Flashback Interview: Critically-Acclaimed Author of THE 50/50 K ILLER, STEVE Mosby Talks About Publisher Support, The Challenges of Writing Full Time, and What’s Next

Sandra: You’re a fan of Michael Marshall Smith. What elements of his work do you think have carried over to your own? Steve: I read his first book, Only Forward, when it came out – a wonderful, random purchase – and it totally blew me away; I’ve been an avid reader ever since. The most obvious thing that influenced me...

The Gaslighting of Scream Queens

By E.E.W. Christman In Hereditary, Annie knows something isn’t right in her house. Her mother has passed away, and yet she sees her in her workroom. Her daughter Charlie is acting strange as well. The disturbing occurrences only escalate after Charlie is killed in a tragic car accident. When Annie turns to the supernatural to cope with her grief, her...

20 Canadian Women Writers Who #MakeAnImpact

20 Canadian Women Writers Who #MakeAnImpact

This year’s theme for Canadian Women’s History Month is #MakeAnImpact. The works and lives of these twenty women writers show how women continue to shape and make an impact in Canada’s and the world’s literary scene. These books span genres from fantasy to contemporary to memoir. Some of these authors have only one or two books published; others are approaching...

Exempting Yourself From the Right to Equality

It’s common for people to believe they’ve fallen into a catch 22 when it comes to freedom of speech and hate speech. If we’re really embracing freedom of expression, doesn’t that mean all expression? Doesn’t that mean that the racists and sexists, the white supremacists and neo-Nazis, have to be afforded the same rights? Perform a google search and you’ll...

Barbara Winkes on the Critical Life Events that Shaped Her and Her Latest Release and Work in Progress

Sandra Ruttan: What’s your new book/work in progress about?  Barbara Winkes: I have just introduced the all new covers for my Carpenter/Harding series. The next release will be #9, Implications, in which the protagonists Jordan Carpenter and Ellie Harding have to solve a murder that happened a long time ago. At the moment I’m writing #12 (Illusions), and it’s been...

Witching The Book

by Margaret Kingsbury In fairy tales, witches are often scary, though not always. They sometimes eat children, curse innocent bystanders, poison fair maidens. But sometimes witches are the arbiters of goodness. When two stepsisters approach a witch and one helps her and the other mocks her in “Diamonds and Toads,” for instance, the kind sister finds herself spitting diamonds, the...

Haunted by Pain: On Ghosts and Trauma

by Laura Diaz de Arce Part 1: Dead Men DO Tell Tales Crimson Peak (2015) ends in a bittersweet goodbye between Thomas (Tom Hiddleston) and Edith (Mia Wasikowska). Thomas, already dead and a ghost, seems to acquiesce to Edith’s plea and distracts his sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) long enough for Edith to kill her. It’s interesting that the film portrays...

Review: Midnight in the Graveyard

It’s the perfect month for a great collection of chilling tales, and when I saw Kelli Owen, Somer Canon and Hunter Shea were all featured it automatically piqued my interest. I received a review copy, and read the entire collection cover to cover. There are a lot of truly fantastic stories in this anthology. I employed a similar approach to...