Canadian Content Corner

Hello from Canada, home of the Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba, where you can see more snakes at a glance than anywhere else in the world!

Our dedicated volunteers showcased the local/Ontario chapter at the Toronto Comic Con, giving out 800+ buttons, promoting our authors, our podcast, and encouraging attendees to join the HWA.

For the April meeting, more members attended virtually than were present in person. Technology rocks! (Above L to R: Monica Kuebler, Sphera Girn, Andrew Robertson, Bill Snider, Jonathan Woodrow, Lou Rera, Nancy Kilpatrick, and Suzanne Church)

We discussed member participation and/or staffing our HWA table at the following conventions:

Ad Astra (Toronto, ON) April 29 - May 1, 2016

Stoker Con (Las Vegas, NV) May 12-15, 2016

Niagara Falls Comic Con (Niagara Falls, ON) June 3-5, 2016

Rue Morgues Dark Carnival (Hamilton, ON) July 9-10, 2016

FanExpo (Toronto, ON) September 1-4, 2016

Word on the Street (Toronto, ON) September 25, 2016

Horror-Rama (Toronto, ON) October 15-16, 2016

Our Great Lakes Horror Company Podcast is gaining momentum, especially after giving away so many buttons at Comic Con. We feature a new episode every Monday.

Recently, the podcast focused on StokerCon by interviewing Brad C. Hodson and Mike McCarty. We even switched up the interview segment for episode 8, adding a comedy routine by Monstermatt Patterson.

There’s plenty of #Horror content, so why not check us out and listen to a few episodes. Find us on iTunes or find us at: http://lovehorror.biz/hwa/?page_id=1616

Like us on Facebook and use our page to throw your name in the hat for an interview.

Follow us on twitter: @GLHorrorPodcast.

Member News

The final ballot for the Prix Aurora Awards is now available. Check out all the finalists.

For a mere $10, Canadians can join CSFFA and cast their vote for Canada’s major speculative fiction awards. The membership fee is affordable, and you’ll receive review copies of the nominated works to help you decide how to cast your vote. What a deal!

Suzanne Churchs article, Swamp Pickles, discusses the difficulties with beginnings in Issue #1 of ONDER Magazine from The Ed Greenwood Group and OnderLibrum.com.

As always, check on the latest chapter events on our calendar!

Highlights from the mid-March to mid-April @HWAOntario Twitter feed

Apr 12: RT - @monicaskuebler - The Guardian posts a fascinating study it conducted about harassment/abuse in online comment sections. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/12/the-dark-side-of-guardian-comments

Apr 12: RT - @ApexBookCompany - The Minions Read & Review program lets you read Apex books for free in exchange for honest reviews. Interested? http://www.apexbookcompany.com/pages/minions-read-and-review

Apr 11: RT - @PublishersWkly - Here are the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize winners. http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-festival-of-books-winners-20160331-snap-htmlstory.html

Apr 11: RT - @Rio_Youers - Anybody who doesn’t get a buzz watching the new trailer for @jk_rowling’s FANTASTIC BEASTS is, frankly, unbuzzable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViuDsy7yb8M

Apr 6: RT - @1Monstermatt - #ww @amy_grech @Sephera @SweetColleen @llsoares @NickCato @Alzzo @NeuroticaMedia @ronniemick @vampyres @AndrewAwesome76 @HWAOntario

Apr 4: RT - @vampyres - #RIP Canadian actor/musician Don Francks, who had roles in MY BLOODY VALENTINE, GOOSEBUMPS, TALES FROM THE CRYPTKEEPER, and HEMLOCK GROVE.

