The Dark Side: An Evening with Mystery and Thriller Writers
7:30pm on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Admission is free
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Deryn Collier’s debut novel Confined Space was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best first crime novel. Originally form Montreal, she is a graduate of McGill University. After a short career as a federal bureaucrat she ran away to the mountains of British Columbia where she has been ever since. Her new book is Open Secret.
Coroner Bern Fortin is back in Open Secret. After the abrupt end to his military career Bern has settled into an uneasy peace in his new life in Kootenay Landing—a peace he knows can’t last. Out for a fall hike, he discovers Dr. Juniper Sinclair, the town’s lone doctor, attempting to revive small-time drug dealer Seymour Melnychuk, who has been shot in the forehead. Amidst the chaos of the case, Bern’s military background comes back to haunt him, forcing him to confront the secrets of his own past that he has long sought to keep buried.
Craig Davidson (aka Nick Cutter)
Craig Davidson’s short story collection, Rust and Bone, has been published in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. It was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award and is now a feature film. Davidson also writes under the pseudonym Nick Cutter.
Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfire. But this year, Tim can’t shake the feeling that something strange is in the air. It comes to them in the night, an unexpected intruder, shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—a man in unspeakable torment who exposes Tim and the boys to something far more frightening than any ghost story. Within his body is a bioengineered nightmare, a horror that spreads faster than fear.
Andrew Pyper is the award-winning author of six internationally bestselling novels. Lost Girls won the Arthur Ellis Award, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and appeared on the New York Times and Times (UK) bestseller lists. The Killing Circle was a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Three of Pyper’s novels, including The Demonologist, are in active development for feature film.
Professor David Ullman is among the world’s leading authorities on demonic literature, specializing in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Not that David is a believer—he sees what he teaches as a branch of the imagination and nothing more—but an upcoming trip to Venice will pull him into a journey that will redefine what he is willing to believe.
Sean Slater is a police officer in Vancouver, BC. He was the winner of The Province’s Sunday Serial Thriller contest and he is the author of the Jacob Striker thriller series.
When Homicide Detective Jacob Striker discovers a torture chamber in a steel barn, he is propelled into an investigation that leads to two mysterious bombers. Very quickly, he realizes the attacks are not random. But with time running out, Striker must catch the two bombers before they finish the job and complete their kill list. Otherwise there will be little left for Striker to save.