An American author of the baby boomer generation known for his Young Adult
and Children's Literature
. He tends to write in the Speculative Fiction
genre, occasionally dipping into horror, although generally of the kid-friendly variety
His works include:
Is associated with the following tropes:
- Adaptation Expansion: Coville has done this with three of his own short stories.
- Every book in his Bruce Coville's Book Of... anthology series begins with one of his own stories. The first of these, My Little Brother Is a Monster (published in 1993), was expanded and adapted into the full-length book Always October in 2012.
- The seventh through eleventh volumes (published in 1996 and 1997) began with the five-part Serial Novel The Monsters of Morley Manor, which was expanded and modified into its own book of the same title, released in 2003.
- Clean As a Whistle, first published in the 1994 anthology Oddly Enough, has been expanded into a full-length novel, Diary of a Mad Brownie, slated for release in 2015.
- Alien Lunch: Loves describing strange and unusual foods, which more often than not, actually turn out to be quite tasty.
- Children Are Special
- Coming of Age Story
- Dark Is Not Evil: Few of the monsters or supernatural entities in the books are evil. At worst, they're tragic Anti-Villains.
- Defanged Horrors: Some of them fall right into the category of actual horror, though.
- End of an Age: The former magical age of the earth is implied in several continuities (The Unicorn Chronicles and Magic Shop).
- The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: S. H. Elives' wandering magic shoppe appears in many of his stories.
- Space Is Magic
- Starfish Aliens
- Translator Microbes: Make an appearance in many of his novels involving trans-species communication. Takes the form of a translator implant in the My Teacher Is an Alien series, and a gift of dragon's blood in The Unicorn Chronicles.
- Urban Fantasy