buy my books!

If you want to get a wonderful gift for a loved one, how about one of my books, autographed! I’ve got a mess of books available!

If you want one sent to you with my scribble on the title page, simply send the appropriate amount of money to me with a shipping address, and I’ll send it posthaste! If you’re in the U.S., please send the cover prices of the books you want (listed below) plus $8 for shipping. If you’re not in the U.S., please just send the cover prices, and I’ll ask you for the postage (whatever it is) after I ship it.

Money can be sent via the following means:

  • PayPal to krad@whysper.net
  • Zelle to krad@whysper.net
  • Venmo to @keith_decandido
  • Google Pay to keith.decandido@gmail.com
  • Check or money order made out to Keith R.A. DeCandido to PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10148-4976

Here’s what’s available:

Star Trek

  • A Time for War, a Time for Peace — $10
  • A Singular Destiny — $10
  • I.K.S. Gorkon: A Good Day to Die — $10
  • I.K.S. Gorkon: Honor Bound — $10
  • I.K.S. Gorkon: Enemy Territory — $10
  • Klingon Empire: A Burning House — $10

Marvel

  • Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours Omnibus (w/Down These Mean Streets) — $16
  • Thor: Dueling with Giants — $10

Other tie-in books

  • Alien: Isolation audio CD — $20
  • Serenity — $10
  • Young Hercules: Cheiron’s Warriors — $5
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars — $10
  • Supernatural: Nevermore — $10
  • Supernatural: Bone Key — $10
  • Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon — $10
  • all 3 Supernatural books — $25

Precinct series

  • Dragon Precinct — $16
  • Unicorn Precinct — $16
  • Goblin Precinct — $16
  • Gryphon Precinct — $16
  • Mermaid Precinct — $16
  • Mermaid Precinct signed & numbered hardcover — $50
  • Phoenix Precinct — $16
  • Tales from Dragon Precinct — $16
  • 3 Precinct books — $45
  • 4 Precinct books — $60
  • 5 Precinct books — $70
  • 6 Precinct books — $85
  • all 7 Precinct books — $95

Other original books

  • A Furnace Sealed — $16
  • Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet — $16
  • Systema Paradoxa: All-the-Way House — $13
  • Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido — $16

The 18th Race

  • To Hell and Regroup (written with David Sherman) — $16
  • The 18th Race Omnibus (written with David Sherman) — $35

Anthologies

  • Across the Universe: Tales of Alternate Beatles (w/”Used To Be”) — $16
  • Bad Ass Moms (w/”Materfamilias”) — $16
  • Devilish and Divine (w/”Unguarded”) — $16
  • Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds, and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon’s Firefly (w/”‘The Train Job’ Didn’t Do the Job”) — $16
  • Pangaea Book III: Redemption (w/”Journalistic Integrity”) — $16
  • Phenomenons: Every Human Creature (w/”The Light Shines in the Darkness”) — $16
  • Turning the Tied (w/”In Earth and Sky and Sea Strange Things There Be”) — $16
  • X-Men Legends (w/”Diary of a False Man”) — $20

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, just reply to this blog post or e-mail me at krad@whysper.net.

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.

irons in the fire update

So many things to do!

Science fiction novella series. I’m finishing up Book 7 of this series this week, then the person who hired me (and who owns it, as it’s work-for-hire) and I will be going over these first seven and making sure we’re on track for what he wants.

Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. I have to finish “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” which is the only story in this collection that is not a reprint. Once that’s done, the manuscript will go off to Plus One Press. (Here’s the table of contents.)

The Four ???? of the Apocalypse. Wrenn and I have been very dilatory in getting this done, but once I get Cassie off to the publisher, I’m going to focus on finally moving this anthology toward publication.

Cases by Candlelight, Vol. 2. My novella for this Sherlock Holmes collection is due in January. It’ll be entitled The Thick Blue Line.

Short fiction. I have a Western short story for an anthology that’s due 16 January 2023, a science fiction short story for another anthology that’s due 23 January 2023 (that’s not definite), a horror story for a magazine that doesn’t have a solid due date yet (but which I’ve outlined), and my Ayesha/Egungun-oya story for Double Trouble: An Anthology of Two-Fisted Team-Ups (which is entitled “Know Thyself Deathless”) is due 1 April 2023. There are two tie-in anthologies that I will have stories in; one is awaiting being sold to a publisher (I’m co-editing this anthology also, and my cohort is the owner of the property), the other is awaiting a firm deadline from the publisher.

Feat of Clay. This second book in the Bram Gold Adventures has been halfway done for a year and a half now, and I really need to finish the stupid thing and get it to WordFire Press so I can have it out at cons alongside A Furnace Sealed….

Collaborations with Dr. Munish K. Batra. Our medical thriller is with our agent, and he’s shopping it ’round. We’ll be working on our third book together in 2023.

Mystery series. The plan is to finally — after, like, a decade — write the first book in that series, outline the second, and then give those and the already-written outline for Book 3 to my agent by mid-2023. We’ll see if this plan survives engagement with the enemy, as it were.

Proposals. I have a tie-in novel proposal with one publisher (which they’ve had for over a year, but which I’m told still has a shot at happening) and a science fiction/horror trilogy proposal with another publisher.

