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 52)
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
OccupationNovelist
LanguageEnglish
NationalityCanadian
Period1999–present
GenreFantasy, horror, crime, romance
Children3
Website
www.kelleyarmstrong.com

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 series, five in her Cainsville series, six 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 seasons on Space, and SyFy.

Biography[edit]

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.

Bibliography[6][edit]

Standalone novels[edit]

  • Wherever She Goes (2019)
  • Every Step She Takes (2020)

Young adult[edit]

  • The Masked Truth (2015)
  • The Unquiet Past (2016)
  • Missing (2017)
  • Aftermath (2018)

The Women of the Otherworld Series[edit]

Book

#

Title Publication

Date

Anthology or Collection Comments
0.5 Beginnings Jul 2012 Werewolves

Tales of the Otherworld

1 Bitten 2001 Werewolves

Tales of the Otherworld

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

Tales of the Otherworld

5 Haunted 2005 Demons

Demi-Gods

Ghost Bounty Hunter

Angels

6 Broken 2006 Zombies

Werewolves

Demons

Dimensional Portal

7 No Humans Involved 2007 Necromancers

Werewolves

Witches and Sorcerers

Demons

8 Personal Demon 2008 Demons

The Cabals

Witches and Sorcerers

Werewolves

9 Living with the Dead 2008 Demons

Necromancers

Humans

10 Frostbitten 2009 Werewolves
11 Waking the Witch 2010 Witch Magic

Demons

Black Magic

12 Spell Bound 2011 Assassins

Witches and Sorcerers

The Cabals

Werewolves

Necromancers

Demons

13 Thirteen 2012 Final Novel

Angels Witches and Sorcerers

Demons

Werewolves

Vampires

Necromancers

The Cabals

Hellhounds

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

Otherworld novellas[edit]

Title Publication

Date

Anthology or Collection Comments
Driven Jan 2016
Forsaken Jan 2015
Bounty Hunt Dec 2014 Graphic Novel
Brazen Dec 2013 Otherworld Chills
Amityville Horrible Jan 2013 Otherworld Chills
Forbidden Nights Dec 2012
Hidden Dec 2011 Otherworld Nights
Becoming Graphic Novel
Counterfeit Magic Dec 2010 Otherworld Secrets
Angelic 2011 Otherworld Secrets
Chaotic Jan 2012 Otherworld Chills

Otherworld Young Adult[edit]

  1. Wolf"s Bane[7] (Oct 2019)
  2. Wolf's Curse[8] (Mar 2020)

The Nadia Stafford Series[edit]

  1. Exit Strategy (novel, Jul 2007)[9]
  2. Made to be Broken (novel, Feb 2009)
  3. Wild Justice (novel, late 2013)[10]
  4. Double Play[11] (Apr 2016)
  5. Perfect Victim[12] (Nov 2017)

The Darkest Powers Series[edit]

The Darkest Powers Trilogy[edit]

Book

#

Title Publication

Date

Anthology or Collection Comments
0.4 Dangerous Dec 2017 The Complete Darkest Power Tales

Darkest Power Tales

available online[13]

Narrator: Derek
0.5 Kat The Eternal Kiss[14]

free online.

1 The Summoning Jul 2008 The Darkest Power Trilogy

Darkest Power Tales

1.5 Divided 2009 The Complete Darkest Power Tales

Darkest Power Tales

available online.[13]

Narrator: Derek
2 The Awakening Apr 2009 The Darkest Power Trilogy Narrator: Tori and Simon
2.5 Disenchanted Dec 2017 The Complete Darkest Power Tales

Darkest Power Tales

3 The Reckoning Apr 2010 The Darkest Power Trilogy
3.4 Facing Facts Dec 2017 The Complete Darkest Power Tales

Enthralled[15]

Darkest Power Tales

3.5 Hunting Kat Mar 2012 Kisses From Hell[16] ebook
3.6 Belonging Dec 2017 The Darkest Powers Tales[17]

Darkest Power Tales

Narrator: Derek

The Darkness Rising Trilogy[edit]

Book

#

Title Publication

Date

Anthology or Collection Comments
1 The Gathering Apr 2011 Darkness Rising
1.5 The New Guy Dec 2017 The Complete Darkest Power Tales Narrator: Maya
1.6 The Invitation Dec 2017 The Complete Darkest Power Tales
2 The Calling Apr 2012 Darkness Rising
3 The Rising Apr 2013 Darkness Rising
3.5 Atoning Mar 2015 The Complete Darkest Power Tales Narrator: Chloe; eBook[18]

Cainsville series[edit]

  1. Omens (novel, Aug 2013)[19]
  2. Visions (novel, Aug 2014)[20]
  3. Deceptions (novel, Aug 2015)[21]
  4. Betrayals (novel, Aug 2016)[22]
  5. Rituals (novel, Aug 2017)[23]
  6. Portents: A Collection of Cainsville Tales
  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)
  6. A Stranger in Town (Feb 2021)

