Category Archives: Events

Ottawa small press bookfair

small press fair summer 2013

We’ll be staffing a table at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair again this year, Saturday June 15 from noon to 5pm at the Jack Purcell Centre off Elgin Street (Room 203). Admission is free and the place, as always, will be stuffed with novels, chapbooks, comics, literary mags, and more writers than we know what to do with. It’s inspiring, so do stop by. This year we’re sharing a space with author Lydia Peever, whose darkling trove of fiction will be on hand, as well.

Volume 3 launches: Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto

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On Friday, April 5, 2013, from 7-9 pm, we launch Volume 3 with a party at Ottawa’s incomparable Avant-Garde Bar. The event will feature readings from some of our disturbingly gifted authors, displays of work by our uncannily imaginative illustrators, and a horror trivia challenge with awful prizes to be won…not to mention great drinks, food, and conversation. Come get your creep on, meet the editors, and support Ottawa’s premier anthology of the weird!

Kingston

On Wednesday, April 10, at 9:30 pm,  join us at the Pilot House for the Kingston launch of Volume 3. Our revel will collide once again with that creative collection of multimedia oddities, the Wednesday Night Filmmakers. Editor Sean Moreland and designer Danny Lalonde will MC and provide teasers about what to expect from Volume 4, coming October 2013. Around 10pm we’ll have short readings by some of PstD’s darkly gifted contributors and the night won’t be over until the regular WNFM crew screens some twisted cinema. Most importantly, the bar will be tended, as always, by that eerily charming boy next-door, James Greatrex, one of this issue’s purveyors of nerve-gnawing art.

Toronto

On Saturday, April 27, at 5 pm at the Augusta House in the Kensington Market, join us for our first Toronto event. We’ve got some fearsome literary fun in store for those of you who can make it out to drink, dine, and drench yourselves in the macabre musings of some fine fictional talents! Featured readers will include Toronto-area legends of dark fantasy and horror, Shirley Jackson nominees Gemma Files and Michael Kelly. We’ll be displaying some of the striking visual art contained in this issue, and some of our artists will be on hand to discuss – and sign – their work. Also on hand will be editor Sean Moreland and other members of the PstD crew. We’ll talk about the project, provide teasers about what to expect from Volume 4, and hand out some oddball prizes to those of you brave enough to answer some of our esoteric queries about horror lore.

Volume 2 Launches: Kingston and Ottawa

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On Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at the Pilot House in Kingston, Postscripts to Darkness will celebrate the launch of our long-awaited second volume. The launch will be in collaboration with Kingston’s Wednesday Night Filmmakers, who will be showcasing and discussing some of their own short horrific and/or uncanny films in conjunction with the book launch. It’s a great opportunity to come out and have a few drinks and some great conversation, as well as expose yourself to some of the strange and wonderful work being done by some talented local (and not so local) writers and filmmakers…and, of course, to support a small but very determined indie press!

Ottawa

Come and enjoy some uncanny literature, creepy conversations, and fine food and drinks on August 11, 7 pm, at the Imperial Pub, 329 Bank Street, for the Ottawa launch of Volume 2. We’ll have copies of the book for sale, as well as a number of our authors and artists on hand to read from, discuss, display (and possibly sign!) their work. We’ll also be announcing the call for submissions and some details for our planned third issue. Did we mention great food and drinks?

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Postscripts to Darkness: A history

“Playground of Fire,” by Mark Slater, appeared in PstD Volume 1

This project came to be through two distinct inspirations:

First, I was lucky to have Rhysling nominee Dominik Parisien in one of my sections of English 2136: The Fiction of Horror at the University of Ottawa. Dom and I had kicked around the idea of putting together an anthology of short fantasy and horror fiction since 2006, and indeed he co-edited the inaugural issue of Postscripts to Darkness.

Second, back in 2008, Shirley Jackson Award winner Glen Hirshberg and British Fantasy Award nominee Peter Atkins launched their itinerant ghost-story troupe, the Rolling Darkness Revue. Fascinated, Rue Morgue contributor James K. Moran and I spent nearly two years plotting to bring the Revue up to Canada. In fall 2010, after securing funding from the U.S. Embassy, the Ottawa International Writers Festival, the University of Nippissing, and the University of Ottawa, we finally saw our plotting pay off.

In an attempt to generate interest in the event, and to showcase local talent, James, Dom and I organized a micro-fiction competition called “A Prelude to Darkness.” We invited submissions of short weird fiction and selected seven finalists. These finalists were passed on to Hirshberg and Atkins, who chose their three favourites. The winning authors were invited to read their fictions with Atkins and Hirshberg during their presentation at the University of Ottawa. As it turned out, the judges were so impressed by the quality of the submissions that we felt the need to do something more with them. A book seemed apt — a postscript, if you will, to the Rolling Darkness Revue.

“Obelisk of Judgment,” by Mark Slater, appeared in PstD Volume 1

We enlisted the aid of local writer and designer Jesse Adrian Wolfe, because we admired the work he’d done for the Ottawa Arts Review. The project continued to grow as we commissioned visual art to accompany some of the winning fictions, and additional short stories from other writers in the field. We also conducted an interview with Atkins and Hirshberg, and another with Nebula nominee Amal El-Mohtar, gifted Goblin Fruit editor and rising star in the fields of speculative fiction and poetry, as well as a University of Ottawa alumnus.

Following our second volume,  the number of submissions we received was so great, we put together a team to manage Postscripts to Darkness. Aalya Ahmad joined us as story editor and events coordinator in 2011, and James K. Moran has been conducted great interviews for us as of 2012. Danny Lalonde took charge of design and layout in 2012, and Ranylt Richildis hopped aboard as copy editor that same year then as story editor in 2013. Dominik Parisien returned as poetry editor in 2013, and our fourth, fifth, and sixth and final print volume continued with that lineup.

Now that we’ve moved to a web-only model and have, at least for the time being, moved away from open submissions calls, we’ve pared back to a two-editor line-up, as I select and curate prose-fiction features, and Dominik handles poetry.

We hope you enjoy our new webzine format.

Sean Moreland, Founder and chief editor