Creator: Bruce Coville
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 official website is here.
His over 100 works include:
Series by Bruce Coville:
- Bruce Coville's Chamber of Horrors - Amulet of Doom (1985; reprinted 1996), Spirits and Spells (1986; reprinted 1996), Eyes of the Tarot (1983; reprinted 1996), Waiting Spirit (1984; reprinted 1996).
- Four horror stories originally published in the teen horror series Dark Forces (Eyes of the Tarot and Waiting Spirit) and Twilight: Where Darkness Begins (Amulet of Doom and Spirits and Spells) and reprinted in 1996 as a new series.
- The A. I. Gang - Operation Sherlock (1986, revised 1995), The Cutlass Clue (1986; by Jim Lawrence), Robot Trouble (1986, revised 1995), Forever Begins Tomorrow (1986, revised 1995).
- Five genius kids have been dragged off to a remote island so their scientist parents can work on the ultimate computer project: creating a machine that can truly think. Upon discovering this, the kids decide to beat their parents at their own game. Joined by a sixth kid whose father runs the island's motor pool, they soon discover the project and its scientists are being targeted by multiple organizations, each with their own goals. Note
- Nina Tanleven - The Ghost in the Third Row (1987), The Ghost Wore Gray (1988), The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed (1990), The Ghost Let Go (1995, short story).
- Nina "Nine" Tanleven and her friend Chris Gurley find themselves solving a series of mysteries involving ghosts and hauntings when they discover a ghost in a theater in their hometown of Syracuse, New York.
- Camp Haunted Hills - How I Survived My Summer Vacation (1988), Some of My Best Friends Are Monsters (1989), The Dinosaur that Followed Me Home (1990).
- When Stuart Glassman discovers his favorite movie director has opened a summer camp for kids who want to learn how to make movies, he immediately signs up. Little does he expect that by summer's end, he'll have been kidnapped by a sasquatch, chased by a mummy, and menaced by a room full of monsters.
- Magic Shop - The Monster's Ring (1989; revised 2002), Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (1990), Jennifer Murdley's Toad (1993), Watch Out! (1996, short story), The Metamorphosis of Justin Jones (1997; short story), The Skull Of Truth (1999), Juliet Dove Queen Of Love (2003).
- When young preteens stumble into S.H. Elives' magic shop, each winds up taking home a special item that will change their lives forever.
- My Teacher Is an Alien - My Teacher Is An Alien (1990), My Teacher Fried My Brains (1991), My Teacher Glows In The Dark (1991), My Teacher Flunked The Planet (1992).
- Space Brat - Space Brat (1992), Space Brat 2: Blork's Evil Twin (1993), Space Brat 3: The Wrath of Squat (1994), Space Brat 4: Planet of the Dips (1995), Space Brat 5: The Saber-Toothed Poodnoobie (1997).
- Blork is the biggest brat on the planet Splat. But one day, he and his pet Poodnoobie Lunk wind up embroiled in an adventure that will change his outlook on life for the better.
- Goblins duology - Goblins in the Castle (1992), Goblins on the Prowl (2015).
- William has lived in Toad-in-a-Cage Castle his entire life. But one night, he discovers the strange secret in the north tower, leading him into a dangerous quest to rescue a friend from the land of the goblins. Book 2 continues the story from the point of view of William's friend Fauna, and reveals both their origins, as well as that of the enormous stone toad that gave the castle its name.
- Rod Albright Alien Adventures - Aliens Ate My Homework (1993), I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X (1994), The Search for Snout/Aliens Stole My Dad (1995), Aliens Stole My Body (1998).
- Rod Albright believes he's a relatively normal sixth-grader… until a tiny spaceship and its occupants crashes through his window and enlist his aid in arresting an intergalactic criminal, who must be stopped before he completes a plan that will lead to the destruction of the entire universe.
- The Unicorn Chronicles - Into the Land of the Unicorns (1994), Song of the Wanderer (1999), Dark Whispers (2008), The Last Hunt (2010).
- Young Cara finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure when she enters the magical land of Luster, home of the unicorns and other beings, and encounters the Hunters seeking to destroy them.
- Shakespeare retellings - The Tempest (1996), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996), Macbeth (1997), Romeo and Juliet (1999), Twelfth Night (2003), Hamlet (2004),The Winter's Tale (2007).
- Adaptations of the classic Shakespeare plays, incorporating essential lines from each of them into a prose style.
- I Was A Sixth Grade AlienNote - I Was a Sixth Grade Alien (1999), The Attack of the Two-Inch Teacher (1999), I Lost My Grandfather's Brain (1999), Peanut Butter Lover Boy (2000), Zombies of the Science Fair (2000), Don't Fry My Veeblax! (2000), Too Many Aliens (2000), Snatched From Earth (2000), There's an Alien in My Backpack (2000), The Revolt of the Miniature Mutants (2001), There's an Alien in My Underwear (2001), Farewell to Earth (2001).