Apr 4: RT - @brianfhclement - If you like ghosts and cats you’ll probably like @ghostcatscomic, the new project I’m working on ... https://www.instagram.com/p/BDzcpOyN7a7/

Apr 2: RT - @Cat_Cavendish - Here’s a Cover Gallery of the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Books Out in April via @sfsignal #amreading. http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2016/04/heres-cover-gallery-science-fiction-fantasy-horror-books-april/

Apr 1: Submissions are now open for the @cbcbooks & @CanadaCouncil Poetry Prize! Deadline May 31. http://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/poetry/?utm_content=buffer34576&utm_medium= social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Apr 1: RT - @CdnZmbiRytr - ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAYS: EXTINCTION. https://dayswiththeundead.com/2016/04/01/zombiefilmfridays-extinction/

Mar 30: RT - @KameronHurley - Always surprised that author burnout is so common. Maybe inevitable when you professionalize a hobby. http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/03/25844/

Mar 29: RT - @MarkLeslie - The Book Nerds Daily is out! Stories via @G_W_Publishing @ChaudiereBooks @silviaclemares. http://paper.li/MarkLeslie/1308044265?edition_id=c2a3e460-f5b3-11e5-ac52-0cc47a0d1609

Mar 28: RT - @NickCato - THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW: Reviews for the Week of March 28, 2016. http://thehorrorfictionreview.blogspot.ca/2016/03/reviews-for-week-of-march-28-2016.html?spref=tw

Mar 28: RT - @HWAVirginia - What motivates you to write when you feel unmotivated to write? Share your tricks!!! #horror #amwriting #writers

Mar 28: RT - @johnpalisano - @HorrorWriters @StokerCon2016 @HWA_uk @HWAVirginia @HWAOntario HWA official Twitter handles! Let’s find more! #horror

Mar 26: RT - @Sephera - Dealing With Self Doubt: Tips from 7 Popular Authors via @sharethis:  https://litreactor.com/columns/dealing-with-self-doubt-tips-from-7-popular-authors#st_refDomain=t.co&st_refQuery=/fn4vCPj2dU

Mar 25: RT - @SPHorror - Get sinister stories with the Devils & Demons bundle! @BrianMoreland @Sephera @jgfaherty https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5647/a-penny-saved

Mar 25: RT - @Cat_Cavendish - #FF hugs and thanks @HWAOntario @MatthewFranks7 @baron_craze @LXCain @ErinAlMehairi @EmilieFlory @RyanWoodsAuthor @JonathanJanz 

Mar 23: RT - @limestonegenre - #WW @chizinepub @renaissancepre1 @Lackingtons @UndertowPress @EDGEpublishing @OnSpecMagazine @5rivers @orbitbooks @HWAOntario 

Mar 23: RT - @vampyres - Munsters Band performing at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 24, 1964 w/ Al Lewis, Butch Patrick & the #Munsters Koach! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDtOpoZZe8A

Mar 22: RT - @AndrewAwesome76 - Love #Horror & the @WalkingDead_AMC? @GLHorrorPodcast #7 features @Mike_McCarty #werewolves #zombies @PromoteHorror   https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/great-lakes-horror-company/id1083666939?i=365206676&mt=2

Mar 16: RT - @JustAfterSunset - Check out my interview with HWA Poetry Showcase judge, @johnpalisano #HWA #Poetry http://stephaniewytovich.blogspot.ca/2016/03/hwa-poetry-showcase-vol-3-meet-john.html

Mar 16: RT - @canadiansuzanne - Practiced the scene from Soul Larcenist. I’ll be reading Fri. at 10:30. #Hellmaw #OnderLibrum #ICFA37 @PromoteHorror

Mar 14: RT - @DouglasClegg - More Harrow-inspiration in photos at Wyndcliffe: http://abandonedhudsonvalley.com/wyndcliffe/

Mar 13: RT - @tordotcom - Publisher/agent rejections are almost NEVER personal; This is why they feel that way anyhow. http://www.tor.com/2016/03/10/publishing-business-art-rejection-personal/

Mar 13: RT - @authorintervues - Interviewing Authors: Armand Rosamilia: Making A Living Off The Undead @armandauthor http://interviewingauthors.com/armand-rosamilia-making-horror-pay/

Chapter members, please tweet HWA-related activities and awesomeness using #horror, @HorrorWriters, and @HWAOntario.

Please send your news and photos to Suzanne Church.