Kelly McCullough writes fantasy, science fiction, and books for kids of varying ages. He lives in Wisconsin with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats. His novels include the WebMage and Fallen Blade series — Penguin/ACE, and the forthcoming School for Sidekicks — Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He also dabbles in science fiction as science education with The Chronicles of the Wandering Star — part of an NSF-funded science curriculum — and the science comic Hanny & the Mystery of the Voorwerp, which he co-authored and co-edited — funding provided by NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. Kelly on Twitter, Facebook, G+, ello
So, my first novel for younger readers, School For Sidekicks, will be out on August 4th, and it now has two shiny starred reviews.
One from Kirkus.
And another from Publisher’s Weekly.
I’m delighted and blown away and generally euphoric.
See also: Notes from Castle Flabbergasted.
In related news, a short story in this world will be out via tor.com July 22nd.
What the hell was that noise?
I howl for shame in the cone!*
Dude, chill, it’s not like dogs have any dignity to start with.
Cats. Cats have dignity. We are deep and arty.
And mighty tasty too!
You are ruining the dream, man. Totally ruining the dream.
*Not actually a howl, a yawn.
Lola isn’t happy about the cone, but she’ll be fine in a few days.
A special behind the scenes look at the art of Friday Cat Blogging.
Shown here, our professional photographer and our cat fluffer.*
Hey, I never got a fluffer!
I don’t want a fluffer.
I want those treats, but they’re too far away
I want faarrr. That’s fire in Southern.
*With apologies to my brother-in-law Sean Murphy, and Bill Henry
Darkened Blade is out today! One bizarre and possibly self-protective quirk of my psychology means that every time I have a book out it comes as a huge surprise to me on launch day.
*panics* *runs around like poultry sans cranium* *deep breaths*
So, yes, Darkened Blade is the 6th and final book of the Fallen Blade series and it’s out today and it would be awesome if you all went out and bought it. Maybe even two—it makes a great present, slender affordable, shiny cover, good a paperweight, absorbs spills, etc.
And now I’m off to hide under a rock until my reading tonight at the Har Mar Barnes & Noble in Minnesota…
If you’re wondering where else I might be doing things that involve the book or appearances in general. Here’s my current list of upcoming appearances.
Oh, and here’s a recent interview I did at Scrivener’s Soapbox podcast if the Darkened Blade launch day scramble isn’t more than enough me for you.
One week warning: I will be reading from Darkened Blade at 7pm on April 28 at Barnes & Noble in Roseville MN
I will be at the Lafayette IN Barnes and Noble on May 2nd from 1:00pm-3:00pm.
I will be at Uncle Hugo’s in Minneapolis on Saturday May 9th at 1:00 PM.
I will be at the 4th Street Fantasy Con June 26-28 in Minneapolis MN.
Finally, I will be at CONvergence in Bloomington MN July 2-5.
On this date in 2010 I posted a farewell to George Scithers. As part of my ongoing efforts to get copies of all my various bits of creative centralized or mirrored on my own website I am posting it again here:
George Scithers has left the building and it makes me very sad. He was one of the editors who bought my first story along with Darrell Schweitzer at Weird Tales. He’s also the editor who is a part of one my all time favorite writing anecdotes which I call: Same story same editor different day.
You see, I was an idiot once (well more than once, but I’m just talking about in relation to George here). At World Fantasy a number of years ago George asked me why he hadn’t seen anything of mine recently so I hallway pitched him a story called FimbulDinner and he asked to see it.
The problem was that he had already rejected this particular story a couple of years previously, but I’d forgotten that, and apparently so had he.
Anyway, I sent it, then realized a week or two later that he’d rejected it, and sent a note apologizing for the mistake. My note crossed the acceptance in the mail, and the story was published by Weird Tales.
There are two lessons in that anecdote. First, don’t do this if you can possibly avoid it. Second, all that any rejection means is that that editor didn’t buy it on that day.
George was a splendid old fellow and I’m going to very much miss knowing he was somewhere in the world.