Lee Murray 



Lee Murray 

  • Author
  • General
  • Literature
  • Literature teacher
  • Poet
  • Author, editor, speaker, presenter, panelist, mentor, manuscript assessor, literary judge, literary conference convenor, essayist, poet, and screenwriter.

Lee Murray is a multi-award-winning writer and editor of science fiction, fantasy, and horror (Sir Julius Vogel, Australian Shadows) and a three-time Bram Stoker Award® nominee. She is a speaker, presenter, panelist, mentor, manuscript assessor, literary judge, essayist, poet, and screenwriter. Her literary works include the acclaimed Taine McKenna military thrillers (Severed Press, Australia), and Kiwi supernatural crime-noir series The Path of Ra (Raw Dog Screaming Press, USA) which she co-writes with her Wellington colleague Dan Rabarts, debut short story collection, Grotesque: Monster Stories (Things in the Well, USA), as well as several books for children. Lee’s stories and poems have appeared in iconic magazines like Space & Time and Weird Tales, among others. An anthologist, she is proud to have edited fifteen speculative works, including award-winning titles Baby Teeth: Bite Sized Tales of Terror and At the Edge (Paper Road Press) with Dan Rabarts, Te Kōrero Ahi Kā (SpecFicNZ) with Grace Bridges and Aaron Compton, and Hellhole: An Anthology of Subterranean Terror (Adrenaline Press, USA). She is the co-founder of Young New Zealand Writers, a volunteer group providing development and publishing opportunities for New Zealand youth, and the Wright-Murray Residency for Speculative Fiction Writers. She is a life member of Tauranga Writers and New Zealand speculative fiction writers’ group SpecFicNZ, and in 2020 was awarded international Horror Writers’ Association Mentor of the Year for 2019. In February 2020, Lee was made an Honorary Literary Fellow in the New Zealand Society of Authors Waitangi Day Honours.

Lee lives in New Zealand’s sunny Bay of Plenty where she dreams up stories from her office overlooking a cow paddock. For more information and updates, check out Lee’s website, or contact her on social media.

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  • Actively looking for sponsorship
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I offer workshops and presentations to students and adults on literary topics.