Category Archives: Xtra: News and Reviews

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Huldowget by B. A. McKelvie

Huldowget is a 1926 novel by Bruce Alistair McKelvie. It’s an entertaining read–in a historical sort of way–but it is also offensive. McKelvie was an editor for Victoria’s Daily Colonist. He is remembered for his involvement in the Native Sons (a … Continue reading

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Exiles

Nothing brings me more joy than writing fiction. For this reason, I am excited to tell you about Althingi, Outland Entertainment’s newly announced Icelandic Viking game! More specifically, I am proud to tell you about the Althingi anthology I contributed … Continue reading

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Tofino in the Age of COVID

From carefully managed safety measures to mainstream COVID deniers, Tofino’s become a chaotic mishmash of policies and behaviours that feels more like a powder keg ready to blow than an anxiety-free tourist destination. This past Saturday, someone tried to pull … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Mount Tzouhalem and Stone Butter Church

On July 21st, I was in the Cowichan Valley for the filming of Harold Joe’s new documentary, Tzouhalem. Produced by Les Bland Productions and by Harold himself, the film will attempt to unpack the oral stories and urban legends surrounding … Continue reading

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Vancouver Island Booksellers Operating During the Covid-19 Outbreak

The following Vancouver Island bookstores are selling books online or by phone (free local delivery for some) while Covid-19 social restrictive measures are in place: Munro’s Books (Victoria) Bolen Books (Victoria) Russell Books (Victoria) Ivy’s Bookshop (Victoria) – now open … Continue reading

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The Best Ghost Stories in Fiction

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. 1843. Christmas used to be the time of year to tell ghost stories, both in Western cultures and in many other parts of the world during those longest nights of the year.  Charles Dickens’ … Continue reading

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