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“Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law” now available!

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with the publication of a new Black Lands story!

Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law

Jerry Baldwin sells haunted houses for a living.

A dangerous job—but in a world where paranormal has become the norm, someone has to do it. When the daughter of a former client ends up possessed by a supernatural entity, Jerry enlists his friend, private investigator Felix Renn, to help him perform an exorcism. Unfortunately, Jerry is a better salesman than he is an exorcist, and he soon finds himself in over his head, despite the best laid plans of monsters and men.

CZP makes damn fine-looking books and this one is no exception. Big thanks to my editor Sandra Kasturi, proofreader Klaudia Bednarczyk, and Vince Haig for the phenomenal cover art.

I also want to thank Ursula Kehoe, my former elementary school teacher who has become one of my best beta readers.

I should mention that “Possession” is not a full-length novel, but rather an eShort, clocking in at approximately 10,000 words. There are no plans at this time to produce a print version, so this is the only way to read the story until it pops up in my next Black Lands collection.

You can pick it up in the following formats:

If you order it today (October 31st) from ChiZine, you’ll get it for 50% off, which comes out to a whopping $2.00.

One final shout-out to those of you who continue to support my work, especially the Black Lands stories. It really means a lot to me. I shall reward you all with a Felix Renn novel someday soon. I promise.

“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.

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.

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What are the Black Lands?

The Black Lands is a dimension filled with supernatural creatures that lies next to our own. This alternate reality is the setting for a series of stories by Ian Rogers.

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