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This is one of the consistently strongest new horror, weird, and dark fiction anthologies I have read in quite a while, including others by Datlow. In most collections, some stories, horrific or not, are instantly forgettable: the stories in Fearful Symmetries overwhelmingly linger in the mind.

Knife Fight and Other Struggles by David Nickle

David Nickle’s Knife Fight and Other Struggles is a collection of thirteen unique glimpses into the weird. Dynamic imagination, masterful writing of both the every day and the nightmare, characters that breathe, and a dark sense of humour make this a keeper. If you’ve not yet read Nickle’s fiction, Knife Fight is a great place to start. If you have, you’ve no doubt already bought this book.
—World Fantasy Award-winning author Jeffrey Ford

The Night Inside by Nancy Baker

Inside is at times bleak, rife with captors that love torture and snuff films and create both. However, within this story of incest, greed, necrophilia, and a multitude of other horrors, Baker pens some beautiful descriptions. I appreciated her ability to get at the core of what motivates her characters and lay it bare for the reader to see, no matter how disturbing that truth may be.

Irregular Verbs and Other Stories by Matthew Johnson

This, ultimately, is what Johnson has accomplished with Irregular Verbs: he has created a new mythology—new lore that feels as familiar as it is daring and fresh.

The Door in the Mountain by Caitlin Sweet

“. . . [The Door in the Mountain] . . . is very well written. Sweet goes into lavish detail when describing the characters and setting as well as in correlating the events of the story with their mythological precedents. There is a strong focus on imagery that makes the story almost come alive as the reader can easily [imagine] being in the fictional world that she creates.

Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing by Sandra Kasturi and Jerome Stueart

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The Claus Effect by David Nickle and Karl Schroeder

Nickle and Schroeder write with a fine ear for the disturbingly perverse, and their story is as sick and twisted a version of Santa Claus as I have ever encountered. Any parents that expose their children to this little bit of nastiness should be put away at once.
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Shadows and Tall Trees 2014

If you’re as passionate about horror short stories as we are, then this really is a must buy.

Head Full of Mountains by Brent Hayward

[T]he full power of the story does not hit until after the final word is read. I found myself liking the novel once I finished it but it was only later that night when I could not sleep due to the novel almost haunting me that I came to truly appreciate just how good Head Full of Mountains really is.

Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond

Gifts for the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall

Helen Marshall is a writer who creates real people in real situations, then uses the fantastic to pry her way inside her readers’ ribcages and break us wide open.
—Neil Gaiman

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[Haxan] is a mixture of western and urban fantasy, with a cold, moody atmosphere . . .

We Will All Go Down Together by Gemma Files

[We Will All Go Down Together is] a vivid, haunting mix of horror and fantasy woven together through a complex fugue of short stories. The effect is powerful. It’s a book you have to work hard at, in order to make sure you’re not missing any of the peripheral connections. But it rewards the effort, and then some.

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Lament for the Afterlife by Lisa L. Hannett

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Jul 27, 2015

Imaginarium 4 Table of Contents Revealed

ChiZine Publications, and co-editors Sandra Kasturi and Jerome Stueart, are thrilled to announce the final Table of Contents for Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction!

IMAGINARIUM 4 Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    Margaret Atwood

