I write about dark history, current events, folklore, and hauntings from a journalistic perspective – with a heavy focus on Vancouver Island. Many of my older posts are Celtic themed. I am the author of The Haunting of Vancouver Island and Way of the Wraith. I’ve been published in the Times Colonist, Nelson’s Canadian Corrections, and elsewhere.
I have a degree in Creative Writing from Vancouver Island University where I received the Barry Broadfoot Award for Journalism and the Gisele Merlet Creative Writing Award. I am currently learning graphic design skills part time at Pacific Design Academy in Victoria, until I can continue pursuing my masters degree at the University of Victoria.
My focus at VIU was on First Nations topics, which included teachings from Elders and field school at the University of Fairbanks in Alaska, where I received instructions on how to properly record oral histories. I was an intern for Snuneymuxw Elder in Residence Geraldine Manson. My masters will focus on the overt racism in our regional ghost stories.
Besides being a writer and photographer, I’m an Afghanistan infantry veteran, forager, stand-up paddleboarder, and cancer survivor. Nerve damage from chemo in 2011 gave me permanent non-visible disabilities, which I manage by working out, using my bike as transport, eating well, and by living mindfully.