cover & cover copy reveal: Devilish & Divine

Last year, eSpec Books did a big-ass Kickstarter that included three novels and a short-story anthology. The latter was originally called Horns & Halos, and is now called Devilish & Divine, featuring stories about angels and demons. The anthology, which is edited by John L. French & Danielle Ackley-McPhail, now has a cover and back cover copy!

My story is one of the ones featuring angels, specifically Muslim ones, the hafazhah, a Yolanda Rodriguez story called “Unguarded.”

Here’s the back-cover copy:

Hell Bound or Heaven Sent?

Some of us will never know until it’s too late.

From an infernal fiend reduced to baking cookies to comfort a small child, to a pastor’s kid rescued from a fall from grace by an unlikely pair, and every iteration in between, Devilish & Divine explores the spectrum of mankind’s encounters with beings of power beyond our comprehension.

Are you ready to explore otherworldly hosts—both heavenly and otherwise?

With stories by

James Chambers
John L. French
Robert E. Waters
Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg
Christopher J. Burke
Michelle D. Sonnier
Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Russ Colchamiro
Michael A. Black
Patrick Thomas
Hildy Silverman

John G. Hartness


It took a week longer than anticipated, but I have finally finished the first draft of All-the-Way House, the fourth volume in the Systema Paradoxa series of novellas about cryptids that’s being released by the NeoParadoxa imprint of eSpec Books, in association with Cryptid Crate.

I’m gonna let it sit for a day while I write Monday’s Voyager Rewatch and an article on WandaVision, both for, and then and then look it over tomorrow before sending it to my editorial goddesses, GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido (a.k.a. The Mom) and Wrenn Simms (a.k.a. The Wife), both professional editors, and both invaluable helpmeets in my writing.

All-the-Way House is, as you might gather from the cover, about the Jersey Devil, and it was a lot of fun to dig into the various legends about the creature also known as the Leeds Devil in general, and the mass hysteria regarding the Devil during a weird winter week in January 1909. The novella takes place in three different time periods — the origin of the Leeds Devil in 1735, the aforementioned week in 1909, and in the present day. It takes place in central New Jersey (Camden, the Pine Barrens, Atlantic City, etc.) and eastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Chester). It takes place in the same milieu as the Adventures of Bram Gold (A Furnace Sealed, the upcoming Feat of Clay, “Under the King’s Bridge”) and the Yolanda Rodriguez short stories (“Materfamilias” in Bad Ass Moms and “Unguarded” in the upcoming Devilish and Divine).

It’s not up for preorder yet, but hopefully soon…..

Systema Paradoxa cover gallery

The fine folks at eSpec Books, in association with Cryptid Crate, have created the NeoParadoxa imprint, which will be publishing novellas that focus on various cryptids. The first one, When the Moon Shines by John L. French, is on sale now, and there are at least a dozen or so planned, including one by me! I’ll be doing Volume 4, which is entitled All-the-Way House, and which will feature several cryptids, but mainly the Jersey Devil. The novella will take place in the same universe as the Adventures of Bram Gold (the novels A Furnace Sealed and the forthcoming Feat of Clay, as well as the short stories “Under the King’s Bridge” in Liar Liar, “Materfamilias” in Bad Ass Moms, and “Unguarded” in the upcoming Horns and Halos), but feature new characters.

The books can be ordered directly from eSpec, or from your favorite online dealer….

Here are the absolutely stupendous covers that have been released so far:

cover reveal: Systema Paradoxa: All-the-Way House

The folks at NeoParadoxa, in conjunction with eSpec Books, are doing a series of novellas about cryptids called Systema Paradoxa. Four of the novellas are already available for preorder (click on this link), and I can now announce that I’m doing one as well! It’s called All-the-Way House, and while I can’t say what cryptid I’m doing, I can say two things: 1) the cover provides a clue if you recognize it and 2) it will take place in the same universe as the Bram Gold Adventures (A Furnace Sealed and the forthcoming Feat of Clay, not to mention the Yolanda Rodriguez stories in Bad Ass Moms and the forthcoming Horns and Halos).

More on this when it becomes available. We’re looking at a summer release for this one….

KRAD COVID reading #88: “Unguarded”

Coming in 2021 from eSpec Books is the Horns and Halos anthology, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail & John L. French, featuring stories about angels and demons. My story, “Unguarded,” is my second featuring supernatural hunter-for-hire Yolanda Rodriguez (who first appeared in Bad Ass Moms), as she must figure out why one of her daughter’s classmates seems to be cursed.

