Karin Tidbeck

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Karin Tidbeck
Karin Tidbeck (2015)
Tidbeck in 2015
Born (1977-04-06) April 6, 1977 (age 44)
LanguageSwedish, English
GenreFantasy, weird fiction

Karin Margareta Tidbeck (born 6 April 1977) is a Swedish author of fantasy and weird fiction.

Tidbeck debuted with the short story collection Vem är Arvid Pekon? in 2010,[1] followed by the novel Amatka in 2012. Their first work in English, the short story collection Jagannath, was published in 2012 by to favorable reviews,[2][3] with Gary K. Wolfe describing Tidbeck as "one of the most distinctive new voices in short fiction since Margo Lanagan".[4] The collection made the shortlist for the 2012 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award. The short story "Augusta Prima", originally written in Swedish, was translated into English by Tidbeck who won a Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award (2013) in the Short Form category.[5] The English translation of Amatka was published in 2017.

Tidbeck uses the personal pronouns they/them.[6]


  • Vem är Arvid Pekon? ("Who is Arvid Pekon?"), Man Av Skugga, 2010, ISBN 978-9185253128. In Swedish.
  • Amatka, Mix, 2012, ISBN 978-9186845346. In Swedish. Published in English in 2017.
  • Jagannath, Cheeky Frawg, 2012, ISBN 978-0985790400. In English.
  • Mage: The Ascension – Refuge, White Wolf Entertainment, 2017. In English. Interactive fiction video game.[7]
  • The Memory Theater, 2021. In English.


  1. ^ VanderMeer, Jeff (13 April 2011). "An Overview of International Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2010". Locus. Archived from the original on 24 July 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  2. ^ Barron, Natania (9 November 2012). "Karin Tidbeck's Jagannath: Weird in All the Right Ways". WIRED. Archived from the original on 27 November 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  3. ^ Cheuse, Alan (31 October 2012). "'Jagannath' Stories Are Weird In A Good Way". NPR. Archived from the original on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  4. ^ Wolfe, Gary K. (14 November 2012). "Gary K. Wolfe reviews Karin Tidbeck". Locus. Archived from the original on 21 November 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  5. ^ "SF&F Translation Award Winners". Locus. 26 August 2013. Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  6. ^ Tidbeck, Karin. "Press kit". Archived from the original on 2019-08-28. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  7. ^ Chalk, Andy (2017-02-17). "World of Darkness Preludes tells interactive tales of Vampires and Mages". PC Gamer. Future US. Archived from the original on 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2019-06-18.

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