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Here's what I've been babbling about over on the Word Press blog:

From the archives: reprinting a 2012 piece on the journey of the characters of Danthres Tresyllione and Torin ban Wyvald from RPG characters to the stars of the "Precinct" series.

My latest appearance on the Hour of the Wolf radio show.

MINE!, the Planned Parenthood benefit comics anthology that I have a story in, won the Ringo Award for Best Anthology.

Talking about being a keynote speaker at the C3 conference, and also giving my schedule. Later, I provide the text of my keynote speech.

Podcast stuff:

Episode 242 of Literary Treks is an in-depth look at my first full-length Star Trek novel, 2001's Diplomatic Implausibility while Women at Warp does likewise for 2005's Articles of the Federation, plus an interview with me.

Tor.com stuff:

I provide a full review of Marvel's Iron Fist season two and also examine the show's use of martial arts and fight choreography.

On "4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch," I look at Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man 2. In addition, I take a gander at which movies got the most comments (as of the writing of that blog entry, anyhow) in the rewatch.

In addition, I review Venom for the site.

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"The Fall of Iaron" is a story I've already written, which takes place in the Dragon Precinct universe, but doesn't involve the Cliff's End Castle Guard. Instead, it's about the wider tapestry of life in Flingaria. It's a story about history being written by the winners, it's about storytelling, it's about what makes a villain, what makes a hero, what makes a tyrant.

And it's my latest Kickstarter project! The response to my last story in the universe that didn't involve the detectives of the Castle Guard -- "Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty" -- was really good, and people have asked for more stories beyond the scope of Torin and Danthres and the rest of the cops. So here we are.

For two bucks, the story can be yours. (For one buck, you get your name in the acknowledgments.) And for more, there are other nifty rewards, including being a character in the story, some "Precinct" swag, an audio of me reading the story, other books of mine, and best of all, my editorial services!

So please do consider pledging! You'll be glad you did......


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Here's the latest on the Word Press blog:

Wrenn's and my contributions to the GISH 2018 Scavenger Hunt.

My Scribe Award for "Ganbatte" has arrived!

From the archives: I don't give a rat's ass what Gene Roddenberry would've wanted.

Monday music is Postmodern Jukebox and Wayne Brady doing "Thriller."

Midweek music is Mary Pender and Leo Moracchioli covering "Sultans of Swing."

On the occasion of the first anniversary of "4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch," I present some highlights of my reviews from the first twelve months of the feature.

Aretha Franklin, RIP.

Friday fanfare is Mary Spender's cover of "Dreams."

Monday music is Mary Spender's cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."

The back cover copy for A Furnace Sealed.

For #trektuesday, I present President Bacco's commencement speech for the Starfleet Academy graduating class from my Star Trek novel Articles of the Federation.

Midweek music is one final Mary Spender cover, this of "Crossroads."

Friday fanfare is Eric Clapton doing "Crossroads" live in 2010.

New stuff on Patreon, including a review of BlacKkKlansman, as well as excerpts from Mermaid Precinct, a new overview of a season of M*A*S*H, and cat pictures!

An interview with me by TrekSphere, conducted at the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour.

Coming in 2019: Alien: Isolation.

The compleat bibliography of Keith R.A. DeCandido.

An announcement of my New York Review of Science Fiction reading with Angus Watson, which has already happened, but luckily, the reading was recorded and you can watch the recording!

A nice comment on Dragon Precinct.

Back from Dragon Con, off to RocCon.

A detailed look at how I make my famous tomato sauce.

My Supernatural novel Nevermore on a cool Edgar Allan Poe-related list.

And finally, my stuff for Tor.com:

There's the "4-Color to 35-Millimeter" rewatches of Watchmen, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, Logan, Kick-Ass, and Kick-Ass 2.

And with the debut of season two of Marvel's Iron Fist, we've got a reprint of my article that provides a brief history of Iron Fist in the comics, as well as my impressions of the new season based on the first three episodes.

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Here's what I've been babbling about on the WordPress blog:

My annual reprinting of the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July.

Me at ConnectiCon (which has now already passed....).

From the archives: No one is going to steal your ideas.

