Some Canadian Must-Reads for Halloween

Several people have suggested a brilliant new idea for Halloween: Give a scary book this Halloween. You don’t have to give a book to every trick-or-treater, but maybe get a few books for the special people in your life… or maybe those who just need a good venture into the dark.

Don’t forget about used book stores as a potential place to get some books that are less expensive. AND don’t forget that you can give someone the gift of appreciating some Canadian horror and remind them that we can write some really great spooky stories and terrifying tales.

Here are just a few great Canadian horror, dark fantasy, paranormal romance, or monstrous novels that you can give out, read to people who need a good scare, or read for your own pleasure:

Vampires:

Digital Art by Derek Newman-Stille

Digital Art by Derek Newman-Stille

Tanya Huff – Blood Books series

Nancy Kilpatrick – Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead

Nancy Kilpatrick – Evolve 2: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead

Nancy Kilpatrick – Vampiric Variations

Nancy Baker – Blood and Chrysanthemums

Nancy Baker – A Terrible Beauty

Nancy Baker – The Night Inside

Liz Strange – The Embrace of Life and Death

Drew Hayden Taylor – The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel

Michael Rowe – Enter, Night

Werewolves:

Kelly Armstrong – Bitten

Sparkle Hayter – Naked Brunch

Zombies:

Photo by: Melody E. McIntyre Modified by: Derek Newman-Stille

Photo by: Melody E. McIntyre
Modified by: Derek Newman-Stille

Corey Redekop – Husk

James Marshall – Zombies Versus Fairy Featuring Albinos

Tales of Terror and the Supernatural:

Kelly Armstrong – Women of the Otherworld (series)

Charles de Lint – Mulengro

Ian Rogers – Every House is Haunted

Ian Rogers – SuperNOIRtural Tales

DD Barant – The Bloodhound Files series

Lydia Peever – Pray Lied Eve

Mark Leslie (editor) – Campus Chills

Nancy Kilpatrick and David Morrell (editors) – Tesseracts Thirteen: Chilling Tales of the Great White North

Don Hutchinson (editor)- Northern Frights (series)

Sean Moreland, Aalya Ahmad (editors) – Postscripts to Darkness (series)

These are just a few of the incredible Canadian tales of darkness (and I know I am forgetting a lot of them with this list). What’s your flavour of monster, your favourite taste of darkness? Take a long sip before the horrors of winter.

Haunted by Nostalgia

A review of Lydia Peever’s “Everyday” (in Pray Lied Eve, Hora Morior Productions, 2013).

Cover image from Pray Lied Eve courtesy of Lydia Peever

Cover image from Pray Lied Eve courtesy of Lydia Peever, the photographer and layout artist.

By Derek Newman-Stille

Our houses are places where we are supposed to be safe, places of comfort and security… but what happens when that space is disrupted? Houses can become estranged fast when we are alone, and when changes happen to our dwellings that we know could not occur – the familiar can be quickly made unfamiliar.

Lydia Peever’s short story “Everyday” explores a woman living alone in her house yet waking each night to sounds after dark and finger prints on her door. She loves Halloween, but things start to get strange.

Peever examines the oddity of Halloween, a sort of temporal monstrosity that combines childhood innocence and the darkness of death – candy and monsters. It is a form of escape, but it is also fundamentally dark, reflective, and represents a sort of hyper-reality where issues such as death and the things that we relegate to the dark become visible.

The reflective nature of Halloween and the odd ways that Halloween haunts her house (originally just cluttering the basement with old decorations and nostalgia, and then becoming more real as spectres of children in Halloween costumes drift through her home) cause Kaia to reflect on how her life has become like a haunting, like a parade of Halloween performance and invisibility. She realises that she has been haunting her own life, pretending to live with her costumes of the everyday, an apparition in her own home.

To find out more about Lydia Peever and her short story collection Pray Lied Eve, visit her website at http://nightface.ca/portfolio/ .

Reap the Benefits of This New Volume on Death.

Cover photo courtesy of Nancy Kilpatrick

If you don’t think Halloween will give you a strong enough dose of the dark and deathly, check out Nancy Kilpatrick’s edited volume Danse Macabre: Close Encounters with the Reaper coming out in October from Edge.

The stories in this collection plan to explore the human interaction with death and how that shapes us. This collection includes a wide variety of contributors who explore the role that death plays in shaping our humanity. This volume aims to delve into life’s great mystery and explore the diversity and multiplicity of the idea of death.

Prepare to read in the gloomy dark.

To explore more about this edited volume, check out the edge website at: http://www.edgewebsite.com/books/dansemacabre/dansemacabre.html