April 20 to 21, 2024

Baltimore North/

Tell-Tale Steampunk

Keith R.A. DeCandido, Author

Keith R.A. DeCandido is generally celebrating his thirtieth anniversary as a fiction writer, having penned more than 60 novels, more than 100 short stories, and more than 50 comic books since 1994. He is also specifically celebrating his first-ever steampunk story with his contribution to eSpec Books’ A Cry of Hounds, which is being produced in conjunction with Tell-Tale Steampunk. Keith’s work ranges from media tie-in tales in more than 30 different licensed universes from Alien to Zorro to fiction in his self-created milieus, such as the long-running “Precinct” series of epic fantasy police procedurals (the latest of which is Phoenix Precinct)and the forthcoming Supernatural Crimes Unit urban fantasy series. Other recent and upcoming work includes the Bronx-based fantasy novel Feat of Clay, the Resident Evil comic book miniseries Infinite Darkness: The Beginning (with art by Carmelo Zagaria), the short-story collection Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, and the comic book adaptation of his 2021 serial-killer novel Animal (with art by J.K. Woodward). He’s also a prolific short fiction author, having had stories in multiple issues of Star Trek Explorer magazine, having contributed to several installments in the Phenomenons, Thrilling Adventure Yarns, and Sherlock Holmes: Cases by Candlelight anthology series, and with stories in Weird Tales: 100 Years of Weird, Joe Ledger: Unbreakable, Sherlock Holmes: Eliminate the Impossible, Multiverse of Mystery, and The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny, as well as in two anthologies he also co-edited, Double Trouble: An Anthology of Two-Fisted Team-Ups (co-edited with Jonathan Maberry) and The Four ???? of the Apocalypse (co-edited with Wrenn Simms).

Keith is also a prolific popular-culture prognosticator, with his reviews and think-pieces appearing regularly on the award-winning webzine Tor.com, as well as in various and sundry essay collections and magazines and on his Patreon (patreon.com/krad).

In addition to all that, Keith is a martial artist (a fourth-degree black belt in karate), a musician (currently percussionist for the parody band Boogie Knights), and an editor of more than thirty-five years’ standing (though he usually does it sitting down). Find out less at his hilariously primitive web site at DeCandido.net.