Check it out! And please subscribe to the channel!

autographed books for sale!

I’ve got a whole mess of my books for sale, and I’m more than happy to not only sell and ship them to you, but autograph them as well!

If you want any of the titles below, all you have to do is tally up the cover prices, add $5 for shipping in the U.S. (if you want shipping to a foreign country, just send me the cover prices and I’ll bill you for the postage once I know how much it is), and then send me the money, which you can do any number of ways:

  • PayPal to
  • Venmo to @keith_decandido
  • Zelle to
  • Check or money order mailed to me at PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976

Let me know your shipping address and to whom you want the book autographed. If you have any questions, comment on this blog post or e-mail me at

Also please bear in mind that I’ve got limited quantities of some of these titles, so don’t wait too long…..

Here’s what I got:

The Precinct books

  • Dragon Precinct — $15
  • Unicorn Precinct — $15
  • Goblin Precinct — $15
  • Gryphon Precinct — $15
  • Mermaid Precinct — $15
  • Tales from Dragon Precinct — $15
  • any 3 of the above Precinct books — $40
  • any 4 of the above Precinct books — $55
  • any 5 of the above Precinct books — $65
  • all 6 of the above Precinct books — $80
  • Mermaid Precinct signed & numbered hardcover — $75

The Bram Gold Adventures

  • A Furnace Sealed — $15

The 18th Race

  • To Hell and Regroup — $15


  • Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet — $17
  • Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido — $15


  • Bad Ass Moms (with “Materfamilias”) — $16
  • Did You Say Chicks!? hardcover (with “A Bone to Pick”) — $20
  • Pangaea Book 3: Redemption (with “Journalistic Integrity”) — $16

Alien tie-ins

  • Bug Hunt (with “Deep Background”) — $17
  • Isolation paperback — $8
  • Isolation audio CD — $20

Marvel tie-ins

  • Spider-Man: Down These Mean Streets — $10
  • Spider-Man: Venom’s Wrath — $10
  • Thor: Dueling with Giants — $10
  • X-Men Legends (with “Diary of a False Man”) — $20

Star Trek tie-ins

  • The Art of the Impossible — $8
  • The Klingon Art of War — $25
  • Myriad Universes: Echoes and Refractions (with A Gutted World) — $15
  • Seven Deadly Sins (with “The Unhappy Ones”) — $15
  • A Singular Destiny — $8
  • Tales of the Dominion War — $24 SOLD OUT
  • A Time for War, a Time for Peace — $8 SOLD OUT

Young Hercules tie-ins

  • The Ares Alliance — $3
  • Cheiron’s Warriors — $3
  • both YH books — $5

Other tie-ins

  • Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars — $5
  • Farscape: House of Cards — $10
  • Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda: Destruction of Illusions hardcover — $10
  • Serenity — $10
  • Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution — $8
  • Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon — $8

just a few days left to get the “Cities of Magic” Story Bundle!

The “Cities of Magic” Story Bundle is only available for a few more days! For up to $15 you get eBooks by Emily Martha Sorensen, Erin M. Hartshorn, Janet Tait, and Paul Kane. For $15 or more, you get those eBooks by Gail Carriger, Amity Green, J.S. Morin, Meg Cowley & Victoria DeLuis, and Joseph R. Lallo, plus another book by Sorensen, and my new novel A Furnace Sealed!

You guys have heard me babble enough about Furnaceyou can read an excerpt here and hear me read from it here — but here’s what folks are saying about the other books…..

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On Paul Kane’s Arcana:

Arcana is a hugely entertaining read, a real rollercoaster ride of ups and downs that keep the pages turning until the very end, and another work of high quality from this prolific author.

– Starburst Magazine

On Emily Martha Sorensen’s “Werevulture” series:

I can say with absolute certainty that this is one of my new favorite series. Trials of a Teenage Werevulture has the perfect amount of paranormal, mystery, and humor to make it a wonderful action-packed adventure! There was never a dull moment and I loved Lisette’s character.

– Amazon Review

On Erin M. Hartshorn’s Ghost Garages:

Urban fantasy and cozy mystery mix amusingly in this first novel in the Boston Technowitch series. … Some aspects of Pepper’s life are a little absurd …. But if you can handle them, the quirks and over-the-top bits add a lot to the fun, for a very entertaining start to a new series.