  • Bamboozled
    Kelley Armstrong

  • Witch I
    Courtney Bates-Hardy

  • Witch II
    Courney Bates-Hardy

  • The Smut Story
    Greg Bechtel

  • Kafka’s Notebooks
    Jocko Benoit

  • The Full Lazenby
    Jeremy Butler

  • Wendigo Nights
    Siobhan Carroll

  • A Spell for Rebuilding Your Lover Out of Snow
    Peter Chiykowski

  • Túshūguăn
    Eric Choi

  • Jelly and the D-Machine
    Suzanne Church

  • The Perfect Library
    David Clink

  • The Colour of Paradox
    A.M. Dellamonica

  • The Man Who Sold the Moon
    Cory Doctorow

  • Brains, Brains, Brains
    Puneet Dutt

  • The Lonely Sea in the Sky
    Amal El-Mohtar

  • A Wish from a Bone
    Gemma Files

  • We Be Naked
    Zsuzsi Gartner

  • The God of Lost Things
    Neile Graham

  • The Lark, The Peat The Star, and Our Time
    Neile Graham

  • Chant for Summer Darkness in Northwest Climes
    Neile Graham

  • The Beat that Billie Bore
    Lisa L. Hannett

  • The Trial of the Beekeeper
    Shivaun Hoad

  • Self-Portrait as Bilbo Baggins
    Ada Hoffmann

  • The Parable of the Supervillain
    Ada Hoffmann

  • The Mermaid at Seaworld
    Ada Hoffmann

  • Left Foot, Right
    Nalo Hopkinson

  • Return to Bear Creek
    Louisa Howerow

  • The Inn of the Seven Blessings
    Matthew Hughes

  • What You Couldn’t Leave Behind
    Matthew Johnson

  • Hollywood North
    Michael Libling

  • Sideshow
    Catherine MacLeod

  • Aversions
    Helen Marshall

  • Death and the Girl from Pi Delta Zeta
    Helen Marshall

  • You’re A Winner!
    Matt Moore

  • Man in Blue Overcoat
    Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  • The Exorcist: A Love Story
    David Nickle

  • Hereditary Delusions
    Rhonda Parrish

  • The Marotte
    Tony Pi

  • Charlemagne and Florent
    Ranylt Richildis

  • Standard Deviant
    Holly Schofield

  • The Tun
    Trevor Shikaze

  • Demoted
    Kate Story

  • The Snows of Yesteryear
    Jean-Louis Trudel

  • Giants
    Peter Watts

  • From Stone and Bone, From Earth and Sky
    A.C. Wise

  • Outside Heavenly
    Rio Youers
  • Jul 23, 2015

    Table of Contents for Unauthorized James Bond Anthology Released


    Co-editors Madeline Ashby and David Nickle announce the line-up for Licence Expired

    TORONTO, Ontario (July 22, 2015) — Co-editors Madeline Ashby (vN, iD; Company Town) and David Nickle (Knife Fight and Other Struggles, The ’Geisters, Eutopia) have released the table of contents for Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond, their upcoming anthology of original James Bond stories. It will contain 19 short stories, plus a forward, afterword and introduction. Authors include Jacqueline Baker (The Broken Hours), Laird Barron (The Croning), Karl Schroeder (Lockstep), Charles Stross (The Atrocity Archives) and Robert J. Wiersema (Bedtime Story).

    With Ian Fleming’s Bond novels and stories entering the public domain in Canada, Ashby and Nickle approached independent Toronto publisher ChiZine Publications (CZP) to put the anthology together. The goal of the anthology was to tell James Bond stories that combined the thrill of Fleming’s work while bringing a modern critique to Secret Agent 007. With Ashby and Nickle approaching notable authors to provide stories, CZP conducted an open submission period for the remainder of the book.

    “Licence Expired represents an unprecedented opportunity in storytelling,” says Ashby. “I am proud to say that the authors who took advantage of that opportunity more than met the challenge, rising to the occasion to create something truly special. Many of the contributors told us that this was the most fun they’d ever had writing short fiction. And it shows.”

    “We’re thrilled with this lineup of authors who’ve taken up the challenge of re-imagining Ian Fleming’s James Bond,” adds Nickle. “Some of these stories are experimental; some wryly funny; and some visit darker and more shocking places than even Ian Fleming would dare tread. Every one delivers on the suspense and excitement that readers have come to expect from Secret Agent 007.”

