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Jess Kidd is an Irish author of fantasy, historical mystery and children’s fiction books.

Raised in London as part of a huge family from County Mayo, Ireland, she is best known for her debut novel Himself (2017), which was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards.

The recipient of the Costa Short Story Award, Jess is also the author of Mr. Flood's Last Resort (2018), which is also known as The Hoarder.

The book was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2019, while her first two books were BBC Radio 2 Book Club Picks.

An author on the rise who has been described as ‘Gabriel García Márquez meets The Pogues’, Jess is currently developing her own original TV projects with top producers in the U.K. and across the shores.

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Genres: Children's Book, Fantasy / SF, Historical Mystery



Non Series

  • Himself (2017)
  • Mr. Flood's Last Resort (2018)
  • Things in Jars (2019)
  • The Night Ship (2022)

Alfie Blackstack

  1. Everyday Magic (2020)


  1. The Haunting Season (2021)
  2. The Winter Spirits: Ghostly Tales for Festive Nights (2023)
Alfie Blackstack

Detailed book overview

Non Series


A charming ne’er-do-well returns to his haunted Irish hometown to uncover the truth about his mother in this “supernaturally skilled debut” (Vanity Fair) and turns the town—and his life—upside down.

Having been abandoned at an orphanage as a baby, Mahony assumed all his life that his mother wanted nothing to do with him. That is, until one night in 1976 while drinking a pint at a Dublin pub, he receives an anonymous note implying that she may have been forced to give him up. Determined to find out what really happened, Mahony embarks on a pilgrimage back to his hometown, the rural village of Mulderrig. Neither he nor Mulderrig can possibly prepare for what’s in store…

From the moment he arrives, Mahony’s presence completely changes the village. Women fall all over themselves. The real and the fantastic are blurred. Chatty ghosts rise from their graves with secrets to tell, and local preacher Father Quinn will do anything to get rid of the slippery young man who is threatening the moral purity of his parish.

Author: Jess Kidd
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1501145186
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Mr. Flood's Last Resort

Maud Drennan is a dedicated caregiver whose sunny disposition masks a deep sadness. A tragic childhood event left her haunted, in the company of a cast of prattling saints who pop in and out of her life like tourists. Other than visiting her agoraphobic neighbor, Maud keeps to herself, finding solace in her work and in her humble existence—until she meets Mr. Flood.

Cathal Flood is a menace by all accounts. The lone occupant of a Gothic mansion crawling with feral cats, he has been waging war against his son’s attempts to put him into an old-age home and sent his last caretaker running for the madhouse. But Maud is this impossible man’s last chance: if she can help him get the house in order, he just might be able to stay. So the unlikely pair begins to cooperate, bonding over their shared love of Irish folktales and mutual dislike of Mr. Flood’s overbearing son.

NB: This book is also known as The Hoarder.

Author: Jess Kidd
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1501180644
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Things in Jars

Bridie Devine—flame-haired, pipe-smoking detective extraordinaire—is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of Christabel Berwick, secret daughter of Sir Edmund Athelstan Berwick, and a peculiar child whose reputed supernatural powers have captured the unwanted attention of collectors in this age of discovery.

Winding her way through the sooty streets of Victorian London, Bridie won’t rest until she finds the young girl, even if it means unearthing secrets about her past that she’d rather keep buried. Luckily, her search is aided by an enchanting cast of characters, including a seven-foot-tall housemaid; a melancholic, tattoo-covered ghost; and an avuncular apothecary. But secrets abound in this foggy underworld where nothing is quite what it seems.

Author: Jess Kidd
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1982121297
Publisher: Washington Square Press
The Night Ship

1629: A newly orphaned young girl named Mayken is bound for the Dutch East Indies on the Batavia, one of the greatest ships of the Dutch Golden Age. Curious and mischievous, Mayken spends the long journey going on misadventures above and below the deck, searching for a mythical monster. But the true monsters might be closer than she thinks.

1989: A lonely boy named Gil is sent to live off the coast of Western Australia among the seasonal fishing community where his late mother once resided. There, on the tiny reef-shrouded island, he discovers the story of an infamous shipwreck…

Author: Jess Kidd
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1982180829
Publisher: Washington Square Press

Alfie Blackstack

Everyday Magic

Welcome to Little Snoddington, where nothing is normal and every day is magic...

Nine-year-old Alfie Blackstack's parents have met a very unfortunate end. Now he's living in the SUPER CREEPY Switherbroom Hall with his mad-haired Aunt Gertie and warty Aunt Zita. The thing is, Alfie's aunts aren't just weird - they're WITCHES!

When the circus arrives in town Alfie makes his first ever friend, the FEARLESS Calypso Fagan. But when Calypso's little sister Nova disappears, they must face the TERRIFYING Head Witch in a race to find Nova and stop the next Witch War.

Author: Jess Kidd
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1838850203
Publisher: Canongate Books


The Haunting Season

Long before Charles Dickens and Henry James popularized the tradition of supernatural horror, the shadowy nights of winter have been a time for people to gather together by the flicker of candlelight and experience the intoxicating thrill of a spooky tale.

Now nine bestselling, award-winning authors—all of them master storytellers of the sinister and the macabre—bring the tradition to vivid life in a spellbinding new collection of original spine-tingling tales.

Taking you from the frosty fens of the English countryside, to the snow-covered grounds of a haunted estate, to a bustling London Christmas market, these mesmerizing stories will capture your imagination and serve as your indispensable companion to cold, dark nights. So curl up, light a candle, and fall under the ghostly spell of winters past...

Author: Jess Kidd
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B08WM3Y5YW
Publisher: Pegasus Books
The Winter Spirits: Ghostly Tales for Festive Nights

Featuring new and original stories from:

Bridget Collins

Imogen Hermes Gowar

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Andrew Michael Hurley

Jess Kidd

Natasha Pulley

Elizabeth Macneal

Laura Purcell

Susan Stokes Chapman

Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Stuart Turton

Catriona Ward

The tradition of a haunted tale at Christmas has flourished across the centuries. These twelve stories - authored by some of today's most loved and lauded authors of historical and gothic fiction - are all centred around Christmas or Advent, boldly and playfully re-imagining a beloved tradition for a modern audience.

Taking you from a haunted Tuscan villa to a remote Scottish island with a dark secret, and drawing inspiration from festive traditions from all around the globe, these vibrant haunted stories are your ultimate companion for frosty nights.

So curl up, light a candle, and fall under the spell of Christmases past...

Author: Jess Kidd
First Release: 2023
Publisher: Sphere