Monday music: "California Dreamin'."

Now available: Rocket Fuel, a free collection of some of Tor.com's best nonfiction (including my rewatch of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's "Far Beyond the Stars").

Midweek music: "Puttin' on the Ritz."

Friday fanfare: "New York State of Mind."

I actually won a Scribe Award!!!!!!!

From the archives: A remembrance of my grandfather inspired by a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, of all things.

I'm interviewed on the Writers Pane.

Monday music: "Ghost Riders in the Sky."

Tuesday's dead, on writing stuff.

Midweek music: "Boom Boom."

What's new on Patreon.

Monday music: "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" with a great video.

My Dragon Con 2018 schedule.

And finally, links to my stuff at Tor.com: The latest superhero movie rewatches in 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and V for Vendetta; and my reviews of Marvel's Luke Cage season 2, episodes 5-8 and episodes 9-13.

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Here's what I've been gabbing about over on the WordPress blog:

I reviewed Black Panther on Patreon when it hit theatres. I now release the review to the wild now that the movie's out on home video.

They Keep Killing Glenn, in which 21 authors kill Glenn Hauman, including me, is now available.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Fantastic Four (2005).

A guide to the new stuff I've posted to Patreon.

My article on Tor.com about how Cloak and Dagger has been changed from the comics.

My review of Shakespeare-in-the-Park's production of Othello.

See me in Ticonderoga for Author's Day at the Star Trek Set Tour! (Which at this point has already happened. Sorry....)

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

A look back at Author's Day at the Star Trek Set Tour (complete with pictures!).

My review of Marvel's Luke Cage season 2, episodes 1-4.

Mine! has been nominated for a Ringo!

All the extant Precinct books have been re-released by eSpec Books! This post has ordering links..........

From the archives in 2011: Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and why there's no such thing as a bad idea.

I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

Harlan Ellison, 1934-2018.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Batman Begins.

Another guide to recent Patreon additions.

Irons in the fire update for the beginning of July.

My Shore Leave 40 schedule for this coming weekend!

Get the Kindle editions of the Star Trek: Gateways novel crossover event for a buck a book!

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Here's what I've been talking about over on the blog at Word Press:

Irons in the fire update for June.

Book 2 of the English translation (which I edited) of Star Trek: Prometheus is now on sale from Titan.

New stuff on Patreon, including my review of Deadpool 2, plus TV reviews, short story excerpts, cat pictures, and a Cassie Zukav vignette.

Monday music: the first of several versions of "St. James Infirmary," this one by Louis Armstrong.

New review of Solo: A Star Wars Story on Patreon.

Midweek music: 6 June is my mother's birthday, so I present a bunch of songs we've shared with each other.

A clip from Marvel's Luke Cage season 2 that proves that there needs to be a Daughters of the Dragon series, and stat.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Man-Thing.

Friday fanfare is another version of "St. James Infirmary," this one by Tom Jones and Jools Holland.

An alphabetical guide to all the movies that I plan to cover on 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch.

Monday music: this version of "St. James Infirmary" is by a New Orleans performer, Sasha Masakowski & the Sidewalk Strutters.

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Here's what I babbled about in May (and the end of April) on the Word Press blog:

Monday music: "St. James Infirmary" by Rhiannon Giddens & the Silk Road Ensemble. (This is the first of many versions of this song you'll see in this post....

The table of contents for the upcoming Crazy 8 Press anthology They Keep Killing Glenn, which includes my story "House Hunting."

Happy book birthday to Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot, which includes my second Shirley Holmes-and-Jack Watson story, "Six Red Dragons."

Midweek music: this time it's the Speakeasies' Swing Band's version of "St. James Infirmary."

Me on the Enterprising Individuals podcast talking Deep Space Nine's "Tacking Into the Wind."

4-Color to 35-Millimeter covers the terrible 2005 adaptation of Elektra.

The Scribe Award nominees are announced, and I've got two of them!

On a particularly crazy weekend that included two karate promotions and a huge-ass party at our house.

New on Patreon: my spoilery review of Avengers: Infinity War.

