Red X: A Conversation with David Demchuk

23sep8:00 pm8:45 pmRed X: A Conversation with David DemchukIn conversation with Naben Ruthnum

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A featured conversation with award-winning author David Demchuk about his bold new novel, Red X. Hosted by author Naben Ruthnum.

Book featured:

Red X
Strange Light (McClelland & Stewart)

A hunted community. A haunted author. A horror that spans centuries.

Men are disappearing from Toronto’s gay village. They’re the marginalized, the vulnerable. One by one, stalked and vanished, they leave behind small circles of baffled, frightened friends. Against the shifting backdrop of homophobia throughout the decades, from the HIV/AIDS crisis and riots against raids to gentrification and police brutality, the survivors face inaction from the law and disinterest from society at large. But as the missing grow in number, those left behind begin to realize that whoever or whatever is taking these men has been doing so for longer than is humanly possible.

Woven into their stories is David Demchuk’s own personal history, a life lived in fear and in thrall to horror, a passion that boils over into obsession. As he tries to make sense of the relationship between queerness and horror, what it means for gay men to disappear, and how the isolation of the LGBTQ+ community has left them profoundly exposed to monsters that move easily among them, fact and fiction collide and reality begins to unravel.

A bold, terrifying new novel from the award-winning author of The Bone Mother.


23 September 2021 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm(GMT-04:00)