Today’s the Day: “Forty-Five Minutes of Unstoppable Rock” Release

Steve Passey’s Forty-Five Minutes of Unstoppable Rock releases today and launches Monday, Nov. 6 at Owl’s Nest Books!

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Yes – today’s the day. My short story collection “Forty-Five Minutes of Unstoppable Rock” is officially released courtesy of the indie publishing iconoclasts Tortoise Books out of Chicago Illinois. This means that you can pick up a copy anytime.

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Australian Customers click here: Amazon Australia

Red it and let me know what you think. Rumors are reading this book will put ten pounds on your bench and cut 3 inches off of your waist. I can’t guarantee it – “individual results may vary” as they say – but it’s worth a try.

The book launch is Monday at the Owl’s Nest Bookstore in Calgary – the weather is supposed to be a balmy -8c or so for a high, and as low as -21c in the evening. I hope to see you…

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Forty-Five Minutes of Unstoppable Rock Launch

November is approaching, and with it comes the launch of comrade Steve Passey‘s first book of short fiction, Forty-Five Minutes of Unstoppable Rocknew this fall from Tortoise Books. That’s at 7 PM on Monday, November 6th at Owl’s Nest Books, 49th Avenue and Elbow Drive SW, in the Brittania Shopping Plaza. I understand there will be refreshments and live music as well as a reading from Forty-Five Minutes. Looking forward to this very much!




My flash story “Del” has been recorded as part of Season Two of the Manawaker Studios Flash Fiction Podcast. It comes it at under five minutes, and you can listen to it on the Manawaker blog, on YouTube or on iTunes .

Many thanks to C.B. Droege for producing this. Enjoy!

Your Daily Horoscope, by Hillbilly Hare

Steve Passey’s hilarious guide to the hillbilly stars made me howl!

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Hillbilly Hare

The greatest cartoon of all time – OF ALL TIME – came out on August 12, 1950. As August 12th is a Saturday and posting anything on a blog on a weekend guarantees that it won’t be read I’m posting this here, now, and calling it an anniversary celebration for that most august of hand-painted animation cel achievements.

I’d cooked this up a couple of days ago and submitted it to a very well-known humor website (“humour” if you prefer) and it was rejected – the editor professed to love it but was worried that the source materiel would be too obscure for a modern audience.

He is probably right – but I like it no matter what.  Now bow to your partner …

Your Daily Horoscope, by Hillbilly Hare


Three hands up and round you go, break it up with a dosey do. Chicken in the bread pan…

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FreeFall Magazine review

Thanks to FreeFall Magazine and particularly to writer Jamal Ali for the review of my novel After You’ve Gone which appears in their current issue. The review itself isn’t online, but I encourage you to track a copy of the magazine down at a bookstore or through their website. Or Calgary Public Library.

Also included are reviews of new work by Lynette Loeppky, Beth Everest and Rea Tarvydas, as well as this year’s contest winning prose and poetry. Yay, FreeFall!


Coming Soon: “Forty-Five Minutes of Unstoppable Rock”

Steve Passey makes it official!

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A collection of my fiction will be published in August by the fiercely independent Tortoise Books out of Chicago, Illinois.

Proofs should be in my hands tomorrow and in no time at all the book will be actually on sale. “Forty-Five …” contains fifteen stories and in there among ’em is some new/never-released fiction. You might want to start hitting the gym now so your glutes are firm enough to grip you firmly to your seat when you first crack it open.

“Shit’s getting real” as they say.

I thought I’d put a sneak peak of the cover up – I love it.

Stay cool,


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Miss Confederation Comes to Calgary


Regina author Anne McDonald is bringing her brand-new book, Miss Confederation: The Diary of Mercy Anne Coles, to Calgary! And I’m very pleased to be reading with Anne at Shelf Life Books, 1302 – 4 St. SW, at 7 PM on July 6th, along with Susan Cameron. Rea Tarvydas, of How to Pick Up a Maid in Statue Square fame, will host and after our readings there will be a panel discussion. I understand there will also be baking…and wine, more than likely. Come on down for some pre-Stampede fun and food for thought!

Dusting Off: Love Minus Zero

Thanks to Domesday Notebook for the review of my first novel, Love Minus Zero. There’s life in the old girl yet, as they say.

Read the review here: Dusting Off: Love Minus Zero

Shady Ladies

shadyMay is short story month, and I’m very pleased to be taking part in an all short story reading with some of my favourite writers: Barb Howard,  Astrid Blodgett and Lee Kvern; and our emcee for the evening’s events, Betty Jane Hegerat. Join us on Monday, May 15th at Owl’s Nest Books, 7 PM. We’ll be reading from old short stories and new, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some humour coming from this crew. There will of course be refreshments (read: wine!) and I am curating a playlist for the event.

Hope to see you there!

Awkward Positions

My story “Awkward Positions” appears in the new issue of The Bloody Key Society Periodical, a new litmag out of Montreal. Many thanks to Adam Kelly Morton and the other editors and readers at BKSP! It was a pleasure working with you.