Midweek music: in honor of Wrenn's birthday, it's one of her favorite songs, "Ordinary Day" by Great Big Sea.

Unicorn Precinct and Goblin Precinct reissued by eSpec Books.

Friday fanfare: starting a run of David Bowie with "Space Oddity."

4-Color to 35-Millimeter looks at Hellboy.

Looking back at a great karate spring camp and looking forward to a week-long business trip to Los Angeles.

Monday music: continuing a run of Bowie with "Ashes to Ashes."

Midweek music: "Life on Mars" by, yes, Bowie.

Friday fanfare: still Bowie, this time with Queen (and also with Annie Lennox at the Freddie Mercury tribute after his death) doing "Under Pressure."

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

My Balticon 52 schedule (which, erm, already happened -- sorry).

Monday music: in honor of Mothers Day, my mother's favorite Bruce Springsteen song, "She's the One," a particularly stellar live performance, showcasing both Roy Bittan and Clarence Clemons.

On the 20th anniversary of my going freelance.

Midweek music: more Bruce! This time it's "The River," complete with lengthy monologue.

Tales from Dragon Precinct re-released by eSpec Books.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: the Witchblade pilot movie.

My Sunday feeling, mostly on gun violence.

A new Kickstarter: Release the Virgins!, which will include a new Dragon Precinct story by me.

Tuesday's dead, on finishing a project and what's ahead.

Midweek music: "The Obvious Child" by Paul Simon, inspired by a comment by baseball writer Joe Sheehan on Twitter.

I've signed a contract to write more Super City Cops novellas.

On the 13th anniversary of the release of Star Trek: Articles of the Federation.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Catwoman.

Me on two podcasts: Warp Five talking zombies and Star Trek and Pint O' Comics talking about, well, everything.

Midweek music: more "St. James Infirmary"! This time it's Eric Clapton and Dr. John.

My review of Mary Shelley for Tor.com.

From the archives: my review of "The Modern Prometheus" episode of Highlander: The Series from 1997.

Friday fanfare: this time it's Joe Cocker's version of "St. James Infirmary."

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Constantine.

Signal boosting a GoFundMe for two dear friends want to send their daughter to "Hawai'ian Hogwarts," and they need help with the airfare.

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Sanity — or what passes for it — is restored! My e-mail addresses krad@whysper.net and keith@decandido.net are restored! Huzzah! (Also Wrenn’s wrenn@whysper.net is back up and running, too.)

Apologies to folks to who got bounces….

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General note to all and sundry -- my krad@whysper.net and keith@decandido.net emails are down at the moment. We're getting it fixed, but in the meantime, please use keith.decandido@gmail.com. Thanks!

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Been a bit dilatory in updating this. Sorry about that. But here's what there's been since, er, Valentine's Day on my Word Press blog, which I obviously update more often than this one.....


SHE RIDES! I finish the first draft of A Furnace Sealed at last....

Midweek music: "You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon.

The compleat bibliography of Keith R.A. DeCandido.

My schedule for Planet Comic-Con in Kansas City followed later by a photo post after returning from that con.

Friday fanfare: "Long Live the Chief" by Jidenna.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Blade, Blade II, and Blade Trinity.

My first-season overview of Star Trek Discovery.

Midweek music: "Minnie the Moocher" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

What you've been missing if you're not supporting me on Patreon.

Friday fanfare: "Jumpin' Jack" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: X-Men.

Me on the Marvel/DC Podcast, talkin' Tales of Asgard.

Monday music: "I Wanna Be Like You" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Tuesday's dead, on what I've done and what I have to do.

Midweek msuic: "I Wanna Be Like You" by Los Lobos.


As March starts, I finally do a bunch of things for Patreon I meant to do in February.

Friday fanfare: "Heigh Ho" by Tom Waits.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: X2: X-Men United.

I'm interviewed by Movers and Shakers Unlimited.

I provide a guide to Star Trek Discovery's tie-in fiction.

Making monthly Doctor Who reviews part of my Patreon.

Midweek music: "Rock On" by David Essex.

My HELIOsphere schedule and then later my report on the convention.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: X-Men: The Last Stand.

