After writing 12,234 words, the first draft of “The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story” — which I crowdfunded on Indie GoGo, and which you can still support — is done!

I’m gonna let the story marinate for a day and then read it over, then send it to both The Mom and The Wife (professional editors, both) for the Mighty Red Pen Of Doom, then again to The Wife for formatting, and then it will go off to supporters.

Next up is to write the second story in that crowdfund, “Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet.”

Cha cha cha….


you can still support my crowdfund for new Precinct & Cassie stories!

So cool thing about Indie Go Go — if your project funds on time, then they let you continue to take pledges after the funding period ends. Which is awesome, especially since every time I do one of these, somebody says, “Oh no, I missed this!” even though I’d been talking about it online for a month.

But that’s not an issue here! If you want to support “The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story” (about an event that happened in the year between Gryphon Precinct and Mermaid Precinct) and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet” (in which Loki and Odin make a surprise return to Key West and bring the end of the world with them), you still can!

Just click this link and support it! All the perks save for the tuckerizations (which were all bought up before the funding period ended) are still available, too!

we got stretch goals!!!!!

We’ve made our funding goal for “The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story” and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet,” but that just means we got stretch goals!

If we hit $2000, which we’re only $130 shy of right now, folks who get the story bundle along with the two stories will also get my Super City Police Department novel The Case of the Claw. And there are more for further goals, so please consider supporting the crowdfund!


halfway home, ish

Hey folks! So my crowdfund on Indie Go Go for “The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story” and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet” is going a bit slowly. We’re 11 days into a 20-day crowdfund and only at 52% of the goal. This is way slower than previous crowdfunds, which were only for one story, and I’m a little concerned. I suspect part of it is due to it being on IGG instead of Kickstarter, which is for a number of reasons, but it’s still concerning.

So I ask all my faithful blog readers (you know who you are) to please not just consider supporting the crowdfund, but also pimping it on your own social media — or just like and share the Facebook posts and/or like and retweet the Twitter posts, I’d be excessively grateful.

This has been a difficult year financially speaking, and we kinda need this to get ourselves over the hump to the end of the year. Any help you can provide is hugely appreciated.


eSpec eBook backlist on sale for 99 cents!


eSpec Books is having a sale on the eBook editions of their backlist, which includes my “Precinct” series and Without a License and a bunch of anthologies. Here’s the whole list of my stuff you can get for cheapsies:

Get ’em while they’re hot!


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”):


talkin’ Mermaid Precinct and A Furnace Sealed On The Write Stuff

I’m on Raymond Bolton’s “The Write Stuff” feature discussing my two new releases, A Furnace Sealed and Mermaid Precinct. Check it out!

An excerpt:

What is your writing routine?

BWAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH-HAH! “Routine.” That’s funny…

Do you create an outline before you write?

Always. I started out doing tie-in work, and an outline is required for licensed fiction, as the plot has to be approved by the copyright-holder before you can write a single word. That habit has carried over into my other fiction, as I find it’s much easier and smoother to write the book if I already know the plot.

Why do you write?

I can’t possibly not write. I’ve been doing it since I was six, I can’t imagine any circumstance under which I would stop. (Actually, I can imagine a few, but they’re all really awful, so I don’t particularly want to dwell on them.)

Publishers Weekly likes Mermaid Precinct


Publishers Weekly has a very nice review of Mermaid Precinct up! Check it out…..

A smattering of Scooby Doo mixes with a liberal pinch of police procedural in DeCandido’s fun and carefree fifth novel (after Gryphon Precinct) set in a fantasy world where the beings of Cliff’s End Castle Guard keep the peace. The city of Cliff’s End in the kingdom of Flingaria is home to all manner of people, including a massive influx of refugees from Barlin, a sister city recovering from a massive fire. The devastation is undeniable, but many in Cliff’s End regard the refugees with suspicion. When the Pirate Queen’s ship arrives and she’s found dead on board, the crew insists that Lt. Danthres Tresyllione of the Castle Guard investigate her death. Danthres, who once lived in a community served by the Pirate Queen, and her partner, Lt. Torin ban Wyvald, are more than up to the challenge of tackling the mystery, but they’re stymied by the tight-knit loyalty of the Pirate Queen’s crew and the lack of outside suspects. Then their investigation uncovers something terrifying that could threaten the entire kingdom. This energetic romp is light on the surface, but it tackles the issue of xenophobia head-on with surprising grace.

I’m iffy on the Scooby Doo comparison, but overall, I’ll definitely take that. 🙂

(Detailed info on Mermaid Precinct can be found here.)

special advance copies of Mermaid Precinct at Farpoint!!!!!!


I’m pleased to announce that the UPS gods have smiled on us, and eSpec Books will have a limited number of copies of Mermaid Precinct available at Farpoint 26 this weekend! I’ll have them at the Book Fair Friday night, and if there are any left after that, eSpec will have them at their booth in the dealer room Saturday and Sunday.

(If you supported the book on Kickstarter and are entitled to a trade paperback, those are en route to me, and will be shipped out in the next couple of weeks.)