“Auntie Jane VS The Nine Fingers” in Deciduous Tales

On Auntie Jane’s first day teaching, she discovered three of her students were missing fingers. Embarrassingly, she didn’t notice until handing out the safety scissors, even though one of the digit-deficient boys had already twice put his hand up, wanting to be excused to use the bathroom (“I didn’t do it all the first time”). –…

Enchanting Antiques

“Everything in the painting has sold, expect for the clown, I keep him in my bedroom.” So tells me the owner of Enchanting Antiques, whose building displays the finest piece of public art in all of St. Catharines. Atmospheric, quietly creepy. I first saw the old toy mural when I was seven or eight, riding…

“My Dad is Your Band Logo” in Broken Pencil

  “You know what they say about paranoid people?” Michelle asked as she flashed her ticket to the station agent. “They’re afraid people will do to them what they themselves would have done.” The story of a Toronto woman haunted when a local band begins using an iconic photo of her criminal father on their…

Hobby Shop Train

Since I was 10 years old, I’ve thrilled to the electric train in the window of the St. Paul Street hobby shop. You press your hand to the glass and WHOOSH! watch it go. Now, the store front sits empty. The hobby shop and the train gone forever. Luckily, before it was all swept away,…