I’m part of Sherlock Holmes: Cases by Candlelight!

For a bunch of years now, Christopher D. Abbott has been writing new Sherlock Holmes stories, and last year, he put out a collection of novellas by himself, Aaron Rosenberg, and Michael Jan Friedman called Cases by Candlelight.

In July 2023, we’ll get Volume 2 of Cases by Candlelight, and I’m joining the gang! The second volume — which we’re hoping to debut at Shore Leave — will feature novellas featuring the great detective by Christopher, Aaron, Mike, and me! I’m very excited about this. I’ve done two Holmes pastiche stories featuring Shirley Holmes and Jack Watson in modern NYC — this is my first time writing the canonical Holmes, and I’m very much looking forward to the game being afoot, as it were…..

More announcements as they happen.

Edited to add: here’s a link to preorder the Kindle edition.

gratuitous cover post!

It’s been a year since I did one of these……………

Three Time Travelers Walk Into… (with my story “What You Can Become Tomorrow”)

The Fans are Buried Tales (with my story “The Carpet’s Tale”)

OOOFF! BOFF! SPLATT!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66–Season Three (with my essay “Watching the Detectives”)

The Man Who Laughs: Exploring the Crown Prince of Crime (with my essay “Whatever Joker Wants, Joker Goetz”)

Phoenix Precinct

The Eye of Argon and the Further Adventures of Grignr the Barbarian (with my story “The Rat’s Tail”)

Phenomenons: Every Human Creature (with my story “The Light Shines in the Darkness”)

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness–The Beginning #1

Unauthorized Offworld Activation: Exploring the Stargate Franchise (with my essay “Lonely at the Top: The Underused Leaders of Atlantis“)

Ludlow Charlington’s Doghouse (with my drabble “History Lesson for Royal Puppies in the Castle Portrait Gallery”)

Tales of Capes and Cowls (with my story “Smells Like Teen Spirit”)

Zorro’s Exploits (with my story “A Lovely View”)

cover reveal: Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness–The Beginning #1

Coming soon from TokyoPop is my triumphant return to the world of Resident Evil, in this case a manga-style comic book that will serve as the prequel to the Netflix animated series Infinite Darkness. Entitled The Beginning, this five-issue miniseries will focus on the fan-favorite character Leon. In the first episode of Infinite Darkness, Leon is helicoptered to the White House, having just come from stopping a terrorist attack in Pittsburgh. This miniseries will chronicle that untold tale, helping set up the events of the animated series.

This is the cover to issue #1, with art by Carmelo Zagaria. Enjoy!

cover reveal: Zorro’s Exploits

Bold Venture Press has revealed the cover to next month’s Zorro anthology Zorro’s Exploits. Edited by the mighty Audrey Parente, this anthology will have seventeen new tales of the Fox as he defends the downtrodden in 19th-century Alta California.

I am one of the seventeen authors, and my story is called “A Lovely View.” Other pals o’ mine who are in this book include Jim Beard, John French, Teel James Glenn, Bobby Nash, Aaron Rosenberg, and Patrick Thomas, plus ten other great authors!

More info to be released soon…….

cover and table of contents for OOOFF! BOFF! SPLATT! The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66–Season Three

In March 2022, the fine folks at Crazy 8 Press will release the third and final volume in the Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on the 1966 Batman TV series with OOOFF! BOFF! SPLATT!, which will cover season three of the iconic show starring Adam West and Burt Ward, joined now by Yvonne Craig. The cover, designed by the mighty Sean E. Ali, is above, and below is the full table of contents (which includes me!), as assembled by Jazzy Jim Beard, aided and abetted by his partner in luancy, Rollickin’ Rich Handley…..

