Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pattern Scars mentioned on Jeff VanderMeer's blog

"The hard-to-classify dark fantasy by Sweet is a gorgeously designed trade paperback—the publisher, ChiZine, has really come into their own." - Jeff VanderMeer

Check it out!

Buy The Pattern Scars!

Cashtown Corners is "excellently effective enhanced literature"

An interesting review of People Live Still in Cashtown Corners comes to us from Vook. The review is of the eBook version and focuses on the ways in which the book has been enhanced for a digital format.
"It’s art. Good art. Not emotional art. But art that did something to my brain I didn’t expect. I enjoyed it. I had an experience. ...That’s one example of a piece of excellently effective enhanced literature."

Read the review. (spoiler warning)

Get the print or eBook version of Cashtown Corners here.

Isles of the Forsaken on Reading Reality

Marlene Harris of Reading Reality loved Isles of the Forsaken, writing that "it is impossible to turn the pages fast enough to find out what happens next."

Read the review.

Order Isles of the Forsaken.

Monday, October 17, 2011

CZP Titles Now Available at the Apple Bookstore

Hey all you iPhone and iPad users! You can now buy most CZP titles on the Apple bookstore. Currently available:

With more to come soon.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cashtown Corners at Spinetingler

" looks like the psycho-noir is experience a bit of a renaissance for those readers willing to seek them out and People Still Live at Cashtown Corners [sic] is a worthy addition." - Brian Lindenmuth, Spinetingler

Check out the review (but watch out for a spoiler warning!)

Check out People Live Still in Cashtown Corners.

Book Den on Pattern Scars

Book Den gave The Pattern Scars by Caitlin Sweet a 7/10, saying: "If you love a good fantasy story, you should check out The Pattern Scars. It's a dark and different tale that I really enjoyed."

Read the review!

Order The Pattern Scars today!

Yet another great ESC review

"Piccirilli, until this book having reputation of excellent plotter, this time dropped the plot altogether aside, writing an excellent jazzy prose. This is, in general, a poem in prose, stanzas about despair, anger and fall into the abyss. ...This novella cuts like the sharpest knife." - Ray Garraty, Endless Falls Up

Click here to read the review.

Click here to buy Every Shallow Cut.

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Book of Tongues nominated for a Spectrum Award!

Gemma Files' A Book of Tongues has made the shortlist for the 2011 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards. These awards recognize outstanding horror, SF, and fantasy works with significant LGBTQ themes. Congratulations, Gemma!

Click here to see the complete shortlist.

Click here to buy A Book of Tongues.

Chicks Dig Books digs Sarah Court

"Davidson’s prose is stark and understated... He makes you feel each character’s despair, and he holds nothing back. With elements of dark humor and subtle horror, this is an unforgettable piece of writing. " - Chicks Dig Books

Read the full review.

Order a copy of Sarah Court.

Monster Island podcast with Tone Milazzo

The Monster Island Resort horror podcast recently sat down with Tone Milazzo, author of Picking Up the Ghost. It's a must-listen for anyone interested in Milazzo's unique urban fantasy style.

Listen to it here!

Buy Picking Up the Ghost here!

Feature interview with Caitlin Sweet

"Trying to write a third novel was fraught, for various personal and artistic reasons—and when I finally emailed the manuscript to my agent, in the fall of 2009, he didn’t know what to do with it. He said no major publisher would touch it, as it didn’t fit any of the three bestselling fantasy models: young adult, epic, and paranormal romance. After I’d rolled myself out of a self-pitying foetal ball, I decided that I’d investigate the small press scene. Thankfully, the experience of Dave Nickle (who’s also a Goodreads author) led me to ChiZine Publications." - Caitlin Sweet

Read more of Caitlin's personal story at Jeanz Book Read n Review.

Order The Pattern Scars from our website.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Isles of the Forsaken and Briarpatch at Barnes & Noble

Starting today and lasting until October 17, you’ll find Isles of the Forsaken (Carolyn Ives Gilman) and Briarpatch (Tim Pratt) on display tables at Barnes & Noble. If you’ve been thinking about getting one (or both) of these books, now’s the time. Buying these books off the tables shows B&N that these books rock and you want to see more CZP titles in their stores.

Find your local B&N at:

And even if you already have these books, stop by the table, pick up the books, draw attention. Tell the clerk you love those titles. Let B&N know CZP has the best books, the best fans and the best authors!

Monday, October 3, 2011

The fourteen-year history of in 14 minutes and 53 seconds

From Word on the Street, CZP Co-Publisher Sandra Kasturi explains the history of ChiZine and ChiZine Publications.

Even though you are watching this online, we would appreciate you applauding when Sandra is finished.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

CZP Prix Aurora Award Nominees

Only three two week ONE DAY  left to vote in the Aurora Awards. This year, we’re delighted to announce that CZP and The Chiaroscuro/ are well-represented.

If you haven’t heard of the Auroras, they are an annual award recognizing the best in Canadian science fiction/fantasy prose, poetry, music, art, fan organizations and more. Winners are determined by voting, which is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Our nominees

Best English Related Work: Chimerascope by Douglas Smith. A short story collection of sixteen tales, introduced by Julie Czerneda, who calls them “stories you can't forget.” Bestselling author Robert J. Sawyer names Doug “quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the science fiction and fantasy genres.” Chimerascope was also a finalist for the Sunburst Award.

Best Artist (Professional and Amateur): Erik Mohr for his cover art for all CZP books. Keep in mind, this is not a nomination for one item or a collection, but for consistently turning out great covers for a variety of novels and collections. Head over to the Books page on the CZP site and take a look. Click on each book for a larger version of the cover.

Best Fan Organizational: Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi, chairs of the first Toronto SpecFic Colloquium. A day-long event, it was the first of its kind (that we know of) to bring together authors, editors and readers in a format to allow lectures, readings and discussions of genre fiction. If you weren’t able to attend the Colloquium, you can still watch the presentations from the event on our YouTube channel.

The second Colloquium will be held October 15th at the Toronto Underground Cinema (tickets are still available). Due to popular demand, the Colloquium has become an annual event.

Other nominees for you to consider

Best English Short Story: CZP’s marketing director Matt Moore has been nominated for “Touch the Sky, They Say”, which you can read for free on AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review.

Best English Poem / Song: We have this category covered.

Waiting for the Harrowing” by CZP’s managing editor Helen Marshall, which appeared in issue #45 of

“Let the Night In,” by Sandra Kasturi, CZP co-publisher and’s Managing Poetry Editor, appeared alongside other CZP authors, staff & friends in Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead.

The ABCs of the End of the World” by Carolyn Clink, Poetry Editor at, from A Verdant Green.

“Of the Corn: Kore’s Innocence” by Colleen Anderson, Poetry Editor at and an editor/slush reader for CZP, was published in Witches & Pagans #21.

Best English Related Work: Although we’re all rooting for Chimerascope, you might also consider Tesseracts Fourteen, edited by John Robert Colombo and Brett Alexander Savory, CZP Co-Publisher, which contains some great stories and poems by CZP authors, friends and staff.

How Do I Vote?

The Aurora site describes the registration and voting process a lot better than we can here. Just know it is open to Canadian permanent residents and citizens, and there is a $5.50 fee to vote (unless you are going to SFContario, in which case the fee is waved).

As always, thanks for your support of CZP!