Octavia Cade

Biography

My name’s Octavia Cade. I have a PhD in science communication, and I’m currently researching seagrass restoration, focusing on the New Zealand species Zostera muelleri.

I’m also a writer – you can read my stories at Strange Horizons, Cosmos, and a number of other places. I mostly write short speculative fiction.

I also do a lot of tramping, and most of the time I manage not to injure myself. My dream is to one day complete Te Araroa, a walking trail that goes the entire length of NZ. I’ve done bits and pieces of it, and it’ll probably take me another ten years, but one day – one day dammit! – I will finish the thing.

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Books

Food and Horror: Essays on Ravenous Souls, Toothsome Monsters, and Vicious Cravings
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 61,730. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Science Fiction & Fantasy
Hansel and Gretel. Turkish Delight. Viscous blood and meaty gristle. From the rituals that surround mealtime to the culture-spanning tales of insatiably hungry monsters, food is often used as both tool and metaphor in speculative fiction. In this award-winning collection of fifteen essays from Octavia Cade, the intersection of food and horror is explored in bone-crunching, marrow-slurping detail.
The Convergence of Fairy Tales
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,060. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2016 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The Sleeping Beauty woke with a heartbeat between her legs. Five classic fairy tales are reimagined by award-winning master of horror Octavia Cade in The Convergence of Fairy Tales. Sleeping Beauty. The Snow Queen. Snow White. The Frog Princess. Rapunzel. Five new fairy tales. Five different accounts of betrayal, of power, and rage.
The Life in Papers of Sofie K.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,540. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Maths and monsters and magical realism. This dark fantasy novella tells the story of nineteenth-century mathematician Sofia Kovalevskaya. A nursery wallpapered with calculus begins a journey through Europe - and a reputation for unnatural behaviour...
The August Birds
Price: Free! Words: 48,440. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
(3.00 from 1 review)
Time-travelling ravens Muninn and Huginn visit a dying boy to grant him his final wish. August desperately wants to be a scientist, and the ravens take him on a journey through history to see science... the science that happened in the month he was named after. But although August doesn't know it, Muninn has her own reason for helping him...
The Mussel Eater
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,900. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2014 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Karitoki is fascinated by the Pania, who beckons him with her plump, scaled flesh, her razor-sharp nails, her fish-oil scent. His Pania, he believes, loyal to him just as she is loyal to the lives of the dolphins and whales she guards. His Pania, if only she would eat the delicate mussels he cooks for her, every day, by the sea. But a Pania never eats cooked food.

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