Alternate Plains

A man runs for his life from the promise of death held by trees; a lost VHS tape offers footage of a grisly history; a diaspora clings to magical shards of home and more in this collection of speculative fiction by authors from across the Canadian Prairies.

A follow-up to the hit, Parallel Prairies, and nominated for the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction.

Alternate Plains: Stories of Prairie Speculative Fiction is an anthology of prairie-inspired speculative fiction co-edited by Darren Ridgley and myself.

The anthology features fantasy, horror, and science-fiction stories which are set in or inspired by Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba from a collection of authors who lean on their own histories with the provinces to tell weird and wonderful tales.


Bob Armstrong, S.M. Beiko, Sheldon Birnie, David Demchuk, Chadwick Ginther, Patrick Johanneson, Lynne MacLean, Premee Mohamed, Sheryl Normandeau, Rhonda Parrish, Wayne Santos, and Linda Trinh.

The anthology can be ordered through Amazon, Chapters Indigo, Great Plains Publications or McNally Robinson Booksellers.

Or, it can be found in ebook format on Kindle or Kobo.

Praise for Alternate Plains:

“Alternate Plains provides an effective sample menu of fantastical stories. Some are sharp and spicy. Some are acidic and icy. And some leave you hungry for more.” — Alberta Views

“These stories pulse with hope, wonder, terror, awe — pure magic. An anthology that captures the intangible qualities of a unique part of the world. The authors collected here have managed to capture the many different facets of such a mysterious place.” — Keith Cadieux, author of Gaze and Signal Decay

Alternate Plains is packed with exquisitely crafted stories by some of the best writers in Canada, each offering a view into the real and unreal landscapes of the West and channeling the many voices of its people. I enjoyed this anthology from start to finish, even though I have to admit it made me homesick.”— Kate Heartfield, author of Armed in Her Fashion and Alice Payne Arrives

“An anthology that manages the rare feat of being cohesive, incredibly wide-ranging, and weird in the best possible ways.” — Manitoba Book Awards

“The 12 stories will give you, in most cases, the creeps, and a few good jump frights, while also offering some challenging and thought-provoking visions of life on the Prairies — now and in the future.” — The Winnipeg Free Press