Kelley Armstrong

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Kelley Armstrong
Armstrong at a book-signing in 2010
Armstrong at a book-signing in 2010
BornKelley L. Armstrong
(1968-12-14) 14 December 1968 (age 51)
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
GenreFantasy, horror, crime, romance

Kelley Armstrong (born 14 December 1968)[1] is a Canadian writer, primarily of fantasy novels since 2001.

She has published thirty-one fantasy novels to date, thirteen in her Women of the Otherworld series, five in her Cainsville series, four in her Rockton series, three in her Darkest Powers series, three in her Darkness Rising trilogy and three in the Age of Legends series, and three stand-alone teen thrillers. She has also published three middle-grade fantasy novels in the Blackwell Pages trilogy, with co-author Melissa Marr. As well, she is the author of three crime novels, the Nadia Stafford trilogy.[2] She has also written several serial novellas and short stories for the Otherworld series, some of which are available free from her website. Starting in 2014, a Canadian television series based on the Women of the Otherworld, called Bitten, aired for 3 season on Space, and SyFy.


Kelley Armstrong was born on 14 December 1968, the oldest of four siblings in a "typical middle-class family" in Sudbury, Ontario.[1]

After graduating with a degree in psychology from The University of Western Ontario, Armstrong then switched to studying computer programming at Fanshawe College so she would have time to write.

"I'm a former computer programmer, but I have escaped my corporate cubicle and hope never to return"[3]

Her first novel Bitten was sold in 1999, and it was released in 2001. Following her first success she has written a total of 13 novels and a number of novellas in the world of the Women of the Otherworld series, and her first crime novel, Exit Strategy, was released July 2007. Armstrong has been a full-time writer and parent since 2002.[1]

Her novel No Humans Involved (the seventh book of the Women of the Otherworld series) was a New York Times bestseller in the hardback fiction category on 20 May 2007.[4] Also, her YA novel The Awakening was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller in the Children's Chapter books category on 17 May 2009.[5]

Description of work[edit]

Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series is part of a recently popular contemporary fantasy subgenre of the fantasy genre that superimposes supernatural characters upon a backdrop of contemporary North American life, with strong romantic elements. Within that subgenre, she is notable for including many types of supernatural characters, including witches, sorcerers, werewolves, necromancers, ghosts, shamans, demons and vampires, rather than limiting herself primarily to a single type of supernatural creature. Most of her works have a mystery genre plot, with leading characters investigating some novel situation or unsolved question.

In the Otherworld novels, most supernatural powers are either hereditary, or arise from the act of an existing supernatural of the same type. The Otherworld, while it has overarching conflicts and plotlines that span multiple novels is not an epic battle between good and evil. The novels are largely episodic with the continuing plotlines primarily involving the developing lives of the main characters.

Her contemporary fantasy writings share genre similarities with writers Charlaine Harris, Laurell K Hamilton and Kim Harrison.

Armstrong signing autographs for a fan at a book signing.


The Women of the Otherworld Series[edit]



Title Publication


Anthology or Collection Comments
0.5 Beginnings Jul 2012 Werewolves
1 Bitten 2001 Werewolves
2 Stolen 2002 Werewolves
3 Dime Store Magic 2004 Spellcasters

Witch Magic

4 Industrial Magic 2004 Spellcasters

Witch Magic

4.5 Wedding Bell Hell Jun 2016 Spellcasters
5 Haunted 2005 Demons


Ghost Bounty Hunter


6 Broken 2006 Zombies



Dimensional Portal

7 No Humans Involved 2007 Necromancers


Witches and Sorcerers


8 Personal Demon 2008 Demons

The Cabals

Witches and Sorcerers


9 Living with the Dead 2008 Demons



10 Frostbitten 2009 Werewolves
11 Waking the Witch 2010 Witch Magic


Black Magic

12 Spell Bound 2011 Assassins

Witches and Sorcerers

The Cabals




13 Thirteen 2012 Angels

Witches and Sorcerers





The Cabals


Final Novel
13.1 Branded Nov 2015 Shards & Ashes
  • All other stories may be found on the series' main article.

Otherworld Young Adult[edit]

  1. Wolf"s Bane[6] (Oct 2019)
  2. Wolf's Curse[7] (Mar 2020)

The Nadia Stafford Series[edit]

  1. Exit Strategy (novel, Jul 2007)[8]
  2. Made to be Broken (novel, Feb 2009)
  3. Wild Justice (novel, late 2013)[9]
  4. Double Play[10] (Apr 2016)
  5. Perfect Victim[11] (Nov 2017)

The Darkest Powers Series[edit]

The Darkest Powers Trilogy[edit]



Title Publication


Anthology or Collection Comments
0.4 Dangerous available online[12] Narrator: Derek
0.5 Kat The Eternal Kiss[13]

free online.

