After Crisis – short story for the holidays

Thick fear spoiled above the oily rooftops. A sterile and orderly world gave way to a teeming swamp. Wildness took root in the heart of thingsPerhaps, there was no after Crisis, but only deceptive periods of rest, where apocalypse dozed and waited until we believed in something called normal again. Excerpt from “After Crisis” Enjoy … Continue reading After Crisis – short story for the holidays

Bodies, Watchers, and Magic Doors: A February update

I’m sitting on a bus, my nose pressed to the window. Outside, Ontario morphs into Quebec. It has been about a month since my last update. Of course, in the 21st century, one month feels equivalent to about 80 years. I’m writing this on a Thursday and setting it on an automatic timer, so that … Continue reading Bodies, Watchers, and Magic Doors: A February update

Ray Bradbury: There Will Come Soft Rains in Review

Few books have been as formative and influential for me as Ray Bradbury’s 1950 short story fix-up novel The Martian Chronicles. While the book as a whole is far from perfect – there are problematic depictions of gender and race throughout the middle section of the book – There will Come Soft Rains has always … Continue reading Ray Bradbury: There Will Come Soft Rains in Review

I’m Back! Upcoming Book announcement: What We See in the Smoke

Hello, world. Is this thing on? It has been almost an entire year since I last wrote a single blog post. I've been keeping things very tight-lipped, close to the chest. My thinking was that I should not discuss any ongoing projects that I wasn't sure the world was going to see. So I vanished … Continue reading I’m Back! Upcoming Book announcement: What We See in the Smoke

The Ink-Stained-Wretch

It's hard to say where the expression Ink-Stained-Wretch originates. Though I have found almost no reliable sources, at least one researcher told me in passing that the phrase comes from Canadian novelist Hugh Garner. Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Deadeye Dick attributes it to Alexander Woollcott, but this is probably wrong as well. To great alarm, I … Continue reading The Ink-Stained-Wretch