Sunday, May 26, 2019


For the next few weeks, we're going to be chatting with some of the authors behind Unearthed, to help you get to know them better and learn more about their works in the anthology!

Keith R.A. DeCandido penned Rán for Your Life: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. The story brings the star of his book Ragnarok and Roll to a new group of readers!

Altrix: What about the Unearthed concept made you want to pitch a story?

DeCandido: In this particular instance, it was less the concept of the anthology and more the editor -- Kara Dennison has been a dear friend for a very long time, and I wanted to do a story for this anthology so I'd get to work with her.

Altrix: Tell us a little about Rán for Your Life.

DeCandido: It's the latest in my cycle of urban fantasy stories set in Key West, Florida featuring Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet. Cassie is a part-time scuba dive-master, part-time B&B worker, who is also a Norse fate goddess (something she learned only recently to her surprise). People in her life include an immortal barfly, the ghost of an old wrecker captain, and several Norse gods. "Ran for Your Life" involves two Norse gods, Ran and Aegir, and a container that makes any Norse god -- including Cassie -- feel oogy. The story also involves Loki and Odin and several scuba diving trips.

Altrix: What books, shows, or real life events inspired your work, if any?

DeCandido: The biggest inspirations are Norse myths and my experiences being married to a scuba diver -- not my wife Wrenn Simms, but rather my ex-wife Dr. Marina Frants, who was and is an avid scuba diver. Plus, of course, just the general vibe of Key West.....

Altrix: What was the most challenging part of creating your story?

DeCandido: Both Odin and Loki have died in other Cassie stories, but I realized that this story needed to have both of them, so I had to find a way to make it fit at a point in the story cycle where I could use them both.

Altrix: Where else can our readers find your work?

DeCandido: My personal web site,, is the best place to go -- it has ordering links for my latest books, as well as general links to my e-mail, my books at various online book dealers, my blog, my Patreon, my Facebook fan page, my Twitter feed, my Instagram account, my works for, my Wikipedia page, etc. It's basic, but it's a clearinghouse for all the means of finding me and my work online.

Order your copy of Unearthed from Altrix Books!


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