Author details

Nina Allan


I was born in London and grew up in the south east of England. My first published piece of fiction appeared in a magazine called Dark Horizons in 2002. Since then, my stories have featured in numerous magazines and anthologies including The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Best Horror of the Year and The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime. My debut novel The Race was published in 2016, followed a year later by my second novel The Rift. I live and work in Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute.

About writer's work

I have a lifelong love of speculative fiction, including science fiction, the gothic, weird fiction and good old fashioned ghost stories. I am particularly interested in work that tests the boundaries of genre: playing with philosophical ideas, savouring language, and experimenting with form. Ideas around landscape and sense of place, memory and personal identity form important strands in all my novels and stories. Writers who have inspired me include Iris Murdoch, Joyce Carol Oates, M. John Harrison, Ali Smith and Alasdair Gray. I have won the British Science Fiction Award, the Novella Award, the Kitschies Red Tentacle and France’s Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire. I am currently working on a new novel, a mystery set on the Isle of Bute.   

Websites featuring the author

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Current events and projects

I am available for book club meetings, readings, talks, interviews, panel discussions and literary festival and bookshop events. I love connecting with audiences interested in the possibilities of speculative fiction, the contemporary literary novel, gothic, horror and weird fiction and/or ways to pursue their own writing ambitions. I have taken part in numerous panel discussions and bookshop events, as well as being a Guest of Honour at Mircon (Barcelona) in 2015, Edge-Lit (Derby) in 2016 and Fantasticon (Copenhagen) in 2017. In 2017 I undertook a writing residency in Paris under the aegis of La Maison de la Poesie. 

Contact details

Photo credit: Diana Patient


Local authority where they are based

Argyll and Bute

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Other1, Outer Hebrides, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

Teens, Adults

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Books written

The Dollmaker front cover

The Dollmaker

Author(s): Nina Allan
When master dollmaker Andrew Garvie befriends Bramber Winters through the Personals column of a collectors’ magazine, he becomes determined to meet her and confess his love.
The Rift front cover

The Rift

Author(s): Nina Allan
When Selena’s sister Julie disappeared at the age of seventeen, all hopes of seeing her again gradually receded.
The Race front cover

The Race

Author(s): Nina Allan
A young woman in an alternate Britain is desperate to help her wayward brother in his gamble to save the life of his kidnapped daughter.

The Harlequin

Author(s): Nina Allan
A First World War soldier returning to civilian life finds himself plagued by memories of the man he tried and failed to save.