Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Kind words are always appreciated...

More people blog about my short-short story The Mayor Will Make A Brief Statement And Then Take Questions than just me, you know. In addition to my friend here, I recently came across this guy from South Africa, David de Beer, who said a nice thing about the story not long ago. Here's the review:

The mayor will make a brief statement and then take questions – David Nickle:

"Nicholas speaks to us from the dark corners, the cold spaces—but they are shadows amid light, a chill draft by a glowing hearth.

What starts off as an almost rote public speech by the mayor of a city turns very personal and very, very chilling.
Too short a tale to say anymore except one simply has to read that final paragraph. Gave me the shivers.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Cobalt, Ontario: Not as much fun as the sign indicates...

... but still some fun. Those of you who've read The Pit-Heads over at The Devil's Exercise Yard may have been wondering: is there really a vampire-infested mining town called Cobalt, Ontario with some of the prettiest industrial ruins in Northern Ontario? Did this town really supply 44 per cent of the world's silver at one point? Was there really:

"a grocery, built on top of an old mine shaft, a three-hundred-foot deep root cellar where the owners dangle their overstock of meat and cheese against the improbable heat of high summer in northern Ontario"?

In answer: Yes, Yes and It's a restaurant now but Yes, and it looks like this: