“Magic Touch Spa” performed on Tales To Terrify Podcast

Summer Brooks performs my story “Magic Touch Spa” on the podcast TALES TO TERRIFY. The story about an Auntie seeking the services of a massage parlour attendant originally appeared in issue 9 of The Quilliad. LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE including stories by Libby Young, D.W. Davis, and a history of former Canadian prime minister…

“Whaling With Clowns” in Curiosities 8

My story “Whaling With Clowns” has been re-printed in issue 8 of Curiosities, who also produced an audio version of the story. The issue also has stories by Avra Margariti, Konstantine Paradias, Phil Margolies, Angela Enos, Liam Hogan, Morris Allen, CB Droege, Lena Ng, Sebastien Mantle, Tannar Miller, and Paul R Hardy. Along with the…

“I Think I Would Dig” in Grain

Howard is against digging our graves in advance. He claims he isn’t being lazy, but practical. “It does no good digging a big hole before we have something to put in it. The sides will erode, the bottom will full up with debris.” He questions the point of having a crappy grave at the ready….

Listen to “House Next Door To Me” at The NoSleep Podcast

I’ve never set foot inside the house next door, but Marcy has. After the U-hauls left, she loaded a plate with cookies and scampered over to welcome the new family to the neighborhood. Obviously, the house sold cheap after that bad business a few years back. Some people pride themselves on not being superstitious. Me? I…

“Don’t Leave” in Scare Me

Almost fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. People never get tired of saying that, as though their mindless repetition of this statistic were an expression of wisdom. It’s petty bullying, a way of undermining someone’s decision to get married. And if they take offence, the bullying coward can hide behind, “Hey, I’m just stating…

My “first story” The Digging Women in Hermine Annual

I consider The Digging Women my first story, so how appropriate for it to finally appear on the 10th anniversary of its creation. I wrote The Digging Women in another lifetime, during a series of half-hour increments in the lunch room of my old job in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 2010. I’d written stories before, but…

8MM Birthday party

Sixty year old 8MM footage of something as benign as a little girl’s birthday party can’t help but now look creepy.

“Our Gentleman of Blue Bay Massage” in Shock Totem #11

After a hiatus, the horror magazine Shock Totem returns with a new issue, featuring my story “Our Gentleman of Blue Bay Massage”, about a massage parlour attendant haunted by a supernatural customer. One thing that delights me about “Our Gentleman…” is that it stars Kirsten and her daughter Abbie, who originally appeared in “Lies I…

“The Binge-Watching Cure” Horror Edition

Edited by Bill Adler Jr. and Sarah Doebereiner, The Binge-Watching Cure anthology collects 21 stories of increasing length, starting with a tweet, and concluding with a novella. Sack Race to the River joins the table of contents, along with stories by Kyle Owens, Richard Wines, Karen Bovenmyer, Louis B. Ribezzo, Annie Neugebauer, Robert E. Stahl, Eddie Generous, Amanda…

“Auntie Jane VS the Nine Fingers” longlisted for 2019 Sunburst Award

“Auntie Jane VS the Nine Fingers” has been longlisted in the short fiction category for the 2019 Sunburst Award, alongside many talented writers and their wonderful stories. Short Story Fiction Senaa Ahmad, “The Glow-In-The-Dark Girls” [Strange Horizons, 15 Jan 2018] Madeline Ashby, “Domestic Violence” [Slate, 26 March 2018] Phedra Deonarine, “The Douen King of the…