New York Times bestselling author Carrie Vaughn is best known for her fourteen volume Kitty Norville series. The series, about a werewolf who hosts a talk radio advice show for supernatural beings, includes fourteen novels and a collection of short stories. She is also the author of the superhero novels The Golden Age saga. Vaughn is a contributor to the Wild Cards series of shared-world novels edited by George R.R. Martin, and also writes the Harry and Marlowe steampunk short stories about an alternate nineteenth century that makes use of alien technology. She has a master's degree in English literature, graduated from the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop in 1998, and returned to the workshop as Writer in Residence in 2009. She is the winner of the RT Reviewer Choice Award for Best First Mystery for Kitty and The Midnight Hour, won the WSFA Small Press award for best short story for Amaryllis, and she has been has been nominated for the Hugo Award. A bona fide Air Force brat (her father served on a B-52 flight crew during the Vietnam War), Vaughn grew up all over the U.S. but managed to put down roots in the area of Boulder, Colorado, where she pursuers an endlessly growing list of hobbies and enjoys the outdoors as much as she can. She is fiercely guarded by a miniature American Eskimo dog named Lily.
Comfort food for the urban fantasy soul. Carrie Vaughn never disappoints. It was so nice to see my friends again! If you've loved Kitty's adventures, you have been waiting for this book! --Seanan McGuire, author of Come Tumbling Down and Every Heart a Doorway Vaughn offers readers one last trip into the world of Kitty Norville, the werewolf talk radio host last seen in 2015's Kitty Saves the World, in this nostalgic collection of 15 urban fantasy shorts, which splits focus between the delightful Kitty and other fan favorite characters who've been caught up in her adventures over the years. Vaughn offers star turns to Kitty's lawyer husband Ben ('What Happened to Ben in Vegas'), ancient vampire Rick ('It's Still the Same Old Story'), and bounty hunter Cormac ('Kitty and Cormac's Excellent Adventure'). Kitty's own jaunts--which see her attending her high school reunion ('Kitty Walks on by, Calls Your Name'), dealing with bureaucracy ('Kitty Busts the Feds') and investigating a werewolf boxer ('Kitty Learns the Ropes')--are suffused with humor and pop culture references. A genuine sense of playfulness abounds, especially in several cute flash fiction pieces about the effects of different lunar events on Kitty's lycanthropy. Though the uninitiated won't want to start with this, the insights into Kitty's supporting cast and illumination of previously unseen moments from the series will delight longtime readers. For those devoted fans, this will be a delicious final taste of Kitty's complicated life. --Publishers Weekly A Carrie Vaughn story is a guarantee of quality entertainment and a night of no sleep as I stay up late to devour it! --Patricia Briggs, bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series For many, reading in the time of COVID-19 is a challenge, making comfort books a good fallback. This collection of paranormal stories of various lengths is a delightful read for those who have enjoyed Vaughn's novels featuring Kitty Norville, the late-night talk show DJ who was bitten by and turned into a werewolf, including Kitty Rocks the House (2013). Her call-in show featuring all kinds of somewhat monstrous beings made her a national authority on the supernatural, and in her adventures she gets involved with Ben, the love of her life; Conrad, a bounty hunter; Rick, a powerful vampire; and many more. Ten previously published stories are joined by three original tales and the story notes and playlists add interest, though beware of ear worms. While some tales feature Kitty and her associates, others are set in various times and places, such as a paranormal historical story set in Regency England, and one in WWII Germany. A male selkie, a magician, and a manananggal, a horrific monster from Philippine folklore, also appear. --Booklist Like the rest of the Kitty Norville series, these stories are wise, kind, and always entertaining. I loved returning to Kitty's world and enjoying these new adventures. --Kevin Hearne, author of The Iron Druid Chronicles It's one of the best collections I've read this year--and maybe for a good chunk of last year, too. --The Irresponsible Reader Loved reading this collection of stories, it was such a great read and I would love to have more time in this world, regardless of who stars in it! --Words I Write Crazy Praise for The Immortal Conquistador The Immortal Conquistador was a captivating read that finally shed some light on one of the most interesting and secretive characters from the Kitty universe. This book is sure to please all the Kitty Norville fans out there! --Pat's Fantasy Hotlist A must have for Kitty Norville fans, but also an excellent standalone for readers new to Vaughn's worlds. --Kelley Armstrong, author of Wherever She Goes and Led Astray. No surprise to anyone, but Carrie Vaughn can write the sixteenth century up through the Old West as well as it's been done. And it just feels so good to sneak back into the Kittyverse through the vampire door. --Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels and The Only Good Indians. Carrie Vaughn's The Immortal Conquistador is an excellent addition to her Kitty Norville books, and gives us a closer look at one of her most fascinating characters. --Stephen Blackmoore, author of the Eric Carter Necromancer series