- Moongobble and Me - The Dragon of Doom (2003), The Weeping Werewolf (2004), The Evil Elves (2004), The Mischief Monster (2007), The Naughty Nork (2009).
- A young boy named Edward finds himself having adventures with the wizard Moongobble.
- Amber Brown - Amber Brown is Tickled Pink (2012), Amber Brown Is on the Move (2013), Amber Brown Horses Around (2014).
- A revival of the series begun by Paula Danziger, co-written by Coville and Elizabeth Levy after Danziger's death.
- The Enchanted Files - Diary of a Mad Brownie (2015).
- A humor/fantasy series where the events of each book are told through diary entries and other documents.
Standalones by Bruce Coville:
- Space Station Ice-3 (1987 as Murder in Orbit; reissued in 1996)
- Monster of the Year (1990)
- The Dragonslayers (1994)
- Fortune's Journey (1994)
- The World's Worst Fairy Godmother (1996)
- Armageddon Summer (1998) - Collaboration with Jane Yolen.
- The Monsters of Morley Manor (2001)
- Thor's Wedding Day (2005)
- Always October (2012)
Picture books by Bruce Coville:
- The Foolish Giant (1978) - Coville's very first book to be published.
- Sarah's Unicorn (1985)
- Sarah and the Dragon (1987)
- My Grandfather's House (1996)
- The Lapsnatcher (1997)
- The Prince of Butterflies (2002)
- Hans Brinker (2007, retelling)
Anthologies by Bruce Coville:
- Bruce Coville's Book of... - Bruce Coville's Book of Monsters (1993), Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens (1994), Bruce Coville's Book of Ghosts (1995), Bruce Coville's Book of Nightmares (1995), Bruce Coville's Book of Spine Tinglers (1996), Bruce Coville's Book of Magic (1996), Bruce Coville's Book of Monsters II (1996), Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens II (1996), Bruce Coville's Book of Ghosts II (1997), Bruce Coville's Book of Nightmares II (1997), Bruce Coville's Book of Spine Tinglers II (1997), Bruce Coville's Book of Magic II (1997).
- Themed anthologies with introductions and an opening story by Bruce Coville, and occasionally one or two more of his snuck in among the other entries. Books 7-11 include the five-part story The Monsters of Morley Manor, which would be expanded and revised into the book of the same name.
- Bruce Coville's... - Bruce Coville's Shapeshifters (1999), Bruce Coville's Alien Visitors (1999), Bruce Coville's Strange Worlds (2000), Bruce Coville's UFOs (2000).
- Themed anthologies. Unlike his previous "Book of…" series, these do not include any stories by Coville himself.
- Oddities - Oddly Enough (1994), Odder Than Ever (1999), Odds Are Good (2006; omnibus of the first two books), Oddest of All (2008).
- Anthology series containing a mix of previously published and brand new stories exclusively by Coville.
- Other anthologies: The Unicorn Treasury (1988), Herds of Thunder, Manes of Gold (1989), A Glory of Unicorns (1998), Half Human (2001).
Other books by Bruce Coville:
- Prehistoric People (1990, nonfiction)
- The Dungeon #2: The Dark Abyss (1989) - Coville's contribution to a fantasy series organized by Philip Jose Farmer and written by multiple authors.
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
- Creator Thumbprint: Quite a few works involve miniaturized individuals. Precisely two-inches high. The Monsters of Morley Manor. The kids in I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X are described to be two inches tall compared to the monster Smorkus Flinders, if he was human size. the aliens in Aliens Stole My Homework make themselves that small when they fly through space basically inexplicably. The protagonist and his teacher in the sequel to I Was A Sixth Grade Alien and the classroom's hamsters in the third book.
- 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).
- Has Two Mommies: The short story Duffy's Jacket has the title character and his cousins Andrew and Marie, whose mothers are sisters and raise the trio together, with no fathers in sight.
- The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: S. H. Elives' wandering magic shoppe appears in many of his stories.
- Slice of Life: Given most of his works, you wouldn't expect this, but with Elizabeth Levy, he captures this tone perfectly in the revival of the Amber Brown books.
- Space Is Magic
- Starfish Aliens
- The Verse: Many of Coville's fantasy books take place in the same universe, or at least the same multiverse. Mentions of the wizards Bellenmore and his apprentice Aaron link the worlds of Elives' Magic Shop, The Unicorn Chronicles, the Goblins duology and some of Coville's short stories (such as Wizard's Boy from Bruce Coville's Book of Magic). In addition, the Author's notes in Goblins on the Prowl confirm that his picture book The Foolish Giant is set in the same universe, while lines from the book mentioning that their land is ruled by "Queen Wilhelmina", who had a bear for a friend many years ago, suggest that the series takes place in the same world as The Dragonslayers (a connection later confirmed via the guestbook of Coville's official website).
- 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