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Cliff Burns (Reading and Signing)

Wednesday Oct 12 2011 7:30 pm, Saskatoon, Art Alcove Event type: reading, signing

So Dark the Night and Of the Night(Blackdog Press)

Cliff Burns is a literary pioneer, going independent two decades before it became fashionable. For Burns, it was never about the money; its always been about artistic integrity and connecting with his audience. - Robert Runte, Canadian SF critic & academic

"Cliff Burns' writing is sparse, minimalist, but his words are as sharp as knives." - Corey Redekop, author of Shelf Monkey

"At last, Canada has a literary equivalent of David Cronenberg!" - Strange Adventures (U.K.)

Cliff Burns has been an independent publisher and writer since 1990. He has released numerous novels and short story collections through his imprint, Black Dog Press, including Sex & Other Acts of the Imagination, The Reality Machine and two supernatural thrillers, So Dark the Night and Of the Night.

Burns' writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications around the world, including The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror and The 20 All Time Best Science Fiction Stories. Governor General Award winning author Timothy Findley called his tales "literary Far Side cartoons" and the Edmonton Journal praised his "powerful and distinctive voice...unrelenting imagination".

So Dark the Night

Welcome to After Hours Investigations, open from dusk 'til dawn... Cassandra Zinnea and Evgeny Nightstalk have taken on their fair share of strange cases in their time--what do you expect when your clientele is drawn from the sort of people who only come out at night? But now they find themselves confronting a ruthless and fiendish foe, an opponent not averse to employing the blackest arts to further their nefarious aims. Danger lurks everywhere and the darkness can hide a multitude of sins...not to mention all manner of ambulatory corpses, forbidden rituals and ravening creatures plucked from the formless ether.

So Dark the Night is, at once, a supernatural thriller and a loving homage to film noir and the gritty, hard-boiled poetry found in the very best crime fiction. Funny, sexy and terrifying, So Dark the Night is an entertaining hybrid, a dizzying mix of genres, a spook show that delivers everything it promises.

"So Dark the Night is a raunchy occult thriller, written with elegance and humor." - John Miedema, author of Slow Reading

"So Dark the Night is inherently enjoyable, a fast-paced and occasionally grisly funhouse ride...Cliff Burns has a lot of twisted fun playing the collage of influences against each other, and he tells a mean tale smoothly." - Corey Redekop

Of the Night

Something is loose in the streets of Ilium...

People are disappearing, swept up and borne off in savage attacks launched from above, and the stories the survivors tell are horrifying, too unbelievable to be true.

Police detective Gus Novak finds his training, skills and instincts sorely tested by circumstances that defy rational explanation. As the city comes under siege and the body count rises, Novak must acknowledge the strange, uncanny forces at work and enlist the assistance of an eccentric and diverse cast of characters to help him defeat his inhuman adversary.

A novel of supernatural suspense, Of the Night explores settings and situations first introduced in Cliff Burns' So Dark the Night (2010). Of the Night is imbued with the spirit, passion and originality of the best of the "B" movies; it is pulp fiction of the highest order.

"I've followed Cliff Burns' career for 25 years and there isn't a finer horror writer in this country." - Robert Runte

Read Cliff Burns' blog here.

See:

Of the Night

- by Cliff J Burns

Trade paperback $15.50 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $13.95

So Dark the Night

- by Cliff J Burns

Trade paperback $25.50 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $22.95

Welcome to After Hours Investigations, open from dusk 'til dawn... Cassandra Zinnea and Evgeny Nightstalk have taken on their fair share of strange cases in their time--what do you expect when your clientele is drawn from the sort of people who only come out at night? But now they find themselves confronting a ruthless and fiendish foe, an opponent not averse to employing the blackest arts to further their nefarious aims. Danger lurks everywhere and the darkness can hide a multitude of sins...not to mention all manner of ambulatory corpses, forbidden rituals and ravening creatures plucked from the formless ether. So Dark the Night is, at once, a supernatural thriller and a loving homage to film noir and the gritty, hard-boiled poetry found in the very best crime fiction. Funny, sexy and terrifying, So Dark the Night is an entertaining hybrid, a dizzying mix of genres, a spook show that delivers everything it promises.