KELLY LINK QUOTES

American author (1969- )

We are sitting on our honeymoon bed in the honeymoon suite. We are in a state of honeymoon, in our honey month. These words are so sweet: honey, moon. This bed is so big, we could live on it. We have been happily marooned -- honey marooned -- on this bed for days.

KELLY LINK, Stranger Things Happen

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A monster. You and your friends, all of you. Pretty monsters. It's a stage all girls go through. If you're lucky you get through it without doing any permanent damage to yourself or anyone else.

KELLY LINK, Pretty Monsters

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Life is a series of sudden disappearances, leave-takings without the proper goodbyes.

KELLY LINK, Stranger Things Happen

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I didn't do anything as active as deciding that I wanted to be a writer. For one thing, I didn't feel like I was the final authority on whether or not I was anything like a writer. (I'm a timid soul.) I just kept writing stories, because becoming a veterinarian seemed as if it involved too much dissection.

KELLY LINK, "Words by Flashlight", Sybil's Garage, June 7, 2006

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There are stories about winter ghosts found tangled like lice in their lovers' hair. Dead people have no hair themselves, which is how they can be recognized in winter. But in summer, the living and dead may pass each other on the street, and no one knows the difference.

KELLY LINK, Magic for Beginners

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You may very well ask what the goddess of love is doing in St. Andrews, writing trashy romances. Adapting.

KELLY LINK, Stranger Things Happen

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A vampire is a flexible metaphor. You know, death, sex, change, stagnation, loss of self, loss of agency, having to keep one's real self secret, the possibility of something lasting forever: love, hate, grief.

KELLY LINK, "A Vampire is a Flexible Metaphor: An Interview with Kelly Link", Gigantic Magazine, October 23, 2013

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I think that we want to be led slightly astray when we're being told a story. Just a little wrong footed.

KELLY LINK, interview, Electric Lit, February 6, 2015

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You were going to travel for love, without shoes, or cloak, or common sense. This is one of the things a woman can do when her lover leaves her. It's hard on the feet perhaps, but staying at home is hard on the heart.

KELLY LINK, Stranger Things Happen

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Well, I don't ever leave out details, in that I don't come up with information or description which I don't then use. I only ever come up with what seems to me absolutely essential to make the story work. I'm not usually an overwriter. As I revise, it's usually a matter of adding in as much vivid details as seem necessary to make the story come clear without slowing down the momentum of the story.

KELLY LINK, interview, Apex Magazine, July 2, 2013

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As if our happiness, our good fortune, might rub off, contestants ask us for a light: they brush up against us in the halls, pull strands of hair off our clothing. Whenever we leave our bed, our room -- not often -- two or three are sure to be lurking just outside our door.

KELLY LINK, Stranger Things Happen

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I've gotten a little superstitious about listening to music when I write. Once a story is going somewhere, I keep listening to the same music whenever I work on that story. It seems to help me keep in voice, and alternatively, if I need to make some kind of dramatic shift, I'll go and put on something different to shake myself awake.

KELLY LINK, "Words by Flashlight", Sybil's Garage, June 7, 2006

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What I like about narrative in general is when there is some incongruity between the form and content. Let's say, mixing up the gothic with a coming-of-age narrative. Telling a love story that's also a monster story. Mixing up superhero tropes with your monster tropes. I like category confusion.

KELLY LINK, "A Vampire is a Flexible Metaphor: An Interview with Kelly Link", Gigantic Magazine, October 23, 2013

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I'd be flattered if someone said that my work is "too weird" for them. I value the uncompliment.

KELLY LINK, interview, Weird Fiction Review, November 2, 2011

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You have to salvage what you can, even if you're the one who buried it in the first place.

KELLY LINK, Pretty Monsters

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There was something about clowns that was worse than zombies. (Or maybe something that was the same. When you see a zombie, you want to laugh at first. When you see a clown, most people get a little nervous. There's the pallor and the cakey mortician-style makeup, the shuffling and the untidy hair. But clowns were probably malicious, and they moved fast on those little bicycles and in those little crammed cars. Zombies weren't much of anything. They didn't carry musical instruments and they didn't care whether or not you laughed at them. You always knew what zombies wanted.)

KELLY LINK, Magic for Beginners

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Becka might have been average in L.A., but average in L.A. is Queen of Mars in the visiting room of a federal penitentiary in North Carolina.

KELLY LINK, Magic for Beginners

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I love to be scared. I'm currently reading Colson Whitehead's Zone One, right?--?last night I thought, okay, I'll stop at the next section break and go to sleep. Only the next section break began in an old farmhouse in Northampton. As I was reading the book in an old farmhouse in Northampton, I kept going for a few more pages.

KELLY LINK, interview, Weird Fiction Review, November 2, 2011

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Having achieved limited success under difficult circumstances (wrong boy, wrong mouth, sticky bus floor, lingering aroma of someone's forgotten banana, two girls--Miranda and Amy--not even bothering to pretend not to watch over the back of the next seat), Clementine felt adequately prepared for the real thing.

KELLY LINK, Pretty Monsters

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Whether or not this story has a happy ending depends, of course, on who is reading it. Whether you are a wolf or a girl.

KELLY LINK, Pretty Monsters

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