I was recently asked to appear on an episode of Scribes & Songsters. I had a blast talking to host Veronique Mandal (a great writer as well!) about my work. Thanks to all involved and if you do check out the video, make sure to subscribe to the Scribes & Songsters page as they feature tons of fantastic authors and musicians.
Hey! I have some news regarding my first book, The Space Between Houses. The 2nd edition will be available in late winter, early spring of 2020 through Adventure Worlds Press. This title has long been sold out, and I’m excited to get it back on the stands. More details on that soon.
In other news, I’ve been asked to do a spooky reading at Biblioasis on October 30th. You may be familiar with the name (Biblioasis), as beside selling books from a physical location, they also publish a plethora of award winning literary fiction. I will be reading alongside my friend, Ben Van Dongen and fellow horror scribe, David Nickle. I’ve never met David, but have read some of his work. He’s a very talented author. It should be a fun night of thrills and chills.
And lastly, but not leastly (is that a word?), I am about 50K into my second novel. It is coming along nicely. At my current rate, I should be done the first draft by the end of next month and be shopping it around by March/April of next year. As for my first novel, it is currently on sub with a publisher (basically, they’ve asked to read the full novel based off my 25 page submission). This publisher doesn’t traditionally release horror, but I heard they were looking to change that. Hopefully I’ll back from them, but in the meantime, I will be sending it to a few other publishers that fell like a good fit as well to hedge my bets.
Until next time,
So, as is wont to happen in the publishing world, things change.
I announced that my first book, The Space Between Houses, would be getting a second edition through a small press local to where I live. This agreement, done the old-fashioned way—a conversation and a handshake—has, unfortunately, fell through.
The good news is, The Space Between Houses 2nd edition is still going to come out…just not until next year. A lot of you have been asking for this book to go back into print, and as it is my first literary baby, I’m all too keen to make it happen.
More news on this in the coming months, including the brand new (and quite rad, if I do say so myself) cover art.
It’s been a while since I’ve done an update on my projects. So, hey, why not now?
First, I did finally finish* my novel. I need to put an asterisk next to that because It is not actually finished (possibly far from it), but it is more finished than ever before. Basically, I finished it enough to submit it to a publisher. I’ve had really good feedback on the book and think it is quite scary. Hopefully I’ll have some publishing news sooner rather than later to share.
Next up, and I already did a post about this, but what the heck, it’s my site so I can do what I want, is the re-release of The Space Between Houses. I’m crazy excited about getting this book back into print. I went through and cleaned up a few of the things that always bugged me about the book (don’t worry, I didn’t go full George Lucas on it or anything), and was also able to add in three short stories that I had written around the same time (or just after) TSBH but were published elsewhere. This means that between TSBH and No Light Tomorrow, almost every short story I’ve ever written that has been published will be in print. Fear not though, I’m not expecting those who already own the book to buy it again. As I said, the three stories have been published online previously, and can still be found over at Adventure Worlds Press.com (you might have to do some scrolling though). And, like the rest of the stories in the book, I was able to give those three stories some added shine for this upcoming second edition.
There is a tentative release date of the fall for the newest incarnation of The Space Between Houses, but an exact date has not been announced. And it will be coming out through Urban Farmhouse Press. I’ve read a number of UFP books, and they are always quality.
On the subject of short fiction, I have a few NEW short stories I’ve put together recently. One is a leftover for an anthology I was going to submit to last year, but didn’t have the time to finish it before the deadline. Another is for an upcoming anthology, but I won’t know if it makes that book or not until at least October, and the third is a short story for a rainy day. I figure it is good to start stockpiling some short stories in case of unexpected opportunities.
And, lastly, I’ve started a new novel (horror, of course). I won’t tell you what it is about because it is in its embryonic stage, but I can say that it is an idea I had about a year ago (maybe less), and as soon as I did, I knew it was the next book I was going to write.
Besides the above stuff, I’ve been doing a few interviews, and will be teaching a workshop on horror and Sci-Fi writing with Ben Van Dongen (co-author of a couple of my books, as well as full author of a couple of his own) in Sept. And then there’s been PlayStation. That sweet, awful source of endless distraction. While on the subject, if you haven’t played the Resident Evil 2 remake yet, do so. It is amazing!
I was asked recently to be a guest on the brand new podcast All Write in Sin City (along with writing buddy Ben Van Dongen). Normally, I find interviews for radio, TV or internet, to be a bit stuffy, but the folks running the show at All Write know what they were doing and it was a very pleasant experience.
If you want to hear me talk about various topics like: writing horror, attending conventions, and the importance of selling in person, then give it a listen. Oh, and as a bonus, the podcasters (not sure if that is what they are called, but oh well) recorded me doing a reading at Biblioasis (a local bookstore for those not in my neck of the woods).
2019 marks the five year anniversary of The Space Between Houses. It’s crazy to me that this book is only five years old. It seems like a whole lifetime ago that it was released.
So, with the anniversary looming, I knew I wanted to do something special. The problem, however, was that The Space Between Houses has been out of print for over a year now. I toyed with the idea of self-publishing, but at the end of the day, rejected the idea. This, of course, led to the obvious question; who would publish it?
As luck would have it, I soon found myself having a coffee with Daniel Lockhart, owner and publisher of Urban Farmhouse Press (UFP). I’ve known Daniel for a few years, and he is a great guy. So, while sipping coffee, I asked if he—and by extension, UFP—be interested in re-releasing the book.
He said no.
…just kidding, he said sure, why not.
