The Haunting of Vancouver Island: Book Trailer and Giveaways

It’s officially Halloween, and The Haunting of Vancouver Island is one year old! And what better way to celebrate, than by sharing it with the rest of the world through a short, but deadly sweet, book trailer. There will be giveaways in the weeks to come as well.

It’s been a great year. The Haunting of Vancouver Island was on the BC Bestseller list for 42 of the 52 possible weeks it could’ve been. It fell off when we ran out of books, as we had to go to a second print sooner than anticipated. It later dropped off again, when stores had low stock. Pretty good for a book that focuses on a small part of British Columbia isn’t it? The Haunting of Vancouver Island was number one on Amazon in the “Supernaturalism” category multiple times. As far as I know, it’s never fallen off of the “Top 50” list, which is updated hourly. The Haunting of Vancouver Island is “a bestseller” in Chapters and Coles on Vancouver Island as well, sales that aren’t included in the BC Bestseller list. It’s being carried in multiple First Nations galleries, museums, and gift stores too. We are now in our third print. All of this is thanks to you! The readers.

I’ll be showing my appreciation from now until the Winter Solstice, through random once-a-week giveaways to people who share the trailer and/or anything to do with The Haunting of Vancouver Island using the hashtag #thehauntingofvancouverisland on Twitter and/or Instagram. Continue reading

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Remembrance Day and Afghanistan

  1. Can you share a little bit about your experience in the Canadian military (what regiment you were with, how you got involved, where you served, anything else you are comfortable sharing – for example, I think you’re writing a book about your experiences?). 

I was part of the Battle Group in Afghanistan during Operation Athena from 2009-2010. I’d been a reservist with The Royal Westminster Regiment in New Westminster but was hired by 1 PPCLI Regular Forces in Edmonton. There were a few of us reservists attached to the Battle Group. My role overseas was as a rifleman and to carry a bomb jammer to block remote-controlled explosive devices. This sometimes put me in dangerous situations. Continue reading

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Victoria is Haunted

Join Ian Gibbs and me for the Victoria is Haunted event on October 26th at Russell Books in Victoria. Doors will be open at 7 pm. Ian and I will be reading ghost stories, meeting readers, and signing books. As the poster above says, we’ll also be sharing “some of the Island’s creepiest tales.” That’s a fact.

Hope to see you all there!

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July 19th Reading at Main Street Gallery in Tofino

For years, people have been telling me that Vancouver Island is Haunted. I tend to agree with them. That’s why I’ll be reading from The Haunting of Vancouver Island at the Main Street Gallery (located at Tofino Sea Kayaking) on Thursday, July 19th at 7pm. This event is open to everyone, whether you’re a local Tofitian or some restless spirit just passing through. Continue reading

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The Haunting of Chesterman Beach

Chesterman Beach is a beautiful close-to-Tofino location everyone likes to surf and visit… While I was researching The Haunting of Vancouver Island I was told by a local woman she believed the beach was haunted. I included her comments in the chapter on Keeha Beach. Surprisingly, I recently read about a Spanish massacre on Chesterman Beach by the Tlaoquiaht and some other Nuu-chah-nulth allies. (Believe me, they had it coming.) As I read the story, I realized it seemed to validate the feelings of the woman I’d interviewed. Continue reading

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