PortConMaine is proud to announce Keith R.A. DeCandido as a guest for 2013!
Keith R.A. DeCandido left home at a very young age to pursue a career in fisheries, but came right back home when he realized he'd forgotten to pack a lunch. He left home again years later to pursue a career in publishing, at which he's had slightly more success. He's written tons and tons of novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, eBooks, and nonfiction, much of it in a variety of media universes ranging from TV shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Farscape, Leverage, Star Trek, Supernatural) to games (BattleTech, Dungeons & Dragons, StarCraft, World of Warcraft) to comic books (the Hulk, Spider-Man, the Silver Surfer, the X-Men) to films (Cars, Kung Fu Panda, Resident Evil, Serenity). He is the author of the acclaimed "Precinct" series of high fantasy/mystery novels, including Dragon Precinct, Unicorn Precinct, and Goblin Precinct, with Tales from Dragon Precinct and Gryphon Precinct due in 2013. Other recent and upcoming work includes the Leverage novel The Zoo Job; the superhero/police procedural SCPD: The Case of the Claw; a story in the Kung Fu Panda: Tales of the Dragon Warrior comic book; the urban fantasy short story collection Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet; and contributions to several shared worlds, including Jonathan Maberry's horror anthology V-Wars (the short story "The Ballad of Big Charlie"), Steven Savile's thriller series Viral (the novella -30-), and Aaron Rosnberg & David Niall Wilson's science fiction concept, "Tales from the Scattered Earth" (the novel Guilt in Innocence). His recent short fiction has appeared in Apolcaypse 13, Bad-Ass Faeries: It's Elemental, Defending the Future: Best Laid Plans, Liar Liar, More Tales of Zorro, Tales from the House Band Volumes 1 & 2, and the Star Trek anthologies Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows and Seven Deadly Sins.
Keith is also a longtime editor, having supervised several major book lines (the Marvel novels of the 1990s, the monthly Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers eBooks from 2000-2008) and edited many novels and anthologies—among the latter, Doctor Who: The Quality of Leadership, the Star Trek anthologies New Frontier: No Limits, Tales of the Dominion War, and Tales from the Captain's Table. He's also the co-editor of the 2013 Yankees Annual for Lindy's Magazines.
He was inexplicably honored by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, which means he never needs to achieve anything ever again. Despite this, that same year he also achieved his black belt in karate.
In addition to his authorial and editorial hats, Keith is also a musician, currently the percussionist for the Boogie Knights. He joined the band in 2006, after backing up acts such as the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Randy Bandits, David Honigsberg, and Steve Rosenhaus, and appears on the Knights' CDs Many a Sleepless Knight and Wasted Days, Wasted Knights.
Besides all that, Keith is a regular contributor to The Chronic Rift pop-culture podcast, does voices for the audiodramas HG World, The Dome, and Gypsy Cove, and has his own podcast, Dead Kitchen Radio. Find out less at Keith's cheerfully retro web site at DeCandido.net, which is the gateway to his blog, his Facebook page, his Twitter feed, the aforementioned podcasts, and a whole lot more.