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”)

gratuitous cover post!

A mess of my recent and upcoming covers…..

Systema Paradoxa: All-the-Way House
Devilish and Divine (with my short story “Unguarded”)
ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66–Season One (with my essay “Tropes Abandoned, Tropes as Yet Unseen”)
BIFF! BAM! EEE-YOW!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66–Season Two (with my essay “Transcript of the Mayoral Debate Between Batman and the Penguin”)
Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours Omnibus (with my novel Down These Mean Streets)
Outside In Wants to Believe: 156 New Perspectives on 156 X-Files Universe Stories by 156 Writers (with my essay “Mitch Pileggi Gets a Call from His Agent in 2000”)
Turning the Tied (with my short story “In Earth and Sky and Sea Strange Things There Be”)

gratuitous cover post!

Been a year and a half since I did one of these…..

Here are the covers to my recent and upcoming works:

The 18th Race Omnibus (written with David Sherman):

Across the Universe: Tales of Alternative Beatles (with my story “Used To Be”):

Animal (written with Munish K. Batra, MD, FACS):

Bad Ass Moms (with my story “Materfamilias”):

Icarus and Jellniek (written by Gregory A. Wilson):

Outside In Gains a Soul: 127 New Perspectives on 127 Angel and Firefly Episodes by 127 Writers (with my essay “‘Darla’: One Bad Day”):

Pangaea Book 3: Redemption (with my story “Journalistic Integrity”):

Phoenix Precinct:

Star Trek Adventures: The Klingon Empire Core Rulebook (with assorted chapters and sidebars by me):

To Hell and Regroup (written with David Sherman):

ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66–Season One (with my essay “Tropes Abandoned, Tropes As Yet Unseen”):

cover reveal: ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE! The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66–Season One


Above is the newly revealed cover to an essay collection coming out soon from the fine folks at Crazy 8 Press: ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE! The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66–Season One. Edited by Jazzy Jim Beard, with assistance from Rollickin’ Rich Handley, ZZZ is the first of three unique guides to the 1966 Adam West vehicle, in which each essay is about one of the Bat-stories, each taking a unique look at it.

My own contribution is about the second story of the series, “Fine Feathered Finks”/”The Penguin’s a Jinx,” in which I look at how some of the show’s tropes hadn’t yet been adopted this early, and also examined the view the show took of prison reform, still a new and controversial field in the mid-1960s.

Besides me, Jim, and Rich, contributors include:

  • comics artist Ed Catto
  • Revolution SF‘s Joe Crowe
  • fellow tie-in authors Kevin Dilmore & Dayton Ward
  • one-time Bat-writer Chuck Dixon
  • The Batcave Podcast‘s John S. Drew
  • Bat-historian Pat Evans
  • Batman: Knightcast‘s Chris Franklin
  • Batman: 100 Greatest Moments author Robert Greenberger
  • The 13th Dimension‘s Dan Greenfield
  • comics writer Paul Kupperberg
  • pulp author extraordinaire Will Murray
  • comics writer and historian Alan J. Porter
  • Batmobile replica builder Mark Racop
  • comics historian Peter Sanderson
  • comics critic Steven Thompson

More information at this news story at The 13th Dimension…..


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”):


preorder Alien: Isolation (plus the full cover!)


Alien: Isolation, my latest novel, is now available for preorder from the usual online sources: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Indie Bound, and also from Forbidden Planet.

There’s also a full cover now, complete with back cover copy. In case you can’t read the image above….


From birth, Amanda Ripley’s life is riddled with hardship. Her parents live on the edge of poverty, so her mother — Ellen Ripley — seeks off-world contracts that lead to a position aboard the commercial hauler Nostromo. Then when the deep-space vessel disappears, Amanda passes into adulthood focused on discovering one thing:


Amanda’s quest puts her into the underbelly of society, where few can be trusted. On Luna she meets someone who seems the exception — Private Zula Hendricks of the Colonial Marines — but their relationship is short-lived. Just as Amanda appears to hit rock bottom … a lead appears.

To follow it, she must travel to the remote Sevastopol Station. There she hopes to find the answers she seeks. But the station is in ruins, and death stalks the corridors in the form of a deadly alien the likes of which she never could have imagined.


cover reveal: Alien: Isolation


Today is “Alien Day,” and in honor of that, Titan Books announced the details on three new Alien books, including revealing the cover of my novel Isolation, which is due out at the end of July. Ain’t it cool-looking?

