Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 1:00 PM
Author appearance, Round table: Festival

Studio Theatre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under

Can horror be literary? Join novelists Edgar CanteroAlexandra GrigorescuAndrew Pyper and Robert J. Wiersema as they discuss blurring the lines between commercial horror and literary fiction in their latest works. Author James Grainger will moderate and participate.


  • Edgar Cantero

    Edgar Cantero is a writer and cartoonist from Barcelona. In 2007 he joined the often-trialed satirical magazine El Jueves and published his debut novel, Dormir amb Winona Ryder (Sleeping with Winona Ryder). It was followed by the punk dystopian thriller Vallvi in 2011. His material ranges from short stories to scripts in Catalan, Spanish or English. It often features girls kissing, stuff exploding and ill-timed jokes. Cantero presents his first novel in English, The Supernatural Enhancements, a dazzling and original supernatural adventure featuring classic horror elements with a Neil Gaiman-ish twist.  Supported by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

  • James Grainger

    James Grainger is the horror-books columnist for the Toronto Star and a contributing editor to Canadian Notes & Queries. His reviews and journalism have been nominated for a National Magazine Award and he is the author of The Long Slide, which won the ReLit Award for short fiction, and Harmless, a Globe and Mail and National Post best book of the year.

  • Alexandra Grigorescu

    Alexandra Grigorescu is the author of Cauchemar (ECW Press, 2015). She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto and is chipping away at the next thing.

  • Andrew Pyper

    Andrew Pyper is the author of eight novels, including The Only Child and The Demonologist, which won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel and was selected for the Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2013 and Amazon’s 20 Best Books of 2013. Among his previous books, Lost Girls won the Arthur Ellis Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and The Killing Circle was a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Three of Pyper’s novels, including The Demonologist and The Damned, are in active development for feature film. He lives in Toronto.

  • Robert J. Wiersema

    Robert J. Wiersema is a writer of fiction and non-fiction and a reviewer who contributes regularly to several national newspapers. He is the bestselling author of two novels, Before I Wake and Bedtime Story, and a non-fiction book about Bruce Springsteen, Walk Like a Man. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Wiersema presents his latest, Black Feathers, a gripping, genre-bending novel about a 16-year-old runaway living alone on the streets of Victoria when the city is rocked by the news that a number of young prostitutes have been murdered.