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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KRAD COVID readings #63: “A Clean Getaway”

In 2007, I wrote a story for the Jean Rabe-edited anthology Pandora’s Closet entitled “A Clean Getaway.” The anthology theme was closets that hold dark secrets, and in this case, a heretofore unseen closet in a rich family’s house suddenly appears and starts spewing filth. Lieutenants Danthres Tresyllione and Torin ban Wyvald must figure out why it’s happening before the closet’s muck-producing takes over the house–and the block!

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you can still support my new Dragon Precinct & Cassie Zukav stories!

Because Indie GoGo is awesome, they let you continue to support projects after their funding period is ended, soif you want to support “The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story” and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet,” you still can!

“The Gorvangin Rampages” is a story taking place during the one-year gap between Gryphon Precinct and Mermaid Precinct, with the Cliff’s End Castle Guard having to deal with riots connected to a charismatic figure named Gorvangin. “Ragnarok and a Hard Place” sees Odin and Loki both returning to Key West after seemingly dying, just in time for the end of the world.

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now on IndieGoGo: new Dragon Precinct and new Cassie Zukav stories!!!!

I’ve launched a new crowdfund, this one for two new stories, one in the Dragon Precinct milieu, the other a tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet.

Details at the link, or in the video above. Short version: “The Gorvangin Rampages” is an untold tale of the Cliff’s End Castle Guard from the one-year gap between Gryphon Precinct and Mermaid Precinct, and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place” is a Key West urban fantasy story that brings both Odin and Loki back after their respective apparent deaths in “Cayo Hueso: Twisting Fate” and “Fish Out of Water,” much to the surprise of Cassie.

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a nice comment on Dragon Precinct


Got this in a message from someone who recently purchased the new eSpec Books edition of Dragon Precinct:

Your writing style reminds me of a less sarcastic Terry Pratchett mixed with a dash of Robin McKinley. The book reminds me of Pratchett’s Nightwatch series mixed with a D&D campaign my friends would design. I also love your vocabulary choices. You pepper in some great words without going overboard on thesaurus choices. In short I’m probably going to end up buying the whole series.

This is the sort of thing that makes one’s year. I’ll take being compared to Pratchett and McKinley every day of the week and twice on Sunday.


all the Precinct books have been reissued!

It’s now official — all five extant Precinct books have been reissued by eSpec Books, as they’ve rereleased Gryphon Precinct (complete with the bonus story “Chaos Theory”).

Here are full ordering links for all five books:

Now I just have to write Mermaid Precinct……………….

now available once again: Dragon Precinct

Some of you may have noticed that the “Precinct” books have been hard to come by, and that I haven’t had them at conventions lately. That will finally change, starting this week.

As of now, eSpec Books is the new home of my high fantasy police procedural series. To start with, they will be reissuing the four novels and one short story collection in the series, with each of the novels having bonus material.

Available now is Dragon Precinct, the first book in the series, in which Lieutenants Torin ban Wyvald and Danthres Tresyllione must find out who killed Gan Brightblade, one of the heroes of the realm, who was murdered on the eve of a heroic quest with his comrades. Also part of this new edition is the bonus story “Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty,” previously only available to Kickstarter supporters, which tells the story of Brightblade and his companions on one of their adventures from several perspectives.


This new edition is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo in print and eBook form, so check it out.

Still to come are Unicorn Precinct (which will also have as a bonus the story “When the Magick Goes Away,” chronicling Danthres and Torin’s first case together), Goblin Precinct (which will have the bonus story “Baker’s Dozen,” the detectives’ second case together), Gryphon Precinct (which will have a new story that I will write for that edition), and Tales from Dragon Precinct.

After that, eSpec will be releasing Mermaid Precinct — and more besides! With a new publisher comes new books, and one of the things we’ll be seeing in Mermaid is an expansion of the Cliff’s End Castle Guard and the opening of two new police precincts in the city-state: those two new precincts will be seen in the next two novels in the series, Phoenix Precinct and Manticore Precinct. Plus we’ll be doing another short-story collection, More Tales from Dragon Precinct.

I know it’s been a while since there’s been new stories of Danthres and Torin, but that will change this year. The Cliff’s End Castle Guard is back, and not going anywhere any time soon…..


the Precinct books have a new publisher!


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.