Author: Brian Baker

Books, Ghosts

Review: A window — by a cosy fire — into Canada’s unique ghost stories

Great Canadian Ghost Stories by Barbara Smith Touchwood Editions, Canada, 2018 4/5 Each page turn of Barbara Smith’s Great Canadian Ghost Stories was a finger pull on a View-Master’s lever. Rife with viewports into Canada’s supernatural tales, Smith refrains from her traditional provincial campfire tales and cups her hand over her eyes to view for miles nationwide. […]

Etchings

Etchings: Puffing the wrong kind of cigars

It would appear the cigar-shaped object hurtling itself through space is an interstellar space probe, according to researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Called ‘Oumuamua, which is Hawaiian for arriving first, the object was first considered to be an asteroid. Now it’s being theorized by Shmuel Bialy and […]

Ghosts

Montreal’s Grey Nuns rife with history and tragedy

There are some 232 dead nuns interred in a crypt beneath the Grey Nuns Motherhouse at the corner of Guy Street and René-Lévesque Boulevard West, in the Montreal borough of Ville-Marie. It’s a macabre thought, but even more bizarre is that it’s a residence for students at Concordia University’s Sir […]

Movies

Review: This cryptid endears itself to a younger audience

Smallfoot Director: Karey Kirkpatrick, Jason Reisig Cast: Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya Studio: Warner Brothers 3.5/5 As warm and fuzzy as the Yeti is in Smallfoot appear, there is a very sobering message about organized belief systems and human nature snuggled into the narrative. The Yeti, a.k.a. Abominable Snowman, a.k.a. […]