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Ich bin ein Storm Crower


Thanks to everyone for coming out to my reading at the Storm Crow the other night — especially the German film crew that randomly showed up. That’s Vancouver for you.

That was my last reading for a while but I’ll still be making a few appearances at conferences and such. Please check my Appearances page for updates.

Live from the Storm Crow Tavern

Here are a few shots of me reading during the Vancouver launch of The Mona Lisa Sacrifice at the Storm Crow Tavern. Thanks to everyone who came out!

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That’s right: the sign leading into the back room says You Shall Not Pass.

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Check out the Wall of Boardgames behind me. Who cares about the reading — let’s play some games!

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I like this one because it’s an action shot. It looks like the octopus on the chandelier is about to attack me.

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A longer shot of the Storm Crow. Doesn’t this look like the place to let your inner geek loose?

(Photos courtesy of John Fuller)

Deadpool and me 

Hanging out with Deadpool at the Storm Crow Alehouse in Vancouver. What could go wrong?

“One of the strongest, and strangest, literary creations this country has ever seen”


I will just say that I am deeply pleased to read this review of my latest Cross novel, The Apocalypse Ark. It’s nice to have a reader that gets what you’re trying to do.

Roman (a pseudonym for Vancouver Province journalist Peter Darbyshire) writes with the unfettered delight of a gluttonous reader trapped in a library in his own mind, drawing promiscuously from myth, folk tale, religious texts and apocrypha, literature, music and philosophy — seemingly anything that catches his attention. A Cross novel, at a quick glance or description, seems like an absurdist piece of outsider art, shiny objects thrown together in a fit of barely checked mania.

Anyone who has read a Cross novel, however, knows the truth: despite their crazed, iconoclastic appearance, Roman’s novels are skilfully wrought, thematically deep, with a philosophical depth and a keen sense for both story and its implications. They’re smarter than they would need to be, were they mere action novels, with a sense of literary intersectionality and deep, canonical knowledge most closely akin to writers like Neil Gaiman, Bill Willingham and Mike Carey, graphic novelists all, and three of the finest storytellers at work.

Special thanks to the Storm Crow Alehouse in Vancouver for the photo shoot! I will be back for the Dungeon Burger!

Tales from the Beermat


Hey, I’m one of the judges in the Storm Crow Tavern’s Tales from the Beermat contest. Write a microfiction story (250 words or less), and it could wind up on a coaster in the Storm Crow Tavern, to be soaked in beer and sacrificial blood by thousands of victims, err… patrons! Plus, there are prizes of cash and gift cards to the Storm Crow!

If I wasn’t a judge, I would totally enter this myself.

The other judges include Kristi Charish and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

The only catch is you have to be a Canadian citizen, although they may waive that if you write your story in blood. I don’t think it matters whose blood it is, but you may want to check the rules.

Reading is coming

Hey, just a reminder I’ll be reading at the Storm Crow Tavern next Thursday, April 16. I’m supposed to be reading from my latest book, The Dead Hamlets, but I may read from my new Cross book, The Apocalypse Ark, due out next spring. Hope to see you there! Details are as follows:

Vancouver launch
Storm Crow Tavern
1305 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC
Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.
Facebook event

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Cthulhu selfie!

Actually, it was very cool to see the poster for The Storm Crow Tavern Reading Series beside Cthulhu. I’ll see you there in April, if the world doesn’t drown first.

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Let’s launch this thing in style

I’m going to hold a couple of local launches for my latest novel, The Dead Hamlets. The first launch will be at the Water Shed Arts Café in Langley on Friday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. The Water Shed is a friendly, intimate place that’s home to a lot of the arts crowd in Langley — I like to go there those rare times I can escape the house. If you’re in Langley, come on out.


Langley launch
The Water Shed Arts Cafe
11-20349 88 Ave. (get map)
Langley, BC
Friday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m.
Facebook event



The second launch will be in Vancouver, when I read at the Storm Crow Tavern Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. I’m reading at the Storm Crow as part of the Storm Crow Tavern Reading Series – Season Two. It’s sure to be a lot of fun as long as we don’t wake the Elder Ones. If you’re in Vancouver, come on out.


Vancouver launch
Storm Crow Tavern
1305 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC
Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.
Facebook event

I’ll have copies of The Dead Hamlets for sale at both events. In addition, I’ll have a special treat for those who make the effort to make it to either event. It’ll probably be a previously unpublished story, but I haven’t made a final decision yet. I’ve been known to give out lottery tickets at readings before, so you never know. Come on out and you could change your life!

I’ve created a Facebook group for the Langley launch. The Storm Crow Facebook event is here, although it’s the event for the entire reading series. The info for my event will be added closer to the date.

I likely won’t be doing any other launches for The Dead Hamlets. A four-year-old with asthma and a four-month-old with a heart condition that needs monitoring are keeping me close to home this year. If I manage to make it out to any other cities, though, I’ll post about it here.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Roll a d20 for appearances


If you follow this blog, you know that I’m a big fan of the Storm Crow Tavern in Vancouver. Where else can you eat an Elvish Burger while rolling a d20 for random shots — Critical Hit! — while playing one of their many board games — who’s in for a quick game of Arkham Horror in front of the giant Cthulhu head?

On very special nights, such as when the Known Planets align with the Unknown Ones, or certain Thursdays, you can also hear writers such as myself read from their works.

I held the Vancouver launch for The Mona Lisa Sacrifice at the Storm Crow Tavern, and it was a great success, aside from that Curse of Typo Terror cast by the wait staff. Now I’ll be returning to the Storm Crow to read from The Dead Hamlets, the sequel to The Mona Lisa Sacrifice, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.

My reading will be part of the Storm Crow Tavern Reading Series – Season Two. Other readers will include James McCann, Kristi Charish, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Claude Lalumiere and Heather Haley. I’m thrilled to be part of such a great lineup.

I already have a special surprise in mind for the reading. But you’ll have to be there to experience it. Book your time away from work and your family now!

Roll a d20 for a random shot


The Storm Crow Tavern is my favourite pub ever. Ever.