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…

Trudie Aberdeen is a long-time language educator and social justice advocate. She is currently working on completing her PhD on the topic of heritage language acquisition. In addition, she teaches English to adult newcomers to Canada. Her academic interests include refugee education, multilingual literacy instructional practices, language conservation, action research, and language instruction for heritage language learners. Her research can be found in the following journals: The Manitoba TEAL, Multilingual Discourses, and the 9th Low Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition (LESLLA) Symposium. She also serves as the…

T.K. Boomer lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta, with his wife. In 2012 he began the awkward and painful transition between being a mainstream fiction writer and becoming a science fiction geek. Remnants of his literary past can been read in his novel, “ A Walk in the Thai Sun” written under the name G.J.C. McKitrick. The future will be revealed in the publication of “Planet Song”, first book in the Fahr Trilogy, probably in late 2015. Other aspects of the transition, like video game obsession and playing “Mr….