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Can Con 2015 Notes and Links


Three days of following and participating in this past weekend’s writers conference have come to a close. Since it was uncommonly busy for me being on Halloween I opted to not bring books or promotional materials as a way of simplifying. Seeing as I did get to spend almost enough time reading and watching scary movies as I wanted, it all worked out even though I wasn’t present in the dealers room or at after-parties.

To further ease that, here is a list of some of the books and podcasts mentioned in the panels I was on. This conference offers some really great workshops, panels and reading from mainly fantasy and science fiction work, but does have some really rich horror content. Often these genres are blended and as much as I’d love a horror-only event such as this, having Can-Con here in Ottawa makes it so easily accessible.

Horror Reading panel:

  • Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen and the Criminally Insane, edited by John Skipp – specifically ‘Jesse’ by Steve Rasnic Tem and ‘Life With Father’ by Bentley Little on Amazon
  • The New Black: A Neo-Noir Anthology, edited by Richard Thomas – specifically ‘Father, Son, Holy Rabbit’ by Stephen Graham Jones on Amazon
  • Carnal Surgery, by Edward Lee, a collection of gory and boundary-pushing short stories on Amazon
  • People Live Still in Cashtown Corners, by Tony Burgess on Amazon
  • Something Red podcast
  • This Is Horror podcast
  • Horror Writer’s Association new releases
  • The Wicked Library episode Bad Shepherd by Lydia Peever

Ghost Story panel:

  • Ghosts by Hans Holzer, if not his entire body of work on Amazon
  • Growing up Haunted by Alexandra Holzer, Hans’ daughter on Amazon
  • Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse by Otsuichi, on Amazon
  • The Entity by Frank De Felitta, on Amazon and the film from 1980 to be remade by James Wan
  • Kettle Whistle Radio episode 35 Talkin’ Ghosts and the episode 118 where we discuss The Entity

In both I mentioned the podcast I co-host with Wes Knipe, Dead Air, part of and my favourite horror film and discussion podcast Bind Torture Kast. The stories I’ve written that were mentioned can be found in my small collection Pray Lied Eve, and the West Pigeon Press anthology For When The Veil Drops. For other works, check out my Amazon author page or find me on Goodreads.


Horror Writer’s Association – New Releases – October 12, 2015


My favourite time of year will coincide with another one of these new release promotions, making October extra spooky for readers. Blood and Rain has been getting a lot of face since its release, and there are eleven more where that came from!

So, for the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, let us give thanks for creepy horror novel artwork! Check out the new release wall at the Horror Writers Association site for more eerie eye-candy and where to purchase.

Horror Writer’s Association – New releases – September 2, 2015

Those in the know, know that I help curate the new releases page on the HWA website. Sure it keeps our readers informed, but it is also my own favourite thing about books. Cover art. And it is about to get fun since we are one month away from the most wonderful time of the year ~ All Hallows Read. I cleaned up the submission hub to prepare for the onslaught of eerie eye-candy that will (dis)grace these walls soon enough.

For more on these authors, head to the HWA new release page, or if you are going to Toronto Fan Expo stop in at the HWA booth. Every year I half plan to go and volunteer, but it is just never in the cards. With luck and better planning I will be able to pitch in on an event next year.