Catriona Ward was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the United States, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Her latest novel, the gothic thriller Sundial was called ‘Authentically terrifying’ by Stephan King, in addition to being selected as Observer Thriller of the Month and picked by USA Today, CNN and Apple Books as one of the best fiction titles of 2022.
Ward’s third breakout novel The Last House on Needless Street was shortlisted for the British Book Awards, the August Derleth Prize and the World Fantasy Award. Esquire has listed it as one of the top 25 best horror novels of all time. It was a Richard and Judy Book Club selection, a Times Book of the Month, Observer Book of the Month and a Sunday Times bestseller. The Last House on Needless Street is being developed for film by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish’s production company, The Imaginarium.
Ward’s second novel Little Eve won the 2019 Shirley Jackson Award, the August Derleth Prize at the British Fantasy Awards and was a Guardian best book of 2018. Her debut novel Rawblood won the 2016 August Derleth, making her the only woman to have won the prize twice. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and shortlisted for various prizes. She lives in London and Devon.