(A Blast From the Past: Summer 2001)

The New Noir Anthology of Cold, Hard Fiction
Edited by Kerry J. Schooley and Peter Sellers

If you're looking for foggy, dimly lit alleys echoing with the click-clack of a dame' s high-heeled shoes, where a mook stiffs you for a drink, and where a glance can kill, look no further. Iced is the best in contemporary Canadian noir fiction.

Sixteen stories from both award-winning veteran crime writers and a new generation of gritty urban authors, Iced boldy defies the notion that Canadians are nicer than everyone else. Isolation, anxiety, and survival-staple themes of CanLit-are the foundations of noir. These powerful narratives feature street-savvy protagonists and corrupt characters struggling to find order, meaning, or maybe even redemption in a world of corruption, lust, mystery, and revenge. A world that's been Iced.


  • "Her Voice on the Phone Was Magic" by William Bankier
  • "The Stand-In" by Mike Bames
  • "Two Fingers' by Kevin Burton Smith
  • "Can You Take Me There, Now?" by Matthew Firth
  • "Coup de Grâce" by Barbara Fradkin
  • "Wipe Out" by Matt Hughes
  • "Life Without Drama" by Crad Kilodney
  • "After Due Reflection" by Mary Jane Maffini
  • "Winter Man" by Eliza Moorhouse
  • "Winter Hiatus" by James Powell
  • "And Then He Sings" by Stan Rogal
  • "Avenging Miriam" by Peter Sellers
  • "The Package" by Brad Smith
  • "Foil For the Fire" by Vem Smith
  • "Head Job" by John Swan
  • "The Duke" by Eric Wright


Kerry J. Schooley liveds and writes in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the guiding force behind Hamilton's popular twice-a-year Noir Nights, and his dark crime fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines and an anthology of short mystery fiction.

Peter Sellers is an award-winning writer. He founded and edited the critically-acclaimed Cold Blood anthology series. Sellers received the Crime Writers of Canada' s pretigious Derrick Murdoch Award in 1992.


  • "...editors Kerry J. Schooley and Peter Sellers understand that noir fiction, like revenge, is a dish best served cold. The best of these 16 stories by Canadian authors are cool, clever, and completely oblivious to the limits of the genre, while showing respect for its conventions... Iced is the rare genre anthology that contains many rewards for non-devotees and, as such, should be an annual event."
    -- Nathan Whitlock,
    Quill & Quire
  • "(With) sixteen stories of black deeds performed by corrupt or corruptible characters in coldly calculating ways...Schooley and Sellers...blow away the usual image of Canadians as Mr. Nice Guy and Miss Goody Two-Shoes."
    -- M. Wayne Cunningham,
    The Mystery Review


Iced: The Noir Noir Anthology of Cold, Hard Fiction
Publisher: Insomniac Press
Publishing date: October 2001 (Canada); Spring 2002 (U.S.A.)
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$19.95 .
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1-894663-11-X . 224 pages. 6" x 9"
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