Locus Magazine

On Janet Tait’s Cast Into Darkness:

A fun, creative, non-stop adventure! Tait brings us a well-realized magical world full of double dealing, action, and romance that fans of urban fantasy (like me!) will really love.

– Chris Marie Green, author of Only the Good Die Young

On Amity Green’s Scales:

Amity Green proves that there’s still room for invention in YA fantasy. Leave it to a Texas Gargoyle in London to teach us what it means to be human.

– D.J. Butler, bestselling author of Witchy Eye


On Gail Carriger’s How to Marry a Werewolf:

This book is a lot of fun but also goes a little deeper and darker into the worst of Parasolverse society problems than some of Carriger’s other books. From what sends Faith to London to Channing’s own past, I’d call both backstories much more tragic than others Carriger has written. It gives these two more minor characters a bit of depth that we don’t always get for “lesser” characters.

– Book Loving Nut

On J.S. Morin’s Shadowblood Heir:

Matt’s is an interesting head to live in, and it’s fascinating to see the world through his eyes and experience the ensuing weirdness along with him.

– Amazon Review

On Meg Cowley & Victoria DeLuis’s Relic Guardians Collection:

The marketing blurb on Amazon says of Ancient Magic: “Fans of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones will enjoy this fast-paced urban fantasy adventure series filled with magic, action, and kick-ass characters.” For once you CAN believe the hype, because this is exactly what you are getting.

– Steph Warren, Bookshine and Readbows Blog

And, what the heck, here’s one for my own A Furnace Sealed:

The author is a born and bred New Yorker and the love for his city practically oozes from the pages. It’s so refreshing to see other parts of New York, besides Manhattan, represented in prose. There are a slew of tidbits about the city thrown in. They showcase the history of the city and the flavour of the different neighbourhoods. The tidbits also add depth to the story, and as a history lover, they make me want to go read up more on the topics mentioned.

—Amazon Review

So go check it out!


new Story Bundle: “The Cities of Magic” (featuring A Furnace Sealed)

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I’m in the latest from the fine folks at Story Bundle: “The Cities of Magic,” featuring a bunch of nifty urban fantasy tales!

With Story Bundle, you pay whatever you want for DRM-free eBooks of the books in the bundle. For up to $15 you get the following:

  • Arcana by Paul Kane
  • Trials of a Teenage Werevulture (“Teenage Werevulture” Book 1) by Emily Martha Sorensen
  • Ghost Garages (a “Boston Technowitch” novel) by Erin M. Hartshorn
  • Cast Into Darkness by Janet Tait

If you pay $15 or more for the bundle, you also get these bonus tales:

  • A Traitor in the Shadows (“Shards of Shadow” Book 1) by Joseph R. Lallo
  • Trifles of a Teenage Werevulture (“Teenage Werevulture” Book 2) by Emily Martha Sorensen
  • A Furnace Sealed (“The Adventures of Bram Gold” Book 1) by Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • Sales  by Amity Green
  • How to Marry a Werewolf (a “Claw and Courtship” novella) by Gail Carriger
  • Shadowblood Heir by J.S. Morin
  • the Relic Guardians Collection omnibus, collecting Books 1-3 by Meg Cowley & Victoria DeLuis

So check it out! It’s a great deal on some excellent urban fantasy!


gratuitous cover post

Been a while since I did one of these. Here are the covers to my 2018 and 2019 releases (at least those that have covers — at least two projects I’ve got that are coming out this year haven’t released their final covers into the wild yet):


Alien: Isolation:



Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot (with my story “Six Red Dragons”):



Batman: Quotes from Gotham City (compiled by me):



Brave New Girls: Adventures of Gals and Gizmos (with my story “The Silent Dust”):



Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who (with my essay on Tegan Jovanka):



Farscape Omnibus Volume 1 (collecting several comics I scripted and/or wrote):



Footprints in the Stars (with my story “Puzzle Box”):



A Furnace Sealed:



Mermaid Precinct:



Outside In Takes a Stab: 139 New Perspectives on 139 Buffy Stories by 139 Writers (with my essay on “Fool for Love”):



Poison Ivy Hardcover Ruled Journal:



Release the Virgins! (with my story “The Midwinter of Our Discontent”):



They Keep Killing Glenn (with my story “House Hunting”):



Thrilling Adventure Yarns (with my story “Alien Invasion of Earth!”):

TAY front cover


Unearthed (with my story “Rán for Your Life”):