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come into the
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"a master of
bowel-loosening terror"
The globe and mail

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David Demchuk has been writing for print, stage, digital and other media for nearly 40 years. His debut novel The Bone Mother, published in 2017 by ChiZine Publications, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award and a Shirley Jackson Award in the Best Novel category. It was listed in the Globe and Mail's 100 best books of 2017, came in at #22 in the National Post's top 99 books of the year and became a #1 bestseller on Amazon.ca.

David has a special interest in queerness and monstrosity. His Cabbagetown back yard is home to a hive of curious but quick-tempered bees. He is quietly at work on a troubling new novel. He is represented by Barbara Berson of the Helen Heller Literary Agency.

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Praise

 

Demchuk is nothing if not a master of bowel-loosening terror…
Ray Conologue, the Globe and Mail

Demchuk gracefully pieces together a dark and shining mosaic of a story with unforgettable imagery and elegant, evocative prose. These stories read like beautiful and brutal nightmares, sharply disquieting, and are made all the more terrifying by the history in which they’re grounded.
Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Bone Mother

A groundbreaking piece…that sheds light on the experience of a woman transitioning from male to female…so tender and enlightening…
Susan G. Cole, editor of Outspoken, on Rosalie Sings Alone

Demchuk’s forthright and disturbing examination of child abuse and incest…taut drama…
Vit Wagner, Toronto Star, on If Betty Should Rise

This is sex-play with intelligence, titillation with redeeming social value…
Robert Wallace, editor of Making, Out, on Touch

Ambitious, complex and multi-layered… the wit, soul and reach of Demchuk’s drama made it worth seeing…
Nigel Hunt, Theatrum, on Mattachine

David Demchuk's disquieting Mattachine is a kind of scrapbook for the stage...a highly compelling piece of theatre. Stephen Smith, The Globe and Mail, on Mattachine

A quiet, disturbing peek into the mind of a child-killer… there’s an unhurried pace to the writing, and the author knows how to create suspense by withholding just the right details…
Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine, on Stay

Superb… may take us further inside a murderer’s head than any dramatic character since Macbeth…
Robert Cushman, the National Post, on Stay

 
 

Events

2017

July

Winnipeg – Chiaroscuro Reading Series, McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave. on July 5 at 7 p.m. David Demchuk reads from his debut novel The Bone Mother to a hometown crowd alongside noted local spec-fic authors Bess Hamilton and David Alexander Robertson. Free admission.

Quincy, Massachusetts – Readercon, the conference on imaginative literature – July 13 to 16. Registered guest.

Pawtucket, RI – Necon, the Northeastern Writers’ Conference – July 20 to 23. Registered guest and panelist.

Toronto – The Bone Mother launch at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St. on Wednesday, July 26 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Join David Demchuk (“A master of bowel-loosening terror”, Globe and Mail) and digestion-friendly special guests for the launch of his debut novel The Bone Mother. Free admission.

September

Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist announced! Screaming heard throughout the land.

Toronto – Author Cruise at The Word on the Street Festival, Harbourfront Centre on Sunday, September 24 at 12:30 p.m. Join featured author David Demchuk aboard one of Canada’s tall ships for a one-hour panel discussion with Nick Cutter and Ron Corbett on good and eeeeevil, followed by a signing of his book The Bone Mother. David will also be in attendance at the ChiZine Publications tent, and available as part of the Friend An Author campaign.

October

Peterborough – Chiaroscuro Reading Series at The Spill, 414 George St. North, on Monday, October 16 at 7 p.m. David Demchuk joins Dana Cameron and Ian Rogers for some spooky pre-Halloween fun. Free admission.

Toronto – Chiaroscuro Reading Series at ROUND Venue, 152A Augusta Avenue, on Wednesday, October 18 at 7 p.m. David Demchuk returns with other noted authors from the ChiZine extended family for an evening of readings in advance of Hallowe’en. Free admission.

Montreal – The Violet Hour at Stock Bar, 1171 Rue Sainte-Catherine E on Tuesday, October 31 at 6:30 p.m. David Demchuk joins other queer Toronto and Montreal authors in celebrating Hallowe’en in an evening of short readings and performances. $5 at the door.

November

Toronto – Naked Heart: Blood, Guts and Gore at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, on Saturday, November 11 at 2:15 p.m. These works of words are not for the faint of heart. David Demchuk returns to Naked Heart, joining Jes Sachse, Jessica L. Webb and Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler as they read from queer fiction with an especially sharp edge. Single tickets are $5 at the door.

Toronto – ChiZine Fall Book Launch at ROUND Venue, 152A Augusta Avenue, on Tuesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. Will it finally be fall? Stephen Michell, Kate Story, Ian Keeling, David Nickle, Rupert Bottenberg and David Demchuk join forces for the long-awaited group launch of their ChiZine titles. Free admission.

December

Toronto – “Putting the X Back in Xmas” Chiaroscuro Reading Series holiday special at ROUND Venue, 152A Augusta Avenue, on Wednesday, December 20 at 7 p.m. ChiZine authors and guests do their damnedest to ruin Christmas for everyone. Free admission.

2018

March

Open Book – David Demchuk is Writer-in-Residence for the month of March, posting eight essays about his work, his process, and about genre in general.

April

Montreal – Blue Metropolis/Metropolis Bleu in Salle Jardin (Hôtel 10) on Sunday, April 29 at 4 p.m. – David Demchuk joins Su Sokol, Amal El-Mohtar and Melissa Yuan-Innes for a panel titled ‘Children of Mary Shelley’ to discuss the evolution of speculative fiction in the literary landscape.

July

Quincy, MA - Readercon, the conference on imaginative literature - July 12 to 15. Registered guest.

Pawtucket, RI – Necon, the Northeastern Writers’ Conference – July 19 to 22. Registered guest.
 

 
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MEDIA

The Globe and Mail profiles the six authors shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award.

CBC Books asks David Demchuk 'how he wrote it' in the wake of The Bone Mother's Amazon.ca First Novel Award nomination.

Shelagh Rogers of CBC Radio's The Next Chapter interviews David Demchuk about The Bone Mother's success.

CTV's Winnipeg morning show sits down with David Demchuk to talk about about his reading/launch of The Bone Mother at McNally Robinson.

Open-Book.ca introduces David Demchuk in advance of his March 2018 residency at the site.

Hellnotes speaks to David Demchuk about The Bone Mother and discusses some of the unusual aspects of its creation.

The Qwillery asks David Demchuk many excellent questions about The Bone Mother, writing and horror.

SFF180 provides an enthusiastically positive video review of The Bone Mother.