Kathryn Hore


This is me

And as it says on the box, I’m a writer.

My speculative fiction, dystopian, feminist western novel, The Stranger, was released in 2022 from Allen & Unwin. It’s a classic “man with no name” riding into town tale, only this time the stranger turns out to be a woman, and she stirs up every dark and bloody secret the townsfolk thought they had long buried. It’s regularly called “more than a western” and a genre-twisting, subverting book that will take you to unexpected places. So go check it out over on The Stranger page.

More generally, I write the dark stuff and the political. Speculative fiction and crime, SF and horror, fantasy and noir. Dark Weird, new weird, weird weird. Urban decay. Cyberpunk. Philosophical dystopia and contemporary fairytale. Urban post-apocalyptic meta-narrative with a post-postmodern twist. You know, the classics.

While novels are my natural home, I’ve also had a bunch of short stories published over the years in several anthologies and magazines both in Australia and overseas. You can find out where to buy some of them over on the Stories page and even download a few for free. Who doesn’t like free stuff? 

For some time I was also a blogger, documenting my experience through the fun-filled world of assisted reproduction on Fun with IVF, which you can still go read if you’re in the market for that kind of thing.

When not writing, I’m an archivist, record keeper and sometime librarian in the higher education sector, currently University Archivist and head of Special Collections at the University of Melbourne. So if you want to talk about really old and rare books and records, I’m your girl. I also have a couple of kids, a couple of cats and a house full of plastic toys powered by fading batteries. You don’t know the meaning of fear until you’ve been shocked awake at 3am by a child’s toy blasting demonic sounds without warning as the batteries die a loud and agonising death. Trust me on this. 

So pop on over to The Stranger page to find out where to buy that, or the Stories page if you want something short and to the point, or the Contact page if you want to get in touch. I always love hearing from readers.