Keith R.A. DeCandido
Keith R.A. DeCandido has written novels, short fiction, and comic books in more than thirty licensed universes from Alien to Zorro, including TV shows (Star Trek, Doctor Who, Supernatural), movies (Cars, Kung Fu Panda, Serenity), games (World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Dungeons & Dragons), and comic books (Spider-Man, Thor, the X-Men). He’s also written bunches of work in milieus of his own creation, including fantastical police procedurals in the fictional cities of Cliff’s End (Dragon Precinct and its sequels) and Super City (the novel The Case of the Claw and a mess of short fiction) and urban fantasy in the somewhat real locales of New York (the Bram Gold Adventures) and Key West (the tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet). And he’s been writing pop-culture commentary for websites, magazines, and essay collections since 1989.
Recent and upcoming work includes the “Precinct” series of fantasy/police procedurals, including Dragon Precinct, Unicorn Precinct, Goblin Precinct, Gryphon Precinct, Mermaid Precinct, Tales from Dragon Precinct, and the newly released Phoenix Precinct; All-the-Way House, the secret origin of the Jersey Devil, part of the Systema Paradoxa series about cryptids; A Furnace Sealed and the forthcoming Feat of Clay, the first two books in his urban fantasy series that takes place in his home borough of the Bronx, New York; the Star Trek role-playing game adventure Incident at Kraav III (with Fred Love); the Resident Evil comic book miniseries Infinite Darkness: The Beginning, a prequel to the Netflix animated series; the urban fantasy short story collection Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet; tales in Every Human Creature and Season of Darkness, the first two books in the shared-world superhero anthology series Phenomenons, created by Michael Jan Friedman; a novella in Sherlock Holmes: Cases by Candlelight Volume 2; short stories in The Eye of Argon and the Further Adventures of Grignr the Barbarian, The Fans are Buried Tales, Joe Ledger: Unbreakable, Tales of Capes and Cowls, Three Time Travelers Walk Into…, Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2022, Zorro’s Exploits, The Four ???? of the Apocalypse (which he also co-edited with Wrenn Simms), and Double Trouble: An Anthology of Two-Fisted Team-Ups (which he also co-edited with Jonathan Maberry); and two collaborative novels, Animal with Munish K. Batra, MD, FACS, a thriller about a serial killer who targets people who harm animals, and To Hell and Regroup with the late David Sherman, a military science fiction novel.
He writes regularly about pop culture for the award-winning webzine Tor.com, for his Patreon (patreon.com/krad), for collections published by Sequart, and for the Outside In, Subterranean Blue Grotto, and Gold Archives series.
Keith is also a fourth-degree black belt in karate (he not only trains regularly but also teaches to both kids and adults), a professional musician (currently the percussionist for parody band Boogie Knights), and a professional editor of more than 25 years standing (though he usually does it sitting down). Find out less at his mediocre website at DeCandido.net.