Keith R.A. DeCandido

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been writing fiction for more than two decades, so he may actually be good at it occasionally. The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers certainly thinks so, as they gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, which means he never needs to achieve anything ever again. That honor was due to his extensive tie-in resume, including novels, short fiction, comics, and more in the worlds of TV shows (Star Trek, Supernatural, The X-Files, Farscape, Doctor Who, Stargate SG-1, Orphan Black), movies (Cars, Resident Evil, Serenity, Aliens, Night of the Living Dead), comics (Spider-Man, Thor, X-Men, Silver Surfer, Hulk), and games (Dungeons & Dragons, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Command & Conquer). He also has written in his own worlds, from the fictional Cliff's End (his series of fantasy police procedurals, starting with Dragon Precinct in 2004 and continuing to 2017's Mermaid Precinct) and Super City (the Super City Cops novellas Avenging Amethyst, Undercover Blues, and Secret Identities) to fantastical versions of New York (a series of urban fantasy novels about a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who hunts monsters) and Key West (a series of urban fantasy short stories about a young woman who's a bit of a weirdness magnet, including having many Norse gods for friends).

His recent and upcoming work includes the urban fantasy A Furnace Sealed, a coffee-table book about Orphan Black, Mermaid Precinct, Stargate SG-1: Kali's Wrath, the Marvel Tales of Asgard trilogy starring Thor, Sif, and the Warriors Three, and short stories in the anthologies Aliens: Bug Hunt, Baker Street Irregulars, A Baker's Dozen of Magic, Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, Limbus Inc. Book 3, Nights of the Living Dead, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, TV Gods: Summer Programming, The X-Files: Trust No One, and more.

Keith is also a professional musician (currently with past Dragon Con musical guests Boogie Knights), a second-degree black belt in karate (his practical self-defense workshops have been a staple of Dragon Con since 2013), a re-watcher of old TV shows (having covered various series in the Star Trek and Stargate franchises, as well as the 1966 Batman, for twice a week since 2011), a professional editor of 25 years' standing (though he usually does it sitting down).