Which brings me back to the five year anniversary. This coming fall will mark the exact date the book first launched, so it is only fitting that it also act as the date of the re-launch. UFP will be releasing a brand spanking new second edition of The Space Between Houses later this year!
This weekend I’ll be pulling double duty (with writing chum Ben Van Dongen) as I head out to a couple of different events.
Up first is the Windsor Small Press Book Fair. This event showcases various local publishers (including Biblioasis, Palimpsest Press and Mirror World Publishing to name a few) and is a great way to meet both authors and publishers! The event is this Saturday (April 13th). For more info regarding times and location, check out their event page here!
Next up (the very next day. April 14th) is the Sarnia Pop Culture Show. I’ve been a guest at this convention in the past and it is always a great time. If you are in the area, swing by and check it out, there is a ton of awesome stuff, and some great guests. For more about all that, head over to their event page right here!
I hope to see you at one (or both??) of these great events.
I’ll be in Guelph, ON for the GenreCon this weekend. My first time (for both the city and the convention). As usual, I’ll be there with my frequent writing partner, Ben Van Dongen.
For more info, check out their web page! http://genrecon.com/
A couple months ago, I was asked (along with my frequent collaborator, Ben Van Dongen) to host a writing workshop. I said yes, of course, but truth be told I did have some reservations. You see, I’ve been lucky enough to take part in all sorts of writing and literary events since the release of my first book, The Space Between Houses (which turns 5 this year!), but have never hosted a workshop.
What would we speak about? And, more importantly, would anybody care?? After some discussion with Ben, I can say that at least one of these questions has been answered. We’re going to focus on what we know best: short stories and genre fiction.
We’ve since mapped out a series of sub-topics and writing exercises for those attending. It was while doing this that I had an interesting revelation. If such a workshop as the one I myself was going to be hosting existed five or six years ago, it would have taught me how to avoid a lot of the obstacles which plagued the embryotic days of my writing career. Which then made me realize I need to build a time machine.
The workshop itself will be held at Gertrude’s Writing Room; a cozy space with a ton of charm. Ben and I sat in on the last workshop held there (to see what we were in for) and fell in love.
The workshop, now titled Monsters! Aliens! Short Stories! …& Friends! will be a 3 hour class, and it goes down January 19th. The cost is $50
P.S. All those who attend will receive a signed copy of our short story collection, No Light Tomorrow.
It’s that time again. Time to shine a spotlight on my favourite books of the year! I really get a kick out of doing this post at the beginning of each year because, A) I’m a book nerd, and any chance to talk books is a good thing; and B) because I think the books I’m gonna talk about were super rad and deserve your attention.
*Note: None of these books were actually released in 2018, but were new to me.
To kick things off, I’m gonna start with a dynamite book by Adam Nevill. I love me a good cult story, and thankfully (just to please me, I assume) Adam Nevill wrote one.
The story follows a documentary crew making a film about a sinister cult which seemingly has been dead and gone for like, forty years. Of course, that turns out to be false, and bad shit starts to happen.
One of the things I really dug about Last Days was that it almost has a ‘found footage’ vibe to it (found footage, another thing I love). The pacing is great and the horror is palpable.
Adam Nevill is quickly becoming ‘must-read’ for me, so I won’t be surprised if he’s back on this list next year.
A Head Full of Ghosts
Speaking of a ‘found footage’ vibe, A head Full of Ghosts is all kinds of that.
Now, I usually like to go into books knowing as little of the plot as possible. I don’t even read the entire back cover synopsis most times. And because of this, I had some very different ideas as to what this book was about before cracking it open. As always, my ignorance paid off, as I was happily surprised by what I read.
Although Tremblay’s writing isn’t as memorable as some of the other authors on this list, his writing is perfectly suited for this type of story. The plot flows at a great pace and the twists were fantastic.
Speaking of memorable writing lol. Lost Girls, the first novel from Andrew Pyper is a lyrical stroll through some very dark places.
I’ve read a number of Pyper’s books and I am always left in a somewhat depressed state afterward. As a writer, there is nothing better than reading a book and thinking to yourself, hell, I could do that! Well, that doesn’t happen after reading Pyper. Instead, I’m usually thinking, with writers like Pyper out there, why am I wasting my time.
Besides my own personal issues, Lost Girls is a great descent into small town Ontario. And boy, that writing!
I know, I know, you’re all saying, “But Christian, this isn’t even a horror novel” And I would look you in the face and say, “I don’t give a crap what Annihilation is classified as, this is a God damn horror novel if ever there was one!”
Bleak. Harrowing. Depressing. Terrifying. All these perfectly describe VanderMeer’s Annihilation.
Now, full discloser, I had seen the (amazing!) movie before reading the book, and that may have tainted my overall opinion. Even if that is the case, I still loved this book. The ever-deepening mystery of Area X kept me flipping pages like crazy. I haven’t read the following books in the trilogy, but I certainly will.
And that brings us to the what I consider the best book I read this year…
I’ve been a fan of Joe Hill since reading his short story collection 20th Century Ghosts, but have always felt like something was missing from his books. That all changed with his horror epic N0S4A2!
This time spanning novel is a masterpiece. As much as I’m sure he hates it, I can’t help but to compare Hill to his dad (a small indie author named…Stephen King!). And if I am going to make comparisons between their work, then I would call N0S4A2 Joe Hill’s It.
There is apparently a television show in the works adapting this fantastic novel, but I would highly recommend reading the book.
So, that’s what I liked last year, how about you??