ordering links for all the Precinct books

Now that Phoenix Precinct is an actual book — and officially going to be published by eSpec Books in March of next year — I thought I’d provide an updated list of how to get the entire set of books in my epic fantasy/police procedure series. Pick up all the adventures of the passionate half-elf Lieutenant Danthres Tresyllione, the ex-philosopher/ex-soldier Lieutenant Torin ban Wyvald, and the rest of the Cliff’s End Castle Guard as they attempt to maintain law and order in the largest city-state in Flingaria.

Here’s how you can order the books in either trade paperback, eBook, or (for the first four novels) audio form online:

If you want an autographed copy of any of the above in trade paperback, you can order them from me. It’s $16 for one book, $32 for two, $45 for three, $60 for four, $70 for five, $85 for six, and $95 for all seven, plus $8 for shipping. You can pay me via PayPal (krad@whysper.net), Zelle (krad@whysper.net), Venmo (@keith_decandido), or Google Pay (keith.decandido@gmail.com), or send a check or money order to PO Box 4976, NYC 10185-4976.

cover reveal: Phoenix Precinct, plus excerpts and preorder link

The image I’ve been using for Phoenix Precinct was a draft cover — this here is the final version!

You can read an excerpt from the novel, and also watch me reading an excerpt from the book (see below), and read an interview with me about the book! You can preorder the book directly from the publisher, eSpec Books. The book will be released at Philcon 2022 in mid-November in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, at which I will be Principal Speaker.

read an excerpt from Phoenix Precinct

There’s now an excerpt from Chapter 6 of Phoenix Precinct — the sixth novel and seventh book in my fantasy/police procedural series — up on the eSpec Books blog!

The book is currently funding on Kickstarter, so check it out and please consider supporting it! We’ve made our funding goal — so you’re guaranteed to get what you pledge for — and we’re very close to unlocking some fabulous stretch goals.

Plus there are four Tuckerizations left in the book, including that of the murder victim! If you want to be the poor sod who buys it in the prologue, you can still get that reward! And there are three other characters available!

two Kickstarters launching soon: Phoenix Precinct and Double Trouble

I’ve got two crowdfunds coming up, and I seriously hope you’ll support both of them, as they’re both projects very near and dear to my heart.

The first is the next book in my long-running “Precinct” series of fantasy police procedurals. This series launched in 2004 with Dragon Precinct, and while it took seven years for the sequel, Unicorn Precinct, to come out, the series has been going strong since 2011, with half a dozen books so far — five novels and one short-story collection — and eSpec Books is about to launch a Kickstarter for the sixth novel, Phoenix Precinct. The newly created residential area of Albinton, colloquially known as “New Barlin” as it houses many refugees from the neighboring city-state of Barlin, has been the focus of a great deal of violence directed against those refugees. When one is murdered, however, it leads detectives Danthres Tresyllione and Torin ban Wyvald to a web of intrigue and corruption in the Castle Guard — and in the castle itself!

This novel will be crowdfunded alongside two other fantasy novels: Yeti Left Home by Aaron Rosenberg and Espirit de Corpse by Ef Deal.

Here’s a link to the pre-launch page, where you can sign up for alerts as to when the Kickstarter goes live.

I’m also co-editing an anthology for the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers called Double Trouble: An Anthology of Two-Fisted Team-Ups. This will feature pairings of classic characters, and will be edited by me and Jonathan Maberry. The full lineup of authors and character pairings include:

  • Captain Nemo meets Frankenstein’s monster (Kevin J. Anderson)
  • Prospero meets Don Quixote de la Mancha (David Mack)
  • Dr. Moreau meets Audrey II (Scott Sigler)
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde meet Dracula and John Henry (Derek Tyler Attico)
  • Ace Harlem meets the Conjure-Man (Maurice Broaddus)
  • Marion of Sherwood meets Annie Oakley (Rigel Ailur)
  • Gulliver meets Sacajawea and Ernest Shackleton (Diana Dru Botsford)
  • Van Helsing meets Athena and the Medusa (Jennifer Brody)
  • Lord Ruthven meets Lydia Bennet (Delilah S. Dawson)
  • Bastet and Fenrir meet Quetzalcoatl (Ben H. Rome)
  • Dan Fowler meets Stinger Seave (James Reasoner)
  • Captain Battle meets Blackout (Dayton Ward)
  • Ayesha, a.k.a. She Who Must Be Obeyed, meets Egungun-oya (Keith R.A. DeCandido)
  • Flaxman Low meets Mezzanotte (Nancy Holder & Alan Philipson)
  • And finally, The Brain that Wouldn’t Die must survive the Night of the Living Dead (Greg Cox)

If we hit our stretch goals, we’ll add three more:

  • Jane Trent, Science Sleuth and Fantamah and Fury (Debbie Daughetee)
  • Tang Sanzang, a.k.a. Tripitaka, and Emperor Taizong (David A. McIntee)
  • Moon Man and The Man in Black (James A. Moore)

Here’s a link to the pre-launch page, where you can sign up for alerts as to when the Kickstarter goes live.

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!

KRAD COVID reading #89: “The Fall of Iaron”

I’m going to be taking a break after this, but here’s the final KRAD COVID reading of 2020. I didn’t think I’d actually get through the entirety of my short fiction, but here we are…..

For this final reading of 2020, I read “The Fall of Iaron,” a story set in the Dragon Precinct universe, but not about the Cliff’s End Castle Guard. Instead, it’s about history, it’s about storytelling, and it’s about how you think you know something and you really don’t. Check it out!

And don’t worry, the readings will re-commence in 2021 in some form or other….

KRAD COVID reading #83: “The Midwinter of Our Discontent”

In 2019, Michael A. Ventrella put together an anthology called Release the Virgins! in which the authors only had one instruction: the title phrase had to appear somewhere in the story. This resulted in a wide variety of tales in a wide variety of genres. In my case, I went with a Dragon Precinct story called “The Midwinter of Our Discontent,” in which Danthres and Torin have to solve a locked-room murder mystery.

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KRAD COVID reading #77: “Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty”

Back in 2014, I crowdfunded a Dragon Precinct story called “Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty,” a tale that dealt with the band of adventurers who were the victims in Dragon Precinct. In this tale, Medinn the Bard tells the story of the final battle between Brightblade and his friends and the evil sorcerer Mitos, but each time he tells it, he finds out that there are details he got horribly wrong…..

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KRAD COVID reading #71: “Crime of Passion”

One of the ways I kept the world of Dragon Precinct alive between the publication of that novel in 2004 and its sequel Unicorn Precinct in 2011 was through short stories. One such was this 2006 tale I wrote for the anthology Hear Them Roar, edited by Patrick Thomas and the late great C.J. Henderson: “Crime of Passion,” in which Danthres and Torin must solve the murder of a woman and her two children, and their husband/father is both the best and worst suspect for the deed.

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KRAD COVID reading #67: “Chaos Theory”

For the eSpec Books edition of Gryphon Precinct, I wrote an original short story that appeared as a bonus in the book. “Chaos Theory” — about what turns out to be a very strange series of seemingly unconnected, yet very obviously linked murders — started out life as the story for the Dragon Precinct graphic novel that I tried Kicstarting but failed to reach its funding goal. So I did a short story instead. Check out my reading of it!

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