Verushka here. I mostly lurk on DW/LJ, AO3, Tumblr, rarely Twitter. I fic sporadically in dS/c6d. I typically offer to pinch hit for dSSS. I read more than I write, mostly slash, but I'll read/write gen and het too.
I first came to due South on the trail of CKR. He was in a S3 Forever Knight
episode: intense, charismatic, and hot
. After he burned up the screen in his Forever Knight
ep, I read everything I could about him, and learned he was to join dS as a series regular.
At the time I read Forever Knight
(FK) slashfic regularly, and some FK slash authors also wrote dS slash. I read a dS Ray/Fraser slash story by one of my favorite FK slash authors (the angsty, beautiful Acharnement at http://archiveofourown.org/works/376809
It just GUTTED ME. I'd seen photos of Fraser on her site, but I didn't realize she was writing about Ray Vecchio. Online articles about due South
said CKR was going to play "Ray." So I pictured CKR as "Ray" in her slash story. (Guh!)
After I read that story, I devoured all the rest of her dS slash, realized there was *another* Ray, and got really confused! By then, S3 had started with CKR and the slash was jumping off the screen to me. Some very kind dS fen sent me dubbed VHS tapes of S1 and S2 dS, so I caught up quickly. But there was
no Kowalski-slash in the fandom, because he was a new character, and a lot of fen from the first 2 seasons didn't like him (they wanted Ray Vecchio back). (I won't bore you with the Ray Wars, but they were
a thing. I survived, largely thanks to LJ, but it was all very unpleasant.) When there was Kowalski slash back then, he was slashed with Turnbull.
So in that vacuum of Fraser/Kowalski slash, I thought, Fine: I'll write my own Fraser/Kowalski slash fic
. Prior to that I'd written only a couple Forever Knight slash stories, and only shared one.
And that's how it all started.
I'm also a huge fan of David Cronenberg (Canadian director of flims like Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, eXistenZ, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises
). Cronenberg played the manager at the gas company in Don McKellar's film Last Night
(where CKR played the adorable, hypersexual Craig).
More dS/c6d trivia: the actor who plays Kiki in Cronenberg's Naked Lunch
, Joseph Scorsiani (sometimes listed as Joseph Scoren in other film/TV credits) also played Dr. Carter's young lover in the due South
episode Letting Go
. (He was also in the movie version of Chicago
, which was filmed in Toronto -- he played the heiress Kitty Baxter's/Lucy Liu's philandering husband.)
Joseph Scorsiani unfortunately died of sarcoidosis at age 41 in 2005.
TL;DR -- I'm a dS/c6d fan from way, way back... the original broadcast of S3, actually. Here I am, 21 years later, with a pinch hit fic in the most recent dSSS and a smattering of stories spread across AO3 and the dSA. I'm looking forward to the AO3 import of the due South Archive (from Squidge).