stuff what I wrote that came out in 2022


  • Phoenix Precinct (eSpec)

Short stories

  • “The Light Shines in the Darkness,” in Phenomenons: Every Human Creature, ed. by Michael Jan Friedman (Crazy 8)
  • “The Carpet’s Tale,” in The Fans are Buried Tales, ed. by Peter David & Kathleen O. David (Crazy 8)
  • “History Lesson for Royal Puppies in the Castle Portrait Gallery,” in Ludlow Charlington’s Doghouse, ed. by Tina L. Jens (Crawdance Productions)
  • “What You Can Become Tomorrow,” in Three Time Travelers Walk Into…, ed. by Michael A. Ventrella (Fantastic Books)
  • “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” in Tales of Capes and Cowls, ed. by C.T. Phipps (Crossroad)
  • “A Lovely View,” in Zorro’s Exploits (Bold Venture)
  • “The Rat’s Tail,” in The Eye of Argon and the Further Adventures of Grignr the Barbarian, ed. by Michael A. Ventrella (Fantastic Books)

Comic books

  • Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness–The Beginning #1 (TokyoPop)

Role-playing game adventures

  • (w/Fred Love) Star Trek Adventures: Incident at Kraav III (Modiphius)

Vignettes for Patreon

  • Bram Gold: “It Ain’t the Heat” and “The Courser’s Apprentice”
  • Cassie Zukav: “Meet the Parents?” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
  • Dragon Precinct: “Silly Season,” “Maternal Day,” “Weekly Meeting,” and “Aunt Freia”
  • Super City Cops: “The Battling Bensons,” “Family Matters,” “Unhappy Hallowe’en,” and “The Menace of Maleagris”


  • “Watching the Detectives: ‘Minerva, Millionaires, and Mayhem’,” in OOOFF! BOFF! SPLATT!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66–Season Three, ed. by Jim Beard, with Rich Handley (Crazy 8)
  • Star Trek: Prodigy Arrives at Mid-Season with Hope and Fear” (
  • “Lonely at the Top: The Underused Leaders of Stargate Atlantis,” in Unauthorized Offworld Activation: Exploring the Stargate Franchise, ed. by Rich Handley & Joseph Dilworth Jr. (Sequart)
  • “‘A Little Strategic Violence’ — The Umbrella Academy Season Three Continues to Bring the Bugnuts” (
  • “The Chase is On as Star Trek: Prodigy Returns” (
  • Star Trek: Enterprise Rewatch — from season 1 episode 7 to season 2 episode 25 (
  • “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” — Barbarella, The Batman, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Eternals, It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman!, The King’s Man, Mandrake, Morbius, Sparks, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Thor: Love and Thunder, Timecop, Timecop: The Berlin Decision, Vampirella, Venom: Let There Be Carnage (
  • Reviews of Star Trek: Discovery season 4 episodes 8-13 (
  • Reviews of Star Trek: Picard season 2 (
  • Reviews of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 1 (
  • Reviews of Star Trek: Lower Decks season 3 (
  • Patreon movie reviews: The Batman, Black Adam, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Clueless, Drive Me Crazy, Ferry, Free Guy, A Goofy Movie, The Gray Man, Innocent, The King’s Man, My Cousin Vinny, 9 to 5, Onward, Presumed Innocent, 10 Things I Hate About You, Thor: Love and Thunder, Turning Red, Violent Night
  • Patreon TV reviews: Animal Kingdom, Blake’s 7, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Falcon & The Winter Soldier, Grace & Frankie, Giri/Haji, Hawkeye, The Kominsky Method, Loki, Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, My Life is Murder, Our Flag Means Death, Sandman, She-Hulk: Attorney-at-Law, The Shield, Signora Volpe, Slings and Arrows, Star Trek: Prodigy, Star Wars: Andor, Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ted Lasso, Under the Vines, Undercover, WandaVision, What If…?

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!

Phoenix Precinct (and two other fantasy novels) being crowdfunded now!

The fine folks at eSpec Books are crowdfunding their next three novels, one of which is mine!

Click on the link and please consider supporting three nifty new fantasy novels:

  • Yeti Left Home, a cryptid tale by Aaron Rosenberg
  • Esprit de Corpse, a Parisian steampunk novel by Ef Deal
  • Phoenix Precinct, the latest in the fantasy/police procedure series by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Yup! The latest in the “Precinct” series is being written and crowdfunded even as we speak. In Phoenix Precinct, Lieutenants Danthres Tresyllione and Torin ban Wyvald investigate a hate crime, as a Barlin refugee is found beaten to death. But their investigation uncovers corruption in the Castle Guard — and in the castle itself!

Click here to find out more about the crowdfund, about Phoenix Precinct, and about Aaron and Ef’s books as well….

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.