K. A. Laity


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“Laity is a very remarkable sorceress indeed.”
~ Elizabeth Hand

“Laity is probably a figment of her own imagination, and what an imagination that is! A witty and inventive wordsmith. A natural storyteller. A one off!”
~ Paul D. Brazill

“It is a skilled writer who can make you laugh and come close to tears in a mere few pages.”
~ Crime Fiction Lover

“This was a very enjoyable, different read, a gripping mystery full of sly humour, witty wordplay and characters who, despite often being dead, are very fully brought to life.”
~ Crime Culture

“Laity has been proving for quite some time now that her noir prose ranks right up there with the likes of Meg Abbott, Dorothy B. Hughes, and Sara Paretsky.”
~ Vincent Zandri

“Laity is the literary Les Dawson.”
~ Tony Lane

“Laity mixes genres in ways that are always rewarding… a compelling writer who is utterly readable.”
~ Richard Godwin

“Kate’s work is always measured and elegant and is frequently very, very funny and her sense of humour runs pleasingly dark.”
~ Alasdair Stuart

2014 glasses BW squareK. A. Laity is an award-winning author, scholar, filmmaker, critic, editor, and arcane artist. Current research includes medieval Scots, crime fiction/films, and the writings of Leonora Carrington. Her short film A Fire Ritual for the Heart was featured in the Silent Fire exhibition co-curated by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Nasty Women Connecticut. Her fiction includes Chastity Flame, The Mangrove LegacyLush SituationLove is a Grift, Satan’s Sorority, How to Be Dull, White Rabbit, Dream Book, A Cut-Throat Business, Owl Stretching, and Pelzmantel. She has edited My Wandering Uterus, Respectable Horror, Weird Noir, Noir Carnival and Drag Noir, plus written many short stories, scholarly essays, songs, and plays. Laity has served as History Witch for Witches & Pagans. Her 2011-2 Fulbright Fellowship at the National University of Ireland, Galway, focused on Digital Humanities.

Her work has been translated into Italian, Polish, Slovene, German, and Portuguese. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Her podcast Is It Funny? can be found here. Her radio programme Surreal Noir can be found here.

She writes crime as Graham Wynd and historical fiction as Kit Marlowe.

For her music & performance visit Higora and Victoria Squid.