The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

“Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth.  The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to the seeker after it.” – Hercule Poirot. A small English village is rocked by the sudden suicide of Mrs. Ferrars, a widow long-rumoured to have poisoned her husband.  Less than a day later, her…

The Raptor & The Wren

Following the death of her Mother, Miriam is squatting in her home in Florida liberating the recently deceased of their now useless medication.  All this changes when a figure from her past arrives on her doorstep with some unsettling news – Miriam’s become somewhat of an obsession for a small group of users on Reddit. …

Rise of the Mudmen

Set in Sydney, on the island of  Cape Breton in 1986, Rise of the Mudmen follows a group of teenagers as they deal with the fallout from a virus that is spreading like wildfire through the east coast community turning their friends, family and neighbors into the undead. The story is told through alternating viewpoints…

The Marrow Thieves

In Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves, the cautioned consequences of climate change have arrived.  The Northern Ice has melted shifting coastlines inward, storms have become more powerful than ever causing numerous fossil fuel disasters and populations have begun to cluster in larger areas leaving small towns and communities behind. Many people have lost the ability…

Night Shift

Over the years I’ve struggled with short story collections as I’m very much a long-form kind of guy. I especially dislike the start/stop of short story collections – you get invested in a character or a story and in fifteen or twenty pages it’s done. Kind of like driving down a highway and smashing into…

The Boat People

When a cargo ship carrying several hundred Sri Lankan refugees arrives off the coast of Vancouver, those aboard hope for a new beginning in Canada.  The problem?  You just can’t walk into the country (or sail in for that matter).  There’s a long, drawn out process in claiming refugee status and it doesn’t always work…

American War

The United States of fifty years from now is a vastly different place – physically, not just politically.  Climate change has ravaged the country with coastal cities becoming lost to the sea.  They even packed up and moved the capital inland from Washington, D.C. to Columbus, Ohio. A train derailment and subsequent oil spill have…

Give Me Your Hand

“The raw, ugly, mottled things you fear about yourself in your most private moments – what happens when someone says them aloud to you?  The feeling like your skin slipped from your body, showing everything, red and veined.” As teens, Kit and Diane were bonded by ambition; working hard to attain a scholarship offered by…