Friday fanfare: "Shoehorn with Teeth" by DaVinci's Notebook.

Monday music: "Prologue" by Arlo Guthrie.

A ten-years meme, what I was doing in 2008, 1998, 1988, and 1978.

The new upcoming schedule for 4-Color to 35-Millimeter.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Superman Returns.

My (Re)Generation Who 4 schedule as well as a report on the first day of it.

Monday music: "Caledonia" by Gerry Timlin.

A very nice review of my Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Q & A.

Midweek music: "The Boxer" by Gerry Timlin & Tom Kane.

Writing about my martial arts journey for Tor.com's "And Related Subjects."

An update on new stuff uploaded to Patreon.

Friday fanfare: "Sister Josephine" by Jake Thackray.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Hulk.

Monday music: "Don't Quit Your Day Job" by Steve Rosenhaus.

Midweek music: "Green River" by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

My ConGlomeration schedule.

My review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, originally available only on Patreon, made public upon the movie's home video release.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Spider-Man (2002).

Friday fanfare: "Merchant's Lunch" by the Red Clay Ramblers.


Dragon Precinct reissued by eSpec Books!

Get the Star Trek: Mirror Universe books for a buck each!

Midweek music: an alternate take of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" by the Beatles.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Spider-Man 2.

Nerding out over the Avengers: Infinity War trailer that shows T'Challa leading his troops in a chant of "Yibambe!"

A look at all the TV shows I've reviewed on Patreon followed by a list of some new stuff I put up, catching up on my obligations for March now that it's April.

Irons in the fire update.

My very own Federation presidential rug!

Midweek music: versions of "Feelin' Alright" by Joe Cocker and John Goodman.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Spider-Man 3.

My Sunday feeling, on tomato sauce, reviews, and more.

Netflix picks up V-Wars as a TV series!

Monday music: "Streets of Fire" by Bruce Springsteen.

Midweek music: "Birthday" by Sir Paul McCartney, presented on my actual birthday.

In honor of that birthday, a review of my 2005 story "A Vampire and a Vampire Hunter Walk Into a Bar."

Musings on turning 49.

Friday fanfare: "The Letter" by Joe Cocker.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Daredevil.

Wrenn's and my first wedding anniversary!

And finally, last Friday, I gave a talk at my old high school's Career Day. Here's the video of all the talks that were given, and here's a transcript of my speech, as the audio isn't always great.

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Here's what I've been babbling about on the new Word Press blog....

From the archives: talking about Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land."

An overview of my first two months on Patreon followed by a whole bunch of new stuff I added around the end of January.

Monday music: "The Last DJ" by Tom Petty.

Midweek music: "Til the Money Runs Out" by Tom Waits.

My Farpoint 25 schedule (that was this past weekend, so it's of less use now....).

Friday fanfare: "Central Park and West" by Ian Hunter.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Generation X and Justice League of America.

Monday music: "Mission Temple Fireworks Stand" by Paul Thorn.

An archive of my live-tweets of the Super Bowl.

Midweek music: "The Boy in the Bubble" by Paul Simon.

Plugging two Kickstarters by friends of mine, Michael Jan Friedman's Empty Spaces and eSpec Books's Steampunk trio of books.

I found a nifty set of reviews of the entire "A Time to..." series of Star Trek novels, culminating with my own A Time for War, a Time for Peace.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Spirit (1987) and The Spirit (2008).

Friday fanfare: "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" by Paul Simon & Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

My convention report on Farpoint 25.

From the archives: my review of The Seven Per-Cent Solution.

And, finally, my last three reviews of Star Trek Discovery's first season: "What's Past is Prologue," "The War Without, the War Within," and "Will You Take My Hand?"

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Here's what I've been babbling about over on my Word Press blog:

Friday fanfare is a hilarious mashup of Billy Joel and H.P. Lovecraft.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Howard the Duck and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

After being a week behind for several weeks, I finally catch up on my Patreon weekly TV reviews with a piece on Black Lightning's first episode and a look back at 2011's Breakout Kings.

Speaking of 2011, here's a new review of my novel from that year, SCPD: The Case of the Claw.

