Category Archives: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Doctor Strange, The Motion Picture: Celebration of the Ugly American (Or: Don’t Drink the Tea, Numbnut!)

As I’ve mentioned before, for years this blog was primarily focused on Canadian film & TV, but I’ve begun expanding my topics because, naturally, I have a range of interests. And recently I’ve been blogging some about comics and superheroes … Continue reading

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Canadian Super Hero Names: Why the Heck are there all these “Red Ensigns”?

(Another of my irregular posts both looking at the history of Canadian comic book superheroes, and plugging my own contribution to the idiom — the prose story collections: The Masques Chronicles.) I wrote in a previous post (What’s in a … Continue reading

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Dark Worlds Quarterly: looking at the past and present of genre entertainment

As I’ve mentioned before, this blog started out primarily focused on writing about Canadian film & TV — despite my having multiple interests, both personal and professional. The reasoning was (according to something I had read) blogs accrue more readers … Continue reading

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Behind-the-Scenes: “The Monster of Gander (Newfoundland, of course)”

This is another one of my (irregular) posts looking behind-the-scenes at individual stories in my collection of Canadian superhero stories — which I’m posting, well, in the hopes you might stumble upon this blog, get mildly intrigued, and buy the … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? Superheroes and National Identity

This is part of my irregular series of posts looking behind-the-scenes at the prose superhero collection, Masques & Capes: An Imaginary History. Obviously I’m hoping to promote the book, but I’m also reflecting on comic book superheroes, cultural identity, and … Continue reading

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Behind-the-Scenes: The Canadian Film Biz..and Superheroes!

Today: another in my irregular series of behind-the-scenes pieces detailing some of the creative process behind the stories in my collection of Canadian superhero prose tales, Masques & Capes: An Imaginary History. Now, obviously, a writer banging on about the … Continue reading

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A Christmas Superhero Story…

I recently wrote a collection of short stories called Masques & Capes: An Imaginary History — adventure-mystery stories about superheroes. The idea was to imagine a Canadian superhero comic book universe, a multi-generational continuum stretching from the mid-20th Century to … Continue reading

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I Went to a Book Reading…and saw a bear.

(I don’t usually write these kind of autobiographical “day in the life” type pieces…so we’ll see how it turns out). I have a short story in this year’s edition of the annual Tesseracts anthology — the theme, this time around, … Continue reading

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Behind-the-Scenes: “Enter: Mosaic, The Multicultural Man!”

(Continuing my irregular series of posts delving into the creative thinking behind various stories in my superhero short story collection.) The idea behind “Enter: Mosaic, The Multicultural Man!” was, as with many of the stories in this collection, multi-headed. Part … Continue reading

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Behind-the-Scenes Story: “The Sinister Affair of the Group of Eight”

In my desire to promote my short story collection of Canadian superhero stories that span from the 1930s to today, I’m going to post a few pieces delving into individual stories and some of the creative decisions I made (obviously … Continue reading

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