November 22nd, 2016



On Friday, I started writing "Behind the Wheel," the latest tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet -- a cycle of urban fantasy stories set in Key West, Florida, involving scuba diving, rock and roll, Norse gods, folklore, and beer drinking, not necessarily in that order.

Yesterday, I finished the story and sent it off to Jeff Young for the anthology TV Gods: Summer Programming, the second TV Gods anthology from the fine folks at Fortress Publishing.

The anthology should be released some time next year.
  • Current Music
    "Living in the Past" by Jethro Tull

tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, updated

With the completion of "Behind the Wheel," scheduled to be in TV Gods: Summer Programming next year, it's time to update the guide to the stories I've written taking place in Key West featuring Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet. This is a cycle of fun urban fantasy stories that feature Cassie, the ghost of an old wrecker captain, an immortal barfly, an FBI agent, the members of a house band at a bar in Old Town, several folks from Norse mythology (Odin, Thor, Loki, Tyr, Sigyn, Eitri, Brokkr), and lots more.

Up until 2013, all of Cassie's tales were collected in Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet -- but there've been a few Cassie stories since then, so I provide them now in chronological order of when the stories actually take place relative to each other:

"Down to the Waterline" (in Buzzy Mag)
"Ragnarok and Roll" (in Tales from the House Band Volume 1, Ragnarok and Roll, and Apocalypse 13)
"Undine the Boardwalk" (in Bad-Ass Faeries: It's Elemental and Ragnarok and Roll)
"I Believe I'm Sinkin' Down" (in Tales from the House Band Volume 2 and Ragnarok and Roll)
"Love Over and Over" (in Ragnarok and Roll)
"William Did It" (in Story of the Month Club and A Baker's Dozen of Magic)
"Cayo Hueso" Part 1: "A Farewell to Cats" (in Ragnarok and Roll or as an eBook)
"Cayo Hueso" Part 2: "The Buck Stops Here" (in Ragnarok and Roll or as an eBook)
"Cayo Hueso" Part 3: "Twisting Fate" (in Ragnarok and Roll or as an eBook)
"God of Blunder" (in Ragnarok and Roll)
"Fish Out of Water" (in Out of Tune)
"Seven-Mile Race" (in Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido)
"Behind the Wheel" (in TV Gods: Summer Programming, forthcoming in 2017)
  • Current Music
    "Look at the Animals" by Jethro Tull
TOS Rewatch

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: "Beyond the Farthest Star"

We kick off the animated adventures with an investigation of a nifty ship and an invasion by a weird alien. The TOS Rewatch goes "Beyond the Farthest Star."

An excerpt:
Having said that, we do get the wonderful alien ship, which provides the best parts of the episode. Part of it is Scotty geeking out over it—and Doohan’s greater experience with voice work means he actually conveys that much better than any of the others manage—and part of is the superb visual of the ship. It really looks alien, the first of many examples of the show taking advantage of the format to really give us some nifty looking aliens and alien landscapes and, in this case, alien construction.
  • Current Music
    "We Used to Know/For A Thousand Mothers" by Jethro Tull