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Arctic Smoke is out on September 15

"Unlike anything else out there. Nouns push against verbs in ways we've never seen." 

    ~ Mike Resnick, Hugo Award-winning author of Kirinyaga 

Check out this captivating debut novel of "circus noir" by Niall Howell, in the great tradition of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammet. I was hooked from the first line. Available now.

https://newestpress.com/books/only-pretty-damned

https://www.amazon.ca/Only-Pretty-Damned-Niall Howell/dp/1988732530

"Arctic Smoke is a punk rock fever dream. Like Bruce McDonald channelling Anna Kavan, Schroeder’s prose hotwires your brain and takes you on a surreal joyride through arcane Canadiana."

 

~ Greg Rhyno, author of To Me You Seem Giant

"Arctic Smoke is a wintry and psychedelic elegy to that special Albertan brand of despair. An absurdist punk-rock adventure through counter-counterculture’s most otherworldly spaces. Schroeder writes with urgency and grace, vividly describing a zombie capitalist wasteland where the strange becomes familiar and the familiar strange. Read this book."

 

~  Mike Thorn, author of Darkest Hours

A CBC pick for "34 works of Canadian fiction to watch for this fall"

https://www.cbc.ca/books/34-works-of-canadian-fiction-to-watch-for-this-fall-1.5212444

Another awesome debut is Darkest Hours, by Mike Thorn. If you like tasty horror served a la carte, this collection of short stories is sure to satisfy. Already in 2nd edition, and available now.

https://www.amazon.ca/Darkest-Hours-Mike-Thorn/dp/0995975353/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=mike+thorn+darkest+hours&qid=1554772903&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

Mike also has one of the best author websites out there. Check it at

https://mikethornwrites.com/

One Thing - Then Another

Some wondrous poetry, by Claire Kelly.

 

Crafty, sly, sometimes philosophical, sometimes not, filled with shiny bits and wisdom and flotsam both high-culture and low, like a magpie's stash, always compelling for reasons I can't always name.

 

It references everything from Julius Caesar to that weird spell in the 90s when Fox broadcast hockey with a glowing puck. It coins words like "Mothertonguing." It sticks Portage la Prairie in the same line as Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights

Really, what's not to love? Get it: