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The Seers’ Table – September 2017


September is Self-Improvement Month, why not add new creative work to your life by exploring the following authors!

Janet Holden recommends:

Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer, and editor, and the co-publisher of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning press, ChiZine Publications.

Born in Estonia to an Estonian mother and Sri Lankan father, she now lives in Canada. She is the co-founder (with Helen Marshall) of the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium and the national Chiaroscuro Reading Series. Sandra’s work has appeared in various venues, including ON SPEC, Prairie Fire, several Tesseracts anthologies, Evolve, Chilling Tales, A Verdant Green, TransVersions, ARC Magazine, Taddle Creek, Abyss & Apex, 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin, and Stamps, Vamps & Tramps. Her two poetry collections are The Animal Bridegroom (with an intro by Neil Gaiman) and Come Late to the Love of Birds.

She is currently working on two books: a new poetry collection called Snake Handling for Beginners, as well as a story collection, Mrs. Kong & Other Monsters. She is fond of gin & tonics, Michael Fassbender, and red lipstick.

Kasturi’s latest poetry book, Come Late To The Love Of Birds, fuses nature’s continuous emotional offerings, our desire to understand ourselves with our passion to be free, devoid of the burden of modern thought.

Find out more about her at http://www.sandrakasturi.com/.


Mags Storey is an award-winning novelist and journalist. She used to travel the world. Now she lives in the GTA. She’s occasionally mistaken for a zombie. But hey, this is Toronto.




About Dead Girls Don’t: Liv might be in love with a serial killer. You’d think the fact she can talk to the dead would make it easier to figure out who’s slicing up the creeps at Rosewood Academy. But it turns out some people are even more dangerous dead than alive. All clues lead back to Adam—the highly tempting fugitive she’s been hiding in a coffin. But her best friend Gabriel’s got some twisted secrets of his own, and if you cross some lines there’s just no coming back. Was the guy with the wicked grin really framed for murder? Or will Liv end up another bloody victim of the high school serial killer? Dead Girls Don’t is a paranormal love story about stalkers, psycho killers, and why you should never trust your date’s dead ex. Life’s complicated that way.

Check her site for more information: https://twitter.com/magsstorey.

Lauren Candia recommends:

Edgar Cantero (Barcelona) is a guy who watches tons of movies, lives on noodles, deifies women, draws comics, and writes fiction. Most people agree only the latter two things are noteworthy.

Edgar’s native languages are Spanish and Catalan; he began writing in the latter. His first book, Dormir amb Winona Ryder (Sleeping with Winona Ryder), was awarded the Joan Crexells prize for best novel of 2007. It was followed by Vallvi (2011), a punk dystopian thriller that strayed from the highbrow Catalan literary tradition. For his next book, he switched to the language of the genre fiction he admires; thus The Supernatural Enhancements (2014) became his English debut. He continues producing material in all three languages and contributing to satirical magazine El Jueves. His work, ranging from short stories to screenplays, often features butt-kicking female characters, colorful violence, sunsets, thunderstorms, and ill-timed jokes.

Recommended Reading: Meddling Kids.

With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem, Meddling Kids subverts teen detective archetypes like the Hardy Boys, the Famous Five, and Scooby-Doo, and delivers an exuberant and wickedly entertaining celebration of horror, love, friendship, and many-tentacled, interdimensional demon spawn.

Summer 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon’s Zoinx River Valley) solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster—another low-life fortune hunter trying to get his dirty hands on the legendary riches hidden in Deboën Mansion. And he would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids.

1990. The former detectives have grown up and apart, each haunted by disturbing memories of their final night in the old haunted house. There are too many strange, half-remembered encounters and events that cannot be dismissed or explained away by a guy in a mask. And Andy, the once intrepid tomboy now wanted in two states, is tired of running from her demons. She needs answers. To find them she will need Kerri, the one-time kid genius and budding biologist, now drinking her ghosts away in New York with Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the club. They will also have to get Nate, the horror nerd currently residing in an asylum in Arkham, Massachusetts. Luckily Nate has not lost contact with Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star who was once their team leader … which is remarkable, considering Peter has been dead for years.

