FIRE: Demons, Dragons & Djinns, published by Tyche Books and edited by Rhonda Parrish, was released Aug. 14 at When Words Collide in Calgary, Alberta, where it sold out. Here is a quote about it from a 5-star review: This fine set of short stories comprises a quest for purpose and knowledge of Truth weighed against manifest destiny, mitigated by companionship and tarnished by greed, that can be read in one day. My favorite was The Djinni and the Accountant. – Barbara, Goodreads Reviewer (Cover artist: Ashley Walters) My story,…

I’ve been really excited about this upcoming anthology, and now I can finally share the gorgeous cover: (Cover artist: Ashley Walters) FIRE: Demons, Dragons & Djinns, published by Tyche Books, will be released Aug. 14. Here are the Amazon and Kobo preorder links. My story, “The Djinni and the Accountant”, tells the story of a djinni trying to sort out his import taxes on everything people have wished into being. Beyond this absurd premise, it’s about the unexpected things we have to offer each other. I had the great…

E is for Evil is out in paperback and ebook! (Links at the bottom of this post.) It features my story “G”, a dark twilight-zone romp through the intersection of religion and science. I am really excited to share this story and to see what thoughts and reactions it provokes, not to mention those of all the many other contributors to this anthology. Fair warning: it is dark, much darker than any of the other alphabet anthologies, which might not be surprising given the title. Here’s what others have…

I’m excited to reveal the cover for the next instalment of Rhonda Parrish’s Alphabet Anthologies, E is for Evil, which contains my story, “G”. Without further ado: It’s a play on the old adage “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,” perhaps slightly misleading because of how much evil is contained in the anthology’s 26 alphabetized stories. For the cover Rhonda sought a non-denominational representation of evil, and I think she and Jonathan C. Parrish (cover artist) nailed it. It’s a gripping image not immediately obvious at first glance,…

This Sunday at Variant Edition Comics I’ll be joining author local Edmonton authors for a series of readings. You might hear a taste of my new forthcoming story in Tyche Books’ Fire Anthology: The Djinni and the Accountant.  Time: 12-4 pm Location: Variant Edition Comics, 10132 151 St NW, Edmonton.  

Astro Hal made a surprise trip back to Earth this Halloween.

The latest of Rhonda Parrish’s alphabet anthologies, D is for Dinosaur, is on sale from Oct. 29 – Nov. 5, for $0.99. It includes my story, W, which features both dinosaurs AND ghosts! Could you ask for anything better for Halloween reading? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7J28YP

This true story is so fitting because of recent fundraising efforts in support of libraries, but it’s also just a good, warm, inspiring account of what is possible.

It’s been a hectic spring and summer, with a lot of activity from many of the contributors to Between the Shelves. The first was the official launch at the Stanley Milner downtown EPL branch. Almost every single author made it out to do a reading. The audience had a grid puzzle which required them to listen intently to glean answers to the mystery that unfolded throughout the evening. With old newspaper slides hinting at the role of the library ghost haunting the EPL, the final revelation came: that…

The contributors to Between the Shelves, after being peppered with my incessant queries, thought it only fair to ask some of me in return. Below are their questions, and my answers. Brian Clarke: What is the biggest thing you have learned from this self-publishing experience? Hal J. Friesen: I learned how achievable it is to put out a product of professional quality using readily-available tools. There were some frustrating moments getting the book formatted properly and tweaking cover blurbs, but on the whole it felt great to see…