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Duncan Ralston

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Duncan Ralston was born in Toronto and spent his teens in small-town Ontario. In addition to his twisted short stories found in GRISTLE & BONE and VIDEO NASTIES, he is the author of the novels SALVAGE, WILDFIRE, WOOM, THE METHOD, GHOSTLAND and THE MIDWIVES. His screenplays have won and placed in several major competitions.

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Duncan Ralston Thanks for the question, Thomas!

There are a lot of things that made me cringe to write them, and continue to make me shudder when I read them now. But…more
Thanks for the question, Thomas!

There are a lot of things that made me cringe to write them, and continue to make me shudder when I read them now. But I suppose the worst offenders have to be 1) a scene of graphic self-mutilation in GRISTLE & BONE, and 2) pretty much all of "Cuttings" from the forthcoming THE BLACK ROOM MANUSCRIPTS.

I tend to ick myself out a lot, though.(less)
Duncan Ralston Hi Vonda! Thanks for asking, and sorry I didn't catch this earlier.

To answer your question, I suppose it depends on what you're looking for. If you li…more
Hi Vonda! Thanks for asking, and sorry I didn't catch this earlier.

To answer your question, I suppose it depends on what you're looking for. If you like short stories, give VIDEO NASTIES a try. If you're into ghosts, either GHOSTLAND or SALVAGE might do the trick. If you like fast-paced horror thrillers, THE METHOD or THE MIDWIVES. Whichever you choose, I hope you enjoy it!(less)
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An Apology from the Desk of Duncan Ralston

I'm sorry.


I need to say that, and not just because I'm Canadian and that's something that's ingrained in our DNA. Actually, I'm from Toronto, probably the least apologetic part of Canada. So forget about the Canadian thing. That's not pertinent to this apology.


As an indie author I do practically everything myself, aside from designing the covers (although I've done a few of those, as well). I writ Read more of this blog post »
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“False hope is better than believing you're the world's biggest loser.”
Duncan Ralston

“I read for fun," Allison said. "It's okay when you're an adult, I think.”
Duncan Ralston, Ghostland

“Nobody does, Owen," she said. He saw sympathy in Avery's eyes, revealing an emotional side she'd kept hidden from him in the eleven years they'd been partners. "If people did, they'd call it something else." When he looked again, his sister was gone.”
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“Once upon a time there was a young prince who believed in all things but three. He did not believe in princesses, he did not believe in islands, he did not believe in God. His father, the king, told him that such things did not exist. As there were no princesses or islands in his father's domains, and no sign of God, the young prince believed his father.

But then, one day, the prince ran away from his palace. He came to the next land. There, to his astonishment, from every coast he saw islands, and on these islands, strange and troubling creatures whom he dared not name. As he was searching for a boat, a man in full evening dress approached him along the shore.

Are those real islands?' asked the young prince.

Of course they are real islands,' said the man in evening dress.

And those strange and troubling creatures?'

They are all genuine and authentic princesses.'

Then God must exist!' cried the prince.

I am God,' replied the man in full evening dress, with a bow.

The young prince returned home as quickly as he could.

So you are back,' said the father, the king.

I have seen islands, I have seen princesses, I have seen God,' said the prince reproachfully.

The king was unmoved.

Neither real islands, nor real princesses, I have seen God,' said the prince reproachfully.

The king was unmoved.

Neither real islands, nor real princesses, nor a real God exist.'

I saw them!'

Tell me how God was dressed.'

God was in full evening dress.'

Were the sleeves of his coat rolled back?'

The prince remembered that they had been. The king smiled.

That is the uniform of a magician. You have been deceived.'

At this, the prince returned to the next land, and went to the same shore, where once again he came upon the man in full evening dress.

My father the king has told me who you are,' said the young prince indignantly. 'You deceived me last time, but not again. Now I know that those are not real islands and real princesses, because you are a magician.'

The man on the shore smiled.

It is you who are deceived, my boy. In your father's kingdom there are many islands and many princesses. But you are under your father's spell, so you cannot see them.'

The prince pensively returned home. When he saw his father, he looked him in the eyes.

Father, is it true that you are not a real king, but only a magician?'

The king smiled, and rolled back his sleeves.

Yes, my son, I am only a magician.'

Then the man on the shore was God.'

The man on the shore was another magician.'

I must know the real truth, the truth beyond magic.'

There is no truth beyond magic,' said the king.

The prince was full of sadness.

He said, 'I will kill myself.'

The king by magic caused death to appear. Death stood in the door and beckoned to the prince. The prince shuddered. He remembered the beautiful but unreal islands and the unreal but beautiful princesses.

Very well,' he said. 'I can bear it.'

You see, my son,' said the king, 'you too now begin to be a magician.”
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Duncan Ralston Sophia wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Duncan.

See you around GR!"


Thanks for accepting it. Looking forward to your reviews!


Sophia Thanks for the friend request, Duncan.

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