Monday, April 11, 2011 - 7:00pm
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West

Dark genre fiction authors Gemma Files, Claude Lalumière, Brent Hayward and David Nickle become dealers in a fans vs. authors Blackjack game to launch new ChiZine publications A Rope of Thorns, The Door to Lost Pages, The Fecund’s Melancholy Daughter, and Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism. Enjoy a performance of "Lost Myths" as Claude Lalumière reads against a soundscape composed and performed by Matthew Burton aka DJ Komodo with images by Rupert Bottenberg.

Monday, April 11
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West
Doors open at 7 pm; Event starts at 7:30 pm
$5 or Free with book purchase

A ROPE OF THORNS BY GEMMA FILES:  New Mexico, 1867. As consort to resurrected Mayan goddess Ixchel, hexslinger "Reverend" Asher Rook has founded "Hex City," the first place in all of human history where magicians can live and work together safely. But this tenuous peace is threatened by the approach of Rook's former lover, Chess Pargeter, bent on revenge over Rook's betrayal, as he kills his way toward the very same spot, dragging Pinkerton agent-turned-outlaw Ed Morrow along with him. Because Chess, sacrificed in Ixchel's name, has become far more than just a hex: his very presence has torn a crack in the world, remaking everything around him. And as the cycle of Chess's power approaches its climax, Chess, Morrow, and a young spiritualist named Yancey Colder—caught up in Chess's vendetta—will all have to shed yet more blood as they face down his mysterious patron demon, known only as the Enemy . . . along with every other enemy Chess has already made along the way. Read more about A Rope of Thorns here.

“Truly a remarkable, bloody and visceral read."– Chadwick Ginther, on A Book of Tongues

THE DOOR TO LOST PAGES BY CLAUDE LALUMIÈRE:  Step through the door to lost pages and escape a life you never wanted . . .On her tenth birthday, Aydee runs away from home and from her neglectful parents. At first, surviving alone on the streets is harsh, but a series of frightening, bewildering encounters with strange primordial creatures leads her to a bookshop called Lost Pages, where she steps into a fantastic, sometimes dangerous, but exciting life. Read more about The Door to Lost Pages here.

“Erotic, wise, comic, tragic . . . it's involving fiction of the most intimate and passionate stripe!”– From the introduction by Paul Di Filippo

THE FECUND’S MELANCHOLY DAUGHTER BY BRENT HAYWARD: The city is crumbling . . . . Clouds over Nowy Solum have not parted in a hundred years. Gods have deserted their temples. In the last days of a dying city, the decadent chatelaine chooses a forbidden lover, separating twin outcasts and setting them on independent trajectories that might finally bring down the palace. Then, screaming from the skies, a lone god reappears and a limbless prophet is carried through South Gate, into Nowy Solum, with a message for all: beyond the city, something ancient and monumental has come awake. Read more about The Fecund’s Melancholy Daughter here.

“Hayward's debut is a powerful, beautifully-written dystopian tale . . . With well-developed characters and four strong plotlines told through alternating chapters, Hayward delivers a fulfilling read."
– Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Filaria

EUTOPIA: A NOVEL OF TERRIBLE OPTIMISM BY DAVID NICKLE:  The year is 1911. In Cold Spring Harbour, New York, the newly formed Eugenics Records Office is sending its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminal - with an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all. Near Cracked Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown an orphan, stranded in his dead mother's cabin until the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devastation - and the barest thread of hope. Read more about Eutopia here.

“I’m not the best judge of horror, but I’ve read Lovecraft, Poe, King, and good writing is good writing. Good writing carries over to a book regardless of genre. And there’s plenty of good writing in David Nickle’s Eutopia.”¨Jim Cherry – Sonar4 Landing Dock

CLAUDE LALUMIÈRE is the author of the story collection Objects of Worship (CZP, 2009).  He has edited right anthologies, including the Aurora Award nominee Tesseracts Twelve: New Novellas of Canadian Fantastic Fiction (Edge, 2008), and he writes for the Fantastic Fiction column for The Montreal Gazette.  With Rupert Bottenberg, Claude is the co-creator of Lost Myths, which is both a live show and an online archive updated weekly at

DAVID NICKLE’S fiction has been published in magazines, anthologies and online, and has been adapted for television.  He is a past winner of the Bram Stocker Award and the Aurora Award.  Some of his stories are collected in Monstrous Affections, published by 2009 by ChiZine Publications.  In 2010, Monstrous Affections was awarded the Black Quill Reader's Choice Award for best dark genre collection. Visit David’s blog at

BRENT HAYWARD'S fiction has appeared in several publications and anthologies, including Horizons SF, On Spec, ChiZine, and the Tesseracts series.  Filaria, his first novel, was published by ChiZine Publications in 2008 and has since garnered solid acclaim, including a starred review in Publishers Weekly.  Born in London, England, he currently lives in Toronto with his family. Visit Brent’s live journal at

GEMMA FILES Award-winning horror author Gemma Files is also a film critic, teacher, screenwriter, Writer's Guild of Canada member, wife and mother. In 1999, her story "The Emperor's Old Bones" won an International Horror Guild award for Best Short Fiction. She sold five of her stories to erotic horror anthology TV series The Hunger, produced by Ridley and Tony Scott's Scott Free production company. She wrote the Series Two episodes Bottle of Smoke and The Diarist herself. Her first novel, A Book of Tongues will be followed by two sequels, A Rope of Thorns (2011) and A Tree of Bones (2012). Visit Gemma’s live journal at

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