Patricia A. McKillip


May 17, 2022

Patricia Anne McKillip (February 29, 1948 - May 6, 2022) was an American fantasy and science fiction writer.


McKillip was the daughter of Wayne Thomas McKillip and Helen Viola née Roth. McKillip spent part of her childhood in England and Germany as her father, an Air Force officer, was stationed there between 1958 and 1962. She studied English at San José State University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in 1971 and her master's degree in 1973. After her studies she became a freelance writer. Her first works House of Parchment Street (1973) and The Throme of Erril of Sherrill (1973) were still aimed at young people. She was recognized as an adult fantasy writer when the novel The Forgotten Beasts of Eld won the 1975 World Fantasy Award. In 1982 she published Stepping from the Shadows, a heavily autobiographical novel about a young budding fantasy writer. She later lived with her husband David Lunde, a poet, in Roxbury, a small town in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York; most recently back in Oregon. McKillip died in May 2022 at the age of 74.


1975: World Fantasy Award for the novel The Forgotten Beasts of Eld 1980: Locus Award for the novel Harpist in the Wind 1985: Balrog Award for short story A Troll and Two Roses 1995: Mythopoeic Award for the novel Something Rich and Strange 2003: World Fantasy Award for the novel Ombria in Shadow 2003: Mythopoeic Award for the novel Ombria in Shadow 2006: Prix Imaginales for the translated novel Les Fantômes d'Ombria 2007: Mythopoeic Award for the novel Solstice Wood 2008: World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement 2017: Endeavor Award for Dreams of Distant Shores 2017: Mythopoeic Award for the novel Kingfisher



earth magic The Riddlemaster of Hed (1976) English: The school of puzzle masters. 1981, ISBN 3-442-24727-6. Heir of Sea and Fire (1977) English: Heiress of water and fire. 1981, ISBN 3-442-24728-4. Harpist in the Wind (1979) English: Harper in the wind. 1981, ISBN 3-442-24726-8. Riddle-Master: The Complete Trilogy (1981) German: Earth magic. 2004, ISBN 3-453-53242-2. The Riddle-Master's Game (2001). Kyreol Moon Flash (1984) English: Moon over the waters. 1986, ISBN 3-442-08544-6. The Moon and the Face (1985) English: On the wings of the moon. 1987, ISBN 3-442-08549-7. Cygnet The Sorceress and the Cygnet (1991) English: The sorceress and the swan. 1996, ISBN 3-404-20282-1. The Cygnet and the Firebird (1993) English: The Prince and the Firebird. 1996, ISBN 3-404-20294-5. Brian Froud's Faerielands 2 Something Rich and Strange (1994)

Single novels

House of Parchment Street (1973) The Throne of Erril of Sherril (1973) The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (1974) English: The Forgotten Animals of Eld. 1982, ISBN 3-453-30769-0. The Night Gift (1976) Riddle of Stars (1979) Stepping from the Shadows (1982) Fool's Run (1987) The Changing Sea (1988) German: Sea magic. 2004, ISBN 3-492-26562-6. The Book of Atrix Wolfe (1995) English: The Queen of Dreams. 1998, ISBN 3-453-13363-3. Winter Rose (1996) English: Winter rose. 1997, ISBN 3-492-26509-X. Song for the Basilisk (1998) English: The song of the basilisk. 2001, ISBN 3-608-93221-6. The Tower at Stony Wood (2000) English: In the dragon tower. 2005, ISBN 3-442-24371-8. Ombria in Shadow (2002) English: Shadows over Ombria. 2002, ISBN 3-608-93201-1. In the Forests of Serre (2003) The Alphabet of Thorn (2004) English: The Book of Thorns. 2006, ISBN 3-442-24391-2. Od Magic (2005) English: The Magic Gardener. 2006, ISBN 3-442-24392-0. Harrowing the Dragon (2005) Solstice Wood (2006) The Bell at Sealey Head (2008) The Bards of Bone Plain (2010) Kingfisher (2016)


The Throne of the Erril of Sherill (1984) Harrowing the Dragon