Starting 2022 with a new review of an old book! Connor J. Sheffield, of the Media Mallrat site, misses Supernatural since it came to an end in 2020, and has decided to seek out the tie-in novels, starting with the very first one, my very own Nevermore, which came out in 2007. Check out his review!
Keith R.A. DeCandido is a prolific author in the world of TV, Film, and Videogame tie in novels as well as adaptations, so it’s no surprise that this book is so on point with Kripke’s work. This book is just one in a whole library of DeCandido’s work that proves that he is certainly one of the best writers out there for adapting the films, shows, and games we all know and love, be it Star Wars, Resident Evil , Supernatural, or something else, he quickly became a name I look out for when looking to expand my tie-in novels collection.
ScreenRant did one of their lists, this time of the top ten Supernatural tie-in novels. Now, there were only seventeen of them, so most of them made the cut. Nonetheless, it’s very flattering to see that all three of mine are on the list. In fact, Heart of the Dragon was #2!
The latest panel on Con-Tinual: The Con that Never Ends is talking about writing Supernatural tie-in fiction. Gail Z. Martin chats with me, John Passarella, and Tim Waggoner — who, among us, have written ten of the seventeen Supernatural novels — about what it’s like to write fiction featuring Sam & Dean Winchester.
The virtual Dragon Con continues! The Urban Fantasy Track has continued to do weekly discussions of the new episodes of Supernatural, and they invited me to join the fun for “Unity,” the episode that aired last Thursday. Check out me, Gail Z. Martin, Beth Dolgner, Damian Allen, Kristin Jackson, and moderator/track leader Carol Malcolm talking about the latest episode!
I’ve got a whole mess of my books for sale, and I’m more than happy to not only sell and ship them to you, but autograph them as well!
If you want any of the titles below, all you have to do is tally up the cover prices, add $5 for shipping in the U.S. (if you want shipping to a foreign country, just send me the cover prices and I’ll bill you for the postage once I know how much it is), and then send me the money, which you can do any number of ways:
PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Venmo to @keith_decandido
Zelle to email@example.com
Check or money order mailed to me at PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976
Let me know your shipping address and to whom you want the book autographed. If you have any questions, comment on this blog post or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also please bear in mind that I’ve got limited quantities of some of these titles, so don’t wait too long…..
Here’s what I got:
The Precinct books
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 Precinct books — $40
any 4 of the above Precinct books — $55
any 5 of the above Precinct books — $65
all 6 of the above Precinct books — $80
Mermaid Precinct signed & numbered hardcover — $75
The Bram Gold Adventures
A Furnace Sealed — $15
The 18th Race
To Hell and Regroup — $15
Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet — $17
Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido — $15
Bad Ass Moms (with “Materfamilias”) — $16
Did You Say Chicks!? hardcover (with “A Bone to Pick”) — $20
Pangaea Book 3: Redemption (with “Journalistic Integrity”) — $16
Bug Hunt (with “Deep Background”) — $17
Isolation paperback — $8
Isolation audio CD — $20
Spider-Man: Down These Mean Streets — $10
Spider-Man: Venom’s Wrath — $10
Thor: Dueling with Giants — $10
X-Men Legends (with “Diary of a False Man”) — $20
Star Trek tie-ins
The Art of the Impossible — $8
The Klingon Art of War — $25
Myriad Universes: Echoes and Refractions (with A Gutted World) — $15
Seven Deadly Sins (with “The Unhappy Ones”) — $15
A Singular Destiny — $8
Tales of the Dominion War — $24SOLD OUT
A Time for War, a Time for Peace — $8SOLD OUT
Young Hercules tie-ins
The Ares Alliance — $3
Cheiron’s Warriors — $3
both YH books — $5
Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars — $5
Farscape: House of Cards — $10
Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda: Destruction of Illusions hardcover — $10
So many of us are kinda stuck staying home a lot, and that means more reading time! Or, at least, time spent reading so you don’t go batshit because you’re stuck staying at home a lot……
As one possible thing to read, how about my writing? I’ve already posted about my Star Trek work, and now we move on to other TV show tie-ins, which are listed below in alphabetical order, and include: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI: NY, Doctor Who, Farscape, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, Heroes, Leverage, Orphan Black, Sleepy Hollow, Stargate, Supernatural, The X-Files, Xena, and Young Hercules.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Xander Years Volume 1 — novelizing three Xander-focused episodes, “Teacher’s Pet,” “Inca Mummy Girl,” and “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered”
Blackout — a novel focusing on previous Slayer Nikki Wood, who worked in New York in 1977 and faced off against Spike and Drusilla
The Deathless — on Ring Day at Sunnydale High School, an evil Russian sorcerer is attempting to be resurrected
