Snow, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

psd-snow-600x600The decapitated snowman stood by the front of the dorm. Its head lay at its feet. She remembered a random comment a student had yelled the night before, during the party: the end of the world is now.

Emma tied the scarf around her neck and trudged towards the dining hall. It was almost empty. The majority of students had already left. The remaining ones were busy hauling their dirty laundry off campus for their mothers to wash during the winter break. Emma had planned to spend Christmas break with Colin, in Los Angeles. But they’d broken up before finals.

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An Interview with Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia was a finalist for the 2014 Sunburst Award.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia was a finalist for the 2014 Sunburst Award.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a vital voice in contemporary speculative fiction (especially in the weirder regions we at Postscripts to Darkness gravitate towards) and a pre-eminent figure in the landscape of Canadian small-press publishing. She is co-editor of Innsmouth Free Press, a micro-press specializing in dark fiction, and the editor of a number of influential themed collections of short fiction published by Exile, including Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction and Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse. I had the pleasure of reading Silvia’s startling, unsettling and evocative debut collection of short fiction, This Strange Way of Dying, earlier this summer, and recommend it highly. The stories in this collection combine vivid atmosphere, depths of insight, and memorable characters with brevity and focus. Silvia’s new novel Signal to Noise (which hits print in March 2015) can be pre-ordered here. This interview was conducted via email over the course of July and August 2014.

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Volume 5 Launch: Toronto

Artwork by Cherry Valance

Artwork by Cherry Valance

Please join us at the ROUND venue on Sunday, September 21 at 7pm for the Toronto launch of Postscripts to Darkness 5 (152a Augusta). We’ll have a stellar array of readers, including our current Featured Writer Michael Rowe (author of contemporary classics of Canadian horror Enter, Night and Wild Fell), Sandra Kasturi (award-winning author of the poetry collections The Animal Bridegroom and We Come Late to the Love of Birds, co-owner of ChiZine Publications, and the featured poet of our forthcoming Volume 6), Matt Moore (Aurora-nominated author of many unsettling short stories, including “Balance” in PstD 5) and Laura deHaan (author of a number of short strange stories including the unforgettable “Cracks” in PstD 4). Here be readings, some speculative songstering by the incomparable Kari Maaren, weird trivia and weirder prizes, and some delicious drinks in the ROUND’s vibrant atmosphere. (Note that while the kitchen will be closed for this after-dinner event, free snacks will be available, as will, of course, full bar service.)

Ghosts, by Michael Rowe

paintingIn the summer of 2009, I was invited by Jeff Harrison, the editor of Autumnplay!, to write a short Halloween-themed story for them. The kicker was that it had to be around 1000 words. I don’t write many short stories, and I certainly don’t write “short” short stories when I do. Still, I’d done one for them the previous fall, too, and was very pleased with the result, and also with the experience of working with Autumnplay!, so I agreed immediately. I wanted to write a ghost story that explored the dual notion of ghosts as actual supernatural entities, but simultaneously as expressions of loss and regret. Ideally the story can be read both ways. In “Ghosts,”  the reader is invited to decide for himself or herself if Robert, the older brother, is actually seeing the ghost of his gay-bashed younger brother, Scott, or if the presence of Scott’s “ghost” is merely Robert’s guilt about not having been there for his brother. On another level, “Ghosts” is a story about brothers, and the complexity of fraternal relations in general. I’m often asked if I have an opinion on whether or not Robert is really seeing his brother’s ghost. Of course I have an opinion, but I tend to keep it to myself and let the readers make up their own minds. –Michael Rowe

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An Interview with Michael Rowe

Michael Rowe's "Wild Fell" was nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award.

Michael Rowe’s “Wild Fell” was nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award.

Michael Rowe is an award-winning Toronto journalist, essayist, and novelist. He was the first-tier Canadian correspondent for Fangoria for seventeen years. In addition, Rowe created and edited the Queer Fear series, which changed the landscape of horror fiction. The stories (predominantly written by het writers, ironically) spotlighted queer protagonists. Some big names in the horror field took note, notably Clive Barker, who hailed Rowe in 2002 as having “changed forever the shape of horror fiction.” Rowe published his first novel, Enter, Night, with ChiZine Publications in 2011, garnering critical praise and a Sunburst Award nomination. Rowe called Enter, Night his unabashed 1970s vampire novel. He published his second novel, Wild Fell, in 2013, also with ChiZine, to further acclaim. Wild Fell was a finalist for this year’s Shirley Jackson Award as part of a lineup which included Joyce Carol Oates and Andrew Pyper. Contributing Editor James K. Moran, who once interviewed Rowe for Daily Xtra, chatted with him by email earlier this summer. Moran describes Rowe as a “gentleman of the highest order” who “wields a darkly wicked sense of humour and a rapier wit.”

