Canadian Gothic? From the land of the polite and the national obsession with curling? You bet! Although there have been American and British collections in New Gothic writing, this is the first collection with Canadian writers only. The term "New Gothic" refers to tales told in the context of our modern world. These tales will often take characters, complacent in how their world works, and throw them a curve so things are not as they seem.
Fresh Blood contains tales that are eerie, jolting, unnerving and, above all, thought-provoking. The bridge is washed away, the phone is out and you are stuck here for the night; you might as well sit back and enjoy these new tales of the macabre.
Erik Henderson wrote his doctorate on American Gothicist John Hawkes and has taught courses on Edgar Allan Poe. He teaches English literature and writing in Victoria, BC.
Madeline Sonik has worked as both a reporter and an editor. She has also written short fiction and has been involved in the study of magic and metaphysical experimentation. She lives in Victoria, BC.