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Seanan McGuire is an American writer and singer-songwriter.

McGuire is the current record holder of the most Hugo Award nominations in a single year, racking up five (and winning one) in 2013. Her October Daye series has made her a New York Times Bestselling Author as well. She also writes under the pseudonym Mira Grant.

In addition to her many prose novels, McGuire also writes comic books for Marvel. In 2018, she became the new ongoing writer of Spider-Gwen, and scripted the Mystique segment of X-Men: Black, as well as an X-Men: Gold annual. As part of the Age of X-Man crossover event, she wrote the tie-in series The Amazing Nightcrawler.

As a singer-songwriter in the filk genre, McGuire has released four albums to date.


Selected filmography:

Prose Novels

as Seanan McGuire

as Mira Grant

as A. Deborah Baker

  • Over the Woodward Wall (2020)
  • Along the Saltwise Sea (2021)


Short Stories

Comic Books

Marvel Comics


  • Pretty Little Dead Girl: Seanan McGuire and Friends Live at OVFF 2005 (2006)
  • Stars Fall Home (2007)
  • Red Roses and Dead Things (2009)
  • Wicked Girls (2011)

Tropes in her other works:

  • Author Appeal: Virology, infectious diseases, and herpetology.
  • Black Dude Dies First: in her horror novella' Final Girls the unnamed black technician is the first to die. But this story is very much about the rules by which horror movies operate, so it's almost a low key lampshade as used.
  • Creator In-Joke: There are several that appear in multiple books.
    • The poem "Mairzy Doats" appears in both the October Daye and Newsflesh books.
    • Being betrayed to the bad guys by a pair of shoes likewise appears in both sets of books.
    • The creepy children's book in Parasitology shares several lines with her filk about Silent Hill.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much the protagonist of any of her stories except for Parasite.
    • InCryptid has Verity (Antimony as well. Alexander can bring the snark from time to time but on the whole he's much more prone to dry academic humor).
    • Indexing's is Henry.
    • Newsflesh's is George, though the entire cast could qualify.
    • Ghost Roads has Rose.
    • October Daye has Toby, the Luidaeg, and several others.
    • Velveteen vs. has Velma.
    • Final Girls has Esther.
  • Gender-Blender Name: A number of her heroines go by masculine-sounding diminutives.
    • October "Toby" Daye
    • Georgia "George" Mason
    • Henrietta "Henry" Marchen
    • Jack and Kade from Every Heart A Doorway. Jack is short for Jacqueline. Kade is gender flip of Katie, because he is a trans boy.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: A lot of her filks are cheery, bouncy numbers about horrible diseases, zombies, etc. (For example, "Zombie Wedding" actually picks up a little when the narrator mentions she'll be committing suicide to marry her newly-dead boyfriend.)
  • The Needs of the Many: In Middlegame, Roger realizes to his horror that although he and Dodger can change the timeline, there are some awful things they ‘’must’’ leave intact in order to have any chance of preventing the Big Bad from remaking the world in his image. This includes tragedies from the death of their strongest ally’s brother (if the bad guys hadn’t callously used him as cannon fodder, she would’ve never had her Heel–Face Turn; she knows he has to stay dead for the greater good and is incredibly bitter about it) to an earthquake that kills thousands.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Ghosts and what they can do vary by the book unless it's a shared 'verse. The ghosts in DODODOD are different than those from the InCryptid books.
  • Promoted Fangirl: She's a major fan of the Alien franchise and its Final Girls, and got to write Alien:Echo, a young adult novel set in the universe.
  • Shout-Out: The author is an unabashed fan of Stephen King, and mentions other pop culture she's fond of as it comes up.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: In the short story "Dying With Her Cheer Pants On", the Fighting Pumpkins cheer squad, faced with an unstoppable alien invasion, summons Bloody Mary. They add "I killed your son", which, according to Urban Legend, will get Mary to kill everyone. Including them, but they don't care.
  • Teens Are Monsters:
    • Every Heart A Doorway: whether the teens are monstrous because they're teens or because they're no longer accustomed to reality as we know it is left to the reader.
    • Final Girls: Daphne and her clique of popular kids are bullies who take it to the point of violence. They are also a deliberate invocation of this trope, being part of a horror movie simulation.
  • Tuckerization: The author likes to toss in her good friends, but also has sold Tuckerization appearances in her books for charity.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: To the point of being a Villain Protagonist, the main character of Kingdom of Needle and Bone breeds a super-measles strain that permanently destroys infectees' abilities to be vaccinated, assuming they even survive, in order to convince the world of the seriousness of maintaining herd immunity. The initial outbreak alone kills ten million, including her own niece.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: For alchemy reasons, the incarnations' names in Middlegame have to rhyme. Sometimes you get Kim and Tim. Sometimes you get Roger and Dodger. Actually enforced in Dodger's case; there's a clause in her adoption paperwork that prevented her parents from changing her name.

Alternative Title(s): Mira Grant


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