The time has come to get the team back together, face their fears, and find out what actually happened all those years ago at Sleepy Lake. It’s their only chance to end the nightmares and, perhaps, save the world.

A nostalgic and subversive trip rife with sly nods to H.P. Lovecraft and pop culture, Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids is a strikingly original and dazzling reminder of the fun and adventure we can discover at the heart of our favorite stories, no matter how old we get.

Linda Addison recommends:

Sylvester Barzey is a father, a husband, a soldier, and an “Anything Goes HORROR” writer. What does “Anything Goes HORROR” entail?

Missing Children

Deadly Wives

Haunted Baby Rattles


Vampires (That Don’t Sparkle & Don’t Believe In Dating Their Food Source! Would You Date A Cow?)


Zombies (A Whole Lot Of F#@king Zombies)

Oh & Some Bad Words. He writes what he wants and does what he likes and what he likes is HORRIFYING!

Pick up this book or one of his others today.

Something Scary For Every HORROR LOVER!

The following books are from 2017:

Terrifying Tales Of Suspense: A curse that can only be broken with blood, a girl finds out nothing good happens after 2 a.m., a new bundle of joy awakens something sinister, and many more stories in Terrifying Tales Of Suspense.

Planet Dead: Bloodthirsty (Volume 1): Zombies Are The Least Of Your Problems! During This Apocalypse, People Can Be Just As Horrifying! It’s 2019 & Catherine Briggs is having a very messed up year. Her car got stolen, her family thinks she’s dead, there’s an unwelcome late night visitor at her door, and oh, yeah, the world’s become infested with zombies! Catherine is on a mission to find her family, no matter the cost, but fate seems to have other plans in store for her. Will she find her family before the rest of the world falls into this new era of hell or will Catherine Briggs became just another zombie in … Planet Dead: Bloodthirsty!

For more information, go to Sylvester Barzey’s site: http://www.sylvesterbarzey.com.

Chanel Harry always had a love for horror and fantasy ever since she started reading Stephen King and Anne Rice novels at the age of ten. She has always loved reading and writing and has written stories since she could remember. Her debut novel, Skin Witch: Tales of Soucouyants, is about a Trinidadian (her maternal heritage) vampire called the Soucouyant.

Her 2016 collection, Heebie Jeebies: Tales of Terror, contains ten macabre and terrifying stories.

Her latest novel, The Restless: Evil Has Come Home (2017): Trying to save their marriage, Stephen and Marlo Coleman, along with their twin girls, Kadance and Kiara, are moving. Marlo has inherited a house through her family trust, but her old aunt, Anabelle, still lives in the large house and needs care-taking. Marlo and Stephen are all too ready for a fresh new start while their daughters aren’t ready to live in an old house in another state.

Anabelle is old and possibly senile when she says things about a family curse and seeing her deceased daughter, Cynthia, walking the halls. Marlo and Stephen don’t believe her, however, and chalk it up to her illness. Until strange occurrences happen in the house. The doors swing open and shut. Marlo hears eerie laughter coming from Cynthia’s old room. Stephen starts to disappear every night. And splashing sounds come from the family pool.

The twins feel the foreboding evil, too, as they explore their new home feeling someone or something watching them.

Now the family must uncover the hauntings that occur and the chilling family secret that Anabelle and Marlo will do anything to keep hidden.

The Other Child (2017): Dana Jepson is a recently graduated doctoral student who has now become a child psychiatrist. Whilst looking for a job in her field, she received an E-mail for an interview with Black Hallow School for Blind and Disabled Girls. Dana takes the offer and is hired on the spot by the school’s headmaster.

The children she takes on are frightened to no end. They claim there is a spirit haunting and tormenting them at night, sometimes even taking possession of them. Dana sees this as just mental health problems, but when one of the staff dies by the hand of a child, she starts to believe that there could be a malevolent force in the school. However, there are more secrets that the staff is hiding than just a vengeful ghost.

Add Chanel Harry on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chanel.m.harry. Check her blog: https://authorchanelharryblog.wordpress.com/about/.

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