Karin has a long history with World of Darkness. I vividly remember Karin posing assuming Horrid Form after a Rage game we played in together in the late 1990s, and she quotes Mage:The Ascension as one of her major sources of early inspiration for her writing. Her stories are often about realities in flux and the power of language, and how we all share the power to shape the world through our thoughts and words. Having her come back to Mage with us is a dream come true, and exactly the kind of thing we love to enable here at White Wolf.
Photo: Andreas Igefjord.
In the autumn of 2015 Karin volunteered to work in a refugee reception centre in Sweden as thousands of people escaping the war in Syria arrived in her home city of Malmö. The thoughts and feelings that her experience provoked are at the core of ”Refuge”.
It’s an important story. A personal story. And a story intimately tied to the core themes of Mage – the war for truth and the price of power.
Karin debuted with the short story collection Vem är Arvid Pekon? in 2010 followed by the novel Amatka in 2012, to be published internationally in 2017. Her first work in English, the short story collection Jagannath, was published in 2012 by Cheeky Frawg to favourable reviews, with Gary K. Wolfe describing Tidbeck as “one of the most distinctive new voices in short fiction since Margo Lanagan”.
The collection made the shortlist for the 2012 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award. The short story “Augusta Prima”, originally written in Swedish, was translated into English by Tidbeck who won a Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award (2013) in the Short Form category.
Beyond her work as a weird fiction author, Karin has worked in Swedens premiere SciFi bookstore, written live-action games about Nordic faeries and has gone on a pilgrimage to Santiago De Compostella.