Seanan McGuire

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Name: Seanan McGuire
Also Known As: Mira Grant
Occupation: author, filker, fan
Medium: books, fanfiction, music, art
Works: varied, see below
Official Website(s): [1] [2] [3]
Fan Website(s):
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Seanan McGuire is the creator of a wide variety of fannish and professional works in a variety of media. Fandoms include Star Trek, Doctor Who, Firefly, Stephen King, horror movies, etc.

She was interviewed in OTW 10th Anniversary Chat with Seanan McGuire & Martha Wells. She is also the author of the influential essay The Bodies of the Girls Who Made Me, about fanfiction and gender.


Seanan is the author of hundreds of filk songs (the lyrics for most are available in her online songbook) covering the full spectrum from comedy to ose. Many of these reference popular media fandoms (notably Firefly), while others are set in worlds of her own creation (notably the Babylon Wood). Themes running through her lyrics include fairy tales, mad science, tragic romance, and dinosaurs.

Seanan is the winner of Pegasus Awards for Best Performer (2007) and Best Writer/Composer (2008). She also, on release of the final Pegasus ballots in 2006, 2007, and 2008, proceeded to remix each slate of Best Filk Song nominees, producing alternate lyrics to each song set to the tune of another of the nominated works.

She has released four albums to date: Pretty Little Dead Girl, Stars Fall Home, Red Roses and Dead Things, and Wicked Girls.


Seanan has written and illustrated the irregularly appearing Webcomic "With Friends Like These", starring herself and many of her fannish friends and acquaintances. About a quarter of the strips are presently available via her Web site.

She has also produced a variety of incidental art including flyers, illustrations, and art cards, some of which are also archived on her Web site.


Most of Seanan's fanfiction has appeared via LiveJournal, and was set in media or media-related universes, notably Doctor Who, Veronica Mars, and the Martin's Passage continuity (Martin's Passage being a fannish spinoff of Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer). She has also produced fanfiction for a number of self-initiated challenges, in particular an annual "Fanfic Advent Project" involving a daily story in a fandom chosen from among comments made to her Livejournal.

Original Fiction

As followers of Seanan's Livejournal are aware, Seanan's ongoing writing projects are numerous enough to warrant posting of an ongoing monthly scorecard. Notable works include:

Velveteen vs.

The Velveteen vs. series began appearing on Livejournal in late August 2008, and focuses on Velma "Velveteen" Martinez, a reluctant superheroine attempting to escape the jurisdiction and influence of the Marketing Department of the Super Patriots, Inc. (West Coast Division). The first collection of stories, Velveteen vs. the Junior Super Patriots, has been published by ISFiC Press. The second collection, Velveteen vs. the Multiverse, is expected in August 2013.

October Daye

The October Daye novels are published by DAW Books, and chronicle the adventures of October "Toby" Daye, a half-blood fae living in the San Francisco Bay Area as she attempts to navigate the twin challenges of living among mortals and surviving the political intrigues of the fae courts with which she must also interact. Six books have been published to date:

  1. Rosemary and Rue
  2. A Local Habitation
  3. An Artificial Night
  4. Late Eclipses
  5. One Salt Sea
  6. Ashes of Honor
  7. Chimes at Midnight (September 2013, DAW)
  8. The Winter Long (September 2014, DAW)
  9. A Red Rose Chain (September 2015, DAW)
  10. Once Broken Faith (September 2016, DAW)

Related Short Stories

  1. Through This House (in Home Improvement: Undead Edition)
  2. In Salt-Sea Tears (free on Seanan's website)
  3. Rat-catcher (in a Fantasy Medley 2)


The Incyptid books are the second major series of books from Seanan McGuire, published by DAW.

  1. Discount Armageddon
  2. Midnight Blue-Light Special
  3. Half-Off Ragnarok (March 2014)

Incryptid Short Stories

  1. The Flower of Arizona (in Westward Weird, DAW)
  2. One Hell of a Ride (free on Seanan's website)
  3. No Place Like Home (free on Seanan's website)
  4. Married in Green (free on Seanan's website)
  5. Sweet Poison Wine (free on Seanan's website)
  6. Bad Dream Girl (in Glitter and Mayhem, Apex anthology, August 2013)


Written as Mira Grant, the Newsflesh trilogy is dark fantasy/horror concerning a global pandemic which leads to a zombie uprising.Both Feed and Deadline have been nominated for Hugo awards.

  1. Feed
  2. Deadline
  3. Blackout

Newsflesh Novellas

  1. Countdown
  2. San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats: A Newsflesh Novella
  3. How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea: A Newsflesh Novella (July 2013)

Wayward Children

Other Works

  1. Indexing (ongoing Kindle Serial, compiled version December 2013), urban fantasy fairy tales
  2. Parasite (October 2013), the first volume of Parasitology, a second series under the penname Mira Grant.
  3. Sparrow Hill Road (Summer 2014, DAW) featuring a ghost named Rose Marshall