From the archives: Waiting for Godot with Sirs Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart.

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Vaulting Ambition."

Tuesday's dead on a productive weekend and all the work I've fallen behind on since Dale died.

Ursula K. Le Guin, RIP.

Midweek music is Robbie Robertson's "He Don't Live Here No More."

A guide to what's coming on "4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch" over the next few months.

Friday fanfare is Rhiannon Giddens doing "Waterboy."

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Captain America (1990) and Fantastic Four (1994).

On a very busy Thursday.....

A signing for Mine!, which is actually this afternoon!

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A memorial drink-up for our roommate, brother, and friend Dale Mazur will be held on Sunday the 4th of March 2018 at 1pm at one of Dale's favorite watering holes, the Rambling House in the Woodlawn Heights section of the Bronx. Details at the Facebook event page.

Some crash space will be available, also, for folks who might be coming in from out of town. We will be there, as will Dale's daughter, at the very least.

If you're coming along, please RSVP at the Facebook page or by e-mailing me at krad at whysper dot net, so we can give the Rambling House a nose count.


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Here's what I've been babbling about on the Word Press blog:

A review of Mine!, the Planned Parenthood benefit comics anthology that I also contributed to.

Midweek music on the 10th of January: Arlo Guthrie's "Darkest Hour," which opens with the line, "It's the 10th of January...."

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Steel and Spawn.

A guide to what conventions I'm attending in the first three months of the year, as well as some others I'm planning to hit in 2018.

From the archives: The Matrix is some overrated nonsense.

Why we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Midweek music is Iron & Wine's "He Lays in the Reins."

A belated January irons in the fire update.

Coming in June: DC Comics: Poison Ivy Hardcover Ruled Journal, with text by me!

A very nice review of Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, one that singles out my story "Ganbatte" out for praise.

My latest Star Trek Discovery reviews: "Despite Yourself" and ""The Wolf Inside." Plus I also posted a guide to all my reviews of the show, since Tor.com doesn't have an index page for them.

And finally, updates on what I've posted to Patreon here and here.

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Here's what I've posted on my Word Press blog:

As is traditional, I posted Susan Cooper's "The Shortest Day" on the Winter Solstice on 21 December.

Friday fanfare: more holiday songs, including "The Boar's Head" performed by Magpie Lane, "The Sussex Mummers Carol" performed by the folks from The Christmas Revels, "Carol of the Bells" performed by Pandora Celtica, and Tom Lehrer's "(I'm Spending) Hanukkah in Santa Monica" performed by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles.

My Sunday feeling on Christmas Eve.

40 years of Christmas Eve! The Christmas Eve family picture at my parents' house from 1977, 1987, 1997, 2007, and 2017.

40 years of Keith on Christmas Eve! I made a collage of my image from 29 of the 40 Christmas Eve pictures (picture above).

Announcing the publication of the Planned Parenthood benefit comics anthology MINE! and a signing at the Forbidden Planet (which went very well).

A most excellent holiday season.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: talkin' Mystery Men and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen on the great superhero movie rewatch.

Looking back at 2017, focusing on the positive (highlighted by Wrenn's and my wedding and my elevation to third-degree black belt).

A karate Christmas! Showing off several karate-related gifts I got for the holidays.

A new years day post.

The fifty-four first lines of my fifty-four novels.

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Here's the latest stuff I've put on Patreon:

For $2/month and up:
---Kaylee being ka-yooooot
---the cats on Christmas
---Louie in a sunbeam
---sleepy Louie
---Louie & Stitch
---cats onna bed

For $5/month and up:
---a review of The Librarians
---a review of "Twice Upon a Time," the Doctor Who Christmas Special

For $7/month and up:
---excerpts from A Furnace Sealed: from Chapter 6 and from Chapter 1

For $10/month and up:
---"A Windy Night in December at Mayor Fred's Saloon," a vignette featuring Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet

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Twenty-seven years ago, Jo, a fellow member of the Society for Creative Anachronism introduced Wrenn to Dale and announced that they were brother and sister. Jo died a few years later, but Wrenn and Dale continued to be siblings in all but blood.

