Thank you to everyone who came out to Friday’s Darkest Hours launch at Mount Royal University. It was fun to answer your questions, sign your books and read grotesque fiction aloud in public. I’m looking forward to the next launch — Wednesday, December 6th at 7pm, Owl’s Nest Books. (Photos by Christian Kindrachuk).
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What are Mike Thorn’s picks for the most underrated films of 1997? Read his guest post on Rupert Pupkin Speaks.
Calgary author publishes debut horror compilation
CALGARY – Halloween may be behind us, but the horror never stops, especially for Calgary artist, filmmaker and writer Mike Thorn, who just finished up his MA in English at the University of Calgary, writing his thesis on the relationship between horror and epistemology and is about to publish out his first book, a collection of 16 stories, nine of which have seen publication in various horror and genre outlets over the past couple years.
Mike Thorn and Dustin LaValley talk in depth about writing, influences, music and their collections A Soundless Dawn and Darkest Hours on Unnerving’s website.
Darkest Hours is now available to order in paperback and eBook. Get your copy.
“The element of surprise is a tribute to Thorn’s ingenuity; the assuredness of his prose is due to his extensive knowledge of the horror genre.”
— S.P. Miskowski, author of Strange is the Night
“Mike Thorn is brilliant.”
— Waylon Jordan, iHorror
“When you first encounter Thorn’s writing, a number of qualities impress themselves: the macabre intelligence (brutal really), the chilling wit, the naturalness of the dialogue. Plus there’s the skill and style of the prose.”
— Robert Dunbar, author of The Pines and Willy
“This is subversive literary horror.”
— Tim Murr, Biff Bam Pop
“Mike Thorn has delivered a promising debut with this collection showing off his commitment to stories of nuance, heart, and of course… darkness.”
— Daniel Braum, author of The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales
“The hallmark of great horror is that it surprises, scares, and most importantly, entertains. Darkest Hours succeeds on all these levels.”
— Brandon Wilson, The Weal
“Mike Thorn writes with refreshing originality and hides fangs behind a smile.”
— John C. Foster, author of Mister White
“Mike Thorn’s debut story collection is not to be missed by those who enjoy an academic intellect with a potent flair for fiction.”
— Dustin LaValley, author of A Soundless Dawn