Kitty Norville

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Kitty Norville is the main character of a series of novels by Carrie Vaughn. She is a werewolf who hosts a popular syndicated radio phone-in show based in Denver called "The Midnight Hour". The program focuses on supernatural issues.

Kitty and the Midnight Hour[edit]

Kitty and the Midnight Hour
KittyandtheMindightHour cover.jpg
First edition cover
Author Carrie Vaughn
Cover artist Craig White [1]
Country United States
Language English
Series Kitty Norville
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Warner Books
Publication date
2005
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 288 pp (first edition, paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-446-61641-9 (first edition, paperback)
OCLC 62096687
Followed by Kitty Goes to Washington

'Kitty' Norville, a late-night radio DJ, accidentally starts a late-night talk show about Werewolves, Vampires, and other mythical creatures. The catch is - she's a werewolf herself, and the secret is supposed to stay silent.

Plot points[edit]

  • Carl is the Alpha of the pack and therefore able to physically dominate his pack.
  • Kitty spends the novel dealing with multiple attempts on her life.
  • A preacher is offering to 'save' the supernatural community if they come and join his traveling Bible show. A Midnight Hour listener calls in to confirm Kitty's suspicions that all is not right with this show. This plot point is completed in Kitty Goes to Washington.
  • Being supernatural is not a state Kitty wants her listeners to aspire to. While it may sound cool, the reality is not what they expect.

Kitty Goes to Washington[edit]

Kitty Goes to Washington
KittyGoestoWashington cover.jpg
Author Carrie Vaughn
Cover artist Craig White [2]
Country United States
Language English
Series Kitty Norville
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Little, Brown
Publication date
July 2006
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 260 pp (first edition, paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-446-61642-7 (first edition, paperback)
Preceded by Kitty and the Midnight Hour
Followed by Kitty Takes a Holiday

Some editions of this novel also includes the short story Kitty Meets the Band.

Plot points[edit]

  • Kitty learns more about vampires, whom she was generally suspicious of, and stays with one during her trip. This vampire has kept close ties to her mortal family, who all seem to love their many times great-grandmother.
  • A new love interest appears in the form of a were-jaguar, names Louis who is also part of the Brazilian embassy.
  • Ben's relationship with Kitty and his personality are developed.
  • The supernatural community claims werewolves and vampires are created by a disease. Government researchers decide to medically study victims of such attacks.
  • Kitty meets a psychic and television personality. At first she believes he is a hoax, but after speaking with him for a few minutes she becomes convinced he is genuine and realizes how ironic her behavior is given her condition.
  • Kitty and company defeat a powerful fae posing as a Christian preacher who can "cure" werewolves and vampires. Instead, he is feeding on the hopes and fears of his supernatural congregation. The fae is banished from this world, and may or may not return in future installments. The supernaturals under his control were freed.
  • The crazed Senator Duke kidnaps Kitty. He wants to show the world how vicious werewolves are, and keeps her caged up and under cameras during a full moon. She changes, but rather than being vicious and entertaining for the newsmen, she curls up in the back of her cell.

Kitty Takes a Holiday[edit]

Kitty Takes a Holiday
KittyTakesaHoliday cover.jpg
First edition cover
Author Carrie Vaughn
Cover artist Craig White [3]
Country United States
Language English
Series Kitty Norville
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Little, Brown
Publication date
April 2007
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 336 pp (first edition, paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-446-61874-8 (first edition, paperback)
Preceded by Kitty Goes to Washington
Followed by Kitty and the Silver Bullet

After her lycanthropy is captured on film in Washington, Kitty decides to go on vacation. She rents a cabin and decides to write a book of her memoirs. Trouble quickly ensues as slaughtered animals are left outside her door and a visitor from her past arrives with unexpected news.

Plot summary[edit]

With the money she got from her lawsuits in Washington, Kitty has decided to take some time off from her radio show. Inspired by Thoreau and his experiences at Walden, she rents a cabin and beings to write a book, although she has a hard time focusing.

