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 Latest Release:  April, 2015

cover,jpegFamily secrets lie at the heart of my latest novel, Disloyal Son. A murder mystery spanning four decades, a tale of doomed love and an unspeakable act of betrayal. Drawing on details and incidents from my childhood, I’ve devised a strange hybrid of fact and fiction, where the boundaries of truth and invention no longer apply. The end result is a gripping, nail-biting work of suspense, a “false memoir” haunted by the shadowy presence of a wounded. enigmatic father.

Authentic, unsettling, all too credible, a novel that sets out to shed light on old crimes and, in the process, reveals how the sins of our parents and grandparents still have an impact, generations after the fact. Certain acts can never be forgotten…or forgiven.

Disloyal Son can be ordered through your favorite independent bookstore, from Amazon or wherever new books are sold.

Get your Kindle copy here, your e-book here.

For your signed copy:

$19.00 (USA & Canada) + Shipping:  $12.00 (Canada); USA $9.00 (Surface) $11.00 (Airmail)

£13  (Great Britain) + $19.00 shipping

€18 (Europe) + $19.00 shipping

Send money order (NO personal cheques) to:

Black Dog Press
1142 105th Street
North Battleford, SK
S9A 1S7




Cover:2Originally published back in 1990, Sex & Other Acts of the Imagination and its intimate, closely observed brand of horror had a powerful effect on readers, to the extent that the book acquired something of a legendary status among horror aficionados. We’re pleased to be re-issuing the Sex collection redux, which features a new cover, Author Introduction and story notes…and of course some pretty fine short stories (“Invisible Boy”, “Walt Disney in Hell” and “The Hibakusha”, among others). 

Price:  $16.95 (USA & Canada)

£10/€12 (Britain & Europe)

Shipping:  Canada: $7.00

USA:  $9.00 (Surface)  $11.00 (Airmail)

International:  $11.00 (Surface)  $22.00 (Airmail)

Sex & Other Acts of the Imagination is distributed through Ingram and can be ordered from your favorite indie bookstore/seller or through Powell’s Books, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.

Kindle and e-book versions are also available @ $2.99.

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Front coverExceptions and Deceptions is a collection of genre-busting short stories encompassing the past fifteen years and highlighting an incredibly diverse roster of tales. Includes “Daughter”, a harrowing account of abduction, and the previously unpublished novella “Second Sight”. Nineteen stories, clocking in at over two hundred and fifty pages, with the added bonus of an author’s Afterword and notes on each of the tales. Gorgeous cover art by Joslyn Cain completes the package.

A volume book-lovers and fans of fantastic literature will treasure.

Shortlisted for 2014 ReLit Independent Press Award 

“Cliff Burns’s books belong on anyone’s five-foot shelf of essential reading, lodged snugly between Borges and Burroughs.”
Stefan Dziemianowicz
“I’ve been following Cliff Burns’s career for the past 25 years and there isn’t a finer horror writer in Canada.”
Robert Runté, critic and academic

For your signed copy:

$17.95 (USA & Canada) + Shipping:  $12.00 (Canada); USA $9.00 (Surface) $11.00 (Airmail)

£12  (Great Britain) + $16.50 shipping

€14 (Europe) + $16.50 shipping

Send money order (NO personal cheques) to:

Black Dog Press
1142 105th Street
North Battleford, SK
S9A 1S7

Email inquiries:

Exceptions & Deceptions is available on Kindle and e-book.

Copies can also be ordered through Powell’s Books, Amazon..or your favorite independent bookseller.

Distributed by the Ingram Book Company.




Surreal, unsettling verse and short prose; highly personal, lyrical, unrelenting, savage…

Poetry and short tales worthy of these dark ages.  “Best of…” compilations culled from the past twenty-five years, the work appearing in these two companion volumes defies categorization and resists easy interpretation. It is a Rorschach Test for troubled times, prayers for rain in years of drought, a calm, clear center in the midst of Bedlam.

The 20th Century is a skull/gleaming in a dry creekbed…”

Each edition includes an author’s Afterword.

