Saturday, December 8, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Unlikely Stories

I am pleased to announce that three of my poems should appear in the 20th anniversary issue of Unlikely Stories (to be posted in July).

Thursday, April 26, 2018

New Book Available: Rings

The word “family” these days is almost invariably preceded by “dysfunctional.” So it takes courage to write a novel about decent people who love each other. Rings, by Todd Fischer, is such a book. The overused “heartwarming” has to give way here to the more accurate “heartfelt.” Author Ben Desmond is bent on solving one of those small mysteries that loom large in family lore. In this case, he wants to find out why his grandfather gave his grandmother a gold watch instead of a gold wedding ring. On a deeper level, he wants to connect with his dead father and his all-but-estranged brother Eric. Solving the mystery sends Ben, his wife Beth and Eric on a journey through space and time to winkle clues out of graveyard inscriptions, old photographs, yellowing letters and the fragile reminiscences of aging witnesses. Though an Author’s Note reveals the story’s roots in reality, it would not be a Todd Fischer book without a generous helping of gothic: a ghost who appears caked in the dirt of his grave and a barrier between past and present that proves more permeable than a lace curtain. Written in the tradition of Ray Bradbury, Rings warms and chills its reader in equal measure, then gets them safely home. 
~ K. D. MILLER, author of ALL SAINTS

Purchase a copy now on Amazon (US) or Amazon (CDN). Available in print and Kindle editions.

Friday, April 20, 2018

A Canadian Bestiary, Second Edition: Revised and Expanded

The second edition of my book "A Canadian Bestiary" is now available on Amazon.

When it comes to folklore and mythology, what springs to mind are places like Greece, Romania, England and other European countries, with their stories and images of Gorgons and Cyclopes, Vampires, Dragons and Faeries... But what about Canada?

Canada has a deep and varied folkloric heritage based upon the legends, myths and stories of the numerous Native nations who lived in Canada first, that were built upon by each successive wave of immigrants from all over the world. The French brought tales of flying canoes, the Devil, and little goblins who took horses out for joyrides; the Germans gave us conjure doctors; the Italians the weather controlling folletti; the Russians the household sprites called domivye... 

For more than twenty years, amateur folklorist Todd H. C. Fischer has researched hundreds of creatures, monsters, strange locales, heroes and spirits from all across Canada. That research gave rise to the first edition of his Canadian Bestiary. Now he returns with this revised and expanded second edition, featuring dozens of new entries, an introduction by Canada’s “Mr. Mystery” John Robert Colombo, indices and over fifty photographs and illustrations. This comprehensive volume is a great springboard into the worlds of both folklore and cryptozoology and is a valuable addition to collections on either subject.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018

Writing Update

Final edits on "Rings" and the second edition of "A Canadian Bestiary" will hopefully be done next week.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

2018 Writers' Trust Fellowship

Hey folks, I have a request.

If you think my writing has merit, if it has ever moved you entertained you, educated you, or just helped you pass a pleasant few hours, please consider taking a moment to nominate me for the 2018 Writers' Trust Fellowship.

I am a poet and a writer of fiction and non-fiction. My non-fiction work includes Ossa Poetices (a cyclopedia of medieval poetics) and A Canadian Bestiary(a collection of creatures from Canadian folklore). I have written several collections of short stories and poetry.

I have also had poems or stories appear in (or are slated to appear in) journals such as The Compleat Anachronist (a medievalist journal); magazines such as Scryptic Magazine, Helios Quarterly, NonBinary Review, and The Healing Muse; and anthologies such as Untimely Frost (Lycan Valley Press), and Corporate Cthulhu (Pickman’s Press).

I am currently working on the second edition of A Canadian Bestiary and a semi-autobiographical short novel.

You can read more about me and my work on my website:

The deadline is March 12, 2018.

Click on the link below to send in your nomination. Thank you all!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Corporate Cthulhu Review

The first review for Corporate Cthulhu (Pickman's Press) has surfaced. My story "Casual Friday" got a call-out as enjoyable.

Read the review here.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

Current Projects

I am currently prepping a second edition of my Canadian Bestiary. Some of the entries will be updated, and I will be adding an Introduction and foreword(s) as well as photos and illustrations. I am in the midst of contacting photographers and illustrators willing to donate their work, and people in the folklore and cryptozoology fields.

My novel Rings is also nearing completion. It has been sent out for review by other authors for back cover blurbs.

Both books should be available before summer 2018.

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