About Lee

USA Today bestseller and four-time international Bram Stoker Award-winner, Lee Murray is New Zealand’s most awarded speculative fiction writer and editor. A Shirley Jackson Award-winner, Lee is the author of numerous novels, novellas, and short fiction, including the double award-winning Taine McKenna speculative thriller series (Severed Press), supernatural crime-noir series Path of Ra (Raw Dog Screaming Press) which she co-writes with Wellington author, Dan Rabarts, and debut collection Grotesque: Monster Stories. She is proud to have edited eighteen anthologies of dark fiction, including multi-award-winning Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women (with Geneve Flynn). She also holds Bram Stoker and Australian Shadows Awards for poetry. Lee lives with her family in the sunny Bay of Plenty where she conjures up stories for readers of all ages from her office overlooking a cow paddock.

  • Grimshaw Sargeson Fellow, 2021
  • Honorary Literary Fellow of the New Zealand Society of Authors, Waitangi Day Honours, 2020
  • Horror Writers Association Mentor of the Year 2019
  • Life Member of Tauranga Writers, New Zealand's longest standing writing group, 2020
  • Life Member of SpecFicNZ (Speculative Fiction Writers of New Zealand), 2018
  • Co-founder and facilitator for youngNZwriters

  • Co-founder Wright-Murray Residency for Speculative Fiction Writers

Current Roles
  • Co-Chair HWA Wellness Committee

  • Mentor/assessor HWA, NZSA, SpecFicNZ


International Bram Stoker Award

  • 2021 WINNER for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction for Permanent Damage in Attack from the 80s (Eugene Johnson ed.)

  • 2021 WINNER for Tortured Willows: Bent, Bowed, Unbroken, with Angela Yuriko Smith, Geneve Flynn, and Christina Sng

  • 2020 WINNER for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection for Grotesque: Monster Stories (Things in the Well)

  • 2020 WINNER for Superior Achievement in an Anthology for Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women (Omnium Gatherum Media

  • 2019 nominee for Superior Achievement in a Novel for Into the Ashes (Severed Press)

  • 2018 nominee for Superior Achievement in an Anthology for Hellhole: An Anthology of Subterranean Terror

  • 2018 nominee for Superior Achievement in a Short Story forDead End Town in Cthulhu Deep Down Under II (Proposch, Sequeira and Stevens eds)

Shirley Jackson Award

  • 2020 WINNER for Best Anthology for Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women

Sir Julius Vogel Awards

  • Best Novel for Into the Sounds, 2019

  • Best Novel for Hounds of the Underworld with Dan Rabarts, 2018

  • Best Novel for Into the Mist, 2017

  • Best Collected Work for Te Korero Ahi Ka, with Grace Bridges and Aaron Compton, 2019

  • Best Collected Work for At the Edge with Dan Rabarts, 2017

  • Service to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Lee Murray, 2017

  • Best Short Story for The Thief’s Tale, 2016

  • Best Short Story for Inside Ferndale, 2015

  • Best Novella/Novelette for Cave Fever, in Regeneration, 2014

  • Best Collected Work for Baby Teeth with Dan Rabarts, 2014

  • Best Short Story for Hope is the Thing With Feathers 2013

  • Best Youth Novel for Battle of the Birds, 2012

Australasian Shadows Awards

  • Best Poetry for Cheongsam in Tortured Willows: Bent, Bowed, Unbroken (Yuriko Publishing)

  • Best Edited Work for Hellhole: An Anthology of Subterranean Horror, 2019

  • Best Edited Work for Baby Teeth with Dan Rabarts, 2014

  • Best Edited Work for Midnight Echo #15, 2020

Skoutz Award for Horror Fiction, 2021 (Germany)

  • Finalist for Beutezeit (German translation of Into the Mist)​

British Fantasy Award, 2021

  • Finalist for Best Anthology for Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women

Aurealis Award, 2021

  • Finalist for Best Anthology for Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women

International Imadjinn Awards, 2021

  • Finalist for Fiction Collection for Grotesque: Monster Stories

Ladies of Horror Fiction Award, 2021

  • Finalist for Best Short Story for Heart Music in Grotesque: Monster Stories

Lit Retreat

  • Editor of the Year 2021

Poetry Awards

  • Elgin-nominated poet for Tortured Willows, 2021, 2nd-place winner

  • Rhysling-nominated poet, short and long forms, 2021, for 'orchid moon', 'exquisite' and 'Interview with a Goddess'. Honorable Mention for 'exquisite'. 

  • Pushcart-nominated poet, 2021

  • Dwarf Star-nominated poet with Honorable Mention for 'fury'. 

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction-nominated poet for Tortured Willows, 2021


  • Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship Winner 2021

  • Honorary Fellow of the NZSA 2020

  • Beatson Fellowship Finalist 2020

  • Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship Finalist 2016

Photo: Paul Mannering