Monday, November 30, 2009

New Story Post: "Heart's Hole"

"Heart's Hole" is shamelessly inspired by one of my favorite bad place/decon work movies of all time, Brad Anderson's Session 9; it also introduces one of my first Five-Family coven characters, the sadly gifted Jo Glouwer, "granddaughter" of Euwphaim. When the story was first published a few years back, in Tightrope Books' In the Dark anthology, my editors--Myna Wallin and Halli Villegas--asked me to conform to their 4,000-words-or-less standard by cutting nearly 2,000 words' worth of subplot and character development, including some of my favorite darlings. So...I've restored them! Enjoy what I like to call the "Time, the Revelator remix" version, here (

Sunday, November 8, 2009

New Story Post: "Jack-Knife"

"Jack-Knife: A Melodrama Inspired from Life, in Fourteen Vocal Tableaux" was first published in Shivers IV (Cemetery Dance), and owes much to my predictable adolescent interest in Ripperiana. I originally intended to submit it to the Canadian Broadcasting Company as a radio play, inspired by hearing my Mom's performances on formative sound-horror shows like Nightfall...but strangely enough, they proved none too keen. I wonder why?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Dead Voices on Air

The first uncollected story to be officially posted here is "Dead Voices on Air (A Landscape with Maps & Legends); check the sidebar, under "Table of Contents". This piece was directly influenced by web-based storytelling like "The Dionaea House", as well as my own longstanding love of folk music and fairytales. It also introduces a bunch of my Five-Family Coven characters, who have since come to permeate the background of my Toronto the Weird universe. Enjoy!