December 26th, 2013


Scooter is 14!

Scooter is now 14 years old, which is, like, a gajillion in dog years. He's slowed down a lot the past couple months, as his legs are obviously not able to do all the things he'd like to do with them. (We're giving him children's aspirin and the occasional heat massage and regular doses of treats that are filled with glucosamine and chondroitin, which helps...)

But at the sight of snow, he's a puppy again (though he does fall down a lot). Last week, when Wrenn and I were walking him, she took a video of his loving the snow. In honor of his birthday today, here 'tis:

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    "She Quit Me" by Warren Zevon

midweek music: "Riu Riu Chiu"

One of my favorite Christmas songs is the Renaissance piece "Riu Riu Chiu," and my favorite version of it is the one by the Waverly Consort on their A Renaissance Christmas album, which has been a favorite holiday album of mine since I was a wee tot. Here it is, with magnificent use of a tambourine....

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    "Riu Riu Chiu" by the Waverly Consort
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Dead Kitchen Radio holiday special: "A Child's Christmas in Wales"

A special holiday episode of Dead Kitchen Radio: The Keith R.A. DeCandido Podcast is now live, as I read from one of my favorite Christmas pieces, "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas.

I admit, my own reading is as nothing on the author's. Thomas originally created the piece to be read on the radio, and I strongly recommend tracking down his recording of it. But I hope mine will bring you joy in this holiday season as well.

You can download the episode off iTunes or from The Chronic Rift Network web site, or listen to it directly from this link. Feedback can be left in the comments below, on the Rift forums, on the DKR Facebook page, by e-mail to krad at whysper dot net, or by phone to 888-866-9010.
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    "The Saints Hallelujiah" by Canadian Brass
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The Chronic Rift Spotlight: Holiday 2013

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    "Baby Gonna Leave Me" by Tom Waits
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Dead Kitchen Radio episode guide

As we draw the curtain on 2013, here's an updated guide to all the episodes of Dead Kitchen Radio: The Keith R.A. DeCandido Podcast.


Episode 1: Dungeons & Dragons: Under the Crimson Sun.
I read a chapter from my first-ever D&D novel.

Episode 2: Unicorn Precinct. With the continuation of my fantasy police procedurals by Dark Quest Books, I read a chapter from the newly released second novel in the series.

Episode 3: SCPD: The Case of the Claw. A reading of a chapter from the first of my novels about cops in a city filled with superheroes.

Episode 4: Guilt in Innocence: A Tale of the Scattered Earth. Reading from the first of my contributions to the science fiction shared universe "Scattered Earth," a novel of the Olodumare Hegemony.

Episode 5: Farscape comics. As the Farscape comics from BOOM! Studios draw to a close, I look back on the project for which I was the primary scripter, working with Rockne S. O'Bannon to continue the world of Farscape.

Episode 6/7: Liar Liar. A special double episode as I discuss the Liars Club and read my short story in the Club's anthology Liar Liar, entitled "Under the King's Bridge."

Episode 8: Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers. I look back at the S.C.E. series of eBook novellas that I edited (and wrote for) from 2000-2007.

Episode 9: Tales from the House Band Volume 1 (Part 1). Reading the first half of "Ragnarok and Roll," a short story in the anthology edited by Deborah Grabien.

Episode 10: Tales from the House Band Volume 1 (Part 2). More on the music anthology edited by Deborah Grabien, and reading the rest of "Ragnarok and Roll."

Episode 11: KRADitorial Services. A look at my lengthy editorial career, and also discussing my current endeavor, providing editing to personal clients who need assistance with their manuscripts.


Episode 12: Jury duty.
Discussing a bout with jury duty and looking ahead at what's planned for 2012.

Episode 13: Supernatural novels. I look back at my three novels based on the CW series, Nevermore, Bone Key, and Heart of the Dragon.

Episode 14: A Musical Interlude. I look back at musical career, including the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players in the 1990s and my current gig with the Boogie Knights.

Episode 15: Viral. I read from -30-, the first of four interconnected thriller novellas based on a concept by Steve Savile.

Episode 16: Ramblin' On. A somewhat scattershot episode of DKR, as I babble about life, death, my Leverage novel, and more.

