Kirstyn McDermott was born in Newcastle, Australia, on Halloween - an auspicious date which perhaps accounts for her life-long attraction to all things dark and mysterious.
She has published short fiction in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies, including Aurealis, Scenes from the Second Storey, Macabre, Southerly, Island, GUD and Southern Blood.
Her debut novel, Madigan Mine, was published by Picador Australia in 2010. Her second, Perfections, is due for release in 2012. McDermott's work has been nominated for Bram Stoker and Australian Shadows Awards, and has been the recent recipient of Aurealis, Ditmar and Chronos Awards.
She lives in Melbourne with her husband and fellow scribbler, Jason Nahrung.