Category Reading

Short Stories You Can Listen To

  This week I am reading Damien Angelica Walters‘ PAPER TIGERS. I’ve read some of her short work before and the opening chapters of PT reminded me that I loveLoveLOVE her voice. I found myself craving at times when reading wasn’t convenient: while walking Harvey the Wonderhound, cooking, driving. An audio fix seemed in order, especially […]

TBR pile o’ Shorts: Part One – The Used

When I decided to do a #YearOfReadingShorts I noted that I have a huge backlog of short stories to read. There are a number of different sources for that lofty TBR pile. Today I’ll talk about the danger of the UsedBook (genus libristritisinsumptuosus). I love used book stores. Real used book stores. You know what […]

Gamut is over $40,000! Huge new add-on today.

Originally posted on – What Does Not Kill Me –:
We’re over $40,000! Wow. Thank you all for spreading the word, pledging, and upgrading, it’s been so exciting to watch us get closer and closer to our goal. Only five days left to get to $52,000. I know we can do it. Here’s one way…

#amreading: New LitMag on the Horizon: GAMUT from Richard Thomas

Yesterday saw the launch of the KickStarter campagin for GAMUT, a new literary magazine from Richard Thomas. I backed it as soon as it went live. You should back it too. We are already over the first $1,000 and have been selected as a PROJECT WE LOVE by Kickstarter staff. Great start! — Richard […]

#amreading : Two free stories from Sèphera Girón

Available today, two free short stories from the mind of  horror writer and editor Sèphera Girón: On On You’re welcome. #amreading

Cheffo’s Favourites of 2015

Your typical “Best of” list seem to run at least 10 entries and are put out by people who read widely, and with a critical eye. In 2015 I read more widely, and with a more critical eye. I read stories recommended by others, stories by writers whose work I enjoy and stories featured in […]

Deal of the Day: BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR – VOL 4 (Kindle Edition)

Volume 4 of Ellen Datlow’s BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR series features my favourite short story of all time: David Nickle’s LOOKER, making it worth the current low-low price of US$1.99 (C$2.21 for those of us on the fairer side of the border). AND you also get stories by Laird Barron, Stephen King, John Langan, […]

Insatiable Booksluts: The Sandman Group Read

Last year, I gave my my treasured Sandman TPBs to my  (then 13YO) son. They sat on his bookshelf displayed and unread. It’s time for that to change. sj and the Booksluts are doing a group read of the whole series, so I am going to reclaim my book and see if I can get elder […]

Embracing the odd

Originally posted on National Post | Arts:
The staff of ChiZine Publications work out of a modest, semi-detached house in midtown Toronto which, on a recent fall afternoon, was undergoing major renovations. A large dumpster sat in the driveway of the yellow-brick house, which from the street is obscured by two tall pine trees. You’d never…

CZP books are also available by subscription

CZP books are also available by subscription This is the most exciting news of 2014! ChiZine is offering e-books copies (ePub, Mobi, PDF) of their entire 2014 lineup for only $99. That’s 23 books, folks, and there are some doozies in there. You won’t want to miss Fearful Symmetries (edited by Ellen Datlow) or Imaginarium 2014 (edited […]

Cheffo’s not here man. He’s guest posting over at Snobbery.

Today, sj over at Snobbery has foolishly generously thrown open the gates to allow me to share my thoughts on re-reading the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. I really enjoyed writing this piece and I learned some things about myself and about the power of theme. You really should go read it! What I Do On […]

To Review Or Not To Review?

I was skimming through The Passive Voice and happened upon a posting that wondered “Is reading reviews a huge mistake?” In it, the author asks some interesting (but, IMNSHO, unnecessary) questions. I wonder if I should stop writing reviews. Am I guilty of spoiling another’s enjoyment, of perhaps causing someone, because of my arrogance, to […]