SF Canada news, reviews, and releases

Announcements and New Releases

“The Ninth Tentacle” by Geoff Hart won the 2023 long-form Kepler award. Congratulations!


Melissa Yi celebrated the release of her new book, SUGAR AND VICE, a new Sze thriller about gluttony with fantasy elements.


Ira Nayman’s “ePik Flayl Creates the Wor(l)d…Again” appears in the new anthology, Dreaming God.


Graham J. Darling’s surreal medical horror story “Crash Cart” appears in Finnigan & Nickol Houston (eds.) “The Solar Press Horror Anthology”, Volume 1


VAMPIRE DENTIST is a new novella by Christine J. Whitlock about a 24-hour dental office servicing humans during the day and vampires at night and how they clash.

Submission Calls

Super Canucks: An anthology of small-town Canadian superheroes is open for submissions. Check out the guidelines here.


Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction: Volume Two is now open for submissions! Full details can be found here: http://kotowych.com/yearsbest/ .

Interviews, Panels, and Podcasts

Douglas Smith has had a busy month with three new interviews:

  • Speculating Canada interview — Activist, author, artist, editor, and educator Derek Newman-Stille interviews me on his award-winning Speculating Canada podcast about The Dream Rider Saga trilogy, including its themes of disability, income disparity, racial diversity, found family, and setting it in Toronto.
  • The Richard Crouse Show — Canada’s most recognized movie critic interviews me on his nationally syndicated iHeart Radio Show about the release of The Lost Expedition: The Dream Rider Saga, Book 3; my writing process; and more. Note: it will open in SoundCloud. My segment starts at about 19:55, and is about 18 minutes long. You don’t need a SoundCloud account to listen, but you do need an account (and be signed in) if you want to skip ahead.
  • CBC Radio’s Fresh Air — Fresh Air host, Ismaila Alfa, interviews me on being an indie author and the release of The Lost Expedition: The Dream Rider Saga, Book 3


Small Publishing in a Big Universe interviews Robert Runté about the different types of editors and the most common mistakes that new authors make in their writing.


Holiday Horrors: A Discussion of Strange and Unusual Holiday Folklore and Traditions with Graham J. Darling and the Horror Writers Association (HWA) Ontario Chapter


Ephemia Rimaldi: Circus Performer Extraordinaire by Linda DeMeulemeester was reviewed in Quill and Quire.


“Game On!” Anthology edited by Stephen Kotowych and Tony Pi was reviewed at Amazing Stories.


Noah Chinn’s LOST SOULS was reviewed in On Spec.


The British Columbia Review reviews Shadow Matter by S.W. Mayse

Free-to-Read Stories by Members

Cabin Fever by Robert Runté



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