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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.

The 2013 Fall Road Show

This fall is shaping up to be a busy one. This was supposed to be a quiet time of year for me in terms of appearances, but I’ve made a few exceptions because I do like getting out to meet fellow readers and booklovers, and these upcoming events are all relatively close by.

First up is Word on the Street, which takes place this Sunday, September 22nd, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Queen’s Park in Toronto. I will be signing books at both the ChiZine and Burning Effigy booths. This is the biggest book festival in the city, so come check it out!

A couple of weeks later, Oshawa will be holding its first-ever horror convention, with the most excellent name of Shwa Pocalypse. It will be taking place at the Harmony Creek Community Centre (located at 15 Harmony Road North) on October 5th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. I will be there with my lovely wife selling and signing books.

And finally, on October 24th at 7:00 p.m., I will be at the Lindsay Library (190 Kent Street West) taking part in the City of Kawartha Lakes Public Library Local Author Series. I will be giving a reading followed by a talk on writing and publishing. I will have copies of Every House Is Haunted and SuperNOIRtural Tales available for purchase.

So, lots of fun this fall! I hope you can come out to some of these events!

The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 5 – Honorable Mentions

Very proud to see that six of my stories, including the Felix Renn tales “Out of the Blue” (from the Fungi anthology) and “Midnight Blonde” (from Supernatural Tales), were included on Ellen Datlow’s list of honorable mentions for The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 5.

I really need to get that Felix novel finished.

Oh, and yet another reminder that if you want to pick up a copy of SuperNOIRtural Tales, and have it signed by me, you should come out to Fan Expo / Festival of Fear this weekend!

Shark Week hangover

Another Shark Week is here and gone. It’s kind of sad, but the memories (and the new Shark Week shirts) will last a lifetime.

I thought I’d take the opportunity to post a writing update.

My good friend and fellow scribe Kurt Dinan has posted an interview with me on his blog, in which we talk about my two collections, the Felix Renn novel, and whether or not “prolificness” is a word (not according to my spell-check).

I’ve posted a new short story online called “The Tour.” It was inspired by the winning entry of the Every House Is Haunted Photo Contest. Congrats once again to Tony Myles for submitting such an unsettling picture.

An amusing aside to the new story: the night I finished it, I gave it to my wife to read. While she was finishing it, I happened to be shooting a video of our cat Thor chewing on my hand. What happens next is now available for everyone to see thanks to the convenience of YouTube.

At the moment, I’m doing the final edit of a science-fiction comedy novel that I’ve been describing to people as The X-Files meets Arrested Development. It’s an odd little book (actually, at 120,000 words, it’s not really little at all) about UFOs, conspiracies, and family.

I expect to have it finished in the next month or so, and then, yes, finally, I’ll begin work on the Felix Renn novel. I promise.

Finally, I’d like to remind everyone that I’ll be a guest at this year’s Fan Expo / Festival of Fear, taking place at the Toronto Convention Centre from August 22-25. I will be selling and signing copies of Every House Is Haunted and SuperNOIRtural Tales. Hope to see you there!

Fan Expo / Festival of Fear 2013

Very excited to announce that I will be an author guest at this year’s Fan Expo / Festival of Fear, which takes place August 22-25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. I’ll be selling and signing books, and probably spending a large part of my time prying Kathryn off of Nathan Fillion. Personally, I’m looking forward to a Katey Sagal sighting, hopefully in her Peg Bundy leopard-print pants. Oh, and Ron Pearlman, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Gina Torres, Linda Hamilton, and Carrie Fisher will be there, too (among others). Hope to see you there!

Toronto ComiCon 2013

Next weekend, March 9th and 10th, I will be signing books at Toronto ComiCon. You can find me at the Burning Effigy Table. Copies of SuperNOIRtural Tales will be for sale, and I’ll have a few copies of Every House Is Haunted and Deadstock, as well, from my personal stash. It looks like it’s going to be a great con, so come out and say hello and maybe buy a book or two.

I’d also like to direct you to the excellent website, Speculating Canada, where some book club questions for SuperNOIRtural Tales have been posted.

In other news, Lurid Lit recently reviewed “Temporary Monsters,” calling it “brash, brilliant, and salivating.” Check out the full review on their website.

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