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ChiZine’s The Bone Mother Adds to Accolades with Amazon Canada First Novel Award and Shirley Jackson Award Nominations

PETERBOROUGH, ON, May 17, 2018 – ChiZine Publications’ (CZP) The Bone Mother continues to bring in accolades for first-time novelist David Demchuk. The Bone Mother was shortlisted for both the Amazon Canada First Novel Award and Shirley Jackson Award. Demchuk’s The Bone Mother was also recently selected for the Giller Prize Longlist in September 2017.

The Amazon Canada First Novel Award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a Canadian first-time novelist. The First Novel Award has launched the careers of some of Canada’s most beloved novelists, including Michael Ondaatje, Joan Barfoot, Michael Redhill, and David Bezmozgis. The Shirley Jackson Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

“We knew that David had created something special after reading a first draft of the The Bone Mother. Having the importance of this novel recognized by both the genre and literary worlds is groundbreaking,” said Sandra Kasturi, Publisher, ChiZine Publications. “We couldn’t be more thrilled . . . well, we could actually, if the book wins! But these nominations alone have made our entire year.”

The Bone Mother was written by Winnipeg-Born David Demchuk who has been writing for theatre, film, television, radio, and other media for more than thirty years. His publications include the short-fiction cycle Seven Dreams, and the Lewis Carroll adaptation Alice in Cyberspace, and appearances in the anthologies Making, Out!, Outspoken and Canadian Brash. The Bone Mother is Demchuk’s first novel.

“These are rare honours,” said Demchuk. “I’m overwhelmed at the support I’ve received from the Canadian literary community and from my peers in speculative fiction. It’s tremendously gratifying and validating, even more so when I consider the level of achievement by my fellow nominees. I really couldn’t be happier.”

The Amazon Canada First Novel Award winner will be announced on May 22, 2018 in Toronto, ON. The 2017 Shirley Jackson Awards will be presented on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at the Readercon 29 Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Quincy, Massachusetts.

The Bone Mother is a series of interwoven mythological retellings of Eastern Europe’s most terrifying mythical creatures set among the villages of eastern Europe on the eve of the Second World War. The novel was released by ChiZine Publications in July 2017.

ABOUT ChiZine Publications

ChiZine Publications (CZP) is a British Fantasy, World Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Award-winning independent publisher of surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction. ChiZine Publications also includes the imprints ChiTeen (young adult), ChiDunnit (mysteries), CZPeBook (electronic-only releases), ChiGraphic (graphic novels), and KQP (poetry).

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For further information, please contact:
Jesse J. Bernstein, ChiZine Publications
jesse@chizinepub.com


CHIZINE PUBLICATIONS ANNOUNCES ILLUSTRATED BOOK DEAL WITH GEORGE A. ROMERO

PETERBOROUGH, ON, March 1, 2017 – ChiZine Publications (CZP)  announced today the acquisition of The Little World of Humongo Bongo, an illustrated book, originally published in French, by genre legend George A. Romero, best known for Night of the Living Dead, The Crazies, and Creepshow. George Romero sold World English rights (excluding France and Belgium) to Sandra Kasturi and Samantha Beiko, Co-Publishers of CZP, a British Fantasy, World Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Award-winning independent publisher of surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction. The publication is in association with Dave Alexander’s Untold Horror.

The Little World of Humongo Bongo is the tale of fire-breathing giant Humongo Bongo, who lives on the tiny planet of Tongo. Gentle and curious, his world is thrown upside down when he encounters a race of tiny people named the Minus, who initially worship him as a God but then turn on him when they succumb to fear, greed and the lust for power.

“We are extremely excited to give new life to George’s fantastic project through ChiZine Publications,” said Sandra Kasturi, Co-Publisher, CZP. “We are honoured to publish the work of such a legend for the first time internationally. George’s story and his original illustrations are so charming and delightfully weird!”

Samantha Beiko, Co-Publisher, CZP adds, “George is one of the most respected genre creators of our time, the Godfather of the modern zombie. We are thrilled to be working with him on this project.”

The Little World of Humongo Bongo will be published in Fall/Winter 2017, in association with Dave Alexander’s Untold Horror, a multi-media brand dedicated to exploring the greatest horror stories never told.

ABOUT ChiZine Publications

ChiZine Publications (CZP) is a British Fantasy, World Fantasy, and HWA Specialty Press Award-winning independent publisher of surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction hand-picked by co-publishers Sandra Kasturi and Samantha Beiko. ChiZine Publications also includes young adult imprint ChiTeen, mystery imprint ChiDunnit, electronic-only releases under CZP eBook, graphic novel imprint ChiGraphic, and poetry imprint KQP.

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For further information, please contact:
Jesse J. Bernstein, ChiZine Publications
jesse@chizinepub.com