Queen Valentine: A Romance in Two Worlds

New York has some strange neighborhoods. There’s the Upper West Side, the Lower East Side and… the Other Side. That’s where the Sidhe live-a race of mythological creatures that have dwelled just under mankind’s nose for millennia, created and kept alive by the dream energy of humans. There’s good ones (Seelie) and bad ones (Unseelie), … Continue reading

A Divine Invasion

(Written for my friend Gea’s Bollywood zine before her collaborator jumped ship. Image above borrowed from Leif Jones, one of my favorite illustrators ever—check him here.) 1. Consider the fall of America as a Bollywood routine. Egos tip like dominoes. Blood money runs out. Methamphetamine zombies wander the wastes in packs, huddle up from the … Continue reading

California Screaming: Los Angeles’ Culty Weirdness

Jack Parsons

(Another rescue from the Dangerous Minds archive, originally published Nov. 19, 2009.) Los Angeles is the strangest city in the world. I swear it as a true and faithful relation. Every cult in the world has an outpost in Los Angeles. I suppose it’s always been that way. Paramhansa Yogananda once called Los Angeles the … Continue reading

James Dallas Egbert III: The Dungeon Master

Dungeon Master

(Originally appeared on Dangerous Minds; re-printed here to save it from formatting mayhem.) When I was about 14, I discovered a copy of The Dungeon Master: The Disappearance of James Dallas Egbert III in the local library used-book bin. Noting that it had something to do with Dungeons and Dragons (don’t act smug!), and also … Continue reading