Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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For the past 27 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 28th festival on September 24, 2017  

On The Brink of Madness

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Good versus evil is the archetype to rule them all, but sometimes it can be hard to tell which side is which. From the minds of Nick Cutter, Ron Corbett, and David Demchuk come the grey-area battles of religious cults, assassins, biker gangs, cops, and monsters.

Please note the event is now scheduled to start at 12:30pm. This event was previously scheduled for 3:30pm.


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Little Heaven

An all-new epic tale of terror and redemption set in the hinterlands of midcentury New Mexico from the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down…old-school horror at its best.”

  • Fiction
  • Mystery/Suspense/Horror | Mystère/Suspense/Horreur

Nick Cutter

Nick Cutter is the national bestselling author of The Troop (winner of the James Herbert Award for Horror Writing), The Deep, and The Acolyte, and is a pseudonym for the author Craig Davidson, the acclaimed literary writer of novels such as Cataract City, Rust and Bone, and The Fighter.

Ragged Lake: A Frank Yakabuski Mystery

While working one afternoon on the Northern Divide, a young tree-marker makes a grisly discovery: in a squatter’s cabin near an old mill town, a family has been murdered. Detective Frank Yakabuski arrives in Ragged Lake to solve the family’s murder, but no one is willing to talk. With a winter storm coming, Yakabuski sequesters the locals in a fishing lodge as he investigates the area. Before long, he is fighting to stay alive and protect the few innocents left living in the desolate woods.

  • Fiction
  • Mystery/Suspense/Horror | Mystère/Suspense/Horreur

Ron Corbett

Ron Corbett is an author, journalist, and broadcaster living in Ottawa. The author of seven non-fiction books, this is his first novel. He is married to award-winning photo journalist Julie Oliver.

The Bone Mother

Three neighbouring villages on the Ukrainian/Romanian border are the final refuge for the last of the mythical creatures of Eastern Europe–the Rusalka, the Strigoi, the Vedma, among many others. Now, on the eve of the war that may eradicate their kind – and with the ruthless Night Police descending upon their sanctuary – they tell their stories and confront their destinies.

  • Fantasy/Sci-fi | Fantastique/Science-fiction

David Demchuk

“A master of bowel-loosening terror” (The Globe and Mail), David Demchuk has been writing for stage, print and other media for more than thirty years. Primarily known as a playwright, his works have been produced in Toronto, New York, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Chicago, San Francisco, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in London, England. His debut novel, The Bone Mother, was published by ChiZine Publications in July 2017.