autographed books for sale!

I have a whole bunch of my books for sale, which I’m also happy to autograph for you!

If you want any of these books, you can pay for them via PayPal or Zelle (krad@whysper.net) or Venmo (@keith_decandido) or send a check or money order made out to Keith R.A. DeCandido to PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976.

Please send the amount of the books as listed below plus $5 postage for domestic orders (for international ones, just send the book cost and I’ll bill you for the postage after I send it). Also please indicate to whom I’m autographing the book.

Here’s what I’ve got:


Star Trek novels and anthologies

  • A Singular Destiny — $5
  • The Lost Era: The Art of the Impossible — $8
  • Myriad Universes: Echoes and Refractions (with A Gutted World) — $18
  • Seven Deadly Sins (with “The Unhappy Ones”) — $18

Marvel novels and anthologies

  • Spider-Man: Down These Mean Streets — $8
  • Thor: Dueling with Giants — $10
  • X-Men Legends (with “Diary of a False Man”) — $20

Alien novels and anthologies

  • Alien: Isolation (paperback) — $8
  • Alien: Isolation (audio CD) — $20
  • Aliens: Bug Hunt (with “Deep Background”) — $17

Other tie-in novels and novelizations and graphic novels

  • Cars: Rust Bucket Derby — $10
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars — $8
  • Farscape: House of Cards — $8
  • Resident Evil: Genesis — $8
  • Resident Evil: Acpocalypse — $8
  • Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution — $8
  • Young Hercules: Cheiron’s Warriors — $3
  • Young Hercules: The Ares Alliance — $3
  • both Young Hercules novels — $5

Dragon Precinct series

  • Dragon Precinct — $15
  • Unicorn Precinct — $15
  • Goblin Precinct — $15
  • Gryphon Precinct — $15
  • Mermaid Precinct — $15
  • Tales from Dragon Precinct — $15
  • any 3 of the above — $40
  • any 4 of the above — $55
  • any 5 of the above — $65
  • all 6 of the above — $75
  • Mermaid Precinct limited edition hardcover — $50

Other original novels and collections

  • A Furnace Sealed — $15
  • Animal (with Dr. Munish K. Batra)– $16
  • Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet — $16
  • Systema Paradoxa: All-the-Way House — $13
  • To Hell and Regroup (with David Sherman) — $15

Anthologies I’m in

  • Bad Ass Moms (with “Materfamilias”) — $16
  • Did You Say Chicks?! (with “A Bone to Pick,” written with Marina Frants) — $15
  • Pangaea Book III: Redemption (with “Journalistic Integrity”) — $16
  • Turning the Tied (with “In Earth and Sky and Sea Strange Things There Be”) — $20

IT’S A BOOK!

I got my hot-offa-da-presses copies of All-the-Way House, my contribution to the Systema Paradoxa series of novellas from eSpec Books about cryptids. Mine is about the Jersey Devil, and takes place in the same oeuvre as the Bram Gold novels and the Yolanda Rodriguez short stories.

You can order the book directly from eSpec, or from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or Indie Bound, or you can get it directly from me by sending me $13 plus $6 postage via PayPal, Zelle, or Venmo. (If you want that last option, contact me via e-mail at krad@whysper.net or just comment below.)

Yay book!

Star Trek eBooks for cheapsies

Every month, Simon & Schuster puts a random collection of Star Trek eBooks for sale for just $.99. This month, one of the entrants is a huge bargain, and also one that I co-wrote!

After Deep Space Nine ended in 1999, S&S was given permission to continue the story of Station Deep Space 9 in novel form, picking up where “What You Leave Behind” left off. That series of novels kicked off in 2001 with the two-book series Avatar by S.D. Perry, continued with the novel Abyss by David Weddle & Jeffrey Lang, the novel Demons of Air and Darkness by Keith R.A. DeCandido (hey, that’s me!), and the novella “Horn and Ivory,” also by me.

Those tales were all collected into an omnibus called Twist of Faith, and that’s one of the $.99 eBooks throughout the month of April! That’s right, you get four novels and a novella for just ninety-nine cents!!!!!

Also available for one penny less than a buck is another omnibus, this one collected the four 1997 novels that kicked off Star Trek: New Frontier by Peter David, the first Trek novel series not to focus on one of the TV show or movie crews.

Also on sale this month are another of Peter’s New Frontier novels, Fire on High; the original series novels No Time Like the Past by Greg Cox and Garth of Izar by Pamela Sargent & George Zebrowski; and the Next Generation novels The Children of Hamlin by Carmen Carter, Invasion: The Soldiers of Fear by Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Armageddon’s Arrow by Dayton Ward.