Ten years ago, Dale lost his leg due to complications relating to his diabetes. He moved in with his daughter and son-in-law and grandkids in Delaware.

Nine years ago, Dale's son-in-law moved to El Paso. Dale wanted to stay with his doctors and friends, and Wrenn offered him a place to live with her. She was a few years out of a divorce and living in a small house also in Delaware.

Eight and a half years ago, Wrenn started dating me. Eight years ago, we agreed that we would move in together, and she and Dale moved to New York.

Dale was really happy being a New Yorker. With his prosthetic, he couldn't drive, and in Delaware Wrenn had to drive him everywhere, but here, he could get around on his own thanks to our robust mass transit system.

Despite his health problems -- diabetes, vascular issues, Epstein-Barr, back pain, muscle spasms, high blood pressure -- Dale lived as active a life as he was capable of. He became a mainstay of the local burlesque scene, and made friends literally everywhere he went. Every party we threw, every gathering we went to, he was always sitting in a big chair telling stories, and he had plenty of them.

A little more than a week ago, his daughter -- who went from El Paso to Anchorage to Seattle -- called and said that she and the family were actually in the area. They had driven across country and surprised all their family in New York and Pennsylvania, and was Dale free Tuesday or Wednesday night? So they came over Wednesday, Dale made his famous macaroni and cheese, and a good time was had by all.

That night at 2am, Dale was having trouble breathing. I put him in the car and drove him to the local emergency room. We stayed there all night, and then they admitted him. He had fluid in his lungs and a kidney infection, and they spent the last week taking care of that before giving him an angiography that would determine what was wrong with his heart.

It turned out there was quite a bit wrong. They were going to schedule him for a quadruple bypass. They sent him back to his room, and he complained of back pain, so the nurse went to get him some meds. Moments later, he collapsed. He was in the cardiac unit, so he couldn't have been in a better place, but despite thirty minutes of work, they couldn't revive him (except briefly for a few minutes where he said he had no idea what happened, then he crashed again).

Wrenn and I are both total wrecks -- Wrenn especially. He was always there, always telling stories, always being cranky about something, always there to talk politics or nerdery or television or movies or whatever.

I'll miss him more than it's possible for me to say.

Rest in peace, my dear brother-in-law, my dear housemate, my dear friend.


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Been a bit dilatory in updating the blog. Sorry about that!

On Thanksgiving, as always, I posted a YouTube video of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant." 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the song.

Also on Thanksgiving, I made a lengthy list of the things for which I'm thankful, which started with the woman I married this year....

From the archives: my thoughts on Doctor's Who's 50th anniversary special, which I reprinted on the occasion of the show's 54th anniversary.

Friday fanfare: the Muppets' version of "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Cover reveals: Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot, an anthology that includes my story "Six Red Dragons," and Mine!, a comics anthology that includes the story "In Defense of Self" by me and Tom Daly.

A Cyber Monday post urging people to buy my books.

The Avengers: Infinity War trailer.

On sale now in English: Star Trek: Prometheus Book 1.

Irons in the fire update for the beginning of December.

Urging people to nominate stuff for the Dragon Awards -- ideally my stuff, but whatever.....

A brief revival of Holy Rewatch, Batman! to review Batman vs. Two-Face.

Doug Jones is the new senator from Alabama, thank fuck.

People writing nice reviews of my work: the Marvel's Thor: Tales of Asgard trilogy on Amazon and SCPD: The Case of the Claw on a book review blog.

Monday music: The Jethro Tull Christmas Album.

The latest 4-Color to 35-Millimeter posts on Tor.com: Tank Girl and Barb Wire; Judge Dredd and Dredd; and The Mask and Son of the Mask.

Finally, as I posted here and elsewhere, I'm on Patreon now! Update posts include my review of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a cat photo, the first excerpt from A Furnace Sealed, more cat pics, the second excerpt from A Furnace Sealed and more cat pics, my review of MacGyver (the new one), my review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and yet still more cat pics, and the third excerpt from A Furnace Sealed and yet another cat pic. I'm also glad that Patreon isn't revising their fee structure the way they initially announced, especially since it was costing folks patrons right and left....

