Lucy Sussex was born in New Zealand, and her writerly interests include science fiction, women’s writing, Australiana, crime fiction and horror. Her fiction has appeared widely, and been translated into various languages, including Polish and Japanese. She has edited four anthologies, including She’s Fantastical (1995), which was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award.
Her award-winning fiction includes books for younger readers; and the neo-Victorian novel, The Scarlet Rider. She has five short-story collections, My Lady Tongue, A Tour Guide in Utopia, Absolute Uncertainty, Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies (a best of), and Thief of Lives.
She has also been a long-standing newspaper reviewer. Her non-fiction books include studies of the mothers of the mystery genre, and colonial travel diaries. Her latest project is Victorian Blockbuster: Fergus Hume and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, about how a semi self-published book from Melbourne became the biggest-selling detective novel of the 1800s (Text, 2015).