Happy New Year, dear readers!
IT Chapter Two won’t make a lot of sense if you haven’t seen the first installment, but it’ll be immensely satisfying for fans – and may even win over franchise agnostics.
Bong Joon-ho’s black comedy Parasite starts out quietly clever and builds to a carefully orchestrated mayhem.
A collection of eerie folk tales compiled by Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark was one of the more sinister tomes to sneak its way into Scholastic book fairs.
Martin Scorsese’s produced another great gangster movie with The Irishman, the supposed life story of a union thug who became a mafia hitman.
Quentin Tarantino’s latest is a dark fairy tale about a town that produces fictional happy endings by the hundreds while providing too few real ones.
Tim Burton’s lavish Dumbo remake is a visually stunning update that captures the sorrow and joy of the original.
Ottawa bluesman JW Jones returned to LIVE! on Elgin Saturday night, playing a set packed with wicked blues licks and flashy yet soulful solos.
Seminal thrash metal band Voivod celebrated their first-ever JUNO win with a wicked show that had fans moshing in the middle of a trendy London restaurant.
2018 saw a lot of impressive debuts on the small screen, including HBO’s black comedy Barry and several excellent horror offerings from Netflix. Several of my old faves, from cartoons to prestige dramas to zombie comedies, also returned with very strong seasons.
This year’s Bluesfest was kicked off with an awesome show by Canadian icon Bryan Adams.
Behind the Music
Women in Horror Annual 2 (2017)
An ambitious groupie ensnares her favourite rock star…and gets more than she bargained for.
Available from Amazon.
The Luddid House
Unnerving Magazine: Extended Halloween Edition (October 2017)
A trick-or-treat’er rings the bell at the creepiest house on the street…
Available for digital and physical purchase at from the Unnerving online store.
We Have Rules Here
Dark Horizons: An Anthology of Dark Science Fiction (Elder Signs Press; 2016)
A rational man in an irrational world, Lieutenant Colonel John Harris clings to science and reason as the zombie apocalypse rages around him. However, what if reality isn’t as objective as it seems?
The Fulcrum (April 9, 2015)
Seven-year-old Jessie’s imaginary friend is a princess. Lily’s is a hard-drinking, hardboiled private investigator.
1st place winner of The Fulcrum Fiction Contest.
Read it in The Fulcrum.
Oddworth’s Silent Partner
Trembling With Fear (Horror Tree; April 23, 2017)
Strange things await visitors to Oddworth’s house of horrors…
Read it on Horror Tree.
365 Tomorrows (March 10, 2017)
“Take me to your leader.” Easier said than done.
Read it at 365 Tomorrows.
Zombie Punks F*** Off (Weirdpunk Books)
Teen delinquents get sent for rehabilitation at a strange facility run by a brainwashed former punk. Things don’t go well.
Available for pre-order from Freak Tension