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All the cool kids are doing it, and now so am I!

I've joined Patreon. If you support me there you can get all kinds of neat stuff, from a monthly movie review to a weekly TV review to excerpts and/or drafts of works in progress to cat photos to exclusive vignettes featuring my original characters to getting to be my convention buddy.

Go ye forth and be supportive and stuff!


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Here's what I've been talking about on the new blog over at Word Press:

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Si Vas Pacem, Para Bellum" (the first script by my buddy and fellow Trek novelist Kirsten Beyer!).

The essay I wrote for my promotion to third-degree black belt.

I'm on The X-Cast's "podwatch" episode 25, discussing "Our Town" and "Anasazi."

A review of Nights of the Living Dead that singles out my story "Live and On the Scene" for high praise.

A review of Aliens: Bug Hunt that singles out my story "Deep Background" for praise. (I could get used to this...........)

From the archives: my 2014 blog post about the 20th anniversary of my fiction writing career getting started.

My traditional Veterans Day posting of the poem "In Flanders Fields."

My Atomacon 2017 schedule. (This actually happened last weekend, so the post is kinda pointless now, but I like to be complete..............)

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Into the Forest I Go."

From the archives: a remembrance of Shuseki Shihan William Oliver, who founded the karate style I train in, written in 2014 on the tenth anniversary of his death in November 2004.

And finally a triple shot of reviews of adaptations of Marvel's The Punisher:

For my 4-Color to 35-Millimeter feature, I covered The Punisher (1989), The Punisher (2004), and Punisher: War Zone. Then I gave my first impressions of Marvel's The Punisher on Netflix after the first three episodes, followed by my review of the entire first season of the show.

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Current Music: "Primal Scream" by Rusted Root

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Here's what I've been writing about on the new blog:

Day 2 of my promotion to sandan (third-degree black belt).

Day 3 of the promotion, which ended with me being awarded my sandan.

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Lethe."

Tuesday's dead, on recovering from the promotion.

Midweek music is "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Edwards, because what else could it be after a black belt promotion?

Buy my books!

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and The Death of the Incredible Hulk.

A complete list of my writing that's been released in 2017.

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad."

A special Hallowe'end edition of 4-Color to 35-Millimeter, covering The Crow, The Crow: City of Angels, The Crow: Salvation, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer.

See me in November, listing my appearances the first three weekends of the month (one of which has already happened.............).

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.

My Philcon 2017 schedule.

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: "Wild-Eyed Willy" by Michael McCloud

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Several of my books are for sale from me -- and I'll autograph 'em, too! If you want any of the books listed below, send me the amount of the cover price(s) of the book(s), plus an additional $6 for postage (inside the U.S.; outside the U.S., just send the cover price and I'll invoice you for the postage after I send it). You can PayPal the money to me at krad at whysper dot net or send a check or money order made out to Keith R.A. DeCandido to PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976. Be sure to let me know to whom you wish me to inscribe the autograph.

Here's what I got:


Marvel's Thor: Tales of Asgard (omnibus collecting Thor: Dueling with Giants, Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings, and Warriors Three: Godhood’s End) -- $25


SCPD: The Case of the Claw -- $15


Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet -- $17


Supernatural: John Winchester's Journal (ruled notebook) -- $19


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (with my essay on the books vs. the movie Blade Runner) -- $40


Star Trek: A Time for War, a Time for Peace -- $8

Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House -- $8

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q & A -- $8


Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars -- $8


Young Hercules: Cheiron's Warriors -- $3

Young Hercules: The Ares Alliance -- $3

both Young Hercules books -- $5

Please note that the Precinct books and Without a License are temporarily unavailable while we're in the process of transitioning those books from Dark Quest to eSpec. Other books I'm temporarily out of stock on, like Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report, the Supernatural novels, and various anthologies I'm in, but I'm hoping to restock soon.

If you have any questions, post them here or e-mail me at krad at whysper dot net.


