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Considering the Sadakovirus: A rewatch of Ringu in the Plague Year 2020

In fall of 2002, I joined a big crowd of moviegoers in the old Varsity Cinema in downtown Toronto, to watch a horror movie about home video that was outmoded even then. Gore Verbinski’s American remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ringu is about a cursed VHS videotape, made by a psychically powerful and profoundly angry …

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Here at last! The new covers for two novels and two collections

Finally it can be revealed: four new covers for four back-in-print books of mine. Specifically, my novels Rasputin’s Bastards and The ‘Geisters and my short-story collections Monstrous Affections and Knife Fight and Other Struggles, are back in print. They’ve got new covers, designed and applied by their new publisher, Open Road Integrated Media. I’ve been …

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The Eutopia/Volk Socially-distanced, Online Relaunch / Book-Signing Event, 2020

Back in the before-days, I always did enjoy me a book launch – particularly if it was one of my own, but I also dug book launches of dear friends and colleagues. We’d get together at a bar or a bookstore, or a bar and a bookstore, or sometimes a public library – and there’d …

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The Book of the Juke – Eutopia and Volk

It was more than a decade ago now that I started work on what would become my first solo novel: Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism. Its working title was Mister Juke – named for the monster at the heart of it, a shape-shifting, parasitic creature that shapes the brain structures of communities of faith …

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