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The end of the world – now live!

I had a great time at the Vancouver Writers Festival this year – it’s always such a treat to meet smart, creative readers and talk writing and books with gifted people like Lydia Kwa and Sean Cranbury.

I was also lucky enough to do a Facebook Live with the festival about my new book, Has the World Ended Yet? Check out the video – it’s only about 10 minutes but I had a great time doing it.

I’m not sure what I’m saying in this screen grab – I think maybe: “The road to salvation is that way, not with this tawdry, earthly book down here.”


Upcoming appearances

A little reminder I’ve got a couple of upcoming appearances around the same time my new book, Has the World Ended Yet?, launches.

This is going to be otherworldly. I’ll be taking part in the Trips to the Other World event at the 2017 Vancouver Writers Festival along with Lydia Kwa. Hosted by the always ethereal Sean Cranbury. Here’s the pitch:

Vancouver journalist Peter Darbyshire is also a blogger and author. His collection of 19 linked short stories, Has the World Ended Yet?, starts with retired superheroes living in a soulless suburbia where everyone gets lost trying to get home. Then the angels start to fall from the sky. Darbyshire weaves together superheroes, ghosts, the undead, a hired hitman, the Cold War, the rapture and avenging angels in a Twilight Zone-style collection that is riveting and human. Vancouver psychologist and author Lydia Kwa transports us to seventh-century China, which teems with magic, fox spirits and demons. Singapore-born Kwa updates traditional Chinese mythology to include female empowerment and a wickedly modern sensibility. Fantasy with a modern twist will be on full display this afternoon.

Saturday, Oct. 21

5 pm

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright St.,
3rd Floor

Be there or be in some alternate dimension.

Escapist Fiction to Escape the World

I’ll be appearing at VCON this year on the “Escapist Fiction to Escape the World” panel. Here are the details:

Sometimes, when you pick up a book, all you really want to do is fall into the fiction and get away from reality. So tell us, out of all your favourite novels and stories – the ones in the well thumbed softcovers and the hardcovers without dust-jackets that you always pull of the shelf, pull up in Kindle or sync up on Audible – which is the BEST Escapist Fiction to Escape the World.

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m.

Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, Surrey, BC

The end of the world is coming 

The ARCs are on the way, at least. 

It was nice knowing you. Except for all of you in Rome. You know what you did. And I’ll deny ever being a part of it until the end of time. 

Today’s plans include….

The edits for my new book are in and it’s a long weekend here. What to do?

My new book has a cover

And I rather like it. 

Rage thawing now


From now on I’m measuring all the snowfall in my neighbourhood in Hulk units of measurement.

A little mood weather for editing

The weather outside is perfect for editing my new Cross story, due out January!

Never forget

I have a complicated relationship with Remembrance Day, given that I’m German and my grandfather fought in the Wehrmacht. I generally try to keep a low profile in ceremonies….

I never knew my grandfather because he was killed by the French resistance. Family lore is he detested the SS types, and I like to believe that. My grandmother later met another soldier, a Panzer driver who had his arm blown off by Americans back when they were fighting the fascists. He was a lovely, gentle giving man and I have fond memories of him.

When someone in my family asked my step-grandfather why the German people let Hitler get in power, he said, “He told us what we wanted to hear. And then we were all at war.”

That’s how history happens

Never forget.

A couple of upcoming appearances

I’ll be appearing at Word Vancouver, Sunday, Sept. 25.

I’ll be appearing at VCON, which runs Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

More details to come when I have them.

How many whale vs. giant squid battles are taking place right now?

Every second of the day, sperm whales fight giant squids in the ocean depths to keep humanity safe from the Deep Ones. But how many battles are taking place each second? Atlas Obscura has the answer:

And you know out of all those battles, one of them must involve a white whale.