Kit Reed 's career in a nutshell, in a 2011 review by James Lovegrove in the Financial Times: "She calls herself trans-genred, acknowledging that her fiction is too fantastical for most literati and too literary for most fans of the fantastic." Although she prefers the one-graf bio, this one's been expanded by the indefatigable Eric Van.
Trans-genred it is. The new novel is Son of Destruction (Severn House, UK 2012, US 2013) – the inside story of a spontaneous human combustion in polite society in Fort Jude, FL, which is more drawn-from-life than not. Cover painting by Joseph Reed. Introduced by Gary K. Wolfe, her new "best-of" collection, The Story Until Now: A Great Big Book of Stories¸ ranges from so-called "classics" like "The Food Farm" as well as six new and never-before-collected stories. She's happy to report that more than a third first appeared in this century, most recently in the January Asimov's SF. The Automatic Tiger on the cover is from a painting by Joseph Reed. Her collection What Wolves Know, from PS Publishing, was a 2011 Shirley Jackson nominee.
Reed's previous short fiction collections are Mister Da V. and Other Stories (Faber and Faber, 1967), including "Judas Bomb" and "Automatic Tiger" in the 7th and 10th The Annual of the Year's Best SF (Merril, ed.) and "Golden Acres" in Best SF: 1968 (Harrison and Aldiss, eds.); The Killer Mice (Gollancz, 1976), all but four stories reprinted in her subsequent U.S. collections; Other Stories and … The Attack of the Giant Baby (Berkley, 1981) including "The Food Farm" in SF 12 (Merril, ed.), "The Vine" and "Songs of War" in Best SF: 1967 and 1974 (Harrison and Aldiss, eds.), and "Winter" in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction (Cassill and Oates, eds.); The Revenge of the Senior Citizens**Plus (Doubleday, 1986), combining the new title novella with stories including 1998 Tiptree finalist "The Bride of Bigfoot"; Thief of Lives (University of Missouri, 1992), stories first published in non-genre outlets; Seven for the Apocalypse (Wesleyan University, 1999), including 1994 Tiptree finalist novel Little Sisters of the Apocalypse (Black Ice) and 1995 World Fantasy short fiction finalist "The Singing Marine"; Tiptree finalist Weird Women, Wired Women (Big Engine, 2004),with ten reprinted and nine new stories; and Dogs of Truth: New and Uncollected Stories (Tor, 2005), including 2004 International Horror Guild short fiction finalist "Family Bed" (aka "Escape from Shark Island") and "Perpetua" from Year's Best Fantasy 5 (Hartwell and Cramer, eds.). She was a Hugo new author finalist for 1958.
Her uncollected short fiction is in Mercenaries of Tomorrow (Anderson, Greenberg, and Waugh, eds.), Best Tales of Terror 2 (Crispin, ed.), Women of Darkness (Ptacek, ed.), Scare Care (Masterson, ed.), Fires of the Past (Jordan, ed.), Christmas Magic (Hartwell, ed.), The Nine Muses (Aguirre and Layne, eds.), Haunted Legends (Datlow and Mamatas, eds.), Naked City (Datlow, ed.), Unfit for Eden (Crowther and Gevers, eds.), F&SF, Asimov's, Sci Fiction, Strange Plasma, If, and Science Fiction Stories; and, among many non-genre outlets, The Yale Review and The Kenyon Review. "How It Works" appears in the July issue of The Yale Review; "Results Guaranteed" and "The Legend of Troop 13" are forthcoming in Asimov's.
Reed's earliest novels, and some later, are mainstream: Mother Isn't Dead, She's Only Sleeping (Houghton Mifflin, 1961), At War as Children (Farrar, Straus, 1964), The Better Part (Farrar, Straus/Signet, 1967), Cry of the Daughter (Dutton, 1971), Captain Grownup (Dutton, 1976), The Ballad of T. Rantula (Little, Dutton, 1979), and J. Eden (University Press of New England, 1996). Her genre novels are Armed Camps (Dutton, 1970), Tiger Rag (Dutton, 1973), Magic Time (Berkley/Putnam, 1980), Fort Privilege (Doubleday, 1985), Catholic Girls (Donald I. Fine, 1987), Little Sisters of the Apocalypse (see above), @expectations (Forge, 2000), ALA Alex Award winner Thinner Than Thou (Tor, 2004), Bronze (Night Shade, 2005), The Baby Merchant (Tor, 2006), and Enclave (Tor, 2009). The Night Children (Starscape, 1998) is her first and only YA novel. Blood Fever (Pocket, 1982) is as by "Shelley Hyde." As "Kit Craig" she has written psychological thrillers Gone (Little, Brown, 1992), Twice Burned (Headline/Berkley, 1993), Strait (Headline, 1995), Closer (Headline, 1997), Some Safe Place (Headline, 1998), and Short Fuse (Headline, 1999).
A 1964 Guggenheim fellow, she was the first American recipient of an international literary grant from the Abraham Woursell Foundation. Resident Writer at Wesleyan University, she also serves on the board of the Authors League Fund. The surviving Scottie is Killer (disguised as the Venerable Mackiller Reed, as the kennel club rejects aggressive dog names). He's named after Enclave's twelve-year-old hacker, Killer Stade; he could care less about the loss of the beautiful MacBride of Frankenstein in 2010.