David Demchuk

David Demchuk was born and raised in Winnipeg and now lives in Toronto. He 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. His reviews, essays, interviews, and columns have appeared in such magazines as Toronto Life, Xtra, What! Magazine, and Prairie Fire, as well as the Toronto Star. Most recently, he has been a contributing writer for the digital magazine Torontoist. The Bone Mother is his first novel. It was recently long-listed for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize, as well as shortlisted for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and the Kobzar Award, as well as being a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award. It was also longlisted for the The Toronto Book Award, and was the winner of the Sunburst Award.

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The Official David Demchuk Website


  • Scotiabank Giller Prize (longlisted, The Bone Mother, 2017)
  • Shirley Jackson Award (finalist, The Bone Mother, 2017)
  • Amazon Canada First Novel Award (shortlisted, The Bone Mother, 2018)
  • The Toronto Book Award (longlisted, The Bone Mother, 2018)
  • The Sunburst Award (winner, The Bone Mother, 2018)
  • Kobzar Book Award (shortlisted, The Bone Mother, 2020)

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The Bone Mother by David Demchuk is a series of related vignettes about monsters and magical creatures trying to survive in three villages on the Ukrainian/Romanian border in a time of war. Moving, horrifying, terrifying. A quick, enjoyable read.”
—Ellen Datlow

“This extraordinary debut novel crosses borders and boundaries, stretching across continents and years in a series of interwoven stories and vignettes. . . . Demchuk gracefully pieces together a dark and shining mosaic of a story with unforgettable imagery and elegant, evocative prose. These stories read like beautiful and brutal nightmares, sharply disquieting, and are made all the more terrifying by the history in which they’re grounded.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The weirdest, most uniquely beautiful and unsettling book I’ve read in a long while is David Demchuk’s The Bone Mother.”
—Christopher Golden, author of Runaways and Ararat

The Bone Mother’s power is the realization that the supernatural beings are not the only source of terror. Oftentimes the most horrific and shocking acts are performed by ordinary humans driven to do the unspeakable, either out of desperation or their own dark urges.”
Women Around Town

“Well crafted and significant in its own right, Demchuk’s novel seems all the more important in light of recent displays of far-right and overt Nazi hatred. As one narrator says, ‘Some stories need to be told time and again. Every generation forgets. Every child learns anew.'”
The Globe and Mail