“Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law”

I’m very excited to announce that my new Black Lands story, “Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law,” will be released this fall as a mini-eBook, called an eShort, by ChiZine Publications.

“Possession” features Jerry Baldwin, the huckster of haunted real estate from my Felix Renn novella “The Brick,” as he attempts to help a couple whose daughter has been taken over by a creature from the Black Lands. Jerry employs his friend, Toronto PI Felix Renn, to assist him. Hilarity, and horror, ensues.

Not only is this my first story to focus on Jerry Baldwin, but it’s also the first story to show Felix from a perspective other than first person. It made for a very unique writing experience, and I enjoyed seeing Felix from the point of view of other people.

I’ve read an excerpt from “Possession” at both the Toronto and Ottawa ChiSeries, as well as a reading in Peterborough where I live, and the reception has been very strong. I really think people are going to dig this one when it comes out this fall.

So this is happening…

UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS AND ROY LEE EYE “THE HOUSE ON ASHLEY AVENUE” FOR TV TREATMENT

Universal Cable Productions and producer Roy Lee (THE RING, THE GRUDGE, THE DEPARTED, BATES MOTEL, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, et al) have optioned TV rights to Ian Rogers’ novelette, “The House on Ashley Avenue,” from his debut collection EVERY HOUSE IS HAUNTED.

The story, published in late 2012 by Toronto’s ChiZine Publications, follows the exploits of the Mereville Group, an insurance company that secretly investigates the supernatural. The Group has in its possession a collection of haunted buildings that are so dangerous that their existence must be kept from the public. These properties are known as The Eight.

“The House on Ashley Avenue” was nominated for the prestigious Shirley Jackson Award, and was reprinted in Ellen Datlow’s THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, VOLUME 5. The collection won Canada’s ReLit Award in the short fiction category.

Lee will supervise development and executive produce, while Rogers has signed on as a consultant for the show.

EVERY HOUSE IS HAUNTED received a strong blurb from Andrew Pyper, whose novel THE DEMONOLOGIST was optioned by Robert Zemeckis and Universal for feature film treatment: “Ian Rogers’ stories are old-fashioned in the very best sense: classic chillers in the spirit of Shirley Jackson and Richard Matheson. EVERY HOUSE IS HAUNTED is full of well-crafted, satisfying twists, a fine companion for any reader of literate horror.”

Rogers’ and ChiZine Publications’ TV/film rights are repped by Jeff Alpern at The Alpern Group (jalpern@alperngroup.com), and Rogers’ literary rights are repped by Ron Eckel of Cooke International (REckel@cookeinternational.com).

ChiSeries Toronto

I’m very excited to announce my return to the Toronto ChiSeries on July 16th. I will be reading along with Charlene Challenger, Glen Hirshberg, and Sally McBride. There will also be musical performances by Kari Maaren and Peter Chiykowski.

I will be reading from my new Black Lands story, “Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law.” If you make it out, I plan to reveal the exciting news about where this story will be published. And there might be some other groovy news to report, as well. Yes, I’m very vague, and I’m sorry about that.

The ChiSeries takes place at The Round Venue located at 152A Augusta Avenue, starting at 8:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!

An Evening with the Nice Guys of Horror

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An Evening with the Nice Guys of Horror

“Possession” reading and an update

This past Tuesday I travelled to Ottawa to take part in the Chiaroscuro Reading Series, along with Sandra Kasturi and Alison Sinclair. The reading went very well, easily one of my best, and the audience seemed to really dig my story, which was a new Black Lands tale featuring Jerry Baldwin called “Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law.”

Geek Inked Magazine was there to film the event, and they’ve posted videos of my reading, as well as a very favourable write-up.

While “Possession” makes the rounds in search of a home, I’m back working on the Felix Renn novel, Sycamore, as well as a couple of shorter Felix stories for some anthologies. There’s some other cool stuff coming down the pipe that I can’t quite talk about yet, but it’s been a while since I posted an update and I wanted to let y’all know what I’ve been up to lately.

“Eyes Like Poisoned Wells”

Very excited to announce I’ve sold a new Felix Renn story, “Eyes Like Poisoned Wells,” to Cemetery Dance Publications for the next instalment in their Shivers anthology series. Cemetery Dance is one of the best horror publishers around and I’m very honoured to have a Felix story in one of their fine books.

Reviews and Interview

There were a couple of reviews of SuperNOIRtural Tales posted over the holiday break. Ted E. Grau over at The Cosmicomicon had this to say:

Rogers’ style is a perfect fit for this sort of fiction, as his writing is clean and straight ahead, without a lot of jazz hands, while also dashing the stew with a necessary amount of sarcasm and bone dry, black humor.  But there is also a depth of character, and a firm respect for what makes both good Horror and good Crime Fiction.  Like a mellow scotch, Rogers’ writing is the ideal blend of the spooky and the restrained, the shocking and the procedural, striking a balance that serves this sort of mash-up perfectly.

Ted also interviewed me for his website, which you should definitely check out because Ted is a big a fan of horror and noir as I am. Here’s an excerpt:

Do you have any more stories percolating that take place in or around the Black Lands?

My first non-Felix Black Lands story was recently published in the anthology Chilling Tales 2, edited by Michael Kelly. It’s called “Day Pass,” and it deals with a kind of halfway house for shapeshifters. People who have been infected by a Black Lands virus that’s basically the supernatural equivalent of rabies.

I’ve got a new Felix Renn story called “Eyes Like Poisoned Wells” that’s currently making the rounds.

And I’m currently working on a short story featuring Jerry Baldwin, the haunted house realtor from “The Brick.” It’s a tale of demons and exorcism called “Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law.” Jerry’s stories tend to be a bit lighter. Not outright comedies, but less dark than the rest of my Black Lands stories. I like them because they let me explore not just another character, but another view of the world. Jerry’s outlook is very different from Felix’s. He doesn’t like the way the Black Lands is intruding on our world, but he’s trying to make the most of it. Even more, he’s trying to make money out of it.

You can read the whole review and the rest of the interview at The Cosmicomicon.

Josh Black also reviewed the book for Hellnotes:

The Brick is easily the highlight of the collection. It’s a creepy and effective haunted house tale, a terrifying monster-battling romp, and a strikingly poignant family saga that asks some probing questions regarding self-sacrifice. This one had me laughing, tearing up and nearly jumping out of my chair in equal measure.

Read the full review

Thanks to both of these fine gents for the excellent reviews.

Sycamore

I started writing the first Felix Renn novel today.

One chapter down.

And away we go.

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