Click here for more info.

talkin’ The Lost Era on The Captains’ Table Podcast

Back in 2003, I wrote what I still consider to be one of my best novels, the Star Trek: The Lost Era novel The Art of the Impossible, which covered eighteen years of history in the period between the TOS movies and the start of The Next Generation.

Last October, I recorded an interview with The Captains’ Table podcast to talk about the novel, and it just went live today!

it’s a major award!

The Independent Book Publishers Association gives out its Benjamin Franklin Awards every year, and they’ve announced the three finalists in each category for 2021. Who wins gold, silver, and bronze among those three will be announced in mid-May at the awards ceremony, and I’m pleased to see that Icarus: The Longest Fall is one of the finalists for Best Graphic Novel! This is the graphic novel that I adapted from Gregory A. Wilson’s science fiction novel, with art by Áthila Fabbio, published by Atthis Arts.

Our competition is Dead Max Comix Book 1: The Deadening by Dana Sullivan and The Saga of Evil Monkey Man! Season One by N. Blake Seals & Butch Mapa.

Yay us!

audio of Spider-Man: Down These Mean Streets now out!

After several delays, the audio of my 2005 Spider-Man novel Down These Mean Streets, narrated by the redoubtable Tara Sands, is now available! The book itself is long out of print and hard to find, and there was never an eBook, sadly, but now you can listen to it with the greatest of ease!

You can get it from Amazon/Audible, Barnes & Noble, and any number of other audiobook dealers.

two books with me in them are now on sale!

Now on sale are two new anthologies, one of short stories, one of essays, both of which include me in their tables of contents!

Out yesterday is BIFF! BAM! EEE-YOW!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66–Season Two, the followup to 2020’s ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE!, which followed season one. Published by the fine folks at Crazy 8 Press, this volume is also, like the season one book, edited by Jim Beard, aided and abetted by Rich Handley. You can read the whole table of contents here — my own contribution is entitled “Transcript of the Mayoral Debate Between Batman and the Penguin,” and chronicles the second debate between Batman and Penguin from when they ran for mayor against each other in the “Hizzoner the Penguin”/”Dizzoner the Penguin” two-parter. (The first debate, as seen on the show, was interrupted and not completed.)

Here’s an excerpt:

EDSEL: Thank you, Penguin. Our first topic is a subject that I’m sure both candidates have a great deal to say about: the police department and fighting crime in Gotham City. Penguin, your thoughts?

PENGUIN: I’m glad you asked me first, Mr. Edsel, waugh waugh, because, as you so rightly say, this is a subject on which I may speak eloquently! As you all know, I am a convicted felon. I make no bones about that—I have nothing to hide! But I have also served my sentence in the Gotham City Penitentiary, under the progressive reforms of the fine, upstanding Warden Crichton, which is why I stand before you now as a candidate for mayor. I believe that our prisons are doing their jobs.

            But do you want to know who’s not doing their jobs? The police department! Do you know who it was who put me in jail? Who tracked me down and arrested me? It wasn’t any of the boys in blue, no. It was my opponent! Batman, who is not a member of the police!

            Not only that, but just recently, I saw a crime in progress—a poor blind news vendor was being robbed at gunpoint. One of Gotham City’s finest was nearby, but did he do anything to stop this atrocity? No! He was too busy keeping an eye on me, a private citizen who has already paid his debt to society! An armed thug felt free to commit a felony right in front of a copper, because he knew they’d do nothing!

            I submit that the police in Gotham City are incompetent! And when I’m elected mayor, I will clean house, and make sure that our citizens are protected by true police officers who don’t come running to a man in a pointy-eared costume and a boy in short pants every time they come across something difficult! Thank you!

On sale today is Turning the Tied, a charity anthology published by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, of which I am a proud member. Benefiting the World Literacy Foundation, the anthology is edited by Jean Rabe & Robert Greenberger and features stories about various public-domain characters by some of the finest tie-in writers in the biz — full table of contents can be found here. My own contribution is called “In Earth and Sky and Sea Strange Things There Be,” and features Ayesha, the immortal title character in H. Rider Haggard’s 1886 novel She. Here’s a preview:

“Agent LaManna. I wish I could say it’s good to see you again, but that would be a lie.”

“Ms. Yatie. Wish I could say I’m surprised to see you here—hang on, no, wait, that’s the God’s honest truth. I will say, though, that it really is a surprise to see you in this rotten condition.”

“I will make a full recovery, worry not.”

“I’m going through a whole lot of emotions, Ms. Yatie, and I gotta tell you, ‘worry’ don’t even crack the top ten.”

