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Kate Story

Photo: Wayne Eardley 2011

Kate Story is a writer, performer, and choreographer originally from Newfoundland. Her first novel Blasted came out with Killick Press in 2008; it received the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic's honourable mention, and was longlisted for the ReLit Awards. Her second novel Wrecked Upon This Shore came out with Killick in 2011, and This Insubstantial Pageant comes out in 2017 with ChiZine Publications. Her short fiction has been published in World Fantasy Award and Aurora Award-nominated collections.

Kate is also a theatre/dance artist who creates performance works, both solo and cross-discipline collaborations with other artists. Kate received the 2015 Ontario Arts Foundation’s K.M. Hunter Artists Award for her work in theatre. In 2005 (as part of Peterborough’s centennial celebrations) she was named one of the region’s 100 most important performing artists.

Blasted (Killick Press, 2008)

Kate Story’s debut novel is an unlikely marriage of Newfoundland’s oldest traditional lore with the contemporary urban world of St. John’s and Toronto. The result is raw and strange and hilarious and affecting. Ruby Jones—itinerant waitress, sometime nude model, budding alcoholic—admits early on that tenderness and rage are her “heart language.” Blasted offers both in spades. Michael Crummey

…a strange, shining, soaring thing brimming with beauty and terror, pain and love, insight and redemption. Ursula Pflug, Internet Review of Science Fiction

A fierce and beguiling debut. Joan Sullivan, The Telegram

I am as delighted as other readers will be with this young Newfoundland writer. With talent and patience Kate Story has unearthed another of the many mysteries hidden within the Southside Hills. Bernice Morgan

The narrative tide lifts its themes and characters and carries them forward in an irresistible flow. Throughout, Story writes with energy, vivacity, a lack of self-pity, a clear eye for detail, and a great sense of comic timing. This is a wonderful novel. The Newfoundland Quarterly

Wrecked Upon This Shore (Killick Press, 2011)

I fell in love with these characters: saintly and monstrous, wrecked but not lost —castaways all. Kate Story is one of those rare writers who can plumb the darkness and retrieve from the depths a jewel, a truth, luminous and redemptive. A magical and moving novel. Prepare to be transported. Jessica Grant, author of Come, Thou Tortoise

Told with intelligence and tenderness, Wrecked Upon This Shore explores a son’s compassion for a dying mother who was far from perfect. It’s less about what happened than about how to live with the aftermath. Kate Story brings a mature, passionate, compelling voice to the modern family dynamic. Robin McGrath, author of award-winning novel The Winterhouse

… a great read, energetic, solidly emotionally and geographically based, and peopled by characters with heft, resonance, and volume. Joan Sullivan, The Evening Telegram

Kate Story’s second novel is fantastic. Chad Pelley, The Telegram

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Blasted. Killick Press, 2008
Wrecked Upon This Shore. Killick Press, 2011
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