Author Archives: jrc

Jeepers …

Jeepers Creepers … Yes, the title of my latest book is Jeepers Creepers … and it consists of about three dozen ghost stories … that is, told-as-true accounts of encounters with ghosts and spirits reported by Canadians from across the … Continue reading

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Taking Jung to Task

“In her thoughtful epic work, Sophia Writ Large / Sophia Writ Small, Canadian poet Ruth Colombo takes Jung to task.” So writes Daryl Sharp in his newly published book Trampled to Death by Geese. His book combines memoir and commentary. … Continue reading

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Aphorisms Aplenty

Gnomology is an old word for an old activity: the study, the collection, or the writing of aphorisms and aphoristic expressions. James Geary, the English writer and authority on the subject of aphorisms, has dubbed me a “modern gnomologist.” Imponderables … Continue reading

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Ghost Books

Ghosts and Where to Find Them These are the notes that I made for an talk that I delivered at The Grange, Saturday, 24 Oct. 2009. The Grange in question is in Mississauga, not The Grange at the Art Gallery … Continue reading

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Debate on the Value of Religion

An Impressionistic Review of the Debate between Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchins. My wife Ruth and I want to thank Deon Ramgoolam for making available to us two tickets to the Munk Debate at Roy Thomson Hall on Friday, November … Continue reading

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The Latest Tesseract

Tesseracts 14 is the lastest volume in the on-going series of anthologies of fantastic literature written by new Canadian writers. The series was founded by Judith Merril, and this year’s anthology is edited by John Robert Colombo and Brett Alexander … Continue reading

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The Sumuru Omnibus

John Robert Colombo has long been a fan of the writings of Sax Rohmer, the Anglo-Irish novelist who created the infamous character Dr. Fu Manchu as well as other imaginative master criminals along with their dogged secret-agent nemeses. Rohmer’s vital years … Continue reading

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Tears of Our Lady

Tears of Our Lady is a book that resists ready description because it is singular. It attempts to recreate the monograph called Tears of Our Lady which was introduced by the English mystery-story writer Sax Rohmer into the pages of the five fantasy … Continue reading

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End of Greatness

Here is a collection of all the poems that were written during the year 2009 by Toronto author and anthologist John Robert Colombo. Is there another poet anywhere in the world who is issuing a volume of verse a year … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman’s Canada

“Not that Whitman needs monuments but Canada needs Whitman!” So wrote Flora MacDonald Denison in March of 1916. The ebullient feminist who made this statement was then the owner of the “wilderness estate” of Bon Echo with its inscribed rock … Continue reading

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Indifferences

Click photo to enlarge. Here I am admiring the first copy of my latest book. The photograph of me as well as of the book’s front and back covers were taken by the book’s designer, Bill Andersen. He took the pictures on December … Continue reading

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Some Astonishing Stories!

Canadian Hauntings John Robert Colombo’s latest publication The Big Book of Canadian Hauntings is another jumbo-sized collection of told-as-true ghost stories told by Canadians past and present. It measures 7 inches by 10 inches and comes to 536 pages. It … Continue reading

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Colombo at Worldcon

The highlight of the Summer of 2009 was the opportunity to deliver one of the keynote addresses at Worldcon. What a weighty honour! Background: This year’s Worldcon was held in Montreal, August 6-10, 2009. The full title of the event … Continue reading

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All & Everything Conference

Not many people know that when the All & Everything Conference met in Toronto in late April of this year, I attended the sessions and wrote up the events in detail for a Cambridge-based website. (See elsewhere on this screen … Continue reading

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A Far Cry

My latest publication is titled “A Far Cry” and it consists of the poems that I composed during the last calendar year. Here is what it says on the back cover of the 192-page trade paperback: A Far Cry is … Continue reading

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