A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying[edit]

  1. A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying (Aug 2019)
  2. The Gryphon's Lair[28] (Jun 2020)
  3. The Sepent's Fury (Jun 2021)

A Stitch in Time[edit]

Book

#

Title Publication

Date

Comments
1 A Stitch in Time Oct 2020
1.5 Ballgowns & Butterflies Nov 2020 Under a Winter Sky
2 A Twist of Fate Oct 2021

Cursed Luck[edit]

Book

#

Title Publication

Date

Comments
1 Cursed Luck May 2021
1.5 Goddess of Summer Love Nov 2021 Hex on the Beach

Series in collaboration[edit]

Series Title # Title In Collaboration With Comments
Angel Volume 5 Aftermath Joss Whedon Graphic Novel

Anthologies and collections[edit]

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

Industrial Magic

2004
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

Savage

Ascension

Kitsunegari

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
Subterranean[31]

Tales of Dark Fantasy 2

Chivalrous 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

Stolen

Beginnings

July 2012
Tales of the Otherworld[30] Rebirth

Birthright

Beginnings

Ghosts

Expectations

Wedding Bell Hell

The Case of El Chupacabra

Bewitched

Nov 2012
The Hunter and the Hunted Off-Duty Angel

Stalked

Jun 2012
Shards & Ashes[29] Branded 2013
Four Summoner's Tales[29] Suffer the Children 2013
Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird[31] Introduction 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
The Darkest Power Trilogy The Summoning

The Awakening

The Reckoning

2014
Darkness Rising The Gathering

The Calling

The Rising

2014
Otherworld Nights[30] Demonology

Stalked

Hidden

Twilight

Chivalrous

Lucifer's Daughter

From Russia with Love

Vanishing Act

Oct 2014
Gifted Gabriel’s Gargoyles

The Puppy Plan

Nov 2014
Darkest Powers Tales[32] Dangerous

Divided

Disenchanted

Facing Facts

Belonging

Mar 2015
Led Astray Rakshashi

Kat

A Haunted House of Her Own

Learning Curve

The Screams of Dragons

The Kitsune's Nine Tales

Last Stand

Bamboozled

Branded

The List

Young Bloods

The Door

Dead Flowers by a Roadside

Suffer the Children

The Collector

Gabriel's Gargoyles

Harbinger

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
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

Forbidden

Angelic

Zen and the Art of Vampirism

The Ungrateful Dead

Counterfeit Magic

Jan 2016
Otherworld Chills[30] Brazen

Amityville Horrible

Chaotic

Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word

Off-Duty Angel

The Puppy Plan

Baby Boom

Oct 2016
Indigo[31] Jun 2017
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[32] Dangerous

Divided

Disenchanted

Facing Facts

Belonging

The New Guy

The Invitation

Atoning

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
Portents: A Collection of Cainsville Tales[33] The Screams of Dragons

Devil May Care

Gabriel's Gargoyles

Bad Publicity

The Orange Cat

Matagot

The Lady of the Lake

Aug 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
Under a Winter Sky[31] Ballgowns & Butterflies Nov 2020
Final Cuts[29] Drunk Physics 2020
Hex on the Beach[31] Goddess of Summer Love Jul 2021

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bio for school projects (archive)
  2. ^ http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/books/
  3. ^ "Kelley Armstrong Interview and Book Giveaway".
  4. ^ "BEST SELLERS: May 20, 2007". The New York Times. 20 May 2007.
  5. ^ "CHILDREN'S BEST SELLERS: CHAPTER BOOKS: Sunday, May 17th 2009". The New York Times. 17 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Kelley Armstrong's website". Kelley Armstrong. 12 May 2021. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Wolf's Bane". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Wolf's Curse". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  9. ^ Author's book summary for Exit Strategy
  10. ^ Author's book summary for final Stafford book Archived 8 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Double Play". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Perfect Victim". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  13. ^ a b Darkest Powers Bonus Pack 1
  14. ^ Eternal Kiss
  15. ^ Facing Facts
  16. ^ Kisses From Hell
  17. ^ Darkest Powers Tales
  18. ^ Atoning
  19. ^ 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)
  20. ^ actual printed version of book
  21. ^ Deceptions – Kelley Armstrong, retrieved 7 January 2014
  22. ^ Betrayal – Kelley Armstrong, retrieved 13 November 2017
  23. ^ Rituals – Kelley Armstrong, retrieved 13 November 2017
  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 c d e "Ottawa Public Library". Ottawa Public Library. 12 May 2021. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  32. ^ a b "Darkest Power Stories". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.
  33. ^ "Portents". Kelley Armstrong. 6 February 2020.

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