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

Notes from Castle Flabbergasted

May 23, 2015 in About Kelly, Books, Sidekicks

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.

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In related news, a short story in this world will be out via July 22nd.


Friday Cat Blogging

May 22, 2015 in Cat Things, Friday Cat Blogging, Pets and other friends

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.

Friday Cat Blogging

May 16, 2015 in Cat Things, Friday Cat Blogging, Pets and other friends

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

Friday Cat Blogging

May 8, 2015 in Cat Things, Friday Cat Blogging, Pets and other friends

The hands are coming to get meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!


It’s so sad when a cat cracks like that…


Makes me want to cry.


Really, DIGNITY is everything for a cat.


I thought naps were everything for a cat.


Friday Cat Blogging

May 1, 2015 in Cat Things, Friday Cat Blogging, Pets and other friends

I not blurry, I stun camera lens with cutitude.


I iz not blurry either. I iz abstract art.


I iz even abstracter art!


Oh yeah? Well I iz abstracterer art! An not blurry at all!


Abstracterer iz not a word!


I iz a performance piece on existential angst of Rocky and Bullwinkle.


Book Signing Saturday May 2 Lafayette IN B&N

April 30, 2015 in About Kelly, Books, Events/Appearaces, Fallen Blade

I will be at the Lafayette Indiana Barnes and Noble this Saturday, May 2nd, from 1:00-3:00pm signing books and chatting with readers for the Darkened Blade launch.



Darkened Blade Launch Day

April 28, 2015 in Books, Fallen Blade, Publishing, Readings and Signings

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.

More info on Darkened Blade on it’s own page here at my website which includes an excerpt. Or the the Fallen Blade series as a whole…

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.

Friday Cat Blogging

April 25, 2015 in Cat Things, Friday Cat Blogging, Pets and other friends

I haz a sunbeam and you don’t!


I haz a sunbeam too, even if it is kind of sad and wan.


I haz no sunbeam, and I am sad.


I haz no sunbeam, and I going all Godzilla about it. Rarr!

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I hate you all, each and every one.


Upcoming Appearances Through July

April 20, 2015 in About Kelly, Events/Appearaces, Readings and Signings

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.

On May 28 I will be giving a keynote speech followed by a signing at the Computer & Writing Conference at the University of Wisconsin Stout at 11:45 am.

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.

George Scithers RIP (2010)

April 19, 2015 in Professionalism, Publishing, Reblogging Project, Writing

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.

(Originally published on the Wyrdsmiths blog April 19 2010, and original comments may be found there. Reposted and reedited as part of the reblogging project)