Postscripts to Darkness is an Ottawa-based online journal focused on dark speculative and weird fiction, poetry, film and art. It was created and is curated by Sean Moreland, although content is occasionally provided by guest contributors and editors.
Since 2016, the site primarily focuses on essays, editorials, author interviews (often accompanied by fiction/poetry) and book and film reviews. PstD is not an open market for fiction or poetry at this point; I acquire and publish work very rarely, as part of a larger author-feature, and on an invitation-only basis, so please do not submit unsolicited work or queries.
Postscripts to Darkness began as an anthology-style hardcopy book series that published twice-yearly volumes from 2011 to 2015. You can buy copies of these now-classic volumes here. You can read the fine print about our history here.
During our hardcopy print run, PstD staffers also included:
Past Poetry Editor: Dominik Parisien is a Franco-Ontarian living in Toronto. He holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Ottawa. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Goblin Fruit, Stone Telling, Mythic Delirium, Ideomancer, Shock Totem, Strange Horizons, and Tesseracts 17, amongst others. Dominik provides editorial support to Cheeky Frawg Books and is a former editorial assistant for Weird Tales.
Past Story Editor: Aalya Ahmad is a scholar, labour activist, and horror enthusiast. Her doctoral dissertation was a comparative study of horror fiction. Her research interests include the cultural politics and poetics of horror fiction and film, feminist activism and diasporic cultural production. Her recent publications include “Gray is the New Black: Race, Class and Zombies” (Generation Zombie: Essays on the Living Dead in Contemporary Culture, McFarland, 2011) and “Blood in the Bush Garden: Gender, Genre and Unsettling” (forthcoming in Terror of the Soul: Essays on Canadian Horror Film, University of Toronto Press, 2013).
Past Story Editor: Ranylt Richildis is a literature scholar, writer, and editor. Her doctoral dissertation examined representations of execution, and she, too, has had the pleasure of teaching The Fiction of Horror to unsuspecting undergrads. Ranylt is the founding editor of Lackington’s, an online quarterly for speculative fiction told in unusual language. She also writes egghead film reviews and retrospectives, which you can read here, and stories, too. If it has words, it moves her. She lives in Ottawa.
Past Designer: Danny Lalonde is a teacher, guidance counsellor and writer who has published a job search guide for teachers. His fiction has appeared online at Curbside Quotidian, From the Depths, and Switchback. In print, his work has appeared twice in Queen’s Quarterly, and once in PstD 2.
Past Contributing Editor: James K. Moran is an Ottawa writer and freelance journalist. His fiction and poetry have appeared in various Canadian, American and British publications, including Bywords, Glitterwolf: Halloween, Icarus, On Spec, Postscripts to Darkness 3, and The Rolling Darkness Revue. His debut horror novel, Town & Train, was published by Lethe Press in fall 2014. As well, his reviews and articles have appeared via CBC Radio, Daily Xtra, the Lambda Literary Foundation, and Rue Morgue. He also blogs here.
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