Enter the Raccoon

I would never have known about the existence of Enter the Raccoon if it wasn’t for Beatriz Hausner herself, who came in as a plenary speaker for the Vic One program. Surrealism is clearly not the most popular genre, and the science-oriented students could be seen smirking quietly. But it was undeniable that, once she…

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,…

The Dinosaur Experience: an Interview with Short Story Star Julia Drake

This interview has been edited for clarity. While fiction has for a long time been associated with the weight of a thick, white-paged novel in one’s hands, you may have learned that this image is neither historically representative of print culture, nor is it representative of the recent expansion of literary forms and mediums. The…

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…

A Call for Blog Writers!

Do you want to get involved with The Spectatorial but don’t know how? Do you know a great fantasy, horror, dystopian, sci-fi, steampunk or otherwise speculative novel/movie/series/comic/event that you want to share with our readers? Do you want to write about all things speculative but don’t know where to start? Do you want to earn…

Infinity, Ineffability, and Loss in Jorge Luis Borges’s “The Aleph”

First published in 1945, “The Aleph” became one of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges’s most beloved stories. Like many of Borges’s works, “The Aleph” is concerned with the nature of infinity and the illusion of reality. It gleefully traverses multiple genres and modes of fiction, including fantasy, satire, allegory, memoir, epistolary fiction, and voyage narrative….

Winter Wonderland? Gethen and Narnia: the Lands of Perpetual Winter

I recently went on a cruise to Bermuda. It was awful. This was partially due to the incessant swaying of the boat, the boredom that resulted from the lack of wi-fi (a cruel and unusual punishment by anyone’s standards), and my entire extended family being stuck on a seemingly smaller-by-the-day boat together. But probably the…

Tales from the Midwest Writers Workshop

When my stepfather told me about the Midwest Writers Workshop in Muncie, Indiana, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d only ever attended conferences geared toward writers of science fiction and fantasy. What would a non-genre writing workshop be like? Would attendees enquire about my novel only to stare blankly once I’d finished raving about…

Spectatorial Summertime Zine: Deadline Extension!

We are extending the deadline for our zine contest. All entries will be due by August 25th at midnight. The form for all entries can be found here: Summer Zine Contest The Spectatorial asks entrants: What if it were summer… forever? Competing stories will use this question as a spring board to speculative story-telling and…