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Theodora Goss (born September 30, 1968) is a Hungarian-American fiction writer and poet. Her writing has been nominated for major awards, including the Nebula, Locus, Mythopoeic, World Fantasy, and Seiun Awards. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Year's Best volumes.

Theodora Goss
Publicity photo of Theodora Goss
Theodora Goss (photo by Matthew Stein Photography)
Born(1968-09-30)September 30, 1968
Budapest, Hungary[1]
ResidenceBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Virginia, B.A; Harvard Law School, J. D.; Boston University, M.A., Ph.D.[3]
Period2002-present [1]
GenreFantasy, magic realism, fairy tales, poetry
Notable works
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (2017)
Notable awardsRhysling Award (2004)

Rhysling Award (2017)

World Fantasy Award (2008)



Theodora Goss was born in Hungary and immigrated to the United States as a child.[4][2] She received her 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[3] She is also a graduate of the Odyssey and Clarion writing workshops, and sold her first published story, "The Rose in Twelve Petals," while a student at Clarion.[4]

She teaches at Boston University and at the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing.


She has been a contributor to many publications including, Apex Magazine, Clarkesworld Magazine, The Journal of Mythic Arts, Exotic Gothic, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, The Year's Best Fantasy, The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens, Best New Fantasy, Polyphony, Realms of Fantasy, Alchemy, Strange Horizons and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet,[2] and wrote an introduction to Mike Allen's book Disturbing Muses.[5]

Goss's debut novel, The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, was published by Saga Press in June 2017,[6] and a sequel, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, was published by Saga Press in July 2018.[7]


Theodora Goss's writing has been nominated for the 2017 Locus Award for "Red as Blood and White as Bone," the 2015 Mythopoeic Award for "Songs for Ophelia", the 2011 Locus Award for "The Mad Scientist's Daughter," the 2008 Mythopoeic Award for "In the Forest of Forgetting", the 2007 Nebula Award for "Pip and the Fairies", and the 2005 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction for "The Wings of Meister Wilhelm".

She won the 2017 Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem for "Rose Child" and the 2004 Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem for "Octavia is Lost in the Hall of Masks".[8] In 2008, her story "Singing of Mount Abora" won the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction.[9]

Her 2017 novel The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter was a nominee for the 2018 Nebula Award and the 2018 Compton Crook Award for best first novel.



The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena ClubEdit

  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter,[10][11] ISBN 978-1-4814-6650-9, Saga Press (2017); Simon & Schuster Audio ISBN 9781508238911 June 2017.
  • European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman,[7] ISBN 1481466534, Saga Press (release date 10 July 2018); Simon & Schuster Audio (release date 10 July 2018)

Other booksEdit

Books EditedEdit

Short fictionEdit

  • "Snow, Blood, Fur," Daily Science Fiction, November 17, 2017.
  • "Come See the Living Dryad,", March 9, 2017.
  • "To Budapest, With Love," Uncanny Magazine, 14, January/February 2017.
  • "The Other Thea," The Starlit Wood, 2016.
  • "Red as Blood and White as Bone,", May 4, 2016.
  • "In Autumn," Daily Science Fiction, November 13, 2015.
  • "Cimmeria: From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology," Lightspeed Magazine, July 2014.
  • "Elena's Egg," Exotic Gothic 5, 2013.
  • "Blanchefleur," Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales, 2013.
  • "Lost Girls of Oz," Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond, 2013.
  • "Estella Saves the Village," Queen Victoria's Book of Spells, 2013.
  • "England under the White Witch," Clarkesworld Magazine, 73, October 2012.
  • "Beautiful Boys," Asimov's Science Fiction, August 2012.
  • "Woola's Song," Under the Moons of Mars, 2012.
  • "Christopher Raven," Ghosts by Gaslight, 2011.
  • "Pug," Asimov's Science Fiction, July 2011.
  • "Fair Ladies," Apex Magazine, August 2010.
  • "The Mad Scientist's Daughter," Strange Horizons, January 2010.
  • "Child-Empress of Mars," Interfictions 2, 2009.
  • "Csilla's Story," Other Earths, April 2009.
  • "The Puma," Apex Magazine, March 2009.
  • "Her Mother's Ghosts," Clarkesworld Magazine, 23, August 2008.
  • "Catherine and the Satyr," Strange Horizons, October 2007.
  • "Princess Lucinda and the Hound of the Moon," Realms of Fantasy, June 2007.
  • "Singing of Mount Abora," Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories, 2007.
  • "Letters from Budapest," Alchemy 3, May 2006.
  • "Lessons with Miss Gray," Fantasy Magazine, 2, April 2006.
  • "Death Comes for Ervina," Polyphony 5, November 2005.
  • "Pip and the Fairies," Strange Horizons, October 2005.
  • "A Statement in the Case," Realms of Fantasy, August 2005.
  • "The Belt," Flytrap 4, May 2005.
  • "The Wings of Meister Wilhelm," Polyphony 4, September 2004.
  • "Miss Emily Gray," Alchemy 2, August 2004.
  • "Lily, with Clouds," Alchemy 1, December 2003.
  • "Sleeping with Bears," Strange Horizons, November 2003.
  • "In the Forest of Forgetting," Realms of Fantasy, October 2003.
  • "Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold," Polyphony 2, April 2003.
  • "The Rapid Advance of Sorrow," Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, 11, November 2002.
  • "The Rose in Twelve Petals," Realms of Fantasy, April 2002.


  1. ^ a b "Summary Bibliography: Theodora Goss", Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Theodora Goss", Contemporary Authors Online (2008) Gale Biography In Context, Gale, Detroit
  3. ^ a b "The Monster in the Mirror: Late Victorian Gothic and Anthropology", English Dissertation Defense of Theodora Goss, Boston University, Oct 14, 2011. Retrieved 26 Oct., 2011)
  4. ^ a b Press, Theodora Goss web page. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. ^ Mike Allen, Disturbing Muses Wildside Press (2005) ISBN 0809556049
  6. ^ "Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss". December 7, 2016.
  7. ^ a b European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, Saga Press. ISBN 1481466534; ISBN 9781481466530
  8. ^ "SFPA Rhysling Award Archive", Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  9. ^ World Fantasy Convention, 2008 World Fantasy Award Winners and Nominees. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  10. ^ Jason Heller, "Review: 'The Alchemist's Daughter' Is No Frankenstein's Monster", NPR, June 20, 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Review: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter", Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  12. ^ Library Journal (July 1, 2006)
  13. ^ The Writers Directory (2012) St. James Press, Detroit
  14. ^ Karen J. Weyant, "Reviews: Voices from Fairyland: The Fantastical Poems of Mary Coleridge, Charlotte Mew and Sylvia Townsend Warner, edited and with poems by Theodora Goss", Strange Horizons, 22 Dec. 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2018.

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