Swamp Things and Singing True: a Review of the comic Bayou

If you’re going to build a world with words, look at Jeremy Love’s comic book series Bayou for inspiration—you can’t go wrong. What began as a web comic is now printed in two beautiful volumes that you need to read. Southern swamps have never looked so beautiful. I have to warn you though, Bayou is not…

A Letter from the New Online Editor

Dear readers and contributors, My name is Shahin, and I am going to be The Spectatorial’s Online Editor for the coming year. It is an honour to inherit Miranda’s legacy, and her mentorship gives me confidence in taking on this role. This is The Spectatorial’s third year, and we have a lot of new faces…

A Letter from the (Old) Online Editor

Good afternoon, This is an update on the transitions that are happening at The Spectatorial. We are in the process of changing our staff as many of us graduate from U of T and head off to explore other worlds. This includes the management of the blog and all our online platforms. As of today,…

Impractical Immortality: Do You Really Want to Live Forever?

Well, do you? Really? The idea of immortality, in one form or another, comes up frequently in speculative fiction: elves, Timelords, divine beings, cursed humans, and undying monsters are all easy to find between pages and on screens. Immortality is often a flexible concept, ranging from gods that are all-powerful and cannot die but can—with…

Gateways to Glory: an Interview with Brian Gottheil

Brian Gottheil is a University of Toronto Law alumnus and the author of Gateways, a self-published fantasy novel that he is launching March 29. As a journal for speculative fiction, The Spectatorial is thrilled to interview Brian about self-publishing fantasy fiction. This interview has been edited for length. Your Goodreads page describes your work as…

Curiosities Abound: Kurios and Circus as Speculation

Cirque du Soleil never disappoints, but this year—the 30th anniversary of the Montreal-based circus­­— was absolutely magnificent. The use of steampunk, neo-Victorian aesthetics, and re-imagined clockwork and steam-powered technology provided a context for a variety of performers to display mind-boggling acts. The live music, which ranged from eerily haunting melodies to cheerful jazz, to electro-swing inspired tunes,…