During Kitty's vacation, Cormac drives up to her cabin with an injured Ben and tells Kitty that he had called Ben to help with a werewolf hunt. Ben was attacked and infected by one of the werewolves, who Cormac then killed. They mend Ben the best they can while Ben makes it clear that he would rather be dead than a werewolf. Kitty decides that she is going to show Ben that he can live with lycanthropy. She takes him in, then finds that the only way to make him safe is to create a new pack of the two of them, which makes her alpha. She is with him for his first change on the full moon.

While Ben is being tended to, Kitty tells Cormac about the dead animals that have been left on her door step along with small barbed-wire crosses. He thinks that these objects are part of a curse and makes some calls. The objects begin to get worse as a circle of crosses are left surrounding Kitty's cabin and skinned animals are left hanging in the trees. Cormac continues to look into the curse, until he finds Ben and Kitty sleeping in each other's arms. Upset, he gets in his Jeep and leaves.

A few nights later, Tony Rivera shows up at the cabin, called by Cormac. He tells Kitty that he can find out who is attempting to use magic on her. He traces the magic back to Alice and Sheriff Marks, but it backfired and drew dark energy to the region rather than repelling it. The locals agree to break the curse on Kitty. As they are about to lift it, the use of magic draws the attention of the skinwalker that had been involved in the attack on Ben. Kitty tries to fend it off, but it pins her to the ground and attacks. Cormac arrives in time to injure the skinwalker, who shifts back to Miriam Wilson, and then he kills her.

Despite the killing being self-defense, Cormac is arrested. Ben and Kitty work to prove his innocence by driving to New Mexico, where Ben had been attacked, to try to find evidence that Miriam was a skinwalker. Though the local attorney believes in skin-walkers, he is being pressured by Sheriff Marks to press charges, and Cormac has too much of a record of skirting the law to not prosecute. Cormac takes a plea-bargain of four years in prison. Kitty ends her vacation after Cormac's trial, and goes back to her show, "Kitty and the Midnight Hour." She also finishes her book.

Plot points[edit]

  • Ben becomes a werewolf.
  • We learn about Cormac’s past and his family.
  • Kitty receives several different forms of magical protection.

Kitty and the Silver Bullet[edit]

Kitty and the Silver Bullet
Kittyandthesilverbullet.jpg
Pre-release Cover
Author Carrie Vaughn
Cover artist Craig White [4]
Country United States
Language English
Series Kitty Norville
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Warner Books
Publication date
2008
Media type Print (Paperback)
Preceded by Kitty Takes a Holiday
Followed by Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand

The fourth book in the Kitty Norville series was released in 2008.

After visiting Cormac in jail, Kitty has a miscarriage. Kitty and Ben are visited by Rick, who tells them he needs to take over as head vampire of Denver and asks them if they will help. Kitty declines and Rick leaves. Later, Kitty is told that her mother may have cancer. Kitty rushes to Denver to see her mother taking Ben with her, and Kitty introduces Ben to her family. Kitty meets a new vampire: Mercedes Cook, an actress. Kitty then meets Carl and Meg again and they add to the problems with Rick and the head vampire problem, Ben becomes worried for Kitty's safety and teaches her how to use a gun. At the end Kitty shoots Meg and Carl is killed by his pack and Kitty and Ben become the Alpha pair of the pack. Ben also proposes to Kitty.

Plot Points[edit]

  • Kitty returns to Denver with Ben and must deal with Carl and Meg.
  • The vampires gear up for a fight over leadership, and much is revealed about the habits of vampires in Kitty's universe.
  • Kitty has a miscarriage.
  • Ben and Kitty become engaged.

Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand[edit]

Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand
Author Carrie Vaughn
Cover artist Craig White [5]
Country United States
Language English
Series Kitty Norville
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Warner Books
Publication date
Feb 2009
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 320
ISBN 0-446-19953-2
Preceded by Kitty and the Silver Bullet
Followed by Kitty Raises Hell

Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping fru-fru drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live TV, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters. Elsewhere on the Strip an old-school magician might be wielding the real thing; the vampire community is harboring a dark secret; and the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act is determined to seduce Kitty. Sin City has never been so wild, and this werewolf has never had to fight harder to save not only her wedding, but her very life.