There’s also info on the art book Alien: 40 Years and 40 Artists, featuring work by Dane Hallet, Sam Hudecki, Tanya Lapointe, Denis Villeneuve, Jordan Vogt-Robert, Terryl Whitlatch, and Jon Wilcox; and on Tim Waggoner’s novel Alien: Prototype, which features Zula Hendricks. Zula is a great character introduced in the Alien: Defiance comic miniseries, and currently also appearing in the Alien: Resistance comic. I got to write Zula a bit in Isolation, and I’m really looking forward to Tim’s book.

Check out the full story on Bloody Disgusting.


cover and illustration reveal: Unearthed with new Cassie Zukav story!

Kara Dennison of Altrix Books has revealed the cover to her upcoming charity anthology Unearthed, art by Ginger Hoesly. This anthology of stories about containers of various kinds that are, well, unearthed will include a new tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, entitled “Rán for Your Life.”

Here’s the cover:



And as an added bonus, here’s the illustration that will accompany my story, by Monica Marier!

Ran For Your Life final illustration


Ordering links for the anthology — which will benefit the American Research Center in Egypt — should be going up soon. Keep an eye here and on Altrix’s site for more details…..

look what I got in the mail!


The first book that came out with my name on the cover was OtherWere: Stories of Transformation, an anthology I edited with Laura Anne Gilman in 1996. The day 23 years ago when my contributor’s copy of the book came off press and I got my hands on a copy was an absolute thrill, one that filled me with a tremendous glee.

In the ensuing two-decades-plus, a lot more books have come out that have had the words “Keith R.A. DeCandido” emblazoned on the cover, and I’m here to tell you right now that the thrill has not abated, as I was just as giddy today getting A Furnace Sealed in the mail as I was in ’96 when I got my hands on OtherWere, in 1998 when I held a copy of Spider-Man: Venom’s Wrath in my hands (that was the first novel with my name on the cover), in 1999 when I held Young Hercules: Cheiron’s Warriors in my hands (that was the first one where I had the byline all to myself; the previous books all had at least one other name on it, or I used a pseudonym), in 2001 when I held Star Trek: The Next Generation: Diplomatic Implausibility in my hands (that was my first Star Trek novel), in 2003 when I held Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda: Destruction of Illusions in my hands (that was my first hardcover), in 2004 when I held Dragon Precinct in my hands (that was my first novel that I kept the copyright on), in 2005 when I held my novelization of Serenity in my hands (just because that was so cool to do!!!!), in 2006 when I held Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Blackout in my hands (because at that point, that was my favorite book to actually write, taking place as it did in New York in 1977), in 2008 when I held Farscape #1 in my hands (as that comics project, working with Rockne S. O’Bannon to continue the story of Farscape, is one I took particular joy in), in 2011 when I held Unicorn Precinct in my hands (as that meant the series was a going concern again), in 2013 when I held Leverage: The Zoo Job in my hands (bittersweet, as the show had been cancelled, thus depressing sales like whoa, but I still loved having the book in hand, as I adored that show), in 2014 when I held Star Trek: The Klingon Art of War in my hands (because that book was such a thrill and a pleasure, and because it marked my, sadly temporary, return to writing Trek fiction, and, looking back, because that book has gotten such tremendous praise), in 2016 when I held Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report in my hands (because that book was huge fun to write and because Insight Editions did an amazing job putting it together), and just a couple weeks ago when I held Mermaid Precinct in my hands.

And again today when I got my contributor’s copies of A Furnace Sealed. The thrill has not dimmed even after fifty-plus books, even after spending half my life writing books and stories professionally.

Check this earlier blog post for ordering links for the book, as well as an excerpt, and if you do pick it up (or already have), please consider writing a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Thanks so much!

full cover reveal: Mermaid Precinct

Here is the full front, spine, and back cover for Mermaid Precinct. The book is now done, and while the official on-sale date is 1 June 2019, Kickstarter supporters will get theirs very soon, and I’m hoping to have special preview copies at Farpoint.

Anyhow, here’s the pretty picture:

mermaid precinct front and back cover

Click on the picture to see the full image.

Nifty, huh?