yet another nice review of Nights of the Living Dead

…this time of the audio version!

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Paul over at Audio Book Reviews has written a very nice review of the audio version of Nights of the Living Dead. This review not only mentions my story, but singles it out for praise!

Money quote:

Live and On the Scene by Keith R. A. DeCandido
This one starts like a real newscast. Harvey, the on the spot TV reporter, is reporting on a rash of multiple murders in the rural areas outside of Pittsburgh. Witness report seeing strangely acting people which police immediately discount as hysteria. The story alternates between the newscasts and reporter’s life as the events happen. It reminded me of Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds broadcast.

I’ll take being compared to Orson Welles any day………………….

 

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my Sleepy Hollow novel on sale for two bucks!

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I wrote the only tie-in novel (and one of only two tie-in books) to the delightful FOX series Sleepy Hollow. Entitled Children of the Revolution, and released in the fall of 2014, right when the show’s second season debuted.

Now you can get the eBook of the novel for cheapsies: Random House is offering a special deal whereby you can get the eBook for only $1.99! You can get it for your Kindle, your Nook, or whatever format you want.

The book takes place toward the end of the first season, with Crane and Mills in a race against time to stop a second attempt to resurrect Serilda of Abaddon, an attempt that requires gathering several medals given to heroes of the American Revolution, including Crane. Besides Sleepy Hollow, we also get to see our heroes in New York City (at both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of the City of New York) and Ticonderoga (visiting the historic re-creation of the fort), as well as flashbacks to the Revolutionary War and afterward, and the true reason why Washington crossed the Delaware.

So check it out!

 

Star Trek Discovery: “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry”

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Last week’s monster is this week’s tragic alien. Plus bonus Michelle Yeoh! My review of the fourth episode of Star Trek Discovery.

An excerpt:

There’s a lot to like here. The basic story of realizing that Ripper isn’t just a big scary monster is in the finest tradition of Trek (e.g., “Arena” and “The Devil in the Dark“). The Klingon story moves along in an unexpected direction, and we continue the superlative interactions between Burnham and Saru. It’s not at all surprising that Lorca never consulted his first officer on the decision to keep Burnham on board, and Saru’s grumpiness is well played by Doug Jones. In general, Saru is the breakout character here, as his running commentary is magnificent, and Jones does an amazing job of expressing himself through all the latex.

from the archives: happy Bartolomé Day!

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Columbus Day has always been a holiday I’ve hated. Back when I was a kid, I never understood how Columbus could possibly have “discovered” something that had people on it. (Later, of course, I learned that he never even made it to North America, only arriving at the Bahamas and never getting that far.) Plus, of course, he was allegedly searching for Asia, so he not only allegedly “discovered” North America, he also mistook it for somewhere else entirely. And this guy gets a holiday?

The more I learned, the less impressed I was. The Oatmeal nicely sums up just how repugnant a human being Columbus was (thanks to fellow Chronic Rift-ee Krissy Myers for the link), but the short version is that he was a racist tyrannical homicidal gold-digging fucknut. A lot of the bullshit about Columbus that has been perpetrated over the years comes directly from an 1828 book by Washington Irving entitled A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, which was more of a hagiography than a biography, and also purest horseshit — but it’s the source of most of the rote myth surrounding Columbus that most people believe.

Having said that, the holiday comes from a good place. Columbus Day became a holiday in the 1930s after lobbying by the Knights of Columbus to have a federal holiday that showed the contributions of Italians and Catholics to American history. See this NPR article as well as this American Interest article (thanks to, respectively, The Mom and SM Rosenberg), but the short version is that Italians and Catholics were both heavily discriminated against in this country, and the Knights were working to reverse that prejudice. Still, while their motive were good ones — speaking as an Italian American, I can safely say that we’re still marginalized (I challenge folks to find a substantive number of Italian characters in pop culture who aren’t mobsters and/or caricatures, especially compared to the number of WASPs and Irish characters) — they really made a crummy choice of role model.

The Oatmeal suggests instead celebrating Bartolomé Day, after Bartolomé de las Casas, who was also a racist fucknut explorer, but who later in life repented and fought for the rights of the natives who were enslaved and murdered by Europeans. After all, redemption stories are way cooler than whitewashed genocide.

