All posts by Axel Howerton

Axel Howerton is a former entertainment journalist, and the author of the Arthur Ellis Award nominated detective caper "Hot Sinatra", the modern gothic fairytale "Furr", and the forthcoming "Wolf & Devil" urban fantasy series. His work, including short stories, columns, poetry and essays, have appeared the world over, in no fewer than five languages. Axel is the Prairies director of the Crime Writers of Canada, and a member of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, the Calgary Crime Writers, and the Kintsugi Poets. He is also the editor of the books "Death by Drive-In", "AB Negative", and "Tall Tales of the Weird West", and is the organizer behind one of Canada's first recurring "Noir At The Bar" events, #NoirBarYYC. Visit Axel online at to sign up for the GotHow? email list and receive free exclusive ebook collections, sneak peeks, and more.#AxelHow #GotHow

@AxelHow at #WhenWordsCollide2018 and #NoirBarYYC !!

‘Tis the season for books and reading’! When Words Collide time!

Most of the weekend, I’ll be manning the booth for Coffin Hop Press, which will be in the Merchant’s Room at Table #8, right at the front entrance and right next door to my other publisher, Tyche Books. Two booksellers, one punch-drunk writer kind-of-a-situation:

Friday 12 PM – 8 PM;   Saturday 9 AM – 5:30 PM;    Sunday 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Except when I’m at these other places…

The Best Advice I Ever Received – Panel with CHP’s Axel Howerton and others

Friday – 3PM – Fireside

Coffin Hop Press Pitch Session (Check the WWC website for availability)

Friday – 5PM – Jasper

Coffin Hop Blue Pencil (Check the WWC website for availability)
Friday – 6PM – Jasper

Noir At The Bar

Friday – 9PM – Boomtown Pub

The Killers, the Fright, and Why We Write Them – Panel with Axel Howerton
Saturday – 12PM – Willow Park

TYCHE BOOKS PRESENTS – News on the FURR rerelease and DEMON DAYS!

Autograph Session – CHP Authors and editors appearing
Saturday 8PM – Parkland-Bonavista-Willow Park

The Publishers Panel – Publishers, including CHP, discuss industry trends
Sunday 12 PM – Bonavista

Coffin Hop Press Presents – CHP Authors and editors present their latest releases including THE DAME WAS TROUBLE and Therese Greenwood’s KILL AS YOU GO

Sunday 3 PM – Fireside

Come find me, say hello, buy some books, yadda yadda yadda…


And, as always, I’ll be hosting the #NoirBarYYC on Friday night, August 10th 9 til late, which is open to the public, so COME ON DOWN!


Boomtown Pub
Delta Calgary South
135 Southland Drive SE
Calgary, AB

Polish your cement shoes, straighten your Columbian necktie, and brush the skeletons out of your closet for the annual Noir at the Bar extravaganza, Friday August 10, 2018 at the Boomtown Pub in the Calgary Delta South Hotel – 135 Southland Drive SE

9PM til Late as part of the When Words Collide Writers and Readers conference weekend. Open to the Public.
Bring your friends, your appetite, your extra liver, and your love of dark, ribald, and wildly inappropriate language, as crime writers from across the globe read their best and baddest in hopes of claiming the coveted Golden Skull! Check out the #NoirBarYYC Facebook group for more info.



@AxelHow and @CoffinHop at #CCEE2018

April 26-29, 2018



Come find Coffin Hop Press at the
Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

at booth #1626 in BMO Hall ABC

Books, CHP swag, and more for sale!

Author appearances! 

And catch Axel Howerton on the “Do You Defend the Defenders: Legal Issues in the Netflix/Marvel Superhero Series” panel with lawyers Andrew Stewart, Adam Drew and Gregory Pang! Time and date TBA