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S.M. Beiko

Samantha Mary (S.M.) Beiko is a Winnipeg-based artist, author, and editor.


Her first novel, The Lake and the Library, was nominated for the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book, as well as the 2014 Aurora Award. Her next series, The Realms of Ancient, began with Scion of the Fox (ECW Press, 2017), which won the 2018 Copper Cylinder Award. The sequels to follow are Children of the Bloodlands (2018) and The Brilliant Dark (2019). She is the co-editor of Gothic Tales of Haunted Love (Bedside Press, 2018), and the solo editor of its follow-up, Gothic Tales of Haunted Futures (Renegade Arts Entertainment, 2020.) Her short fiction has been anthologized in Gush: Menstrual Manifestos of Our Times (Frontenac House, 2018) and Parallel Prairies: Stories (Enfield & Wizenty, 2018).


Beiko is the artist and writer for the creator-owned webcomic, Krampus is My Boyfriend!, which won the 2020 Aurora Award for Best Graphic Novel, and was nominated for teh 2020 Joe Shuster Award for Best Webcomic. It can be read for free on the Webtoon App.

Her next novel, The Stars of Mount Quixx, releases in April 2023, and is part of a 5-book series called The Brindlewatch Quintet.

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