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PstD on CKCU-FM

Artwork by Cherry Valance

Artwork by Cherry Valance

We had the opportunity to talk to CKCU Radio’s Kate Hunt, one of the hosts of Literary Landscapes, about Postscripts to Darkness in general and Volume 5 in particular. Kate asked co-editor Ranylt Richildis about the magazine’s origins, what it is about horror that fascinates the public, the role of editors in diversifying author representation, and the emergent speculative fiction cluster in Ottawa. Click here to listen to the interview.

Volume 5 Launch!

Artwork by Sebyth

Artwork by Sebyth

The hour is finally upon us. We’re launching our fifth volume on July 31 in Ottawa at the venerable Raw Sugar Cafe in Chinatown (7pm). It will be another amazing literary event that will bring together the city’s speculative fiction crowd and put another notch in Ottawa’s belt as a fast-growing hub for fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Authors will be reading their wonderful weird tales, books will be available for purchase, and great coffee, tea, desserts and (most importantly) spirits will be on hand. Evelyn Deshane, Alexander Polkki, Matt Moore and Kate Heartfield will regale you with their words, and our inspiring cover artist, Cherry Valance, will sell the artwork she created to front Volume 5, as well. We hope to see you there. No cover charge.

An Interview with Nancy Kilpatrick

Nancy Kilpatrick has won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Mystery Story.

Nancy Kilpatrick’s “Danse Macabre” (ed.) won the Paris Book Festival Award for Best Anthology.

Nancy Kilpatrick, Canada’s reigning queen of Goth and vampire lore, proves a fount of knowledge about being an author in these shifting sands. She’s accomplished a prolific trifecta as author, editor, and teacher, and has won numerous awards as both writer and editor, from the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Mystery to Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year. From zombies to vampires, short-story markets, nonfiction, and the state of traditional dark fiction publishing, her thoughts as a Canadian female artist of dark design who’s had an online presence since the dawn of the internet are unmatched. She and Lydia Peever spoke just before Women in Horror Month, 2014.

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An Interview with Tony Burgess

Tony Burgess is the award-winning author of "Pontypool Changes Everything."

Tony Burgess is the man behind “Pontypool.”

This interview first appeared in Postscripts to Darkness Volume 4, a companion to Tony Burgess’s masterful short, “Soft Shell Story.” Tony speaks with PstD editor Aalya Ahmad about the writing process, language and character, and adapting his work for film. His latest novel, The n-Body Problem, is available from ChiZine Press.

AA: Can you tell us a bit about how and when you started writing?

TB: I started writing pretty much when I could spell. I used to tell stories to my family on car trips and do plays for the neighbourhood in my basement. Make short Super 8 films. My main focus, up until my 20s, was visual art and the rest was a kind of sidebar. I believed, as a child, that pretty much everything was worth altering. I was less about showing than the private route. I still have that feeling. The beginning of anything for me is stepping outside and turning rocks, finding things on the ground, painting grass…I am an aging finger-painter.

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Aurora Bright

helenThe 2014 Aurora Award nominees were announced this week, and we’re delighted to see one of our own on the list. Helen Marshall’s poem, “The Collected Postcards of Billy the Kid,” first appeared in Postscripts to Darkness Volume 4 in October 2013. As our Poetry Editor Dominik Parisien wrote in his introduction, the poem “provides us with ‘the lost years’ of yet another literary figure, Billy the Kid, and fills them with uncanny images and queer beauty.” It’s wonderful that Canadian readers apparently agree, enough to lift a swell of nominations Helen’s way. We wish her all the best at the awards ceremony in October.

We’re also happy to see that PstD friend and interviewee Amal El-Mohtar earned two poetry nominations on the same ballot, and that Matt Moore and ChiSeries Ottawa earned a Best Fan Organizational nomination. As regulars at the Ottawa ChiSeries readings, we can attest to the literary merriment to be had at these events, and we’re grateful for the way they glue the Ottawa SFF community together. There is so much fine talent in these here parts and it’s wonderful to see that talent gathered and celebrated on a regular basis. May ChiSeries endure into infinity.

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