2022: the year of the short story

For whatever reason, this has been a major short-story year for me. With today’s official release of both Zorro’s Exploits and Tales of Capes and Cowls, I now have six stories published this year, with another five planned between now and the end of 2022.

Of the five remaining for this year, I’ve written “The Rat’s Tail,” I’ve outlined “Ticonderoga Beck and the Stalwart Squad,” I have a basic idea of what both “What Do You Want from Me, I’m Old?” and “Stop Dragon My Heart Around” will be, and I only have a vague idea what the Luminosity story will be, though I can say that it will involve several other characters in the Phenomenons milieu including Sarcastic Fringehead, Red Sky, and La Colosa y La Particula.

By contrast, I haven’t had a novel out this year, and may not unless we get Phoenix Precinct or Feat of Clay out by year’s end, but I’m not entirely optimistic about that. Sigh. Though I guarantee that both will be out before the end of 2023…..

(I still will have a graphic novel — Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness–The Beginning — and a short story collection — Ragnarok and a Hard Place — out this year, at least….)

irons in the fire update

Working on all the things…….

Medical thriller. My second collaboration with Dr. Munish K. Batra is in the midst of revisions requested by our agent. I’m hoping to have those revisions done in the next week or so said agent — who absolutely loves the book, but says it’s too short to be saleable, which has been an issue throughout my career — can start shopping the book around.

Space opera novella series. I’ve completed the first four of these novellas. Not ready to announce what it is yet in any detail. The current plan has Books 5 and 6 done by mid-June.

Precinct series. Phoenix Precinct now has an actual deadline from my publisher: 1 October! So I damn well will write it by then….

Cassie Zukav. I still have to write “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” which will be the final story to go into Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. It’ll be the only wholly original story in the collection, which will otherwise include all the stories that were published in magazines and/or anthologies and/or collections since 2013, as well as all the Cassie vignettes I posted to Patreon.

Bram Gold. I’m still halfway through Feat of Clay. Sigh. Hoping to get this done before summer is over. Blorfle. Meantime, I’m also scheduled to write another Systema Paradoxa novella in this universe.

The Four ???? of the Apocalypse. One of the two stories we were waiting for has been turned in. Hoping to finally make progress on this…..

Various bits of short fiction for anthologies. Waiting for the go-ahead on one tie-in anthology that I’m really looking forward to. The stories for Zorro’s Exploits and Three Time Travelers Walk Into… are done and awaiting, respectively, proofreading and publication. My stories for the upcoming Tales of Grignr and Ludlow Charingtons charity anthologies are both turned in. I have forthcoming stories to write for Phenomenons: Season of Darkness (which is crowdfunding right now!) and Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2022. And finally, I’m co-editing and writing a story for a tie-in anthology that’s going to be incredibly cool. It’s being shopped around to publishers right now.

Nonfiction. I’m still doing the weekly Enterprise Rewatch for Tor.com, as well as reviews of each new episode of Trek (currently Strange New Worlds) as they air also. On top of that, I’ll be reviving “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” in June and July with eight new movies (well, five new movies and three older ones), and I’ll be reviewing The Umbrella Academy season three when it drops near the end of June. I’ll also be doing a piece for Outside In Regenerates on “The Curse of the Fatal Death.”

Star Trek Adventures. Still waiting for the final approval on Incident at Kraav III. Meantime, I have ten mission briefs to write for this…

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness–The Beginning. I’ve done all my script work for this, and I think it’s all been approved. At the very least issue #1 is approved. I’ve seen some of the artwork for #1 and it looks fantastic. The series should start being published this summer.

There’s other stuff, too, but it’s all back-burnered while I get the above stuff done. Wheeeee!

coming in 2022: Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet

Nine years after the release of Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, which collected a mess of urban fantasy stories set in Key West, Florida involving Norse gods, scuba diving, folklore, rock and roll music, and beer drinking, Plus One Press is going to be doing a sequel, Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. This is because I’ve written enough stories to create a second collection, finally.

Here’s the table of contents:

  • “Down to the Waterline” (originally published in Buzzy Mag in 2015)
  • “William Did It” (originally published on StoryOfTheMonthClub.com in 2015, reprinted in A Baker’s Dozen of Magic in 2016)
  • “Rán for Your Life” (originally published in Unearthed in 2019)
  • “Stop Dragon My Heart Around” (new story written for this collection)
  • “Fish Out of Water” (originally published in Out of Tune in 2014)
  • “Seven-Mile Race” (originally published in Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido in 2015)
  • “Behind the Wheel” (originally published in TV Gods: Summer Programming in 2017)
  • “Ragnarok and a Hard Place” (originally released to Indie GoGo supporters in 2021)

In addition, all the Cassie vignettes that I’ve written for my Patreon will be published in the collection.

I still have to write “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” but once that’s done I’ll turn the manuscript in, and Plus One will schedule it.

KRAD COVID reading #82c: “Down to the Waterline” Part 3

Concluding the week-long reading of “Down to the Waterline,” a tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, as Cassie finds herself running all over Key West trying to track down the nixie that’s already killed two of her friends and is likely to kill a third if she doesn’t find her.

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KRAD COVID reading #82a: “Down to the Waterline” Part 1

In 2015, I wrote a tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, called “Down to the Waterline,” which was published in Buzzy Mag. This week’s reading is that story told in three parts. In this first installment, Cassie is stunned to learn that both 1812’s drummer Zeke and her fellow dive-master Seymour have been found dead, naked, and underwater.

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KRAD COVID reading #74: “Behind the Wheel”

Concluding the week of tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, we have a story I wrote for the TV Gods: Summer Programming anthology from Fortress Publishing. Tyr, in his guise as stock car racer Jamie McIntyre, is interviewed by a sports show, and Cassie has to work very hard to make sure that Thor isn’t interviewed….

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KRAD COVID reading #73: “Seven-Mile Race”

When I put together Without a License in 2015, rather than try to pick a single Cassie Zukav story or a single Dragon Precinct story, I decided to write new ones for the collection in each of those universes. Continuing our week of tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, we have the Cassie story I wrote for the collection, “Seven-Mile Race,” in which Cassie must navigate the rivalry between Thor and his brother Tyr.

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KRAD COVID reading #72: “Fish Out of Water”

Beginning a week of tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, my cycle of urban fantasy stories about scuba diving, Norse gods, rock music, folklore, and beer drinking, not necessarily in that order.

We kick off with “Fish Out of Water,” a story I wrote for Out of Tune, an anthology of stories based on old ballads edited by the mighty Jonathan Maberry. Cassie finds a boat adrift, its passengers and crew acting strangely. She must figure out the connections among that, mermaid sightings, green skies, and a long-ago prank played by Loki. The story was inspired by Childe Ballad #289, “The Mermaid.”

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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 krad@whysper.net
  • Venmo to @keith_decandido
  • Zelle to krad@whysper.net
  • 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 krad@whysper.net.

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

Collections

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

Anthologies

  • 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