Kate Alice Marshall

Kate Marshall is the author of the Young Adult novels I AM STILL ALIVE and RULES FOR VANISHING, along with the upcoming Eden Eld middle grade series. Her science fiction and fantasy fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Crossed Genres, and elsewhere. 

She lives outside of Seattle with her husband, a dog named Vonnegut, and her two kids. They all conspire to keep her on her toes.

Kate Alice Marshall also publishes romance under the name Kathleen Kimmel.

Find Kate on her website, or follow her on Twitter @kmarshallarts.


  • Bram Stoker Award Finalist

    The Ashford Files
    Rules for Vanishing
    Kate Alice Marshall
    The Ashford Files
    Our Last Echoes
    Kate Alice Marshall
  • Eden Eld
    Kate Alice Marshall
  • Standalone
    I Am Still Alive
    Kate Alice Marshall


The Ashford Files

Rules for Vanishing
“Marshall ties together regional folklore, urban legends, and ghost stories to craft an exquisitely unsettling dark fantasy.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“A fantastic addition for those who are building up their suspenseful supernatural collections.”

School Library Journal

“Shudder-inducing and unusual, [RULES FOR VANISHING] checks all the boxes for a pulse-thumping read.”


“The setting was reminiscent of a dark fantasy novel, and concludes an equally haunting and shocking end that will keep you up at night.”

Twelve Pale Roses

“RULES FOR VANISHING is like Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation but for teenagers.”

Refinery 29

“With all sorts of paranormal/supernatural elements, great world-building, and a unique format, this book pulls the reader in right from the start.”

YA Books Central

“A classic on all fronts. Classic high school ghost story? Check. Classic contemporary YA thriller? Check. Classic multi-cast YA audiobook recording? Absolutely. Taking on the story’s Blair Witch Project-style narrative framing, YA audio stalwarts Jesse Vilinsky, Robbie Daymond and Rob Shapiro put in dependably solid performances. The teens’ voices are as alternately disaffected, hormonal and terrified as they need to be; those of the officials investigating the case after the fact are as serious as one would want when putting the haunting events of the story together. There are no musical flourishes or a stable of sound effects here, just a good old-fashioned ghost story.”

Paste Magazine, 13 Spooky New Audiobooks

“RULES FOR VANISHING has all the prerequisites of a horror classic—stunningly original, delightfully dark, and simply terrifying. A tense and exhilarating read for those with or without a pulse.”

Dana Mele, author of People Like Us

“Delightfully chilling! Marshall delivers riveting twists, gasp-out-loud surprises, and a series of truly haunting revelations right up to the final page in this irresistible mystery.”

Natalie C. Parker, author of Seafire

“This story is woven with eerie small town folklore, lost girls, and vengeful ghosts! I loved the documentary-style storytelling and I couldn’t read it fast enough.”

Shea Ernshaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep

Eden Eld

“Marshall’s paranormal middle-grade debut reads like an expanded, kid-friendly version of Ursula LeGuin’s The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas (1973).”


"A fast-paced plot combined with the unsettling implications and logic of fairy tales ensures that this supernatural series starter will keep readers up at night."

Publishers Weekly

"An enthralling mystery beats at the heart of this middle grade fantasy."

School Library Journal

"Big reveals and ancient talking cats add appeal to this story that will scratch any young horror fan's itch for a riveting and spooky tale."

The Muse Project

“Readers beware! This book is a trap: once you start reading, you will not be able to stop. THIRTEENS is a deliciously creepy stay-up-all-night adventure that will shiver through you like a cold October wind. I loved every page!”

Jonathan Auxier, Bestselling author of The Night Gardener and Sweep

“Creepy, mysterious, and a whole lot of fun. THIRTEENS kept me up well past my bedtime. I can’t wait to see what happens next!”

Cassie Beasley, New York Times bestselling author of Circus Mirandus


I Am Still Alive
“Kate Alice Marshall’s I AM STILL ALIVE may be the grand poobah of this season’s young adult thriller category, giving suspense pros like Lois Duncan and Stephen King a run for their (abundant) money. This tense wire of a novel thrums with suspense, but also unexpectedly poignant moments.”

The New York Times

“A taut, gripping page-turner with a strong female hero to root for.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“Marshall’s evocative, visceral language cultivates a vivid sense of the sheer physicality of Jess’ survival, and she breathes vibrant life not only into Jess’ character but also that of her irascible, loyal dog, Bo. With masterful pacing, rich characterization, a dynamic voice, and a thrilling blend of wilderness survival and revenge, this is an engrossing read from a writer to watch.”

Booklist, Starred Review

“Stayed up WAY too late last night because I could not put down the brilliant survival story I AM STILL ALIVE by Kate Alice Marshall. Oh my God. What a book.”

John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

“Marshall builds tension steadily as winter approaches and Jess plots her revenge. The diary format and Marshall’s immersive descriptions will hook readers into this exhilarating survival story.”

Publishers Weekly

“If Hatchet was your favorite book in grade school, but you wish it was filled with much more girl power, then I AM STILL ALIVE is the book you’ve been waiting for.”


“A gripping adventure…”

The Wall Street Journal

“An assured debut […] With no love interest or male authority figure coming to save the day, I AM STILL ALIVE is a refreshing feminist survival story with a distinctly cinematic feel.”

Entertainment Weekly

“This is a compelling survival story mystery that will have you flipping through the pages until you finish.”