Sunday, 2 November 2014

On Censoring Art And Literature...

There are three grounds on which someone can object to a piece of art or literature: artistic, moral and political. Objecting to a piece on artistic grounds is really only half valid. No objective means exist for measuring artistic quality and thus beauty and validity lie ultimately in the beholder's eye. From an anti-censorship standpoint, objecting to a piece on moral or political grounds actually justifies its existence, for the objections raised over its existence help to underline the problems with censorship. All that a morally or politically objectionable piece has to do in order to validate itself is be what it is.

Monday, 27 October 2014

4th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest!

Hey, everyone. Kidlit author Susanna Leonard Hill is holding a writing contest on her blog. The rules are simple: Write a 100 word (or less) short story, suitable for children, featuring the words "pumpkin", "broomstick" and "creak". See the full details here.

And, as a Halloween treat, here is my entry (which is 100 words exactly). Some credit is owed to John Carpenter and Bill Gaines for inspiration.

Home For The Howliday

Elliot missed his dad. He remembered how much fun they once had trick-or-treating. But that was long ago.

Halloween Night came to an early end. All the witches had to pack up their broomsticks and all the pumpkins were blown out. Some maniac had escaped from the insane asylum and it wasn't safe to be outside. So, instead of trick-or-treating, Elliot sat in the safety of his bedroom, counting his loot and thinking about his father.


His bedroom window slid open and in crawled the drooling figure of a madman. Elliot smiled happily.

“Mom!” He cried. “Dad's home!”

Saturday, 25 October 2014

New Reviews!

I know, I know, I haven't updated in forever. The truth is that a LOOOOOOT of stuff has been happening on this end (losing my job, etc.), so I haven't had a lot of opportunities to type new posts. Besides, I've been busy writing more All Hallows Eve stories. Speaking of which, Erik over at This Kid Reviews Books has posted a couple of uber-positive reviews for my latest two, Land Of The Dead and I, Villain. Click here to go there.

Also, The Menace Of Mutantula is now available for preorder and will be released on Boxing Day. Check it out here and here.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


There are no surer signs that a story is worthy of your attention than someone objecting to it on moral or political grounds.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Post-Modernists And Realism

It honestly shouldn't come as a surprise that post-modernists call for more realism in fiction. People usually want to read about the things that are absent in their own lives.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Ramblings: Canadian Politics

We Canadians like to flap our lips about politics a lot. But name me one thing of value that we have ever contributed to the political sphere.