About Lee

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-winner, Lee Murray is New Zealand’s most awarded speculative fiction writer and editor (twelve-time winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award and three-time winner of the Australian Shadows Award). She 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 seventeen anthologies of dark fiction. 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
Current Roles
  • Acquiring Editor, Omnium Gatherum Publishing US

  • Mentor/assessor HWA, NZSA, SpecFicNZ, YNZW

  • Co-founder and facilitator for youngNZwriters

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


International Bram Stoker Award

  • 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 for

  • Dead End Town in Cthulhu Deep Down Under II (Proposch, Sequeira and Stevens eds)

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 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)

Shirley Jackson 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 Sshort Story for Heart Music in Grotesque: Monster Stories


  • Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship Winner 2021

  • Honorary Fellow of the NZSA 2020

  • Beatson Fellowship Finalist 2020

  • Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship Finalist 2016

Photo: Paul Mannering