So the common consensus seems to be that 2016 was full of some pretty crappy things. As I realize that once more I have left my webpage un-updated for yet another full year (at some point the webpage will simply rise from the grave and start updating itself like some kind of undead) and look back at 2016, though, there were definitely highlights for me personally. A couple of good trips, a nice summer… oh, and a NEW COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES!
“If H. P. Lovecraft, P. G. Wodehouse, and J. K. Rowling somehow collaborated on a book together, it still wouldn’t be as weird, witty, and wonderful as Don Bassingthwaite’s collection of stylishly silly stories. Defending the world from the forces of darkness with bravery, brains, and bitchiness, Derby Cavendish is the hero we’ve always needed and deserved!”
—Scott Dagostino, manager of Glad Day Bookshop and book columnist at DailyXtra.ca
This collection has been several years in the making. I’ve been doing a reading annually at the Chiseries Reading Series Very Special Holiday Special in Toronto featuring my character, Derby Cavendish, and people seemed to enjoy them a lot (there was alcohol involved, but the laughter seemed genuine!). Now the good people at ChiZine Publications have brought together those stories plus a novella written just for the collection, and published them as COCKTAILS AT SEVEN, APOCALYPSE AT EIGHT: THE DERBY CAVENDISH STORIES (available now!). Short, hilarious, very campy, and just a little (maybe a lot) inappropriate, these are guaranteed to make you laugh. Check it out now – available online, as an ebook, or at your local bookstore (and if they don’t have it in stock, they will order it for you!). You can also visit the CZP website for a complete list of buy links and to explore their many other excellent books!