“What would be atop the list, then, Agent LaManna?”

“Amazement, mostly. You slipped on a wet floor. You broke your neck. You should’ve died. Yet here you are, sitting across from me in an interrogation room, under arrest, something I’ve been trying and failing to do for ten years. And the docs tell me that your neck is healing.”

“And this amazes you?”

“Kinda does, yeah. How else am I supposed to react when someone gets a fatal injury and doesn’t die?”

Both these books are on sale from Amazon, and Turning the Tied is also available from Barnes & Noble. Not sure when or if they’ll be available at other book dealers. But they’re both excellent anthologies that are very much worth your time, and you should check them out!

Turning the Tied is out this Saturday!

Turning the Tied is available for preorder, and will be out for realsies on Saturday the 13th of March, just three days from now! Featuring some of the best tie-in writers in the business writing about various public-domain characters, this very nifty anthology will benefit the World Literacy Foundation, so it’s not only a really good book, it helps an important international cause!

My own story, “In Earth and Sky and Sea Strange Things There Be,” is about Ayesha, the title character in H. Rider Haggard’s 1886 novel She. I was poking around through the various public domain characters that were floating about, and I wanted in particular to do a story about a woman of color. There were vanishingly few — in fact, I didn’t really find any, as Ayesha herself is described by Haggard as being white. She’s also immortal and the ruler of a remote, hidden African nation.

She has a lot of common 19th-century tropes, including being structured as a travelogue-style account found in someone’s papers or sent as a manuscript to a personage of some sort, who then compiles it and publishes it. I thought this was a fun way to play with Ayesha’s story, as that extra layer of narrative provides a handy way to lend doubt to certain events of the novel, especially since the narrative itself claims to be an edited version of the original account. It meant I could make Ayesha a woman of color who was whitewashed by Haggard, who knew full well that his Victorian-era audience would never accept the notion of a black woman running an empire.

I also thought it would be fun to see what Ayesha would be like in modern times, and what kind of roadblocks an immortal might find to keeping her secret in an age of photo IDs, DNA profiling, and especially in the post-9/11 era of increased verification of identity. So in “In Earth and Sky and Sea Strange Things There Be,” I get to use one of my absolute favorite settings: an interrogation room. It’s the main reason why I write so many types of police procedurals: I love the verbal dance of an interrogation between and investigator and a witness/suspect. And in this story we have Ayesha Yatie, as she now calls herself, being interrogated by Special Agent Francesca LaManna of the FBI after she was caught with a fake passport.

I also wrote the story entirely in dialogue, since it’s just two people in a room talking to each other, which is a mode I love to dive into every once in a while.

(By the way, this now holds the record for longest title of one of my short stories, vaulting ahead of “A Vampire and a Vampire Hunter Walk Into a Bar” by two letters.)

Check out the rest of the Turning the Tied blog tour:

SHE RIDES!

It took a week longer than anticipated, but I have finally finished the first draft of All-the-Way House, the fourth volume in the Systema Paradoxa series of novellas about cryptids that’s being released by the NeoParadoxa imprint of eSpec Books, in association with Cryptid Crate.

I’m gonna let it sit for a day while I write Monday’s Voyager Rewatch and an article on WandaVision, both for Tor.com, and then and then look it over tomorrow before sending it to my editorial goddesses, GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido (a.k.a. The Mom) and Wrenn Simms (a.k.a. The Wife), both professional editors, and both invaluable helpmeets in my writing.

All-the-Way House is, as you might gather from the cover, about the Jersey Devil, and it was a lot of fun to dig into the various legends about the creature also known as the Leeds Devil in general, and the mass hysteria regarding the Devil during a weird winter week in January 1909. The novella takes place in three different time periods — the origin of the Leeds Devil in 1735, the aforementioned week in 1909, and in the present day. It takes place in central New Jersey (Camden, the Pine Barrens, Atlantic City, etc.) and eastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Chester). It takes place in the same milieu as the Adventures of Bram Gold (A Furnace Sealed, the upcoming Feat of Clay, “Under the King’s Bridge”) and the Yolanda Rodriguez short stories (“Materfamilias” in Bad Ass Moms and “Unguarded” in the upcoming Devilish and Divine).

It’s not up for preorder yet, but hopefully soon…..

I’m on The Big Thrill

I’m interviewed by The Big Thrill about Animal, the thriller I wrote with Dr. Munish K. Batra. Check it out!

An excerpt:

How does this book make a contribution to the genre?

Mostly by shining a light on the mistreatment of animals and on posing the rather dicey moral dilemma, as the actions of the killer in this novel can be viewed as righteous. Yet he’s still a mass murderer.