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"The Dancer at the Red Door" Interview: Q #2

Mark Leslie Lefebvre interviews me on Facebook regarding my Aurora-nominated story, "The Dancer at the Red Door"... MARK: Thanks for that background, Doug. I'm going to want to ask about your novel a bit later in the interview. But for now I'd like to talk a little bit about DATRD (hope it's okay that I'm abbreviating "The Dancer at the Red Door" in this fashion). This story contains some phenomenal illustrations of the "rut" of commuter working class routines. And I just have to quote from one of them here:

"The Dancer at the Red Door" Aurora Interview

Aurora nominees are currently being interviewed on the discussion boards in the Facebook Group "Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy." Friend and fellow writer, Mark Leslie Lefebvre, has kindly agreed to interview me about my nominated short story, ""The Dancer at the Red Door." I'll be reposting the interview here over the next couple of days. Here's the first Q&A:

Aurora Nominees Pic

Toronto's annual Ad Astra con this year found all five Aurora Award nominees for "Best Short Form" in attendance. Pictured here, left to right, are Stephen Kotowych, Tony Pi, Hayden Trenholm, David Clink, and yours truly. You can read my nominated story, "The Dancer at the Red Door," here. Ad Astra is always a great con, and I highly recommend it if you've never attended.

Czeching into Enlightenment

I mentioned in my last entry that the long-running Czech pro magazine, Ikarie, had reprinted my Aurora-winning story "Scream Angel." Two issues later, they also reprinted its companion story, "Enlightenment", a 2005 Aurora Award finalist. Check out reviews and the story's publishing history.

Screaming in Czech

My 2004 Aurora Award winning novelette, "Scream Angel", was reprinted in the Czech pro magazine, Ikarie, a while bac

I'm a 2008 Aurora Award Finalist!

My short story "The Dancer at the Red Door" is on the final ballot for the 2008 Aurora Award in the category "Best Short Form Work in English." This story first appeared in 2007 in the DAW anthology UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS (editors Julie Czerneda and Jana Paniccia). Julie told me that the story inspired the artwork for the antho's spiffy cover. Look left. See thumbnail of cover. Click on thumbnail. Go "ooh!!! ah!!!". Better yet, read the story here. If you enjoy "The Dancer...", please consider voting for it for the Aurora Award.

"By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" Movie Script

Here's the full storyboard script for the independent film that was recently shot based upon my short story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down." Thanks to director Anthony Sumner for kindly lettin

"Contact Doug" Form Fixed!

The "Contact Doug" email form on this site is working again. However, if anyone has submitted an email to me via the "Contact Doug" page between Feb 9 - Mar 23, please resend it via the form. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Fantastic Toronto: The Big Smoke in SF & Fantasy

Fantastic TorontoHere’s a cool site for any fellow Torontonians who are also fans of speculative fiction. Friend and fellow writer, Karen Bennett, maintains Fantastic Toronto, a web site that presents "a bibliography of science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy and horror set in (or with major mentions of) Toronto."

The stories come from over one hundred authors and range from 1888 to 2007, a span of 119 years. The site features three of my stories, including "The Dancer at the Red Door", which is on the 2008 Aurora Award final ballot.

Aurora Nominations Close March 17


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