"By Her Hand..." reprinted in South Africa

My supernatural horror story “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down” was reprinted recently in the South African SF & horror magazine Something Wicked. This story is being made into a movie by TinyCore Pictures. You can read about the movie here (I'll post an update on the movie in December hopefully). This story first appeared in The Third Alternative in the UK, and was subsequently selected by Stephen Jones for the thirteenth edition of his annual The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror in 2002.

"Dead Man" Walking Again, in Israel

When my post-apocalyptic novelette, "Memories of the Dead Man," first appeared in the great Canadian magazine, On Spec, the story was described in Tangent Online as "a unique, post-apocalyptic blend of The Road Warrior and X-Men." "Dead Man" has now been reprinted in the magazine Mercury in Israel. Check out the cover at the left. The story follows Mary and her son Jase as they try to survive on the road after a plague has decimated Earth and brought about the fall of civilization. They are saved by Bishop, a mysterious stranger with a dark past and telekinetic powers, but soon realize that Bishop attracts his own kind of danger.

"Impossibilia": My First Collection

I’m pleased to announce that Impossibilia, my first collection of short fiction, will be published in the fall of 2008 by the award-winning UK press, PS Publishing, in their "Showcase" series highlighting "genre fiction's best up-and-coming writers." The collection can be pre-ordered in both jacketed hardcover and hardcover editions. Click here to learn more.

Convention appearance: Polaris 22 in Toronto

I'll be at Polaris 22, the annual Toronto SF&F convention (formerly Toronto Trek), whose media guests include Rachel Luttrell (Teyla Emmagan of Stargate Atlantis). Polaris has a strong media focus, but also includes a literary stream in their programming. I'm on a number of panels over the weekend (one Friday night, and three Saturday afternoon), and will be doing a reading of a new story on Sunday at 1pm. Hope to see you there!

Podcast interview up at Hardcore Nerdity

I was interviewed a while back at Toronto's excellent annual SF&F convention, Ad Astra by fellow writer Lesley Livingston. The interview is now up in pod cast form at Hardcore Nerdity, a new web site dedicated to covering "genre from all angles – from ink on a page to pixels on a screen and all that’s in-between." Check out the interview here.

"State of Disorder" published in Israel

My story "State of Disorder" just appeared in issue #5 of the Hebrew magazine Mercury in Israel. Check out the cover at the right. "State of Disorder" first appeared in the long-running (but now in limbo) Amazing Stories in 1999. It was a finalist for the Aurora Award and got me my first honourable mention in the Year's Best Fantasy & Horror (even though I think it's an SF tale). It's also the story that started my eligibility for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer and eventually led to me being a finalist for that award in 2001.

"Scream Angel" published in Romania

My 2004 Aurora Award winning story, "Scream Angel," just appeared in issue #9 of the Romanian SF magazine, Sci-Fi Magazin.

Of Poetry Slams and Proud Papas

If you've never experienced a poetry slam, trust me, you don't what it is. It is not about poets quietly reading their little odes to goldfinches. Slam is performance art. Slam is spoken word theatre. Slam is timed 3-minute competitions of language and emotion and intensity and honesty. The pieces can provoke laughter or tears, anger or elation, but I guarantee you'll feel something.

Full Facebook Interview

I've posted the entire Facebook interview that Mark Leslie Lefebvre did with me recently on the discussion boards in the "Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy" group here on one page, so you don't have to click through all the earlier blog entries question by question.

"The Dancer at the Red Door" Interview: Q #10

Mark Leslie Lefebvre interviews me on Facebook regarding my Aurora-nominated story, "The Dancer at the Red Door"...

MARK: Glad you mentioned it, because I wanted to ask (if it's okay for you to share) for more details about the Herok'a novel. What drove you to want to explore a novel length work from that "universe" and how has that experience been different than your short fiction work?

DOUG: "Spirit Dance" was the very first story that I ever wrote (and sold), and I always knew that I wanted to return to that world in novel length.

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