Episode 17: Movie Novelizations. I talk about my various and sundry movie novelizations, including Joss Whedon's Serenity, Darkness Falls, Gargantua, and the first three Resident Evil movies.

Episode 18: V-Wars (Part 1). Talkin' 'bout Jonathan Maberry's shared world vampire anthology, and reading the first half of my story from same, "The Ballad of Big Charlie."

Episode 19: V-Wars (Part 2). Reading the rest of "The Ballad of Big Charlie," plus more on the anthology as a whole.

Episode 20: Goblin Precinct. The third "Precinct" book is out, and I read a chapter from it.

Episode 21: Star Trek Klingon novels. I look back at my various bits of Trek fiction that focused on everyone's favorite bumpy-headed Viking samurai, the Klingons.

Episode 22: This is Todd Rage... I look at my work in various and sundry audio dramas, particlularly HG World, as well as The Dome, Gypsy Cove, and even *shudder* The House at Morning Heights Drive.

Episode 23: In Memory of Josepha Sherman. With the passing of my old friend Josepha, I look back on our years of friendship and professional collaboration.

Episode 24: Tales from Dragon Precinct (Part 1). The first of several episode wherein I read a story from the collection of short stories from the "Precinct" universe, starting with "Brotherly Love."

Episode 25: Couch Potato Salad. Since it had been a while since we'd done an In Review episode of The Chronic Rift, I decided to bring my TV review segment from that podcast over to DKR for a bit, reviewing some fall 2012 TV offerings: new shows Elementary, Revolution, Vegas, and Last Resort, as well as returning shows The Big Bang Theory, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Person of Interest, 2 Broke Girls, and Castle.

Episode 26: Tales from Dragon Precinct (Part 2). Another reading from the short story collection, this a semi-sequel to Dragon Precinct called "Heroes Welcome."


Episode 27: Tales from the House Band Volume 2.
Deborah Grabien has another music-themed anthology, and I have a story in that one as well, which I read here: "I Believe I'm Sinkin' Down."

Episode 28: Bad-Ass Faeries: It's Elemental. This anthology is still in development (it'll be out in May 2014), but I go ahead and read my story in it anyhow: "Undine the Boardwalk."

Episode 29: Leverage: The Zoo Job. I read a chapter from my novel based on the TNT caper series.

Episode 30: Tales from Dragon Precinct (Part 3). I read another "Precinct" story, this one "Catch and Release," a story that focuses on Iaian, and also introduces the new character Aleta.

Episode 31: Tales from Dragon Precinct (Part 4). Reading the Dru and Hawk case alluded to in Goblin Precinct, "Blood in the Water," the first-ever vampire story in the mythos.

Episode 32: The Marvel novels of the 1990s. I look back at one of my favorite editorial projects, editing the Marvel Comics-based novels and anthologies published from 1994-2000.

Episode 33: Ragnarok and Roll (Part 1). The first of several readings from the collection of urban fantasy stories set in Key West, Florida, starting with "Love Over and Over."

Episode 34: Ragnarok and Roll (Part 2). Another reading from the urban fantasy collection, this time "God of Blunder."

Episode 35: My Doctor Who fiction. I discuss my short-fiction-based contributions to the Doctor Who universe in the wake of the show's 50th anniversary, and read my 1996 tale "UNITed We Fall" from Decalog 3: Consequences.

Holiday Special 2013: "A Child's Christmas in Wales." I read from one of my favorite solstice pieces, the prose reminisce by the poet Dylan Thomas.
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    "Slip Slidin' Away" by Paul Simon

Apocalypse 13 for only a buck!

SUCH A DEAL! Apocalypse 13, the end-of-the-world anthology edited by Diane Raetz, is on sale for $.99 at the Kindle store for a limited time! Check it out!

Besides containing my Cassie Zukav story "Ragnarok and Roll," A13 also includes spiffy tales by John L. French, Roy Mauritsen, Edward J. McFadden, Terri Osborne, KT Pinto, Matt Schianti, Hildy Silverman, David Summers, Patrick Thomas, Robert Waters, and more!
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    "Blues Stay Away from Me" by the Notting Hillbillies