalapuya, Welsh, Scottish and Norse mythology, with a dark imagined history of the hidden corners of the American West.

Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard have forged a fairytale of ghosts and guilt, literary horror blended with the visuals of Jean Cocteau, failed executions, shapeshifting goblins, and magical blacksmithery. In Chuchonnyhoof, they've created a new kind of Beast, longing, centuries later, for Beauty.

 
This novella is as dark and rich as European drinking chocolate, both in the story it tells and in the way it’s written... Kat Howard and Maria Dahvana Headley’s separate styles blend beautifully here, as do myth and folklore, in this intricate and elegantly forged plot.
— K. Tempest Bradford, book critic
This novella-length collaboration between Queen of Kings’ Maria Dahvana Headley and World Fantasy Award-nominated author Kat Howard is a wonderful piece of work: a cleverly conceived and confidently crafted explication of the ways in which yesterday’s mistakes are at most a memory away.
— Tor.com
 
 

 

GRAPHIC NOVELS

The Sandman Universe: Books of Magic

Kat Howard is the current writer for The Sandman Universe: Books of Magic comic series, which you can subscribe to digitally on Amazon & ComiXology, or find print issues at your local comic shop.

 
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Books of Magic Volume One: Moveable Type

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Collects Books of Magic #1-6 and Sandman Universe Special #1

Timothy Hunter may be destined to become the most powerful magician in the universe, but he's still a London teenager, and having magical abilities is about to turn his world upside down!

While Tim's trying to study and attract the cutest girl in his class, there are cultists who want to kill him, believing his magical powers will eventually corrupt him, turning him into a merciless mage that will bring upon the end of magic forever! But when a mysterious new substitute teacher for his school called Dr. Rose wants to mentor and educate him in the magical arts so that he can discover the secrets behind the Books of Magic, Tim believes he has the tools to find his missing mother. Is this sudden guidance too good to be true, and what connection—if any—does Rose have to the disappearance of Tim's teacher Mr. Brisby?

Part of the joy of writing [Books of Magic] is working in a universe I love, with characters I love, and finding a way to bring what I can to their stories.
— Kat Howard