Margrét Helgadóttir

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Margrét Helgadóttir is a Norwegian-Icelandic author and anthology editor living in Oslo, Norway. Her stories have appeared in a number of both magazines and print anthologies such as In flight literary magazine, Gone Lawn, Luna Station Quarterly, Tales of Fox and Fae and Girl at the End of the World. Her debut book "The Stars Seem So Far Away" was published by Fox Spirit Books in 2015 and shortlisted to British Fantasy Awards 2016 as Best Collection. She’s currently working on her second book, a novel.

Margrét is editor for the anthology Winter Tales (2016). She is also editor of the anthology series "Fox Spirit Books of Monsters", 7 volumes published between 2014-2020. Both "African Monsters,” “Asian Monsters" and “Pacific Monsters” was sho
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[image error]I have great news! Pacific Monsters is shortlisted to British Fantasy Awards as Best Anthology, competing with four other strong anthologies! I am such a happy editor!

This is the third year in a row one of the annual monster books I edit is shortlisted to this award. I’m very humble and grateful.

Thanks to everyone who voted and the jury, and congrats to all the lovely authors a...

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Lovely read but so deliciously dark I had to read it in smaller takes with pauses. Beautiful about the relationship between the characters, amazing worldbuilding, and very realistic about a child’s mind. Also thought provoking: what makes a monster?
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The Stars Seem so Far Away by Margrét Helgadóttir
“«I flew the company’s last trip. The shuttle was packed with people not returning to Earth. They’d decided to spend the rest of their lives up there.’
‘Didn’t you want to stay up there?’
Roar laughed again. It sounded bitter. ‘I was given the choice, actually. Amongst the passengers I flew on that last trip were the director of the company and his family. He tried to persuade me. Said there wasn’t anything left on Earth. That it was all going downhill. That it was in the new worlds that there was hope.’
‘Wasn’t he right? Why didn’t you stay?’
‘Yes, he was right. I don’t know. I was so tired of travelling in space at that point. I longed to be on Earth, where I could breathe normally without oxygen replacement, where I could walk around freely with no restrictions. I didn’t have to stay indoors or wear spacesuits. It might sound crazy, but the last years I flew, I struggled with claustrophobia. It’s odd, the infinite space and all. But I felt so trapped.’
‘Do you regret it?’
‘Every day, kid.
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“Your grandma is a magician. Remember that time when you fell off your bicycle and she lifted you up onto the kitchen counter? She cleaned your bloody knees, washed the tears and snot off your face, told you funny stories and tickled your stomach until you giggled so hard it made you hiccup. The tears, the blood, the pain, your mum’s closed bedroom door—all vanished, as if your grandma had waved a wand—sim sala bim! Hard to keep your smile off your face now, no? She did such things. Still does. A trickster, she is. Always full of pranks and laughter. Like now, looking so wrinkled and pale in her bed, not responding. Bet she opens her eyes any moment now with that mischievous grin of hers, pleased she fooled you. You’ll both double over in laughing fits. Any moment now.
From: "Grandma's Tricks", In-flight literary magazine issue 4 2015”
Margrét Helgadóttir

“When they reached the entrance, Bjørg turned to take a last look at the whale before following Simik out. Under the bright spotlights, the skeleton seemed to shine, despite the dark water.
‘I think you are beautiful,’ she whispered. ‘Forgive us.”
Margrét Helgadóttir, The Stars Seem so Far Away

“«I flew the company’s last trip. The shuttle was packed with people not returning to Earth. They’d decided to spend the rest of their lives up there.’
‘Didn’t you want to stay up there?’
Roar laughed again. It sounded bitter. ‘I was given the choice, actually. Amongst the passengers I flew on that last trip were the director of the company and his family. He tried to persuade me. Said there wasn’t anything left on Earth. That it was all going downhill. That it was in the new worlds that there was hope.’
‘Wasn’t he right? Why didn’t you stay?’
‘Yes, he was right. I don’t know. I was so tired of travelling in space at that point. I longed to be on Earth, where I could breathe normally without oxygen replacement, where I could walk around freely with no restrictions. I didn’t have to stay indoors or wear spacesuits. It might sound crazy, but the last years I flew, I struggled with claustrophobia. It’s odd, the infinite space and all. But I felt so trapped.’
‘Do you regret it?’
‘Every day, kid. Every day. I look up at the stars in the night and wish I was there. They seem so far away, but they aren’t. It’s just a short flight. It’s killing me.»”
Margrét Helgadóttir, The Stars Seem so Far Away

“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

An you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You'll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.

And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
John Wayne

“Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.”
Kurt Vonnegut

“A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity."

[Letter to Max Brod, July 5, 1922]”
Franz Kafka

“Men go and come, but earth abides.”
George R. Stewart, Earth Abides
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