Help One of Our Best Writers with Health Expenses

Caitlin R. Kiernan has been fighting a medical condition for a few years now. It’s intensified and she’s incurred a lot of medical expenses. She blogs about it here. That entry also includes the link to donate money, as well as a link to an ebay auction. Please consider a donation. The first five people to pledge to donate money in the comments field below will received a hardcover signed first edition of Shriek: An Afterword from me, once that payment is confirmed.

Kiernan is one of our most accomplished stylists and has given me many hours of reading pleasure.

She is also a full-time writer. That’s not only a rare thing–it’s a dangerous thing, because it sometimes leaves you exposed.

Please consider posting the link to Kiernan’s blog entry about this on your own blog.


  1. says

    Although I’m broke and literally can’t afford what I’d like to send, I have posted a link on two of the forums I visit and shall add it to my blog later today. Just makes me sad/frustrated reading that, considering the American health care system.

  2. says

    Dammit, after a year of unemployment I can’t afford to give much, but I’m headed over to give something. Jeff, I already have a copy of Shriek — not signed, but still — so save it for someone else who can give, okay? Maybe the incentive will help. Nice — indeed, great — thought.

  3. Eddie Duff says

    I just sent a donation and will be checking out the Ebay auction.

    Jeff- Please save the Shriek for other people willing to contribute. I have enough copies as it is!


  4. says

    Done (the donation) and done (the spreading of the word in my own blog). I’m not too proud to be interested in a signed copy of Shriek, for that matter; but I’d have done this anyway.

  5. davidk says

    Hi Jeff
    Thanks for doing this! I donated yesterday, but don’t need another copy of Shriek. I think that CRK was the person who introduced me to your writing, by the way.


  6. says

    Caitlín Kiernan’s one of my favorites. She’s influenced my own writing and love of words. Just donated, bid on two of signed editions, and spread the word on my blog.

  7. says

    Thanks for alerting us to this, Jeff. I just made a donation and posted a link on my blog to Kiernan’s blog. I appreciate the incentive of the new edition of Shriek, but just knowing I’ve helped even a little is incentive enough.

  8. James Foster says

    Jeff –

    Unlike many, I was not familiar with Caitlin’s writing or her health problems until I read your post. I’ve spent a couple of hours yesterday reading through her postings and now have a couple of her books on the TBR pile. As a former paleontologist I share her passion for the good ol’ fossil record. Thanks for your sharing of her situation. I’ve also made a modest donation to her cause and wish her all the best. Of course, if SHRIEK is still available I’m eager to get around to it.

    All the best,


  9. says

    Too late to claim a book, which is okay, but I wanted to say you’re a great guy for doing this. :) I’ve been a reader of Caitlin’s blog and Sirenia Digest for about a year now, and I enjoy her style and her ideas greatly. She’s another victim of a health care system that isn’t just broken but atrophied.

  10. Jeff VanderMeer says

    James–yes, you still get a book, because some of the other folks who donated already have Shriek.

    Nadine–it’s just what you’re supposed to do. If you donated because of this blog entry, you do get a book. Again, a few people above who donated said no to the book because they already have it.