AUTHOR

Brad Strickland

I was born on October 27, 1947, in New Holland, a mill village about 50 miles north of Atlanta. In 1964, I had the good fortune to become a student in the Georgia Governor's Honors Program, where my love of reading and writing grew deeper.

My very first professional story, "The Third Grave," was bought by ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE and appeared in that publication in 1966. Then it was over thirty years before I published again.

But eventually I did begin to write for publication. Alone and in collaboration with my wife Barbara, my late friend Thomas E. Fuller, and fantasy artist and writer Joe DeVito, I have now written some 75 published books. I'm also a professor of English at the University of North Georgia in Gainesville, GA--about six miles from where I was born.

It's probably no great secret that I am also Ken McKea, writer of the Jim Dallas series of Florida thrillers. McKea is kind of an alter ego who lets me write stories a little different from a standard Strickland tale.

Barbara and I have two wonderful grown children, Jonathan (married to Rebecca), who is the Jonathan Strickland of FW: THINKING, a weekly Webcast. He is also Senior Writer for howstuffworks.com. Our daughter Amy (married to Tim Sweeney) is the Head Puppeteer for the Puppetry Arts Center in Atlanta.

The nest isn't empty. Barbara and I also have three cats and two dogs, and that's enough to keep us busy.

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Best Sellers

    • The Ghost in the Mirror

    • By: John Bellairs, Brad Strickland
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    It was a warm summer day in 1951 when Rose Pottinger and Mrs. Zimmermann entered the tunnel. When they had emerged, it was snowing...and the year was 1828....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Need more Bellairs books on Audible!

    • By Mike D on 01-01-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Doom of the Haunted Opera

    • By: John Bellairs, Brad Strickland
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Two kids find a haunted opera score capable of raising the dead....

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder

    • By: John Bellairs, Brad Strickland
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 17

    Lewis and his uncle are in England, visiting a cousin at Barnavelt Manor. Lewis and a new friend explore a garden maze, where Lewis accidentally unleashes demonic forces that summon the ghost of an evil wizard bent on destroying his entire family....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • This series gets better with each volume

    • By Richard S. Swol on 10-22-18

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Specter from the Magician's Museum

    • By: John Bellairs, Brad Strickland
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    After Rose Rita Pottinger cuts her finger on an enchanted Egyptian scroll, Lewis must work together with his neighbor Florence and sorcerous uncle Jonathan to rescue Rose Rita from the tomb in which she's imprisoned....

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer

    • A John Bellairs Mystery
    • By: Brad Strickland
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Lewis' hopes for a peaceful summer vacation are shattered as one accident after another plagues him. Is all his bad luck really just a coincidence? Or does it have something to do with the mysterious hooded figure he keeps seeing? Find out....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • love this book and all the books in this series

    • By R F L Jr on 10-22-18

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The House Where Nobody Lived

    • A John Bellairs Mystery
    • By: Brad Strickland
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Lewis Barnavelt and his best friend, Rose Rita get more than they bargained for when a new family moves into the Hawaii House, one of the oddest-looking houses in town, and Lewis and Rose Rita are drawn into a mystery involving forces far beyond the shores of their imagination....

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Tower at the End of the World

    • By: Brad Strickland
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    When Lewis, his uncle Jonathan, and their friends take a trip to a small town near Lake Superior, they expect a pleasant vacation. Instead, they find themselves facing the ghastly Ishmael Izard. Will Lewis and his friends be strong enough to defeat him? Listen for more....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bad book in an otherwise excellent series

    • By LoveCats&Books on 08-13-18

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Beast Under the Wizard's Bridge

    • By: John Bellairs, Brad Strickland
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    What is it about the old Wilder Creek Bridge that makes Lewis Barnavelt so curious - and so afraid? When Lewis and his best friend Rose Rita Pottinger set out to explore the bridge and the deserted farm nearby, they discover shocking secrets....

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost

    • By: Brad Strickland
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    A camping trip with his Scout troop leads Lewis straight to an old grave and a mysterious, magical whistle. When Lewis discovers that this whistle has the power to stop the boys who insist upon bullying him, he is left with a decision. Does he continue to use the whistle? Listen for more....

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Merian C. Cooper's King Kong

    • By: Joe DeVito, Brad Strickland
    • Narrated by: David Baker, the Full Cast Family
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Join the showman, the sailor, the blonde, and the beast for one of the greatest adventures of all time....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding film expansion.

    • By Windrider on 01-28-17

    Regular price: $25.90

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