  • “Three’s the Harm?” — an introduction by Jim Beard
  • “Take Me to the Pilot” — the Batgirl promo reel by Rich Handley
  • “Seriously?” — “Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin” by Barbara Kesel
  • “Riddler on the Ropes” — “Ring Around the Riddler” by Robert Greenberger
  • “The Siren’s Song” — “The Wail of the Siren” by John S. Drew
  • “Divorce, Theft, Fraud, and Gambling” — “The Sport of Penguins”/”A Horse of Another Color” by Michael Bailey
  • “Gotham’s Great Tut-tective” — “The Unkindest Tut of All” by Forrest C. Helvie
  • “When Generations Clash!” — “Louie, the Lilac” by Paul Kupperberg
  • “The Cilffhnager that Wasn’t” — “The Ogg and I”/”How to Hatch a Dinosaur” by Sean Dulaney
  • “13 Quick Thoughts on ‘Surf’s Up!'” — “Surf’s Up! Joker’s Under!” by Dan Greenfield
  • “A Pipe of Fog Revealed / The Show’s Fate is Sealed” — “The Londinium Larcenies”/”The Foggiest Notion”/”The Bloody Tower” by Ben Bentley
  • “A Most Hallowed and Forbidden No-Man’s Land” — “Catwoman’s Dressed to Kill” by James R. Tuck
  • “That’s How the Egg Crumbles” — “The Ogg Couple” by James Aquilone
  • “When the Cat’s in Court, the Joke’s On Her” — “The Funny Feline Felonies”/”The Joke’s on Catwoman” by L.E. Perez
  • “Cutting Lilacs, Budgets, and Corners” — “Louie’s Lethal Lilac Time” by Brian K. Morris
  • “Battle of the Sexists” — “Nora Clavicle and the Ladies’ Crime Club” by Stacey Smith?
  • “Cashing In” — “The Penguin’s Clean Sweep” by Cliff Biggers
  • “You’re no Sham, Shame” — “The Great Escape”/”The Great Train Robbery” by Gordon Dymowski
  • “Superheroes and Subterfuge” — “I’ll Be a Mummy’s Uncle” by Sam Agro
  • “How Green is My Martian?” — “The Joker’s Flying Saucer” by Chris Franklin
  • “The Brave and the Bold, Starring Batman and Sam Spade” — “The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra” by Ed Catto
  • “Watching the Detectives…” — “Minerva, Millionaires, and Mayhem” by Keith R.A. DeCandido (hey, that’s me!)
  • “AIIEEE! ARRRGH! AWK!” — The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66 — Season Four by Jim Beard
  • “Gosh, Bruce, You Were Right!” — an afterword by Rich Handley

I had a grand old time writing up the series’ final episode, featuring Zsa Zsa Gabor as the last of the villains created for the show to allow famous people to appear, which also gave us everything from the ridiculous (Art Carney’s somnambulent performance as the Archer, Milton Berle’s barely-able-to-give-a-shit turn as Louie the Lilac) to the sublime (Vincent Price’s egg-cellent portrayal of Egghead, Joan Collins’s excellent work as the Siren). Gabor pretty much is Zsa Zsa in the episode, which is fine. I did my essay as a dialogue between two people watching the show, one of whom has seen it dozens of times, the other of whom is watching it all for the first time.

Here’s a tease….

“That’s, um, a mighty vigorous massage Bruce Wayne is getting. From a buff dude. Named after a Greek god.”

“Well, yeah.”

“Wasn’t the whole point of bringing in Batgirl to reduce the homoerotic subtext?”

“I don’t think they gave it that much thought, they just wanted to mix things up for the new season.”

“Uh huh.”

“Me, I love that love Bruce Wayne says he’s in such good shape because of falconry and spelunking.”

“How does falconry build your abs?”

“I don’t know. I also don’t know what spelunking is.”

“Exploring caves.”



“Well, he does have a Batcave, so that’s actually kind of accurate. And if you think of Robin as a falcon…”

“Don’t even go there.”

As soon as the book is available to order, I’ll post links……

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

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….

new cover reveal for Animal

In addition to the print and eBook editions of Animal, the thriller I wrote with Dr. Munish K. Batra, from WordFire Press, there’s also going to be an audio edition from Podium Audio. Podium created their own cover for the audio edition, and we all loved it to pieces, and so WordFire has redone the cover using Podium’s art. I gotta say I love the new cover even more.

And here it is:

Neat, huh?

The book, and the audio, will be out in January 2021.

cover reveal: To Hell and Regroup by David Sherman & me!

Here it is, the cover to the final book in the “18th Race” trilogy of military science fiction novels: To Hell and Regroup by David Sherman & Keith R.A. DeCandido. This concludes the story begun in David’s novels Issue in Doubt and In All Directions. The book will be available from eSpec Books within the next couple of weeks.

Here’s the back cover copy:


The strange bird-like aliens that humans have nicknamed “Dusters” have destroyed an Earth colony, the Semi-Autonomous World Troy. The North American Union sent a massive force of troops from the Marines, Army, and Navy in response.

In orbit, the remnants of the Navy must pull together and fight off the latest wave of Duster reinforcements to come through the wormhole and press their attack.

On the ground, Marines are locked in pitched combat with the Dusters, who continue to press their advantage, now with a weapon of devastating power, mounted on a large tank-like vehicle.

At headquarters, the Army Corps of Engineers must figure out how those tanks work and determine how to either stop them—or use them!

And back on Earth, the NAU President must decide humanity’s next course of action, even as scientists try to discover the Dusters’ secrets to help the soldiers, sailors, and Marines win—

—and time is running out!

“From the cold, detached environs of an orbiting battleship to the grit, sweat, and blood that defines life in a fighting hole on an alien world, Sherman and DeCandido pull out all the stops in this explosive concluding chapter of the 18th Race trilogy.”

—Dayton Ward, New York Times bestselling author of
The Last World War and Star Trek: Agents of Influence

Watch this space for ordering info……