Come see me at Fan Expo, this Friday Sept 4

Is it Fan Expo time already? Yup! This year’s convention will not have the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear, unfortunately. But I will be attending as part of the horror programming, selling and signing books, plus hosting a special spooky reading event.

Boo! Scary Stories Read AloudFriday, September 4 at 11:45am in Room 705 of the North Building, I’ll be reading one of my fave scary folk tales, from my own hometown. Plus, I’ve assembled a fantastic crew of fellow readers and invite you to join us for an hour of good ole fashion scary storytelling. Shopping and autograph hunting is fun but I always appreciate when there is culture to discover at a fan con so am trying to bring some to others. Friday is much less bananas in terms of line-ups and crowds than the weekend, so it’s a great time to visit. I will also be selling and signing my books in the horror vendors section, at booth #5431. I’m only there for the Friday, So if you’re planning to get your geek on this long weekend, make sure to come that day and come find me!


Upcoming readings! Lost at Sea + Luminato Literary Picnic

I love to read aloud. So I’m delighted to announce my first public performances/readings of 2013! It would be lovely to see you. It’s been too long.

Thursday, May 9
LOST AT SEA: An Evening of Magical Things
Augusta House
(152 Augusta Ave in Kensington Market, Toronto)
7:30 pm FREE

My beloved friends at the House of Pomegranates have put together an evening of literary merriment and magic, a haunted world of art, music, and film, luscious chocolate, exotic cocktails and clever words. There will be readings by David Keyes, launching his new book I Do So Worry for All Those Lost at Sea. Vampire novelist Nancy Baker.  Poet Lynn Crosbie. And me.  Presentations by Belinda Chun of Gallery House and Prof. Richard Greene, talking of the Sitwells. A mystery String Quartet will play Ravel. And a short film about Carmilla, fashions from Gloomth, and fancy cocktails. Did I mention I will be reading brand new poems from a manuscript in progress called Requiem Birds? And that I’ll be accompanied by a surprise? Come, be surprised.

Saturday, June 22
Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto
noon to 4pm FREE

Sixty authors in the park, reading aloud to you. I’m stoked to be part of this year’s Luminato Arts festival. And even more excited to be part of an event truly designed for book lovers. Come and hear me read on the theme of “Beginnings.” You can even sign up to stay and spend time with me one-on-one on a picnic blanket and Ask Me Anything. Pack a parasol. Come.

December will be magic

December has always made me think of the Kate Bush song “December Will be Magic Again.” And now, that she has released a concept record about snow, I suppose I will think of that. But today, am thinking it’s time to tell you about my public appearances from here until end of the year. It’s been a great trip this autumn getting out to promote the book, and I hope you’ll join me as it continues into the winter. Wherever you are, let’s make it magic.

Saturday, December 3

The Artel, 205 Sydenham St.


UnHallowed Hearts: A Night of Dark Literary Arts

Liz Worth and I are boarding the Megabus and hitting the highway. She will read from her poetry collection Amphetamine Hearts and play the theremin. I’ll be interviewed about Encyclopedia Gothica. Locals Barry King (poet) and Bill Gillepsie (DJ) will join us. Won’t you? 8PM. PWYC.

Sunday, December 11

The Great Hall, 1087 Queen West at Dovercourt


The Bazaar of the Bizarre presents Frostbite

I’ll be selling and signing Gothica books at this market of the macabre. Will also be packing prints from Gary Pullin, new buttons and of course my secret wax seals. Come and buy presents from independent artists and craftspeople, or just say hello. 12 noon to 8pm. FREE!

Do you want to party? It’s party time!

OK, so it’s not your standard book reading. How do you do that from dictionary? But there are special events planned to launch Encyclopedia Gothica. So please, Goths and Non-Goths alike, don your cloaks and goggles or come as you are, just come! There will be music and smarty pants talking and art. I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 4
Gladstone Hotel

Doors at 7pm. Free.
Author interview by Russell Smith. Art by Gary Pullin. Music by  DJ Mistress McCutchan and cellist Kitty Thompson.

Thursday, October 13
Nite Owl

Doors at 8pm. Free
Author interview by Christine Canning. Art by Gary Pullin. Music by DJ Timothy Glasgow

Saturday, October 22
Penetanguishene Public Library

Doors at 1pm. Free.
Programme TBA, part of Public Library Week.

Toronto party poster by Gary Pullin

See Liisa Read – Dec 14

December 14, 2010
Dead Poet’s Night
The Art Bar Poetry Series presents its 8th annual meeting of the Dead Poet’s Society. I shall be reading aloud from someone else’s work for the first time: Louise Labé (1522-1566). Others will read Kerouac, Tennyson and many more. Come.

Clinton’s (693 Bloor Street West)
8pm – 11pm

Hello world!

Friends, stalkers, random web searchers…this is my new website. Now with %100 bloginess.  Thanks for visiting.

It’s been quiet this year. I’ve been quiet. Just a little. I’ve been working behind the scenes on a new television series about heavy metal I know you are going to enjoy. And always, always writing poems late into the night, which I will share here when they are ready.

I will also be posing as a visual artist this month, exhibiting my Weapons Prayer Candles at the Small Press Book Fair, Saturday June 19 at the Great Hall. Come say hello. Bring your pens. Bring your swords.