    The table of contents will be:

    • Forward by Matt Sherman
    • Introduction: The Bitch is Dead by David Nickle
    • “One Is Sorrow” by Jacqueline Baker
    • “The Gale of the World” by Robert J. Wiersema
    • “Red Indians” by Richard Lee Byers
    • “The Gladiator Lie” by Kelly Robson
    • “Half the Sky” by E.L. Chen
    • “In Havana” by Jeffrey Ford
    • “Mastering the Art of French Killing” by Michael Skeet
    • “A Dirty Business” by Iain McLaughlin
    • “Sorrow’s Spy” by Catherine McLeod
    • “Mosaic” by Karl Schroeder
    • “The Spy Who Remembered Me” by James Alan Gardner
    • “Daedelus” by Jamie Mason
    • “Through Your Eyes Only” by A.M. Dellamonica
    • “Two Graves” by Ian Rogers
    • “No Mr. Bond” by Charles Stross
    • “The Man with the Beholden Gun: an e-pistol-ary story by some other Ian Fleming” by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
    • “The Cyclorama” by Laird Barron
    • “You Never Love Once” by Claude Lalumière
    • “Not an Honourable Disease” by Corey Redekop
    • Afterword by Madeline Ashby

    With only Fleming’s Bond novels entering the public domain, the stories won’t reference the films, subsequent novels written by others, or any media tie-ins. Licence Expired is scheduled to be published in November 2015. It will be the debut title of CZP’s mystery imprint ChiDunnit.


    Sandra Kasturi, Co-Publisher
    ChiZine Publications

    About the Editors and ChiZine Publications

    ChiZine Publications (CZP) is British Fantasy Award-winning and four-time World Fantasy Award-nominated independent publisher of surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction.

    David Nickle is a journalist, co-editor of the Exile Book of New Canadian Noir (with Claude Lalumière), the author of the cold-war novel of psychic espionage Rasputin’s Bastards and the eugenics horror novel, Eutopia. Madeline Ashby is a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen, a futurist, and the author of the Machine Dynasty series of science fiction novels, as well as Company Town, forthcoming from Tor Books. They live together in Toronto.

    Jul 6, 2015

    The Chiaroscuro Reading Series Expands to More Cities


    TORONTO, Ontario (July 5, 2015) — Sandra Kasturi, Executive Director of the Chiaroscuro Reading Series (ChiSeries) and Chair of the Toronto branch, announced that the professional reading series will expand to two more cities in the late summer of 2015. A branch will be launched in Edmonton, AB (chaired by Candas Jane Dorsey) in August with another in Guelph, ON (chaired by Angela Keeley) in September. These join branches in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Peterborough, Ottawa and Toronto. Two more branches, in Montreal and Halifax, are scheduled to begin in 2016, as well as a “roving ChiSeries” that would travel to communities in Canada that could not support a regular event.

    “When we started ChiSeries, the vision was for fans of horror, science fiction and fantasy to be able to hear their favourite authors read no matter where they were in Canada,” says Kasturi. “Over the years we’ve built a terrific organization across the country. We’ve had bestsellers and up-and-coming authors read in front of great crowds. We’re looking forward to fans in Edmonton and Guelph having the chance to hear amazing authors.”

    Founded in 2010 by Kasturi and author Helen Marshall, the ChiSeries began in Toronto as a monthly event: a casual, informal venue for leading writers of genre fiction and poetry to read from their work and interact with fans. ChiSeries Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver launched in 2013, with Peterborough joining the team in 2014, all organizing quarterly readings. In fall 2010, the ChiSeries also launched the first Toronto SpecFic Colloquium, which continues as a yearly event. The guest of honour for the March 2016 Colloquium will be genre and literary luminary Margaret Atwood.

    Upcoming ChiSeries events include Winnipeg branch on July 8th at McNally Robinson (with authors Kate Heartfield, Garry Thomas Morse and Timothy Gwyn), and Toronto branch at the Round Venue on Augusta Avenue, on July 29th (with authors Natale Ghent, Jane Glatt and Kate Cayley, as well as musical performers Kari Maaren and Peter Chiykowski).


    Upcoming Events


    Tue, Sep 22, 2015, 7:00PM
    340 Elgin St.
    Ottawa, ON K2P 1M6


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