Gemma Files was born in London, England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her story “The Emperor’s Old Bones” won the 1999 International Horror Guild award for Best Short Fiction. She has published two collections of short work (Kissing Carrion and The Worm in Every Heart, both Prime Books) and two chapbooks of poetry (Bent Under Night, from Sinnersphere Productions, and Dust Radio, from Kelp Queen Press). A Book of Tongues, her first Hexslinger novel, won the 2010 DarkScribe Magazine Black Quill award for Small Press Chill, in both the Editors’ and Readers’ Choice categories. A Rope of Thorns will be followed by the final Hexslinger novel, A Tree of Bones.