Daedalus Howell, Author-Auteur
Enigmatic. Controversial. Strange. Always interesting.
Writer-director Daedalus Howell began his career in letters as a paperboy for the Petaluma Argus-Courier. Since then, he has created over 40 short films, music videos, and branded entertainments that have appeared on MTV, IFC, HBO, and BiteTV. He co-created the original comic series, R&H Educational Films, for Universal/Showtime, co-produced the film The Aviary and wrote and directed the upcoming feature film Pill Head, which is now in post-production. Howell has written premium content for Medium, wine stories for Men’s Health, and produced arts coverage for the San Francisco Chronicle among hundreds of other bylines from local media like the Sonoma Index-Tribune, Sonoma Magazine and the Petaluma Argus-Courier. He’s the author, most recently, of Quantum Deadline, which the North Bay Bohemian observed is a “…noirish, sci-fi-lite detective story with a heap of self-parody that’s by turns poignant, witty and comic.” He is a host of the Daedalus Howell STORY podcast and blog (DaedalusHowell.com), appears frequently on The Drive with Steve Jaxon (KSRO) and is an associate editor at Emlen Media.
Airy, Weird Version: My flameouts are epochal. Each rise higher, each fall further. Trust me — my byline should be Icarus. Or Lucifer. Or a combo: Ludicrous. But I’ve got a helluva lot more wax and feathers to burn. It’s fuel for the creative flame and someday this tumult in the clouds may just prove a feat of derring-do.
Once: I was a small town newspaperman. I hacked in Hollywood. I washed up as wine writer in Sonoma. I aged out of Oakland. I repatriated to Petaluma, CA, and splintered myself, career and soul, on meaningless media until I remembered — I’m Daedalus Howell, damn it… And I’ll earn my wings yet. — DH
Hardboiled Version: I write semi-autobiographical sci-fi noir novels that draw on my experience as a small town reporter. It wasn’t always this way. I started in media as a paperboy for the local rag. After I matured into a newspaperman, I wrote for alt-weeklies and daily metros. Later, I spent a few years failing as a screenwriter in Hollywood. I eventually washed up an ink- and wine-stained critic in Sonoma and experienced all order of media mayhem whilst in Oakland. This is before I repatriated to Lumaville to take care of some unfinished business.
Either I’ve come full circle or I’m treading a rat wheel I’ve mistaken for a career. The difference? I’m bootstrapping myself into the quality lit game with a new series and hard-earned sangfroid. I still do hired gun gigs and if you’re fresh out of heroes, I might write for you too.