Fiction

I love to tell stories, and have told many of them over the years in numerous genres and mediums. A lot of my work has been graphic novel anthologies from the Vancouver-based publisher Cloudscape Comics, where I’ve been a writer on nine anthologies and an editor on five. The specifc anthologies are listed below. If the specific story is also available online, its title is in bold:

  • Life Finds a Way (2020). “Steel Soul” with Reetta Linjama. Long after the Robot Revolution, a new robot is confused to discover that not only are humans an accepted part of human society, but the robot has been assigned a human baby to look after.
  • Swan Song (2018). I was one of the editors on this anthology of music-themed comics. I was also the writer on “The Tale of Taliesin” with art by Reetta Linjama, an adaptation of a folktale from Welsh folklore. Taliesin, Wales’ greatest bard, demonstrates the magic of his poetic voice by summoning a storm to intimidate King Maelgwn of North Wales and all his court.
  • Bones of the Coast (2017). An anthology of horror tales set on the West Coast. I wrote “Shining One” with art by Jeri Weaver, a horror story in which a young girl finds a mysterious idol that compels her to perform various monstrous acts.
  • Epic Canadiana #1 (2013) and #2 (2015). I designed and edited the Epic Canadiana series, a tribute to classic Canadian superheroes, and wrote several of its superhero stories (including tales of arctic demigoddes Ikniqpalagaq, activist hero Canada Jacques, and WWII veteran Johnny Canuck). The second volume won the Gene Day Award for excellence in Canadian small-press publishing at the 2016 Joe Shusters 
  • Mega Fauna (2014). I was one of the editors on this anthology of animal-themed children’s comics. I was also the writer on “Hunt for the Unicorn” with art by Chenoa Gao, about a huntress who pursues a unicorn, believing that its horn is her chance at freedom.
  • Waterlogged (2013). I was one of the editors of this anthology of water-themed comics. I was also the writer on “Grandpa” with art by Reetta Linjama (a retelling of how I coped with my grandfather’s funeral and scattered his ashes into the ocean)  and “Free As The Sea” with art by Ksenia Kozhevnikova (featuring a female pirate who hunts slavers in the Golden Age of Piracy) .
  • Giants of the Main Street (2012). An anthology of fantasy tales set in the city. I wrote “Fallen Star” with art by Ksenia Kozhevnikova (“Theseus and the Minotaur” from the Minotaur’s point of view) and “My City” with art by Oliver McTavish-Wisden (about a man who keeps a city in a bottle). I also edited “On Urban Fauna,” their bestiary of city-dwelling monsters.
  • 21 Journeys (2011). An anthology about travel stories. I wrote the story “Flyaway” with art by Reetta Linjama, a tale about a young woman trapped in a repetitive, banal life who longs to fly as free as a swallow.

Outside of Cloudscape, I have been published in:

  • Pulp Literature #12 (2016). A fiction magazine with a focus on genre fiction. My tale of sasquatches and the mysterious magic of the BC rain forest, “Curse of the Woods,” was illustrated by Eric Johnson.
  • Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen (2016). A Canadian superhero prose anthology. I wrote “Spirit in the Clay,” a short story of the Golem of Prague fighting Nazis.
  • Beyond (2015). A graphic novel anthology of queer sci-fi and fantasy. My tale of aboriginal mechs battling demons, “Twin-Souled,” was illustrated by Kate Ebensteiner.

Here are a selection of my stories that you can read online:

Comics

3. Hunt for the Unicorn
A woman in the Middle Ages hunts for a unicorn horn to acquire the wealth needed for her freedom. But what she finds is not what she expected. Published in Cloudscape’s Mega Fauna.
Art by Chenoa Gao

4. Ikniqpalagaq: Sweet Memories
One of the stories from my award-winning anthology of Canadian superheroes. This is the last documented adventure of Ikniqpalagaq, guardian of the north, daughter of the wind, and tribute to one of Canada’s first and greatest superheroes: Nelvana of the Northern Lights. Published in Cloudscape’s Epic Canadiana #2.
Art by Eric Johnson

5. Flyaway
Story of a young woman who seeks the strength of will to escape her monotonous, deadening existence. Her struggle for personal transformation is echoed by a little bird’s quest to escape the cold of winter and return to the warmth of the south seas. Published in Cloudscape’s 21 Journeys.
Art by Reetta Linjama

6. Fallen Star
Tale of “Theseus & the Minotaur” from the Minotaur’s point of view, as he wanders the Labyrinth, searching for freedom and beset with strange visions. Published in Cloudscape’s Giants of Main Street.
Art by Ksenia Kozhevnikova

7. Santa Muerte
A non-fiction comic strip created for an online news site. It explores the “Saint Death” sect of Latin American Catholicism.
Art by Reetta Linjama.

Video Scripts

1. B-Movie Factory: A Man & A Cape
A multimedia extravaganza, combining the performances of the Vancouver B Movie Factory with the artistic talents of Cloudscape Comics. A young man finds a mysterious cape that takes him on a strange journey represented through a synthesis of live-action film and comic-book panels. For the making-of episode that appeared on Shaw TV, see the Vancouver B Movie Factory Episode 4.

2. Ron Vark: A Comic Legend
Cloudscape mockumentary about Vancouver’s most prominent, most controversial, and most insane comic creator. Written by myself and starring various Cloudscape members. Warning: includes strong language.

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