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Theodora Goss is a Hungarian-American award-winning poet and author of fantasy and paranormal romance.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, and raised in the U.S, she holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Boston University.

Goss is also a graduate of the Odyssey and Clarion writing workshops.

Her works of fiction have appeared on several publications including, Apex Magazine, Clarkesworld Magazine, The Journal of Mythic Arts, Exotic Gothic, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and many more.

The recipient of a Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem and a World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction, Goss currently works as a lecturer at Boston University and at the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing.

More about Theodora Goss

Genres: Paranormal , Poetry, Romance

Born: 1968

United States

Website: https://theodoragoss.com/

Collections

  1. Disturbing Muses (2005)
  2. In the Forest of Forgetting (2005)
  3. Songs for Ophelia (2014)
  4. Snow White Learns Witchcraft (2019)
  5. The Collected Enchantments (2023)

Mary Jekyll

  1. The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (2017)
  2. European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (2018)
  3. The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl (2019)

Novellas

  1. The Thorn and the Blossom (2012)
  2. Red as Blood and White as Bone (2016)
  3. Come See the Living Dryad (2017)

Detailed book overview

Collections

Disturbing Muses

'I have said, I think, that these poems are interpretations of what the poet sees on the canvas. I add that they are imaginary biographies, as true as anything that actually happened: they are biographies written the other way around, from the evidence of the art.'-from the Introduction by Theodora Goss

NB: Co-authored with Mike Allen.

Author: Theodora Goss
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0809556045
Publisher: Wildside Press
In the Forest of Forgetting

Mythic Delirim Books is proud to make World Fantasy Award and Locus Award winner Theodora Goss’s 2006 story collection In the Forest of Forgetting available in electronic format. 

With an introduction by Terri Windling, this book gathers sixteen tales from an author that Locus at the time dubbed “one of the more distinctive, graceful, and haunting new voices in fantasy.”

Author: Theodora Goss
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-1907881183
Publisher: Papaveria Press
Songs for Ophelia

Songs for Ophelia gathers together eighty of Theodora Goss's otherworldly poems which lead the reader, as though under a spell, through the unfolding of the seasons and into the realm of pure magic.

"Willows, dancing maidens, gypsies, mothers, lovers, daughters, magic animals, living waters, and transformations of all kinds abound in these gorgeous poems. With her formal prosody, her fairytale subjects, and her insights on love and loss and longing, Goss manages, Janus-like, to look back to the Victorians and inward at the heart of a modern woman with intelligence and grace." —Delia Sherman

Author: Theodora Goss
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1907881190
Publisher: Papaveria Press
Snow White Learns Witchcraft

A young woman hunts for her wayward shadow at the school where she first learned magic--while another faces a test she never studied for as ice envelopes the world. The tasks assigned a bookish boy lead him to fateful encounters with lizards, owls, trolls and a feisty, sarcastic cat. A bear wedding is cause for celebration, the spinning wheel and the tower in the briar hedge get to tell their own stories, and a kitchenmaid finds out that a lost princess is more than she seems. The sea witch reveals what she hoped to gain when she took the mermaid's voice. A wiser Snow White sets out to craft herself a new tale.

In these eight stories and twenty-three poems, World Fantasy Award winner Theodora Goss retells and recasts fairy tales by Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Oscar Wilde. Sometimes harrowing, sometimes hilarious, always lyrical, the works gathered in Snow White Learns Witchcraft re-center and empower the women at the heart of these timeless narratives.

Author: Theodora Goss
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1732644007
Publisher: Mythic Delirium Books
The Collected Enchantments

A wicked stepsister frets over all the ways in which she failed to receive her mother's love. A lost woman travels through an enchanted forest looking for someone who can remind her of her name. A girl must wear down seven pairs of shoes to gain help from a witch. A fox makes a life with a human, but neither can deny their true natures. A young woman returns to her childhood home and the fantastic stories she left there. A man lets himself be taken prisoner by the Snow Queen to prove that the woman who loves him would walk barefoot through the ice to save him. Medusa cuts her hair for love.

The Collected Enchantments gathers retellings of folk and fairy tales in prose and verse from World Fantasy and Locus award-winning author Theodora Goss, creator of The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series.

Author: Theodora Goss
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-1956522020
Publisher: Mythic Delirium Books

Mary Jekyll

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

Author: Theodora Goss
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1481466516
Publisher: Saga Press
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, the members of the Athena Club get along as well as any five young women with very different personalities. At least they can always rely on Mrs. Poole.

But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation. Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter? Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, and Justine reach her in time?

Racing against the clock to save Lucinda from certain doom, the Athena Club embarks on a madcap journey across Europe. From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, Mary and her friends must make new allies, face old enemies, and finally confront the fearsome, secretive Alchemical Society. It’s time for these monstrous gentlewomen to overcome the past and create their own destinies.

Author: Theodora Goss
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1481466547
Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press
The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl

Life’s always an adventure for the Athena Club...especially when one of their own has been kidnapped! After their thrilling European escapades rescuing Lucina van Helsing, Mary Jekyll, and her friends return home to discover that their friend and kitchen maid Alice has vanished—and so has their friend and employer Sherlock Holmes!

As they race to find Alice and bring her home safely, they discover that Alice and Sherlock’s kidnapping are only one small part of a plot that threatens Queen Victoria, and the very future of the British Empire. Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, Catherine, and Justine save their friends—and the Empire?

Author: Theodora Goss
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1534427884
Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press

Novellas

The Thorn and the Blossom

One enchanting romance. Two lovers keeping secrets. And a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever.

When Evelyn Morgan walked into the village bookstore, she didn’t know she would meet the love of her life. When Brendan Thorne handed her a medieval romance, he didn’t know it would change the course of his future. It was almost as if they were the cursed lovers in the old book itself . . .

The Thorn and the Blossom is a remarkable literary artifact: You can open the book in either direction to decide whether you’ll first read Brendan’s, or Evelyn’s account of the mysterious love affair. Choose a side, read it like a regular novel—and when you get to the end, you’ll find yourself at a whole new beginning.

Author: Theodora Goss
First Release: 2012
Ebook: B004ZZP5TW
Publisher: Quirk Books
Red as Blood and White as Bone

Red as Blood and White as Bone by Theodora Goss is a dark fantasy about a kitchen girl obsessed with fairy tales, who upon discovering a ragged woman outside the castle during a storm, takes her in--certain she’s a princess in disguise.

Author: Theodora Goss
First Release: 2016
Ebook: B01CNT4QG4
Publisher: Tor Books
Come See the Living Dryad

"Come See the Living Dryad" by Theodora Goss is a fantasy about a contemporary woman investigating the murder of an ancestor suffering from a rare disease who was a famous sideshow attraction in the nineteenth century.

Author: Theodora Goss
First Release: 2017
Ebook: B06W5DKLRS
Publisher: Tor Books