1 The Summoning Jul 2008
1.5 Divided 2009 available online.[12] Narrator: Derek
2 The Awakening Apr 2009 Narrator: Tori and Simon
2.5 Disenchanted
3 The Reckoning Apr 2010
3.4 Facing Facts Enthralled[14]
3.5 Hunting Kat Kisses From Hell[15] ebook
3.6 Belonging Darkest Powers Tales[16] Narrator: Derek

The Darkness Rising Trilogy[edit]



Title Publication


Anthology or Collection Comments
1 The Gathering Apr 2011
1.5 The New Guy Narrator: Maya
2 The Calling Apr 2012
3 The Rising Apr 2013
3.5 Atoning Narrator: Chloe; eBook[17]

Cainsville Series[edit]

  1. Omens (novel, Aug 2013)[18]
  2. Visions (novel, Aug 2014)[19]
  3. Deceptions (novel, Aug 2015)[20]
  4. Betrayals (novel, Aug 2016)[21]
  5. Rituals (novel, Aug 2017)[22]
  6. Portents: A collection of Cainsville tales[23] (Aug 2018)
    1. The Screams of Dragons
    2. Devil May Care
    3. Gabriel's Gargoyles
    4. Bad Publicity
    5. The Orange Cat
    6. Matagot
    7. The Lady of the Lake
  7. Cruel Fate(novella, Apr 2019)[24]
  8. Rough Justice (novella, Jun 2018)[25]
  9. Lost Souls (novella, Mar 2017)[26]

The Age of Legends Series[edit]

  1. Sea of Shadows (novel, 2014)
  2. Empire of Night (novel, 2015)
  3. Forest of Ruin (novel, 2016)

The Blackwell Pages Trilogy[edit]

Written under the alias: K. L. Armstrong. Co-authored with Melissa Marr.

  1. Loki's Wolves (2013)
  2. Odin's Ravens (May 2014)
  3. Thor's Serpent (May 2015)

Rockton Novels[edit]

  1. City of the Lost (Jan 2017)
  2. A Darkness Absolute (Nov 2017)
  3. This Fallen Prey (Nov 2018)
  4. Watcher in the Woods (Nov 2019)
  5. Alone in the Wild[27] (Feb 2020)

A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying[edit]

  1. A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying (Aug 2019)
  2. The Gryphon's Lair[28] (Jun 2020)

Young Adult Novels[edit]

  • The Masked Truth (2015)
  • The Unquiet Past (2015)
  • Missing (2017)
  • Aftermath (2018)

Standalone Novels[edit]

  • Wherever She Goes (2019)

Anthologies and Collections[edit]

Title Contents Publication Date
Like a Charm[29] Plan B 2004
Witch Magic Dime Store Magic

Industrial Magic

Dying for It: Tales of Sex and Death[29] Death Dealer 2006
Many Bloody Returns[29] Twilight 2007
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon[29] Stalked 2008
Blood Lite[29] The Ungrateful Dead 2008
Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance[29] Paranormal Romance Blues 2009
A Fantasy Medley[29] Zen and the Art of Vampirism 2009
The Eternal Kiss[29] Kat 2009
By Blood We Live[29] Twilight 2009
Tesseracts Thirteen[29] Dead to Me 2009
Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary A Haunted House of Her Own 2009
Campus Chills[29] Harbinger 2009
Hellbound Hearts[29] The Collector 2009
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror[29] A Haunted House of Her Own 2010
The New Dead[29] Life Sentence 2010
Evolve[29] Learning Curve 2010
The Bitten Word[29] Young Bloods 2010
Kisses from Hell[29] Hunting Kat 2010
The Living Dead 2[29] Last Stand 2010
Blood Lite 2: Overbite[29] Lucifer's Daughter 2010
Men of the Otherworld[30] Infusion




Feb 2010
The Urban Fantasy Anthology[29] A Haunted House of Her Own 2011
Vampires: The Recent Undead[29] Zen and the Art of Vampirism 2011
Tales of Dark Fantasy 2[29] Chivalrous 2011
Evolve 2[29] The List 2011
Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian

Speculative Writing[29]

The List 2011
The Monster's Corner[29] Rakshasi 2011
Enthralled[29] Facing Facts 2011
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy

and Horror 2012[29]

Rakshasi 2012
Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste V Plates 2012
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories

by Women[29]

