Hildur Knútsdóttir

Hildur Knútsdóttir was born in Reykjavik, Iceland on June 16, 1984. She writes fiction both for adults and teenagers, as well as plays, screenplays and short fiction. Hildur is known for her evocative fantastical fiction and spine-chilling horror, but her recent co-authored work with Þórdís Gísladóttir about the humorous crises of modern teenage life has also been well received.
Her first novel Sláttur came out in 2011 and her work has received various nominations and awards, including The Icelandic Women’s Literary Prize (2016), the Icelandic Literary Award (2017) and the Reykjavík Children’s Books Award (2019). Ljónið (e. The Lion) the first book in a new trilogy won the Reykjavík’s Children’s Books Awards in 2019. The sequel Nornin (e. The Witch) was nominated for the Icelandic Literary Award and The Reykjavík Children´s Books Award. The third and final book in the trilogy Skógurinn (e. The Wilderness) was published in 2020 and was also nominated for the Icelandic Literary Award. Last year Hildur and Þórdís Gísladóttir published the book Hingað og ekki lengra! (e. Enough is Enough!). It is the first book in a new book series about Vigdís Fríða and her friends, who are radical teenage girls in Reykjavik. The horror thriller Myrkrið á milli stjarnanna (e. The Dark Between the Stars) by Hildur is coming this autumn and also another book in the book series about Vigdís Fríða by Hildur and Þórdís Gísladóttir Nú er nóg komið! (Knock It Off Already!). She is currently writing a television series based on her duology Vetrarfrí and Vetrarhörkur. Hildur is a feminist and a climate activist. She lives in Reykjavik with her husband and their two young daughters.