Kitty Raises Hell[edit]

Kitty Raises Hell
Author Carrie Vaughn
Cover artist Craig White [6]
Country United States
Language English
Series Kitty Norville
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Warner Books
Publication date
Apr 2009
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 336
ISBN 0-446-19954-0
Preceded by Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand
Followed by Kitty's House of Horrors

Sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas.

Kitty and Ben flee The City That Never Sleeps, thinking they were finished with the dangers there, but the sadistic cult of lycanthropes and their vampire priestess have laid a curse on Kitty in revenge for her disrupting their rituals. Starting at the next full moon, danger and destruction the form of fire strikes Kitty and the pack of werewolves she's sworn to protect.

She enlists the help of a group of TV paranormal investigators - one of whom has real psychic abilities - to help her get to the bottom of the curse that's been laid on her. Rick, the Master vampire of Denver, believes a deeper plot lies behind the curse, and he and Kitty argue about whether or not to accept the help of a professional demon hunter - and vampire - named Roman, who arrives a little too conveniently in the nick of time.

Unable to rely on Rick, and unwilling to accept Roman's offer of help for a price, Kitty and her band of allies, including Vegas magician Odysseus Grant and Kitty's own radio audience, mount a trap for the supernatural being behind the curse, a destructive force summoned by the vengeful cult, a supernatural being that none of them ever thought to face.

Kitty's House of Horrors[edit]

Kitty's House of Horrors
Author Carrie Vaughn
Cover artist Craig White [7]
Country United States
Language English
Series Kitty Norville
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Warner Books
Publication date
Jan 2010
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 304
ISBN 0-446-19955-9
Preceded by Kitty Raises Hell
Followed by Kitty Goes to War

Talk radio host and werewolf Kitty Norville has agreed to appear on TV's first all-supernatural reality show. She's expecting cheesy competitions and manufactured drama starring shapeshifters, vampires, and psychics. But what begins as a publicity stunt will turn into a fight for her life.

The cast members, including Kitty, arrive at the remote mountain lodge where the show is set. As soon as filming starts, violence erupts and Kitty suspects that the show is a cover for a nefarious plot. Then the cameras stop rolling, cast members start dying, and Kitty realizes she and her monster housemates are ironically the ultimate prize in a very different game. Stranded with no power, no phones, and no way to know who can be trusted, she must find a way to defeat the evil closing in . . . before it kills them all.

Kitty Goes to War[edit]

Kitty Goes to War
Author Carrie Vaughn
Cover artist Craig White [8]
Country United States
Language English
Series Kitty Norville
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
Jun 2010
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 352
ISBN 0-7653-6561-8
Preceded by Kitty's House of Horrors
Followed by Kitty's Big Trouble

Kitty Norville, Alpha werewolf and host of The Midnight Hour, a radio call-in show, is contacted by a friend at the NIH's Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology. Three Army soldiers recently returned from the war in Afghanistan are being held at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. They're killer werewolves—and post traumatic stress has left them unable to control their shape-shifting and unable to interact with people. Kitty agrees to see them, hoping to help by bringing them into her pack.

Meanwhile, Kitty gets sued for libel by CEO Harold Franklin after featuring Speedy Mart—his nationwide chain of 24-hour convenience stores with a reputation for attracting supernatural unpleasantness—on her show.

Very bad weather is on the horizon.

Kitty's Big Trouble[edit]

Kitty's Big Trouble
Author Carrie Vaughn
Cover artist Craig White [9]
Country United States
Language English
Series Kitty Norville
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
Jun 2011
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN 0-7653-6565-0
Preceded by Kitty Goes to War
Followed by Kitty's Greatest Hits

Kitty Norville is back and in more trouble than ever. Her recent run-in with werewolves traumatized by the horrors of war has made her start wondering how long the US government might have been covertly using werewolves in combat. Have any famous names in our own history might have actually been supernatural? She's got suspicions about William Tecumseh Sherman. Then an interview with the right vampire puts her on the trail of Wyatt Earp, vampire hunter.

But her investigations lead her to a clue about enigmatic vampire Roman and the mysterious Long Game played by vampires through the millennia. That, plus a call for help from a powerful vampire ally in San Francisco, suddenly puts Kitty and her friends on the supernatural chessboard, pieces in dangerously active play. And Kitty Norville is never content to be a pawn. . . .

