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Welcome to Purgatorium

Purgatorium is coming!

Do you enjoy dark tales that will keep you up in the night? Coming November 2016, Purgatorium is an anthology of eleven dark works, by ten writers. 

A project started over a year ago by Connie Di Pietro, Tobin Elliott, Pat Flewwelling and Dale Long. Together, they formed ID Press.

Kevin Craig started The Purgatorio Diaries on his blog recently, where he asked each of us with stories in Purgatorium to answer a range of questions. Kevin’s blogs let you learn a little about each of the ten writers that make up Purgatorium.

I decided to do something a bit different. I asked each writer (and our writer duo) to tell our readers about their story in Purgatorium in ten words or less, and pick a photo that gave a visual insight into their story.

Like what you see? Purgatorium is being launched at Bookapalooza November 19th in Whitby, Ontario. Check out both Bookaplaooza and ID Press to learn more.

I hope you enjoy a peek into the works in Purgatorium, in alphabetical order by story title.


Blood Pies – Kate Arms

Pizza, drugs, or death. A delivery guy’s nightmare.

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You can follow Kate on her Facebook or learn more via her website.


Carousel Eyes – Yvonne Hess

A dark entity must have the woman who escaped him.

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Yvonne is anti social media- but she can find you.


Dubious Pickles – Kevin Craig

The curiosity of boys is far too overpowering to ignore.

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Kevin can be found on Facebook , his website or Twitter.


Fight or Flight – Tobin Elliott

Sometimes love is painful. Sometimes pain feels like love.

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Tobin can be found on his website or Twitter.


Ivy – Mel E. Cober

The Bad Voice makes a little girl do horrid things.

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Mel can be found on Facebook her website or Twitter.


Mule – Pat Flewwelling

Joshua’s worst day becomes his best – and last – day ever.

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Pat can be found on her Facebookher website or Twitter.


Nekomata – A.L. Tompkins

Trapped by a murderous ghost, two girls find an unlikely ally.

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Amanda is too busy saving the world to be on social media. (Or is that destroying the world?)


Pieces – Tobin Elliott & Robert E. Walton

Frankenstein can replace body parts, but when his mind goes…

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This dangerous duo can be found on their respective social media sites.


Terminal – Robert E. Walton

Time is nothing but a human construct.

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Robert can be found on Facebook.


Unstrung – Connie Di Pietro

Sometimes being friendly to the new neighbour comes with strings attached.

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Connie can be found on Facebook her website and Twitter.


Victim of Love – Samantha Banik

A fountain of youth camouflaged by dangers of unrequited love.

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 Samantha can be found on Twitter .


Purgatorium is launching at Bookaplaooza 2016. See you there!

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Standing on the Edge & Jumping into the New

The last little while has been full of writerly newness for me. I went from being totally stalled, to having lots of advancements in my writing goals happen at once.

IMG_5444I think the key to the changes is that I’ve been surrounding myself more and more with my writer friends. They inspire me. There have been several members of The Writers Community of Durham Region that have hit major milestones in their careers in just the last few months. That excitement is almost contagious. I want more for myself now, too.

I think my 1st novel may never see the outside of my computer now but that’s okay. I have many more stories

inside of me, clawing to get out.

On Tuesday night, I read my work aloud for the very first time in front of a crowd. A crowd almost entirely made up of other writers. I knew I’d be reading for WCDR’s Words of the Season back in December, but it wasn’t until two weeks ago that I finally selected a piece.

I chose to get out of my comfort zone, and read a piece that was not what I’d shared with many before. I know

My nervous reading debut
My nervous reading debut

my reading wasn’t without it’s flaws- my anxiety went into overdrive, and I had to force myself to slow down and to breathe a few times. (Five minutes feels like forever when a room full of people are looking at you.) Afterwards, my story was referred to as macabre. I was delighted to hear that. Not only that, but several horror writer friends seemed to really enjoy it. Several have approached me since. Also, another writer friend told me I need to read aloud more often that my work needs to be shared with others. This is why I love being part of such a big community of writers. I’ve now decided to focus on a darker work I’ve wanted to write for quite some time now. Not sure how it will turn out, but I won’t know until I get further into it.

My other news is that I’ve started occasionally blogging for the Toronto radio station Boom 97.3. I’ve had two published so far, with more to come. You can check them out here and here.

Please take the time to check out some of my fellow writer friends as well. I’ll feature one at the end of each of my blogs. I’m a firm believer in reading the works of local authors, as well as the international ones.

Kevin Craig had his 4th book, Burn Baby Burn Baby released in December, and his 5th book, Half Dead and Fully Broken released this week. I absolutely love everything he writes. Pick up one of his books and you’ll see what I mean. All of his books have 4 and 5 star ratings. I think his latest; a young adult paranormal may be my favorite (so far) You can read all about Kevin and his many accomplishments as a writer via his website.

Kevin Craig's novels
Kevin Craig’s novels