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New & Selected Poems (1984-2011)

Price: $12.00 (USA & Canada)
£8/€10 (Britain & Europe)

Shipping:  Canada $3.00  USA $7.00  Overseas $14.00

Also on sale at Amazon and Powell’s Books…or order through your favorite independent bookstore.

Available only as a trade paperback (no e-book or Kindle version)

Shortlisted for a 2013 ReLit Independent Press Award

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Stromata: Prose Works (1992-2011)

Now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or from your favorite independent bookseller.

(Same terms and shipping as New & Selected Poems)

Buy the Kindle edition here.

Or buy the e-book from Powell’s or


The Last Hunt (A Novel of the Old West)

From the jacket copy:

Frank Seaver is done with killing. Tired of looking over his shoulder, all too aware that the era of the gunfighter is fading away, his kind virtually obsolete.

But his past proves hard to shake, especially after the accidental shooting of a deputy in Missouri. Now a wanted man, Seaver embarks on a long trek that takes him all the way to Livingston, Montana, where he is persuaded to join the hunt for a savage mountain lion terrorizing the Yellowstone region.

The Last Hunt is a story of violent men in violent times and the strict codes they lived by. It is an exciting, vivid evocation of the Old West, a heartfelt tribute to a genre that has produced masterpieces like Alan LeMay’s The Searchers and Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch”.

Price:  $14.95 (USA & Canada)

£10/€13 (Britain & Europe)

Shipping:  Canada: $12.00

USA:  $9.00 (Surface)  $11.00 (Airmail)

International:  $11.00 (Surface)  $22.00 (Airmail)

The Last Hunt is distributed through Ingram and can be ordered from your favorite bookstore/seller.

You can also get the e-book for $1.99 from Powell’s or (among other places).

Also available on Amazon Kindle.


So Dark the Night is my first full-length novel.  A supernatural mystery, shweetheart, featuring two of the most lovable gumshoes since Holmes and Watson shared digs on Baker Street.

Cassandra Zinnea and Evgeny Nightstalk have drawn their fair share of strange cases—what do you expect when your clientele is drawn from people who only come out at night?  But this time they find themselves up against an adversary well-schooled in the black arts, their very souls in mortal peril.  Danger lurks everywhere and the darkness can hide a multitude of sins…not to mention all manner of walking corpses, forbidden rituals and creatures plucked from the formless ether.  So Dark the Night is a spook show that delivers everything it promises, an occult mystery that will keep you reading long into the night…

You can get it from (including a Kindle version), order it from your favorite bookstore, download the e-book or, if you’d prefer a signed copy, get in touch with me.

The price (if you choose the latter option) is $17.95 (USA & Canada) + Shipping:  $12.00 (Canada); USA $9.00 (Surface) $11.00 (Airmail)

£13  (Great Britain) + $16.50 shipping

€14.75 (Europe) + $16.50 shipping

So Dark the Night is distributed by Ingram.


Of the Night continues my “Ilium cycle”, although it is a stand alone novel, with an entirely different cast of characters than So Dark the Night.  From the jacket copy:

Something is loose in the streets of Ilium…

People are disappearing, swept up and borne off in savage attacks launched from above, and the stories the survivors tell are horrifying, too unbelievable to be true.

Police detective Gus Novak finds his training, skills and instincts sorely tested by circumstances that defy rational explanation.  As the city comes under siege and the body count rises, Novak acknowledges the strange, uncanny forces at work and enlists the assistance of an eccentric and diverse cast of characters to help him defeat his inhuman adversary.

A novel of supernatural suspense, Of the Night explores settings and situations first introduced in Cliff Burns’ So Dark the Night (2010).  Of the Night is imbued with the spirit, passion and originality of the best of the “B” movies; it is pulp fiction of the highest order.

Price:  $11.00 (USA & Canada)
Shipping within Canada:  $3.00      USA $7.00

£7.50/€ 9 (U.K./Europe/elsewhere)
Overseas shipping $14.00

Note:  You can also order Of the Night from your favorite bookstore…or buy it on-line from Amazon, Powell’s Books, Barnes & Noble, etc.  There are also e-book and Kindle versions available.



