Emerging from early magic realism, mythology and fable, from the work of science fiction authors who cut their teeth during the 1950s golden age of pulp science fiction, and from the disturbing literary forays of horror writers inspired by Shelley, Poe, and Stoker, Canadian speculative fiction has begun to move in strange and provocative new directions, becoming something altogether different from its American counterpart and wholly itself.
We believe that Canadian authors may well prove to be the kind of rejuvenating force necessary to revitalize the “pulp” genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror writing. As Canadian publications including Neo-Opsis, On-Space, Ideomancer, Challenging Destiny, the long-running Tesseracts collections, and our own ChiZine Publications become increasingly prominent markets for speculative fiction, we want to establish a dialogue between senior and junior authors, between authors and editors, and between authors and readers in order to encourage the growth of this important literary domain.
The Chiaroscuro Reading Series is open to the public and offers readings from authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
We want to provide a casual environment for fans of genre material to discover new authors and meet with old favourites.
Authors from backgrounds of under-represented groups, minorities, and at-risk communities have found a welcoming environment for their work and a venue for sharing their stories, literal and figurative, at the Chiarscuro Reading Series. We have also provided a place for authors who identify as queer and questioning, intersex, lesbian, transgender, transsexual, Two-Spirit, bisexual, asexual, ally, gay, and genderqueer, to share their work with a wider audience, and hope, in future, to host authors from still more aspects of that pan-inclusive, and too often marginalized, aspect of the Canadian Field.
We are open to any and all under-represented groups, and actively seek out writers with interesting stories to tell, fascinating viewpoints to share, and authors from distinct backgrounds who represent a different, or alternate view, from what we normally see. In a city as richly diverse as Toronto we consider this a necessity and a privilege, and will continue to make it our business to seek out compelling, accomplished, and emerging professional writers from different cultural and social perspectives.