Nine years after the release of Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet, which collected a mess of urban fantasy stories set in Key West, Florida involving Norse gods, scuba diving, folklore, rock and roll music, and beer drinking, Plus One Press is going to be doing a sequel, Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. This is because I’ve written enough stories to create a second collection, finally.
Here’s the table of contents:
“Down to the Waterline” (originally published in Buzzy Mag in 2015)
“William Did It” (originally published on StoryOfTheMonthClub.com in 2015, reprinted in A Baker’s Dozen of Magic in 2016)
“Rán for Your Life” (originally published in Unearthed in 2019)
“Stop Dragon My Heart Around” (new story written for this collection)
“Fish Out of Water” (originally published in Out of Tune in 2014)
“Seven-Mile Race” (originally published in Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido in 2015)
“Behind the Wheel” (originally published in TV Gods: Summer Programming in 2017)
“Ragnarok and a Hard Place” (originally released to Indie GoGo supporters in 2021)
In addition, all the Cassie vignettes that I’ve written for my Patreon will be published in the collection.
I still have to write “Stop Dragon My Heart Around,” but once that’s done I’ll turn the manuscript in, and Plus One will schedule it.
Concluding the week-long reading of “Down to the Waterline,” a tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, as Cassie finds herself running all over Key West trying to track down the nixie that’s already killed two of her friends and is likely to kill a third if she doesn’t find her.
Continuing the latest tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, as Cassie is confused at how Seymour’s girlfriend is acting in the wake of her boyfriend’s peculiar death, and Captain Bottroff has a surprise revelation….
In 2015, I wrote a tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, called “Down to the Waterline,” which was published in Buzzy Mag. This week’s reading is that story told in three parts. In this first installment, Cassie is stunned to learn that both 1812’s drummer Zeke and her fellow dive-master Seymour have been found dead, naked, and underwater.
Concluding the week of tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, we have a story I wrote for the TV Gods: Summer Programming anthology from Fortress Publishing. Tyr, in his guise as stock car racer Jamie McIntyre, is interviewed by a sports show, and Cassie has to work very hard to make sure that Thor isn’t interviewed….
When I put together Without a License in 2015, rather than try to pick a single Cassie Zukav story or a single Dragon Precinct story, I decided to write new ones for the collection in each of those universes. Continuing our week of tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, we have the Cassie story I wrote for the collection, “Seven-Mile Race,” in which Cassie must navigate the rivalry between Thor and his brother Tyr.
Beginning a week of tales of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, my cycle of urban fantasy stories about scuba diving, Norse gods, rock music, folklore, and beer drinking, not necessarily in that order.
We kick off with “Fish Out of Water,” a story I wrote for Out of Tune, an anthology of stories based on old ballads edited by the mighty Jonathan Maberry. Cassie finds a boat adrift, its passengers and crew acting strangely. She must figure out the connections among that, mermaid sightings, green skies, and a long-ago prank played by Loki. The story was inspired by Childe Ballad #289, “The Mermaid.”
I’ve got a whole mess of my books for sale, and I’m more than happy to not only sell and ship them to you, but autograph them as well!
If you want any of the titles below, all you have to do is tally up the cover prices, add $5 for shipping in the U.S. (if you want shipping to a foreign country, just send me the cover prices and I’ll bill you for the postage once I know how much it is), and then send me the money, which you can do any number of ways:
PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Venmo to @keith_decandido
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Check or money order mailed to me at PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976
Let me know your shipping address and to whom you want the book autographed. If you have any questions, comment on this blog post or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also please bear in mind that I’ve got limited quantities of some of these titles, so don’t wait too long…..
Here’s what I got:
The Precinct books
Dragon Precinct — $15
Unicorn Precinct — $15
Goblin Precinct — $15
Gryphon Precinct — $15
Mermaid Precinct — $15
Tales from Dragon Precinct — $15
any 3 of the above Precinct books — $40
any 4 of the above Precinct books — $55
any 5 of the above Precinct books — $65
all 6 of the above Precinct books — $80
Mermaid Precinct signed & numbered hardcover — $75
The Bram Gold Adventures
A Furnace Sealed — $15
The 18th Race
To Hell and Regroup — $15
Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet — $17
Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido — $15
Bad Ass Moms (with “Materfamilias”) — $16
Did You Say Chicks!? hardcover (with “A Bone to Pick”) — $20
Pangaea Book 3: Redemption (with “Journalistic Integrity”) — $16
Bug Hunt (with “Deep Background”) — $17
Isolation paperback — $8
Isolation audio CD — $20
Spider-Man: Down These Mean Streets — $10
Spider-Man: Venom’s Wrath — $10
Thor: Dueling with Giants — $10
X-Men Legends (with “Diary of a False Man”) — $20
Star Trek tie-ins
The Art of the Impossible — $8
The Klingon Art of War — $25
Myriad Universes: Echoes and Refractions (with A Gutted World) — $15
Seven Deadly Sins (with “The Unhappy Ones”) — $15
A Singular Destiny — $8
Tales of the Dominion War — $24SOLD OUT
A Time for War, a Time for Peace — $8SOLD OUT
Young Hercules tie-ins
The Ares Alliance — $3
Cheiron’s Warriors — $3
both YH books — $5
Command and Conquer: Tiberium Wars — $5
Farscape: House of Cards — $10
Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda: Destruction of Illusions hardcover — $10
The sequel/coda to “Cayo Hueso,” “God of Blunder” is a tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet that starts with 1812 performing a blistering set at Mayor Fred’s, and continues with another Norse god inserting himself into Cassie’s life.
The conclusion of my reading of the urban fantasy novelette “Cayo Hueso: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet.” In this concluding installment, Cassie, her twin brother Paul, Odin, Sigyn, and Loki must pool their resources to stop a vengeful ghost, and not everyone will make it out intact……