Greetings readers!

My name is Madison McSweeney, and I’m a writer, poet and columnist from Ottawa, Canada. Frequent topics of interest include the Canadian arts scene, genre fiction, music, and politics.

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Publications:

My non-fiction writing has appeared in The Fulcrum,Thee Westerner, Music ViceBravewords and Hellbound. For the past two years I’ve covered Canada’s Juno Awards with full media accreditation, and I regularly contribute political columns and arts & culture coverage to a variety of publications.

My short story Daydream Noir won 1st Place in The Fulcrum’s Fiction Contest in 2015.

In November 2016, my zombie short “We Have Rules Here” was published in Dark Horizons, a dark science fiction anthology from Elder Signs Press (available now!)

On March 10/2017, my flash fiction short “Leader” was the featured story on 365 Tomorrows.

Influences:

Literary: Stephen King, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Thomas Harris, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Matheson, William Gibson, Arthur C. Clarke, and Celtic folklore

Music: David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Jethro Tull, The Ramones, Megadeth, Smashing Pumpkins, Courtney Love, Amanda Palmer, My Chemical Romance, Billy Talent, Metric, Avril Lavigne, and punk rock

Film: Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Tim Burton, Joss Whedon, the Coen Brothers, the Washowskis, zombie movies, classic horror and film noir.

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