Kat Clay is a crime and horror author from Melbourne, Australia. In 2017, she was longlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger award for her unpublished novel, Victorianoir. Her short story ‘Lady Loveday Investigates’ won three prizes at the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Awards, including the Kerry Greenwood Prize for Best Malice Domestic.
Kat’s short stories have been published in Aurealis, SQ Mag, and Crimson Streets. Her non-fiction and criticism has been published in The Guardian, The Victorian Writer, Literary Traveler, TNT, Travel Weekly, Matador Network and Weird Fiction Review.
Her novella, Double Exposure, was released in print and e-book with Crime Factory and was longlisted for the Davitt Award for Australian women’s crime fiction.
She has been nominated for Aurealis and Ditmar Awards, shortlisted in the SQ Mag Short Story Contest for her horror tale Reef, and received an honourable mention in the Australian Horror Writers Association Shadows Awards for non-fiction criticism.
She is represented by Paul Stevens at Donald Maass Literary Agency.
Her fiction traverses noir, horror, fantasy and the weird, exploring topics such as sinister cities, psychogeographies and the representation of women in fiction. When she’s tired of being serious, as a devotee of Miss Austen, she delves into social satire.
Kat holds undergraduate degrees in Media Arts and International Studies, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing from UTS. While studying at university, she completed a year abroad at the Universite de Poitiers, France. She speaks French and has visited over 35 countries, including living in South Korea for a year.
Her hobbies include hiking in national parks around the world, eating mint choc tops at retro cinemas and completing video games on nightmare mode.