A sea voyage, a desert island story, and a Dantesque, existential allegory all rolled into one surreal masterpiece.
Da-dum, da-dum, da-dum
The perfect date keeps her biggest secret until just before marriage
A chilling tale in which monks gaslight the protagonist about the existence of a suffering man
Man meets woman--but this tryst's got a twist
“In no animal had I ever found such a profound connection to myself.”
In which the sale of shrunken heads drives a South American country into chaos
In which a creepy child sits on a flickering TV set and everyone pretends it's fine
Photo by Kaysha on Unsplash Amos Tutuola’s “The Complete Gentleman” borrows from the tradition of Yoruba folktales to tell the story of a “beautiful” man who borrows his ‘complete’ body—feet, neck, skin, and all—from their owners. Surreal like the best folktales, it made me think of some of Italo Calvino’s more grotesque Italian fairy tales, …
Last October, I had the great privilege to attend the World Fantasy Convention in my home city of Montreal at the Hôtel Bonaventure. It was a relief to be able to meet writers from the United States and across Canada after nearly two years of pandemic shut-down. If it had been held in another city, I probably would not have risked travel or asked for the time off work to attend.