Welcome to my official author website, Archaeologies of the Weird.
I post book reviews, writing advice, and the occasional piece of amateur historical research. I love historical fantasy, weird fiction, and literary/pulp takes on archaeology. My favourite authors include Guy Gavriel Kay, Michael Ondaatje, Jeff VanderMeer, Usman Malik, and Charles de Lint.
As an academic, I’ve written a Master’s thesis on modern fantasy as a form of peripheral modernism. I’ve presented at MythCon, Brave New World: Revisiting Globalization in Literature and Culture (a graduate conference held at McGill University in 2018), and at the Academic Conference for Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction (ACCSFF).
I’m the proud author of one published short story, “The Pilgrim’s Yoke” (Bards and Sages Quarterly), and my second that is currently forthcoming from NewMyths.com (“The Goddess in Him,” September 2020).
My fiction and poetry has previously appeared in Scrivener Creative Review, 600 Second Saga, and the McGill University student lit mags, Steps Magazine and The Veg.
My nonfiction has appeared with Graphite Publications, Cult Montreal, The Bull Calf Review, Scrivener Creative Review, and The Senior Times.
As a proofreader and editor, I also handle a range of different clients in the genres of both nonfiction and fiction, offering competitive rates.
With Archaeologies of the Weird, I turned my older blog, The Vinciolo Journal, in a new direction. A rebranding was long overdue: it now has a cleaner look and a new commitment to quality content.
I began Archaeologies of the Weird with a series of weekly reflections on the stories collected in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s anthology The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories. I still plan to focus my reviews on weird fiction and outré fantasy tales and supernatural stories, but I did recognize the overweening ambition of reviewing all 110 stories in that thick collection.
Maybe one day I’ll recommit and review every one of them, but there are some other things I’d like to do with my time first.
One of the things that I hope to do more with Archaeologies of the Weird is explore the genre of archaeological adventures/thrillers, particularly when they have a weird fiction twist. Meanwhile, I’ll be working on my own in-progress archaeological thriller novel, which I hope will benefit from the insights I gather from reviewing the books already out there.