Dead Flowers by a Roadside 2012
Werewolves[30] Bitten



July 2012
Tales of the Otherworld[30] Rebirth





Wedding Bell Hell

The Case of El Chupacabra


Nov 2012
The Hunter and the Hunted Off-Duty Angel


Jun 2012
Shards & Ashes[29] Branded 2013
Four Summoner's Tales[29] Suffer the Children 2013
Spellcasters Dime Store Magic

Industrial Magic

Wedding Bell Hell

Case of the Half Demon Spy

Jun 2013
Dead Man's Hand[29] Bamboozled 2014
Out of Tune[29] Making Music 2014
Rags & Bones[29] New Chicago 2014
Fantasy for Good[29] The Kitsune's Nine Tales 2014
Subterranean Press Magazine[29] The Screams of Dragons 2014
Dark Screams: Vol 1[29] The Price You Pay 2014
Otherworld Nights[30] Demonology





Lucifer's Daughter

From Russia with Love

Vanishing Act

Oct 2014
Led Astray Rakshashi


A Haunted House of Her Own

Learning Curve

The Screams of Dragons

The Kitsune's Nine Tales

Last Stand



The List

Young Bloods

The Door

Dead Flowers by a Roadside

Suffer the Children

The Collector

Gabriel's Gargoyles


V Plates

Life Sentence

Plan B

The Hunt

Dead to Me

Devil May Care

Sep 2015
Life Sentence Life Sentence

Last Stand

Nov 2015
Imaginarium 4[29] Bamboozled 2015
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2015[29] The Screams of Dragons 2015
Science Fiction World Magazine (China)[29] The Screams of Dragons 2015
Expiration Date[29] Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word 2015
nEvermore![29] The Orange Cat 2015
Seize the Night[29] We Are All Monsters Here 2015
X-Files: The Truth is Out There[29] Dead Ringers 2015
Darkest Powers Tales[31] Dangerous



Facing Facts


Mar 2015
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2016[29] The Door 2016
The Best Horror of the Year[29] We Are All Monsters Here 2016
Urban Allies[29] Tailed 2016
Strangers Among Us[29] The Culling 2016
Otherworld Secrets[30] Life After Theft



Zen and the Art of Vampirism

The Ungrateful Dead

Counterfeit Magic

Jan 2016
Otherworld Chills[30] Brazen

Amityville Horrible


Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word

Off-Duty Angel

The Puppy Plan

Baby Boom

Oct 2016
Urban Enemies[29] Hounded 2017
Halloween Carnival Volume 3[29] The Way Lost 2017
Haunted Nights[29] Nos Galan Gaeaf 2017
The Complete Darkest Power Tales[31] Dangerous



Facing Facts


The New Guy

The Invitation


Dec 2017
Dark Screams: Volume Nine[29] Invitation to the Game 2018
The Dame was Trouble[29] Indispensable 2018
Phantoms: Haunting Tales from Masters of the Genre[29] The Ghost in the Glade 2018
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream[29] Angels & Absinthe 2018
Ten Word Tragedies[29] The War Within 2019
Hexed[29] Black Magic Momma 2019
Life is Short and Then You Die[29] Floater 2019
Final Cuts[29] Drunk Physics 2020


  1. ^ a b c Bio for school projects (archive)
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ "BEST SELLERS: May 20, 2007". New York Times. 20 May 2007.
  5. ^ "CHILDREN'S BEST SELLERS: CHAPTER BOOKS: Sunday, May 17th 2009". New York Times. 17 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Wolf's Bane". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Wolf's Curse". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  8. ^ Author's book summary for Exit Strategy
  9. ^ Author's book summary for final Stafford book Archived 8 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Double Play". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Perfect Victim". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  12. ^ a b Darkest Powers Bonus Pack 1
  13. ^ Eternal Kiss
  14. ^ Facing Facts
  15. ^ Kisses From Hell
  16. ^ Darkest Powers Tales
  17. ^ Atoning
  18. ^ Kelley Armstrong – Omens: A Cainsville Novel cover art, release date and synopsis unveiled, archived from the original on 12 November 2012, retrieved 2 November 2012)
  19. ^ actual printed version of book
  20. ^ Deceptions - Kelley Armstrong, retrieved 7 January 2014
  21. ^ Betrayal - Kelley Armstrong, retrieved 13 November 2017
  22. ^ Rituals - Kelley Armstrong, retrieved 13 November 2017
  23. ^ "Portents". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  24. ^ "Cruel Fate". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  25. ^ "Rough Justice". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  26. ^ "Lost Souls". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  27. ^ "Alone in the Wild". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  28. ^ "The Gryphon"s Lair". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf "Short Fiction". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  30. ^ a b c d e f "Otherworld Collections". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  31. ^ a b "Darkest Power Stories". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.

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