Kitty's Greatest Hits[edit]

Kitty's Greatest Hits
Author Carrie Vaughn
Cover artist Craig White [10]
Country United States
Language English
Series Kitty Norville
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
Aug 2011
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 320
ISBN 0-7653-2957-3
Preceded by Kitty's Big Trouble
Followed by Kitty Steals the Show

Compilation of Kitty Norville, short fiction including 2 new stories.

Includes:[1]

  • Conquistador de la Noche, 2009 (the origin story of Denver's Master vampire, Rick)
  • A Princess of Spain, 2007
  • Il Est Né, 2008
  • The Book of Daniel, 2009
  • The Temptation of Robin Green, 2009
  • Looking After Family, 2007
  • God's Creatures, 2010
  • Wild Ride, 2010 (how Kitty's friend T.J. became a werewolf)
  • Winnowing the Herd, 2006
  • Kitty and the Mosh Pit of the Damned, 2006
  • Kitty's Zombie New Year, 2007
  • Life Is the Teacher, 2008 (revisits Emma, the human-turned-unwilling-vampire who serves the vampire Master of Washington, D.C.)
  • You're on the Air, 2011 (About one of Kitty’s callers after he hangs up the phone)
  • Long Time Waiting, 2011 (a novella that reveals what happened to Cormac in prison)

Kitty Steals the Show[edit]

Kitty Steals the Show
Author Carrie Vaughn
Cover artist Craig White [11]
Country United States
Language English
Series Kitty Norville
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
Aug 2012
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 352
ISBN 978-0765365668
Preceded by Kitty's Greatest Hits
Followed by Kitty Rocks the House

Kitty is set to attend The First International Conference on Paranatural Studies in London with Ben and Cormac/Amelia. While there she meets Ned, head vampire of London, and Caleb, alpha werewolf of London. Kitty learns more about the Long Game while running into old friends and enemies (Joseph Tyler, Luis, Dr. Flemming, Merecedes Cook) along with new allies and enemies. With all the master vampires in London, what could possibly go wrong?

Kitty Rocks the House[edit]

Kitty Rocks the House
Author Carrie Vaughn
Cover artist Craig White [12]
Country United States
Language English
Series Kitty Norville
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Tor Books
Media type Print (Paperback)
Preceded by Kitty Steals the Show
Followed by Kitty in the Underworld

On the heels of Kitty's return from London, a new werewolf shows up in Denver, one who threatens to split the pack by challenging Kitty's authority at every turn. The timing could not be worse; Kitty needs all the allies she can muster to go against the ancient vampire, Roman, if she's to have any hope of defeating his Long Game. But there's more to this intruder than there seems, and Kitty must uncover the truth, fast. Meanwhile, Cormac pursues an unknown entity wreaking havoc across Denver; and a vampire from the Order of St. Lazaurus tempts Rick with the means to transform his life forever.

Kitty in the Underworld[edit]

Kitty in the Underworld (#12)
Author Carrie Vaughn
Cover artist Craig White [13]
Country United States
Language English
Series Kitty Norville
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
June 2013
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 320
ISBN 978-0765368683
Preceded by Kitty Rocks the House

As Denver adjusts to a new master vampire, Kitty gets word of an intruder in the Denver werewolf pack’s territory, and she investigates the challenge to her authority. She follows the scent of the lycanthrope through the mountains where she is lured into a trap, tranquilized, and captured. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a defunct silver mine: the perfect cage for a werewolf. Her captors are a mysterious cult seeking to induct Kitty into their ranks in a ritual they hope will put an end to Dux Bellorum. Though skeptical of their power, even Kitty finds herself struggling to resist joining their cause. Whatever she decides, they expect Kitty to join them in their plot . . . willingly or otherwise.

Plot Points[edit]

  • Kitty is kidnapped by a magical cult (including Roman's sire) she ends up helping to attack Roman, unsuccessfully.

References[edit]

See also[edit]

Carrie Vaughn lists and links to a number of her short stories on her website, including many from the Kitty Norville series. There is also a list at Carrie Vaughn#Short_stories.