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Current Music: "I Shall Be Released" by The Band et al

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Here's what I've been babbling about on the Word Press blog (and sorry for not updating here for so long, but seriously, y'all should just keep an eye on there, as this blog will really only be a link dump for the new blog going forward):

4-Color to 35-Millimeter on Tor.com covers the two Michael Keaton/Tim Burton Batman movies from 1989 and 1992.

I'm all excited that the Yankees won the first wild card spot in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, and I give my rooting interests for the postseason (which is amusing to read now that the championship series are almost over).

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Context is for Kings" at Tor.com.

With my promotion to third-degree black belt pending, I present the essays I wrote for my first- and second-degree promotions.

Midweek music is "Cross-Eyed Mary" by Jethro Tull, including the original studio version, a live version from 1977, and Iron Maiden's cover of the song.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter on Tor.com covers the two Joel Schumacher Batman movies from the 1990s starring Val Kilmer and George Clooney.

The Precinct books have a new publisher!

Irons in the fire update for October.

From the archives: Happy Bartolomé Day!

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry" at Tor.com.

My Sleepy Hollow novel Children of the Revolution is on sale for two bucks in eBook.

Yet another nice review of Nights of the Living Dead (latest in a series, collect 'em all!).

I sit down with the folks at Next Trek Podcast and talk about all things Trek, from Discovery to my own work.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter on Tor.com covers the two Incredible Hulk pilots starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno.

I totally nerd out over the new Black Panther trailer.

My review of Star Trek Discovery's "Choose Your Pain" at Tor.com.

The X-Cast is doing a "podwatch," with short daily podcasts covering two episodes each of The X-Files as we head toward season 11 of the show. I was on two of them, episode 5 discussing "Ice" and "Space" and then again on episode 7 discussing "Fire" and "Beyond the Sea."

As I said above, I'm going for my third-degree black belt in karate. I discuss day 1 and day 2 of the promotion.

A review of Pop Punk High, now playing every Thursday at the Parkside Lounge on Houston Street.

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: "The Boogie Bumper" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

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Here's what I've been talking about on my Word Press blog:

Friday fanfare: "Fire on the Bayou" by Trombone Shorty and Cyril Neville.

My Sunday feeling, on a good RocCon 2017 weekend.

Monday Music: "Walk on Boy" and "Crossroads," two blues classics covered by the great Jim Byrnes.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Swamp Thing and The Return of Swamp Thing.

I never could get the hang of Thursdays, on being sick, which sucks.

Friday fanfare: "Cadillac Ranch" by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.

My review on Tor.com of Star Trek Discovery's first two episodes.

The full table of contents for Outside In Makes It So: 174 New Perspectives on 174 Star Trek: The Next Generation Stories by 174 Writers, which is now on sale.

Talkin' Star Trek Discovery on Hour of the Wolf with Jim Freund, John J. Ordover, Dan Persons, and Wrenn Simms.

Current Mood: awake awake
Current Music: "The Boy with a Moon and Star on His Head" by Cat Stevens

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Here's what I've been babbling about over on Word Press.....

Friday fanfare is "Chasin' the Wind" by Key West troubadour Michael McCloud, with thoughts of those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter does the 1979 TV movies Captain America and Captain America II: Death Too Soon.

The planned schedule for the rest of 2017's entries in 4-Color to 35-Millimeter.

An excerpt from "Six Red Dragons," my story in the upcoming Baker Street Irregulars 2: The Game is Afoot, which is now available for preorder from Amazon.

Len Wein, RIP.

A link to past commentary (much of it on this blog) regarding the events of 11 September 2011 on that day's sixteenth anniversary.

The trailer for my buddy Bryan Talbot's graphic novel Grandville: Force Majeure.

4-Color to 35-Millimeter does 1974's Wonder Woman, 1975's The New Original Wonder Woman, and 1984's Supergirl.

I'll be at RocCon 2017 this weekend, and this post lists what I should have for sale and who else will be there.

MINE!: A Celebration of Freedom & Liberty for All Benefitting Planned Parenthood has achieved its funding goal! So now if you pledge, you're guaranteed to get something!

Midweek music is "Crazy Train" like you've never heard it before and it's the BEST THING EVER!!!!!

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: "St. Louis Tickle" by Arlo Guthrie

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