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The Untold Tale

Master Forsyth Turn isn’t a hero. He’s never wanted to be one, either; not since his older brother Kintyre found the Foesmiter and waltzed away from his family, his estate, and his responsibilities to become one – and dumped all of his responsibilities on Forsyth.

And then Forsyth’s men rescue Lucy Piper. A bafflingly blunt woman, oddly named and even more oddly mannered, Lucy Piper claims to know things about Kintyre and Forsyth’s lives that she can’t possibly be privy to. She crashes into Forsyth’s quaintly sedentary life like an errant comet and before he knows it, she has him convinced that he is the only man who can join her on her quest to find a magical gateway back to her far-away home. Even more baffling still is that Lucy Piper seems to be falling in love with him. Forsyth Turn has spent his whole life knowing he was only second best… so how is it that he seems to be her first choice?

But the Viceroy, Kintyr’s greatest foe, is after Lucy Piper and her magical gateway as well. The Viceroy is desperate to learn the last and only secret that Forsyth cannot seem to pry from Lucy Piper; a truth that threatens the stability of the whole Kingdom… Perhaps even their whole world.

Lucy Piper might be able to convince Forsyth that he can be a hero, but is it really his fate to defeat the one villain that even the great Kintyre Turn has never managed to best?

A meta-fantasy novel about what it means to be The Other in a heroic epic.

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triptych

IN THE NEAR FUTURE, humankind has mastered the arts of peace, tolerance, and acceptance. At least, that’s what we claim. But then THEY arrive.

Part District 9, part Lost in Translation, part Stranger in a Strange Land, Triptych is a poignant, character-driven science fiction story about tolerance, love and loss.

Named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2011, and listed in The Advocate’s Best Overlooked Books of 2011 article. Read the short story that inspired the book for free: (Back) (Silverthought Press, March 2008)

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dsotgThis is a story about Mary, number one fan of the hottest cult vampire detective TV show, City By Night… until it becomes all too real. An accident with the Craft Services truck sends her hurtling into the world of the show, and Mary is thrilled – who wouldn’t want to live alongside their favorite TV characters? Unfortunately, living in TV-land isn’t all that Mary thought it would be. Not only is Mary disillusioned with what she thought was a lush world until she had to try to maneuver in it, now she’s about to be murdered by one of the stupidest clichés in the history of television in a world that, pardon the pun, totally sucks.

A loving satire of the Toronto film industry, vampire-cop television, and what it really means to be a “fan”.

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Good and Evil. Two sides of the same coin? Or something less defined, something more liminal? Entertaining and always thought-provoking, author J.M. Frey offers three remarkable stories that explore the grey area of the hero/villain dichotomy in this debut short story collection.

Heroes. Villains. Monsters. Fairy Tales. Myths. Legends. Who is the good guy, who the bad, and who gets to decide which is which? After all, ‘hero’ is just another four letter word.

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On his 257th birthday, Reginald got stuck in a bank. Well, yes alright, it was a bank robbery, but you know, it sounded better to say “in a bank.” Less horrifically embarrassing. Imagine, someone like Reginald Schilverspün (and he’s heard all the jokes about being born with things his mouth, and yes, they’re all very clever but, you know, after 257 years the joke gets rather tired don’t you think? So he’ll thank you very much for not telling it.) Imagine! Reginald getting stuck in the middle of a bank robbery on his birthday. Really now; only Reginald.

A fun, frivolous short story about bank robberies, body theft, and bottled up frustration.

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heroThe only survivor of a war struggles to return to a home that doesn’t exist anymore. A rebel leader loses everything she fought for and must start from scratch. A hero who has fought for her village her whole life must retire into obscurity without ever being known for her deeds. A starship returns to an Earth that is much changed, yet too much the same. A soldier is haunted by the very thing that saved his life. And King Arthur returns in Albion’s hour of need.

Dark fantasy. Urban fantasy. Political intrigue. Science fiction. From the horrific to the heartwearming. Introducing 19 pulse-pounding tales, by luminaries and great new voices.

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villain

Heroes can save the world, but villains can change it.

Companion volume to When the Hero Comes Home, Dragon Moon has assembled a great mix of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Come with us while we explore villains of all stripes — sons and daughters, lovers and fighters, minions and masterminds, in this giant volume of thirty great stories by award winners, rising stars, and bold new voices.

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This collection of fresh essays addresses a broad range of topics in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, both old (1963-1989) and new (2005-present). The book begins with the fan: There are essays on how the show is viewed and identified with, fan interactions with each other, reactions to changes, the wilderness years when it wasn’t in production. Essays then look at the ways in which the stories are told (e.g., their timeliness, their use of time travel as a device, etc.). After discussing the stories and devices and themes, the essays turn to looking at the Doctor’s female companions and how they evolve, are used, and changed by their journey with the Doctor.

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“Artists who find a white wall will instinctively wish to cover it with their art.” Featuring two poems by J.M. Frey.

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Modern lives seem littered with expiration dates. Packaging tells us when our food will go bad; when we can expect appliances to cease functioning; when contracts for the internet finish! But as annoying as these small expiration dates are, they fade to nothing compared to the larger events: when a species goes extinct; when a body of water evaporates, or dies because the PH balance alters; when giant icebergs break apart and glaciers melt forever, threatening the ecosystem of this planet.
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 The Dark Lord and the Seamstress

Once upon a time, oh yes, so very long ago, there came to be a lovely girl, who came to learn to sew. And as it goes, fair listener, she learnt to sew so well, that even the Dark Lord himself learned of her talent down in Hell. (Poem & Colouring Book)

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Coming Soon: Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen

The first Tesseracts anthology was edited by Judith Merril. Since its publication in 1985, 299 authors/editors/translators and guests have contributed 502 pieces of Canadian speculative fiction, fantasy and horror for this series. Some of Canada’s best known speculative fiction writers have been published within the pages of these anthologies.

“Wrestling with Gods” offers a cornucopia of weird, wonderful, and awe-inspiring takes of the struggle to find faith in science, the desire to worship, the fear of the tyrant, and the joy of belief.

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comingsoonComing Soon: A 21st Century Beastiary

What do fairy tale monsters do in the twenty first century?

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Coming Soon: The Toronto Comic Anthology vol 2

We all share Toronto, but no two of us see it alike. Inside these covers you’ll find nineteen fresh angles on the city we love, from thirty-three talented creators.From condo vampires to caped heroes, from thrift-store lifers to the pilots of mighty Toronto-Tron, everyone’s got a different perspective. Whether you’re looking for icy horror, true tales of weird history, or romance at the end of the world, there’s a story in here that will change how you see Toronto.Back and better than ever, our second volume brings many returning creators, as well as new artists and writers working in comics for the first time.

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