The province’s literature is ideally suited to such a study because of its bicultural character—in both English and French, periods of intense literary creativity occurred at different times and for different reasons. What emerges is a cultural geography in New Brunswick that has existed not in isolation from the rest of Canada but often at the creative forefront of imagined alternatives in identity and citizenship. At a time when cultural industries are threatened by forces that seek to negate difference and impose uniformity, New Brunswick at the Crossroads provides an understanding of the intersection of cultures and social economies, contributing to critical discussions about what constitutes “the creative” in Canadian society, especially in rural, non-central spaces like New Brunswick.
From the introduction by acclaimed author, John McIlveen (Hannahwhere, Inflictions):
In THE SEEDS OF NIGHTMARES, Tony offers us a smorgasbord – a feast of emotions and genres that cover the spectrum. Take his opening offering for example, the nasty little novelette The Strange Saga of Mattie Dyer, a darkly humorous, Lovecraftian, western, tale of vengeance (yes, you read that right). Wrought with unsavory and despicable characters—a thwarted woman, a vile creature, redneck gold-diggers, and Indians—it’s a virtual Pandora’s Box and a hell of a first run…. There will be twists, bumps, a little blood, and possibly a few tears, but you’re tough…you can take it. So have a seat, strap in, and enjoy the ride!
Stories in this collection include:
The Strange Saga of Mattie Dyer
The Old Man
The Burial Board
The Soldier’s Wife
The Black Dress
Chiyoung and Dongsun’s Song
Husband of Kellie
An Alabama Christmas
The eleven stories in Blue Stars and Other Tales of Darkness include his post-apocalyptic novella Steel, the acclaimed title story “Blue Stars”, as well as nine other journeys into the realms of despair, demonic possession, and madness.
Also included in Blue Stars and Other Tales of Darkness is the never-before-published short story “Trout Fishing At Glen Lake”, featuring one of the central characters in The Moore House—the pawnshop owner. “Trout Fishing at Glen Lake” further explores the pawnshop mythos in a blood-soaked tale that will leave readers shocked and heartbroken.
Dive in to Blue Stars and Other Tales of Darkness, eleven tales spanning Tremblay’s first published story to his latest, and be prepared to be devilishly entertained.
Stories included in this collection:
The Scum Bar
Incident of N.H. Route 666
The Reverend’s Wife
Trout Fishing at Glen Lake
The Little Man