Kip Manley

Biography

"Kip," of course, means "dweller at the pointy top of the hill" in Old English. It's also the Dutch word for duck; the smallest unit of Thai currency; a gymnastics maneuver; a tanned cowhide, or bundle of same, as well as a method of drying and preserving fish; shorthand notation for one thousand pounds of pressure; and a place to crash, as well as the act of crashing, for the night.

"Manley" is of either Irish or English extraction. In either case, it means "the lee of Man"—though, on the one hand, it's the lee, or side protected from wind and weather, of the Isle of Man, and, on the other, it's a lea, or meadow, somewhere not far from Manchester.

But "Kip Manley"—far from dwelling on a pointy hill somewhere near a Mancunian meadow—was born in Sheffield, Alabama, in the ninth month of 1968. Currently residing in Portland, Oregon (after stints in Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, both Carolinas, Illinois, Arak [Iran], Puerto Ordaz [Venezuela], Boston, and the Pioneer Valley), he ekes out a meagre living as a writer, designer, and cognoscente of marginalized eclectica, with the invaluable companionship of Jenn Manley Lee, Taran Jack Manley, and the requisite two cats.

Where to find Kip Manley online

Where to buy in print

Series

City of Roses
City of Roses is a serialized epic very firmly set in Portland, Oregon--an urban fantasy mixing magical realism with gonzo noirish prose, where sinister high-rise riverfront condos are fought by a sprawling tea-house constructed from scrap lumber and old windows, and ancient sea-gods retire to close-in Southeast apartments with lovely views. It's the story of Jo Maguire, a highly strung, underemployed telemarketer, and what happens when she meets Ysabel, a princess of unspecified pedigree. Jo rather unexpectedly becomes Ysabel's guardian and caretaker, and now must make a place for herself among Ysabel’s decidedly unusual family and friends--which involves rather more sword-play than most of us are used to.
"Wake Up..."
Price: $5.00 USD.
The Dazzle of Day
Price: $5.00 USD.

Books

In the Reign of Good Queen Dick
Series: City of Roses. Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 175,530. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
City of Roses is a serialized epic firmly set in Portland, Oregon, only with a few more sword fights: a wicked concoction of urban pastoral and incantatory fantastic, where aspirants are knighted in Forest Park, and the Devil keeps a morgue in an abandoned big-box store. Collects chapters 23 – 33 of the critically acclaimed fantasy serial.
Autumn Into Winter
Price: $8.00 USD. Words: 318,980. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
City of Roses is a serialized epic very firmly set in Portland, Oregon, only with more sword fights--an urban fantasy mixing magical realism with gonzo noirish prose, where duels are fought in Pioneer Square and union meetings are beseiged by ghost bicycles. This omnibus ebook collects chapters 1 - 22 of the critically acclaimed fantasy serial.
The Dazzle of Day
Series: City of Roses, Book 2. Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 167,190. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
City of Roses is a serialized epic very firmly set in Portland, Oregon, only with more sword fights--an urban fantasy mixing magical realism with gonzo noirish prose, where duels are fought in Pioneer Square and river gods retire to comfortably shabby apartments. Collects chapters 12 - 22 of the critically acclaimed fantasy serial.
"Wake Up..."
Series: City of Roses, Book 1. Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 153,370. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
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City of Roses is a serialized epic very firmly set in Portland, Oregon, only with more sword fights--an urban fantasy mixing magical realism with gonzo noirish prose, where duels are fought in Pioneer Square and union meetings are beseiged by ghost bicycles. Collects chapters 1 - 11 of the critically acclaimed fantasy serial.

Kip Manley's tag cloud

adventure    ecdysis    funk    history    magic    portland    power    quicksmoke    romance    sword    weirdness