American author Christina Henry was born on 13th August 1974 in New York and she now lives in Chicago with her husband and son. Henry is a fantasy and science fiction author known for writing the nationally best-selling series Black Wings (Black Wings, Black Night, Black Howl, Black Lament, Black City, Black Heart and Black Spring) which feature the ‘Agent of Death’ Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving sidekick, a gargoyle called Beezle.
Christina Henry is also known for her re-tellings of classic stories including her Chronicles of Alice Duology (Alice and Red Queen), which are dark and twisted transformations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In 2015, Alice was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year in the Science Fiction and Fantasy category. The same year, it was also one of Barnes and Noble’s bestselling Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, and it was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards.
As well as her re-imaginings of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Christina Henry has also tackled several other well-known pieces of literature and fairy tales. Her collection of adaptations includes; The Girl in Red – a dark re-telling of Red Riding Hood, The Mermaid – a feminist, fantasy tale based on P.T. Barnum’s mermaid hoax, and Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook – an origin story for the character of Captain Hook from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.
Next year, Christina Henry will be releasing a third book in her Chronicles of Alice series, taking it from a duology to a trilogy. Looking Glass by Christina Henry will be published in April 2020 and is available to pre-order now and until then, why not enjoy these fantastical quotes from the author to celebrate her birthday?
“You came, you saw, you burned everything to the ground.”
“If you go chasing your freedom your fate will only follow you there and force you back.”
“And it made me love him a little less, and the memory of that smile hurt deep down in the place where I kept all my secrets and my sorrows.”
“Humans often valued what they should not, she reflected, and most often they did not value what was right before their eyes.”
“Sometimes the lure of thought and memory was too much for her, a tug that compelled her away from the world and into her own head.”
“One thing Red had learned from years of reading and movie watching was that people were far scarier than any disease or zombie or alien or face-eating monster.”
“So what if this bunch of beautiful poseurs didn’t think I looked like much? I knew the content of my own character, and I didn’t need their approval.”