2024 Festival:
October 21–27
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Spine-Chillingly Good: With Stephen Graham Jones and Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Sometimes writing makes you take a breath in anticipation. Sometimes it catches you off guard with new ideas that transcend what you’ve read before. And sometimes both. These authors have both defied and redefined the noir and thriller genres. Stephen Graham Jones The Only Good Indians was a New York Times bestseller and called “one of 2020’s buzziest horror novels” by Buzzfeed. He returns with My Heart is a Chainsaw in which a young female protagonist needs to save her town. Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut, Mexican Gothic, was a media favourite internationally, thanks to its chilling gothic horror tropes and Jane Eyre/1950s Mexico mashup. Her latest, Velvet Was the Night, is a “delicious, twisted treat.” Discover two of the most interesting writers who can make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, as they talk craft, the art of the scare, and what draws them to the dark.

Moderated by Rob Wiersema.

Stephen Graham Jones (appearing virtually)
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
(appearing in-person)
Rob Wiersema (appearing in-person)

Participants and Speakers

Stephen Graham Jones

STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Only Good Indians. He has been an NEA fellowship recipient, has won the Jesse Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, a Bram Stoker Award, four This is Horror Awards; and has been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantasy Award. He teaches at the University of Colorado, Boulder. (UNITED STATES) 

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA is the New York Times-bestselling author of the critically acclaimed speculative novels Gods of Jade and Shadow, Signal to Noise, Certain Dark Things, and The Beautiful Ones; and the crime novel Untamed Shore. She has edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award–winning She Walks in Shadows (aka Cthulhu’s Daughters). She lives in Vancouver. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Rob Wiersema

ROBERT WIERSEMA is the author of three novels, a novella, a collection of short stories, and a book of nonfiction. He is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected book reviewers, with his work appearing regularly in The Toronto Star, Quill & Quire, The Globe and Mail, National Post, and numerous other publications. Wiersema lives in Victoria where he is a professor of creative writing at Vancouver Island University. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)