Nonfiction. I’m writing an essay for an upcoming collection about the Joker, which will be about how the 2019 Joker movie riffed on the Bernhard Goetz shooting in New York in 1985. For Tor.com, I’ll be continuing the Enterprise Rewatch every Monday, I’ll be reviewing the new episodes of Discovery, Strange New Worlds, Picard, and Lower Decks as they’re released, I’ll be doing a look back at Prodigy‘s first season when it ends seven weeks from now, and I’ll be reviving “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” at the end of the year to cover Thor: Love and Thunder, Samaritan, Black Adam, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and three older movies I missed previously. And I’ll continue my TV and movie reviews for Patreon.

a nice piece on a 23-year-old Trek comic of mine

Back in September, Steven Blackburn wrote a nifty little piece about Data’s emotion chip that focused pretty much entirely on my 1999 Star Trek: The Next Generation comic book miniseries Perchance to Dream. Released as part of WildStorm’s Trek comics program that lasted only from 1999-2001 (and later reprinted by both IDW and Eaglemoss), this was my first published work of Trek fiction, and it’s fun to see it get some love two decades later.

Check it out!

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.

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.

a nice review of Three Time Travelers Walk Into…

Sam Tomaino of SFRevu has written a very nice review of Michael A. Ventrella’s anthology Three Time Travelers Walk Into…, which features my story “What You Can Become Tomorrow.” Sam reviews each story individually, and I’m pleased to see he was very positive (if brief) regarding mine:

Three ground-breaking people are given a trip to the far future to see that they are properly appreciated for what they accomplished.
Great little story!

Check it out!

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!

Double Trouble author interview: Keith R.A. DeCandido

Double Trouble: An Anthology of Two-Fisted Team-Ups, edited by Jonathan Maberry & Keith R.A. DeCandido, presented by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, is now funding on Kickstarter. The anthology features more than a dozen great tie-in writers teaming classic characters up.

We’ve already done several interviews

Here’s an interview with me! Yes, I’ve interviewed myself! That’s not weird at all! Anyhow, my story in the anthology will put together two African immortals, Ayesha, a.k.a. She Who Must Be Obeyed, the title character from H. Rider Haggard’s She, and the Yoruba goddess Egungun-oya.

Keith R.A. DeCandido is an award-winning best-selling author of sixty novels, 100 short stories, and a ton of comic books and nonfiction, including work in more than thirty licensed universes from Alien to Zorro. He has edited a score of anthologies (both publicly and behind the scenes), including ones in the universes of Star Trek, Doctor Who, Marvel Comics, and more. The IAMTW favored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

What led you to choose the characters you’re using for your Double Trouble story?

I’ve actually written both characters before. My story for the IAMTW’s previous anthology, 2021’s Turning the Tied, featured Ayesha, and Egungun-oya is a supporting character in my urban fantasy series The Bram Gold Adventures, having played a critical role in the first book in that series, 2019’s A Furnace Sealed, and she will also play a big role in the as-yet-untitled third book in the series.

What do you enjoy most about writing tie-in fiction?

I grew up reading tie-ins and always wanted to be one of the people who got to write them. Being able to write for characters I’ve loved, particularly ones like the Star Trek and Marvel characters that I grew up with, has been an absolute joy. Plus, I’ve gotten to work with some amazing people, actually write the official continuation of one of my favorite TV shows (Farscape, for which I co-wrote a post-series comic book with show creator Rockne O’Bannon from 2008-2011), and tons more besides.

What’s your favorite licensed universe that you’ve written in during your career as a tie-in writer?

Although I’ve loved writing Farscape (see previous answer) and Marvel and Alien and Supernatural and all the others — I’ve written in more than 30 universes at this stage — I have to say Star Trek, simply because it’s been one of my favorite things since I was a little kid watching reruns of the original series. Star Trek is such a wonderful setting, and such a magnificently hopeful future with some truly excellent characters, and to have been able to play in that sandbox has been one of the joys of my life.

What do you have that’s now out or coming out soon?

In the tie-in realm, I’ve written a Resident Evil comic book that serves as a prequel to the Netflix animated series Infinite Darkness, entitled The Beginning, the first issue of which will be out soon from TokyoPop. I’ve also written a Star Trek Adventures module called Incident at Kraav III with Fred Love, a Klingon adventure that was lots of fun to do. And I wrote a short story for the recently released Zorro’s Exploits called “A Lovely View.”

As for stuff I keep the copyright on, Phoenix Precinct, the sixth novel in my fantasy/police procedural series, will be out by the end of the year (and is currently crowdfunding also), and I’ve got two urban fantasy books on the docket, probably for early 2023: Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet (taking place in Key West) and Feat of Clay (taking place in the Bronx, the sequel to the aforementioned A Furnace Sealed). I’ve also got stories out or coming out in Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2022, Phenomenons: Season of Darkness, The Eye of Argon: The Further Adventures of Grignr, Three Time Travelers Walk Into…, Tales of Capes and Cowls, The Fans are Buried Tales, and The Four ???? of the Apocalypse (which I also co-edited).

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