Or we could just call it “Monday.” Hell, I’m a freelancer, federal holidays don’t mean much to me…………..

(This post grew out of a discussion on Facebook. Feel free to add to the discussion here or there.)

 

irons in the fire update

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The Adventures of Bram Gold. I’m really trying hard to get A Furnace Sealed done. I was slowed down by realizing that the climax needed something added to it and I needed to work it out. But now it’s worked out and things are zooming along. I’m hoping to have the first draft done this week. Then at some point, I write Book 2……

Precinct books. As I announced elsewhere, these books are now going to be published by eSpec Books. They’re going to launch their relaunch, as it were, with Mermaid Precinct, which I’ll be writing once A Furnace Sealed is done. And there will be three more Precinct books TBA. Also I’ve got a story set in the Precinct universe, but not involving the Cliff’s End Castle Guard, coming out in Kingdoms Fall next year, and I have another story burbling that may be done as a Kickstarter story soon.

Mine! My contribution to this comics anthology to benefit Planned Parenthood is a seven-page story called “In Defense of Self.” I’ve written the script, and Tom Daly is working on the art even as we speak.

Sooper-seekrit tie-in project #1. The revision of this was turned in a while ago, and I’m waiting for final notes. This is set to be published in 2018.

Sooper-seekrit tie-in project #2. This is a short thing that I have to do this month, but it’s only a few thousand words. Should be fun.

Sooper-seekrit tie-in project #3. This is still in the talking-about-it stage. I’ll be doing more talking about it next week with the project manager.

Thriller. Just got notes on the revision from my agent, and those have to be taken care of.

Comic book proposal. This is with an editor. Waiting to hear back.

Tie-in comic book proposals. This is something I thought was dead, but I found out at New York Comic-Con that it may not be dead. We’ll see.

Super City Cops. I’ll be doing another short story in this world soon.

18th Race. I’ll be collaborating with David Sherman on the third book in this trilogy. I edited the first two books, but David is unable to complete the third book, so I’ll be writing the manuscript based on his very detailed notes and outline. That’s next up after Mermaid Precinct.

Everything else is very much on the back burner, like the mystery, or waiting for things to move forward, like two tie-in notions that I need to have more conversations with the editor about.

 

the Precinct books have a new publisher!

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I’m pleased to announce that the “Precinct” novels have a new publisher: eSpec Books! The paperwork still has to be dealt with, but it’s pretty much a done deal that eSpec will be taking over both the series going forward and the backlist.

What this means is that eSpec will be putting out new editions of Dragon Precinct, Unicorn Precinct, Goblin Precinct, Gryphon Precinct, and Tales from Dragon Precinct. They will also be publishing Mermaid Precinct, as well as three more books in the series, titles TBA.

I’m really excited about this. I’m very grateful to Dark Quest Books for reviving the series in 2011, but it was time to move on, and I’ve been loving what eSpec has been doing generally. I think it’s the best home for my fantasy police procedural series.

 

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Batman Forever and Batman & Robin

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Sam Hamm, Tim Burton, Michael Keaton, Gothic architecture, and the dark knight are out. Akiva Goldsman, Joel Schumacher, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, rubber nipples, and the caped crusader are in. Same old Alfred and Commissioner Gordon, though. The great superhero movie rewatch looks at Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

An excerpt:

But the worst, the absolute worst, sin committed by any Bat-film in history is the travesty done to Two-Face.

First of all, what a friggin waste of Tommy Lee Jones! Here we have an actor who truly could successfully portray the duality of Two-Face, the constant war between his good and bad halves. But instead, he’s doing Joker lite, pure goofball mugging for the camera, and while it’s more effective than Nicholson’s turn in the 1989 film, Jones just can’t keep up with Carrey’s rubber-faced antics.

And we know Jones could pull off a more complex portrayal of Harvey Dent because he does it for about half a second at the very end of the film. The bit at the end when Batman reminds him to flip the coin and Harvey thanks him for being a good friend—that’s the only time in the entire damn movie that we see Harvey Dent as opposed to Two-Face (inexplicably referred to as “Harvey Two-Face” throughout), and we have to sit through an entire movie of Carrey and Jones cackling at each other endlessly before we get the character we were promised.