Haunted houses, a mysterious plague, nuclear fallout, a demonic entity—four of today’s top writers reflect on how they scare us and why we want to be scared. Becky Toyne moderates.
Samuel Archibald currently teaches contemporary popular culture at the University of Quebec in Montreal, where he lectures on genre fiction, horror movies and video games, among other subjects. He presents his unforgettable debut collection of short fiction, Arvida, which contains stories of innocent young girls and wild beasts, attempted murder and ritual mutilation, haunted houses and road trips heading nowhere. It won Quebec's Prix Des Libraries 2012 and Prix Coup de Coeur Renaud-Bray 2012.
Nick Cutter (Canada) is the national bestselling author of The Troop (winner of the James Herbert Award for Horror Writing), The Deep, and The Acolyte, and is a pseudonym for the author Craig Davidson, the acclaimed literary writer of novels such as Cataract City, Rust and Bone, and The Fighter. He presents Little Heaven.
Benjamin Percy is the author of the novels Red Moon and The Wilding, and two short story collections, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His writing has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Time and elsewhere. His honours include the Pushcart Prize, an NEA grant, the Plimpton Prize for Fiction and a Whiting Award. Raised in the high desert of central Oregon, he lives in Minnesota. Percy presents his new thriller, The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic re-imagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, in which a super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know.
Andrew Pyper is the author of eight novels, including The Only Child and The Demonologist, which won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel and was selected for the Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2013 and Amazon’s 20 Best Books of 2013. Among his previous books, Lost Girls won the Arthur Ellis Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and The Killing Circle was a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Three of Pyper’s novels, including The Demonologist and The Damned, are in active development for feature film. He lives in Toronto.