new on Patreon!


Here’s what you’ve missed the last week if you’re not supporting me on Patreon:

And coming this weekend will be reviews of Black Lightning‘s pilot episode and 2011’s Breakout Kings for the $5/month and up crowd, and a review of Proud Mary for the $1/month and up folks. Plus, y’know, more cat pics…….

Get in on the fun!


a really nice review of Joe Ledger: Unstoppable


There’ve been several reviews online of Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, but until this week, I hadn’t seen any that even mentioned my story “Ganbatte,” except for a couple of quick kudos on Goodreads.

But my buddy Bethany Kesler reviewed the book for her “Writing from Neverland” blog, and she singled out my story and that of Mira Grant for praise.

An excerpt:

Ganbatte features a member of Joe’s team, Lydia Ruiz who is one of the first members of an all-female SEAL fire team.   She is easily one of the most badass characters in the series and this story gives us a snippet into how she got to be a member of Echo Team.   Lydia is a hell of a martial artist and Keith’s own expertise in that field shows in this story.    It also touches on a sensitive topic around one of the people in Lydia’s life and while the situation is an all too real one, the outcome was one that I appreciated the hell out of as much as I simultaneously wished that situations like that would really end that way in actual life.    Just like with Mira’s story, you don’t read this one so much as you experience it.   You feel the wind in your hair, that smell you only get when driving on the overseas highway.  It’s easy to get into Lydia’s head, to see what she sees.   Ganbatte deepens your understanding of Lydia Ruiz as a character and a person.

coming in June: Poison Ivy ruled journal


Insight Editions has been doing a series of notebook/journal-type things that have bits of text in the beginning that serve as the journal/diary of a fictional character. Last year, they released Supernatural: John Winchester Ruled Journal, which I wrote the text for, and in June, they’ll be releasing DC Comics: Poison Ivy Ruled Journal, which I also wrote the text for! It was fun getting into Dr. Pamela Isley’s head for a bunch of journal entries that tracks one of her schemes against the citizenry of Gotham City.

It’s available for preorder from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indie Bound.

irons in the fire update


Didn’t do this at the beginning of the year, and then got distracted by Dale’s death, and now I’m trying to get back in the swing of things………..

Bram Gold. I was finally kicking in on A Furnace Sealed when Dale died. Today was the first day since then that I made serious forward progress. Here’s hoping for a final draft soon. The book will be dedicated to Dale.

Precinct books. Next up is to write Mermaid Precinct, not to mention all the Kickstarter rewards for it and for “Baker’s Dozen” that I haven’t done yet. The book will be published by eSpec Books, who will also be re-releasing the previous books in the series, as well as the future books in the series. (Yes, really.) Meanwhile, there’s a Cliff’s End story that Jonathan Maberry accepted for Kingdoms Fall, but Jonathan’s in the midst of searching for a new publisher for that anthology. I also have a notion for a Kickstarter short story (the story I was going to do for the graphic novel that failed to Kickstart, so I’m gonna repurpose it as prose).

18th Race. I’ll be collaborating with David Sherman on the third book in this trilogy, also for eSpec. I have his notes and I just need to sit down and start writing.

Tie-in novel. My proposal was okayed by the editor and is now with the licensor. I’ll say what it is if it’s approved.

Collaborations. The serial killer novel I wrote with Munish K. Batra, MD, has some final notes from my agent that I need to incorporate, and then we start the process of selling the thing to a publisher who will give us large sums of money for it, ha ha. Munish also has two other novel ideas he wants me to do with him, one of which is under contract, the other of which is still in the talking-about-it stage.

Essays. I have two essays due on Battlestar Galactica and Buffy that I need to get up off my ass and write.

Little tie-in books. I’ve done three little tie-in projects, one of which is done and approved and will be out in June, the other two of which are awaiting licensor approval.

Tie-in short story. I signed a contract for this, just waiting for the editor to give me the green light.

Shirley & Jack. My second Sherlock Holmes pastiche, “Six Red Dragons,” just got copy-edited, along with the rest of Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot, and I sent that back. We’re looking to again debut the BSI anthology at HELIOsphere in March, and I’m also hoping to have copies at (Re)Generation Who 4. I have at least two more stories in mind, I just have to write them.

Cassie Zukav. Nothing currently on the hopper for Cassie, but I have plenty more ideas for her. And if you support my Patreon, you got a Cassie vignette in December.

Super City. I’m investigating the possibility of doing more Super City Cops stories. Keep watching this space.

Original mystery/thriller. I sent a pitch for a mystery/thriller thingie to a publisher. I’m continuing “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” every Friday. I’m about to kick it into high gear with the 21st-century renaissance in superhero movies, but for the moment, I still have a bunch of 20th-century flicks to get through, starting this week with Howard the Duck and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. In addition, I continue to review Star Trek Discovery the day after each new episode drops, and I plan to continue scribbling for them here and there.

Patreon. For folks who support me on Patreon, I’m doing weekly TV reviews, monthly movie reviews, and monthly vignettes featuring my original characters.

I think that’s everything……………



Star Trek Discovery: “The Wolf Inside”


Revelations come fast and furious and crazy in the Mirror Universe as more than one mystery is laid bare while rabid ferrets eat away at Michael Burnham’s soul. Plus, Saru gets a crowning moment of awesome. My review of Star Trek Discovery‘s latest episode, “The Wolf Inside.”

An excerpt:

It really does suck to be Michael Burnham.

I mean, first you had the whole thing with her parents being killed, and then she was raised on a planet that isn’t exactly kind and benevolent toward humans (or much of anybody), she got screwed out of going to Vulcan Space School, and then she got her captain and about 8000 other people killed in an incident that started a brutal war. And then she got herself assigned to a ship run by a loony with PTSD whose first officer is her former shipmate who hates her living guts.

And all of that is as nothing compared to the crap she goes through in “The Wolf Inside.”