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Patricia A McKillip

(Patricia Anne McKillip)
USA flag (1948 - 2022)

Patricia Anne McKillip was born in Salem, Oregon (USA) on February 29, 1948. She started writing at 14, and according to the notes in the Riddlemaster trilogy, “she has been writing ever since – except for a brief detour when she thought she would be a concert pianist.” The House on Parchment Street has a neat quote about how she started writing – “In a fit of boredom one day when she was fourteen, she sat down in front of a window overlooking a stately medieval church and its graveyard and produced a thirty-page fairy tale.”

She won the World Fantasy Award in 1975 for The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, the Locus Award in 1980 for Harpist in the Wind, and the Balrog award in 1985 in the short fiction category for “A Troll and Two Roses”.

Author Patricia A. McKillip, 74, died May 6, 2022. 


Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy
   1. Moon-Flash (1984)
   2. The Moon and the Face (1985)
Winter Rose
   1. Winter Rose (1996)
   2. Solstice Wood (2006)
   To Weave a Web of Magic (2004) (with others)
   Harrowing the Dragon (2005)
   Dreams of Distant Shores (2016)
Novellas and Short Stories
Omnibus editions
Patricia A McKillip recommends
Saint Death's Daughter (2022)
(Saint Death, book 1)
C S E Cooney
"The writing is dense with poetry, festooned to the eyelids -- occasionally to the gills and other body-parts -- with fantastic imagery that comes together in the end in unexpected and entirely satisfying ways."
The Four Profound Weaves (2020)
(Birdverse, book 1)
R B Lemberg
"R. B. Lemberg’s The Four Profound Weaves tells the journey of a pair of aged and appealing wanderers searching for magic, art, identity, and peace. Thought-challenging points-of-view weave together stark violence, intricate powers, and the musings of long and complicated lives. The Four Profound Weaves contains imagery that glows on the page."
The Emerald Circus (2017)
(Circus , book 1)
Jane Yolen
"Jane Yolen’s The Emerald Circus is full of marvels. She introduces familiar acts and actors into her rings and then tricks us into seeing them from complex, unexpected angles. She turns toads into witches, Sir Lancelot into a 600 year old monk, Dorothy into a tightrope walker, and Emily Dickinson into a spacefarer. The stories themselves change between one reading and another, always revealing more, always at a different slant than before, in language that is rich, unholy, and, like the tales themselves, beautifully unpredictable. From Snow Queen to spaceship, The Emerald Circus is a delight."

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Anthologies containing stories by Patricia A McKillip
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020)
edited by
Ann Vandermeer and Jeffrey S VanderMeer

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