Allyson Bird's debut collection, Bull Running for Girls, won best collection, in the British Fantasy Society awards, 2009. Dark Regions Press published her second collection of stories, Wine and Rank Poison, in October of 2010. She is co-editor, with Joel Lane, of the anthology, Never Again, from Gray Friar Press in September 2010. Isis Unbound is her debut novel and it won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel for 2011.
She lives in the Wairarapa, New Zealand, with her husband and daughter. Occasionally she is drawn to strange places and people, and occasionally they are drawn to her. Her favourite playground, both as an adult and child, is the village graveyard. Once she wondered what would happen if she took one of the green stones from a grave. She has been looking over her shoulder ever since but has never given it back. www.birdsnest.me.uk