“Ten Little Aliens” in Farscape: The Role-Playing Game — Crichton, D’Argo, and Crais are among those kidnapped for a contest among aliens to capture a prize
Farscape Omnibus Volume 1 (written with Rockne S. O’Bannon) — collecting four post-finale storylines, “The Beginning of the End of the Beginning,” “Strange Detractors,” “Gone and Back,” and “Tangled Roots” — Rygel returns home to claim his throne, a vicious disease spreads through the Uncharted Territories, Crichton visits an Unrealized Reality, and Aeryn learns a shocking truth about the Peacekeepers — and the three D’Argo miniseries D’Argo’s Lament, D’Argo’s Trial, and D’Argo’sQuest — which provide D’Argo’s backstory as well as what he did between seasons three and four
Red Sky at Morning — Moya returns to the homeworld of the Pilots and learn of a new threat to the Uncharted Territories
Compulsions— Moya teams with another Leviathan to deal with a new foe
The War for the Uncharted Territories — the Peacekeepers have a surprising new leader, the Kkore are invading, and Crichton must bring the species of the UTs together or risk losing everything
Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda
Destruction of Illusions — a prequel to the series, showing what both Tyr Anasazi and Beka Valentine and the crew of the Eureka Maru were doing in the nine months leading up to the discovery of Andromeda Ascendant and the time-frozen Dylan Hunt
The Zoo Job — a small zoo in central Massachusetts didn’t get the black rhinos they paid for, leading half the Leverage crew to west Africa and the other half to the world of the uber-rich who illegally purchase wild animals
Children of the Revolution — toward the end of the first season, Ichabod Crane and Detective Abby Mills must find a series of medals that were issued during the Revolutionary War before they’re used to resurrect Serilda of Abaddon
SG-1: Kali’s Wrath — toward the end of the fifth season, Jacob Carter and Bra’tac must team up to help SG-1 face off against Kali and the return of the Reetou
“Time Keeps on Slippin'” in SG-1/Atlantis: Far Horizons — a story that takes place between seasons three and four, explaining Carter’s non-regulation haircut and Teal’c’s soul patch
“Sun-Breaker” in SG-1/Atlantis: Homeworlds — on board the General George Hammond, Carter and Teal’c must stop the Lucian Alliance from acquiring a Go’auld weapon
Nevermore — in the second season, the boys go to the Bronx to solve some Edgar Allan Poe-themed killings and stop a haunting
Bone Key — two demons super-charge the ghosts that haunt Key West, but one becomes too powerful and the Winchester brothers must work with the demons to stop it
Heart of the Dragon — a violent spirit appears in 1969 San Francisco and is banished by the Campbell family of Samuel, Deanna, and Mary; it returns in 1989, and is banished again by John Winchester; and it comes back again in 2009 in the midst of the angel-demon war and must be stopped by Sam, Dean, and Castiel
John Winchester Hardcover Ruled Journal — this is a mostly blank notebook, designed to look like John Winchester’s journal, but it also includes several pages of text from that journal, which I wrote
“Back in El Paso My Life Would Be Worthless” in Trust No One — a second-season story where Mulder and Scully are to work alongside an FBI agent who’s not thrilled at being stuck with the weirdos in the basement
Author Keith R. A. DeCandido’s 2007 novel is the first in a book series based on the dark fantasy television show Supernatural. The plot follows main characters Sam and Dean Winchester (portrayed on TV by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, respectively) investigating murders inspired by several of Poe’s short stories, including 1843’s “The Tell-Tale Heart and “1846’s”The Cask of Amontillado.”
The author’s familiarity and love for Key West show through the words and description, and it’s always very cool to see the brothers in an environment that’s not a Midwestern small town with a vague resemblance to Vancouver.
I also really appreciated a seeing mythology that wasn’t based in generic Judeo-Christian stereotype. At the same time, this Native mythology was well-research, far from generic, and most importantly, felt respectful (despite being the villain). (I am not an expert, so your mileage may vary.)
Ten years ago, HarperPrism released my first (and also the first) Supernatural novel, Nevermore, which had the Winchester brothers driving the Impala into New York City to deal with two cases, one involving a haunting, one involving Edgar Allan Poe-inspired murders.
Today, J.L. Gribble has reviewed Nevermore on her blog!
It was interesting to essentially travel back in time with these characters, as someone 12 seasons into the show, while this book takes place at a time with the brothers are still haunted (metaphorically) by Sam leaving his life in Stanford behind, and the recent death of John Winchester.
While the brothers’ dialogue was spot-on, the author sometimes had trouble capturing their internal narrative voice — I note, however, that this is entirely subjective on my own part. The supporting characters were all unique, fleshed out, and at times hilarious. I find myself hoping that I encounter Detective McBain again in the future.
(For the record, I’m quite pleased with Detective McBain, and I’d love to write her again some day….)