Explore Cassie’s Works
Cassie Cohen is a nonbinary Pittsburgh native who has been involved in theater for most of their life … they worked as an electrician and light board operator for shows such as I Hate Hamlet (dir. Michael O’Neill) and Tartuffe (dir. Michael O’Neill), as the Assistant Lighting Designer for The Metamorphoses (dir. Suzanne Westfall) and as the lighting designer for X-Mas Karol (dir. Suzanne Westfall) and the Importance of Being Earnest (dir. Michael O’Neill).
Since graduating from Lafayette College, Cassie has returned home to Pittsburgh and begun working with companies like the Squonk Opera, Front Porch Theatricals, City Theatre, PICT Theatre, and IATSE Local 3 … They recently served as lighting designer for the Rebel Playhouse’s production of the Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q (dir. Sarah Sutliffe) and Taylor Allderdice High School’s production of Leader of the Pack (dir. Teresa Harold) …
Cassie writes a superhero webserial called Paternum, which can be found here under herpen name of J. C. Weston.
A college student named Quinn with a chronically ill father and a 15-years-missing mother discovers an experimental supersuit in a collection of their mother’s old belongings, and it awakens powers they never knew they had. Finding new friends and a home in the superhero community, Quinn grows as a person as they slowly learn about what really happened to their mother, and a conspiracy with a grip on the heart of the superheroic community.
At its heart, Paternum is an extended coming-of-age story for the main character as they become a superhero, in a world with more reasonable stakes and less powerful heroes than many superheroic worlds. Themes include what art means to different people, and what it means to be a patron, whether as a sponsor, a parent, or a supporter.
Paternum's primary influences are the various versions of Spider-Man, J. C. McCrae's own superhero story Worm, and Drew Hayes' story SuperPowereds. Cassie hopes that the fans of such stories can find something to enjoy in hers as well.
Paternum is and will remain free, but if you’d like, you can support me through Patreon, Ko-Fi, or directly through Paypal. Either way, you’ll get access to up-to-date download links for the story in epub, mobi, and pdf formats, to take Paternumwith you on the go! Higher levels of support on Patreon will get access to previews of the story and included art, as well.
I host many pieces of writing that I’ve done over the last 7+ years here. For example, here you can find…
Links to Short Stories and Flash Fictions that I’ve written for various reasons.
The download link for the script of the Narrator’s Folly, a humorous and very meta audio story which I wrote but which never got recorded.
The download link for the script of Gotham Radio, a Batman fanfiction framed as an episode of a radio show in Gotham. This I did get recorded, back in college, and you can listen to it here. For a preview, try listening to Harvey Dent’s campaign ad.
The download link for an utterly abysmal superhero novella called Time Until Death. It’s not good, but it’s the first story I ever finished, way back in 2012, so I still have a certain fondness for it.