My science fiction novelette (10,000 words), “Eyes in the Sky” is now available for purchase on Amazon Kindle.  This is an intriguing and unsettling “What if…” scenario, an alternate history where the atom bomb was a dud and the Space Age never happened.  Influenced by the work of Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, Alfred Bester, A.E. van Vogt and Barry Malzberg.  For a mere $.99 (99 cents), less than the price of most stupid apps, you can buy the story here, settle back before whatever screen you choose and enjoy a solid, literate, original work of speculative fiction.

Download and read a free excerpt from “Eyes in the Sky”

Righteous Blood (PS Publications; Britain; paperback)

Two novellas on the nature of contemporary evil.  Both were optioned for adaptation into films.  Bleak, unrelenting offerings, tales truly from the dark side.  Peter Crowther, the original publisher of this book, has sold out his run so these are the last available paperback copies. Going, going…

Price $20.00 (U.S./Canada) + shipping (same rates as So Dark the Night-see above)

The Reality Machine (Black Dog Press; paperback)

My last short story collection, containing some of my best and most popular tales, including “Also Starring” and “New World Man” (selected for an anthology of the twenty all-time best science fiction stories, published by Goldmann in Germany).

Price: $16.95 (U.S./Canada) + $4.00 shipping (Canada); $7.00 (USA)

* Overseas orders:  please e-mail me ( for mailing rates.

Terms:  Please make money orders payable to either “Cliff Burns” or “Black Dog Press”.  Send orders and inquiries to:

Black Dog Press
1142 105th Street
North Battleford, SK
S9A 1S7


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  2. kathy mohr

    My cheque is in the mail for a signed copy.

    Can’t wait to read

    Kathy (the golden child)

  3. Cliff Burns

    A signed copy it is–give it 7 days and you should have it in your mailbox. My printers have 5 boxes of books winging toward me from the States and they’ll be here any time.

    You’re going to love SO DARK THE NIGHT, kid. And my thanks for your support and patronage.

  4. Dave Morton

    Cliff – thanks for the read – I did not know what to expect – I was happily amused – your pricelessly funny grasp of the vernacular and amazing references to such a multitude of sources and inferences astonished me in their variety. I think you enjoy the research more than the writing? what better excuse to watch old movies and read up on things!

    Thanks again for a most entertaining foray into a genre quite outside most of my brain experience.

    I need a signed copy of ‘So Dark The Night’ for my son Richard – I think he will love the book – right up his alley. Ill send $s.

    Thanks and thanks again – your friendly neighborhood quack

    Dave M. @ North B. Medical Clinic. (Dark passages evaluated by appointment)

  5. Cliff Burns

    David is my family doctor, ladies and gentlemen, a man whose training and education should disqualify him from enjoying such a bizarre and noir-ish offering as So Dark the Night. I knew this novel had “cross over” appeal but it’s fun to have tangible proof for that view. My thanks, Dave, and it was great to see you at the reading/book launch. Even hard-worked MDs need a night off. And we sure had fun, didn’t we?

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  7. James

    Gotta love randomness, I stumbled across your blog when trying to remember who opened for QOTSA back in 2008. Your blog entry about the concert was quite funny and when I saw you were an author I figured I’d explore your page a little further. I now know what’s next on my reading list and I’ll be visiting the kindle store when I get home tonight. Great prices by the way! I’ll get So Dark The Night and Of The Night for less than a paper book from the store! Best of luck!

  8. Cliff Burns

    You bring back some great memories. That was a fantastic concert. My son Sam has now become a HUGE Queens fan so our place just rocks some days.

    Hope you enjoy both books—they were murder to write, So Dark in particular (3+ years of full-time toiling) just about killed me. But I dearly love the wee beauties and won’t begrudge the pain they caused, the years they trimmed off the end of my life. Drop me a line once you’re done, let me know what you think.

    All the best to you.

  9. Kay Ogundimu

    I find your inputs very interesting. coming from a fellow book-lover, your articles are definitely worth reading.

    Good stuff.

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