In the spirit of the month, we were joined by two horror authors, Tony Burgess who’s been described as literary, experimental horror and his films as grind house comedy and Sèphera Girón, who has written over twenty books, short stories, TV pilots, feature screenplays, and stage plays. Both have vast experience so come with your questions!
Tony Burgess writes fiction, plays and for film. Tony adapted his novel Pontypool Changes Everything into a film directed by Bruce MacDonald for which he received a Genie nomination for best adapted screenplay. His novel Idaho Winter was nominated for a Trillium Award and his short story collections Ravenna Gets and Fiction for Lovers both won Relit awards for best Canadian fiction. Tony has seen 10 of his screenplays produced and released with Global distribution, the latest Cult Hero recently won best Canadian feature at Fantasia Festival in Montreal. His original screenplay Dreamland was recently made into a film by Bruce MacDonald and stars Stephen McHattie, Juliette Lewis and Henry Rollins. This film, shot in Luxembourg was a New York Times Critic’s pick. Tony’s latest short story will appear in the upcoming final issue of Taddle Creek.
His fiction has been described as literary, experimental horror and his films as grindhouse comedy.
Tony Burges lives in Stayner with his wife, Rachel Jones, and their two kids, Griffin and Camille.
Sèphera Girón lives in Toronto and teaches Creative Writing classes at George Brown College. She has written over twenty books under various names, mostly in the horror genre. She also has written short stories, TV pilots, feature screenplays, and even a couple of stage plays that were produced. She recently returned from a session at Stowe Story Labs to workshop her horror TV series, The Calling. Sèphera also appeared in Slime City Massacre and Killer Rack. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading or watching something creepy on TV.
You can also find her on Udemy where she teaches “So You Want to Be a Horror Writer?” and “Write a Short Story Using Tarot Cards”.
Currently, Sèphera lives by the lake in Etobicoke.