I’m actively writing an ongoing series called How to Succeed in Evil, the story of Edwin Windsor, Evil Efficiency Consultant for Supervillains. He and his associates (Agnes and Topper) provide good advice, but the villains don’t listen because they are all too egomaniacal. It’s a loving satire of the superhero genre.

I also write humorous and thoughtful essays about topics I’m thinking about to do this work. Or to get out of my head so I can get some writing done in these crazy times. Right now a topic of special interest is how virtues can be used as tools.

Almost everything is podcasted. And this includes interviews with interesting and entertaining people. One of the absolute best ways to do research and spark ideas is simply to go have a conversation with someone worth talking to.

What People Say:

McLean has a witty turn of mind. Needs to quit his day job and become the next Pratchett.


Normally funny books make me chuckle and that's about it. This book is the first book since 'Good Omens' to make me laugh so hard that I lost my place and then prevented me from reading further by putting tears in my eyes.


This is truly creative storytelling.

Gao Shan

I love the story. Brilliant and entertaining and fun. I can’t say enough good things about this work.


Why subscribe?

The minute you do, you’ll get access to everything I’ve ever written. Including the complete audio for Crazy Psycho Murder Tree, right now.

But beyond greed and instant gratification, think of it this way, if we could hang out once a month, and you would be happy to a buy me a drink because I told you a funny story and we were having a great time, you should subscribe.

Here’s what you get:

Four How to Succeed in Evil (4.5 stars, 260 reviews)

  • The complete audio for Crazy Psycho Murder Tree, without having to wait a week between chapters.

  • The original How to Succeed in Evil novel - ebook and audiobook

  • The sequel, Hostile Takeover - ebook only

  • A prequel, Consultation with a Vampire - ebook and audiobook

  • PDF of an original promotional comic book that you can’t get anywhere else.

The Merchant Adventurer (4.5 stars, 134 ratings)

An artful, satire of dungeon crawls and cRPG's, the Merchant Adventurer is part Princess Bride, part Dungeon Pawn Stars and a rollicking good read. Here’s what one Amazon reviewer said:

This is my most favorite audio book. I have listened to it at least 10 times in the past year. The hero is funny, relatable, and has a noble heart buried under layers of snark. I wish the author had written more books with this character. The author also did the reading for the book and he did an excellent job with the voices. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good adventure wrapped in a sarcastic sense of humor.

The Complete Seanachai Episodes

130+ pieces of short fiction and essays from the award-winning Seanachai Podcast from way back in 2005. It’s a gig of high-quality audio content in delicious, bite-sized chunks.

The Lucky Dime (4.4 stars)

A companion novella to The Soak, which I can’t give away for free, because it’s traditionally published. This is a period crime piece, a loving homage to Richard Stark. Sure, it’s funny, but it’s definitely got an edge. Here’s how one reviewer described it:

Oh, geez... the writer of the How to Succeed in Evil books has channeled his Inner Tarantino. McLean has written a crime thriller. It is outside his known milieu, but he just nails the genre. I couldn't put this one down and can hardly wait for the sequel.


An audio-only novella that I think has two of the best chapters I’ve ever written. It’s not available anywhere else.

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