Postscripts to Darkness is an Ottawa-based online journal focused on dark speculative and weird fiction and poetry. We acquire and publish work on an invitation-only basis and occasionally post reviews of books and films. The site was created and is maintained by Sean Moreland, although content is occasionally provided by guest contributors and editors. 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.
Creator: Sean Moreland’s essays, primarily focused on Gothic and weird fiction in literary, cinematic, and sequential art media, have appeared in many collections and journals. He co-edited the essay collections Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror (McFarland, 2013) and Monstrous Children and Childish Monsters: Essays on Cinema’s Holy Terrors (McFarland, 2015), edited The Lovecraftian Poe: Essays on Influence, Reception, Interpretation and Transformation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), and is editing The Call of Cosmic Panic: New Essays on Supernatural Horror (under review by Palgrave-Macmillan).
Most of his recent scholarly research and writing (including a 2016 article, “Beyond De Rerum Natura Esq,” a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Edgar Allan Poe, “Ancestral Piles: Poe’s Gothic Precursors,” and the essay “The Poet’s Nightmare: The Nature of Things According to Lovecraft,” ) is part of a book-length study tentatively called “Repulsive Influences.” This study examines how ideas of atomic materiality linked to the reception and various translations of Lucretius shaped the history of Gothic, horror and weird fiction from the eighteenth through the early twenty-first centuries. Each chapter pairs a particular translation with work by two contemporaneous writers and/or artists, starting with early British writers including Walpole, Radcliffe and Drake and moving through to twenty-first century creators in multiple media, including Caitlín R. Kiernan and Junji Ito.
His short fiction and award-winning poetry has recently appeared or will appear in Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairytales from the Margins, Lackington’s, Black Treacle, Acidic Fiction and Dissections. Associate reviews editor for the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and on the editorial board for the Edgar Allan Poe Review, he teaches courses on subjects including horror fiction, American literature, comics and sequential art, and digital cultural studies at the University of Ottawa.
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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