17. Euchre for the Leathery Crowd. [David Demchuk.]

David Demchuk has been writing for performance, print and digital media for nearly 40 years. He’s got a special interest in queerness and monstrosity. His debut novel, The Bone Mother, was shortlisted and nominated for a number of awards, and was the first horror novel to ever be nominated for the prestigious Giller Prize, in 2017. David grew up in Winnipeg, where he first came out, and moved to Toronto in his early 20s. 

David and Michael talk about monsters, gay Winnipeg in the 70s, AIDS, the relentless task of mourning, and playing euchre with leather daddies while the Hells Angels keep you safe.

David’s Five Songs

Superstar by The Carpenters.
Don't Leave Me This Way by Thelma Houston.
Song to the Siren by This Mortal Coil.
Everything Must Change by Nina Simone.
Howl by Florence and the Machine.

Show Notes.

David’s personal website. His book’s site, and its publisher’s.

David’s professional and personal Twitter accounts.

Tim Buckley’s version of Song to the Siren.

A piece about Toronto’s steps.

Friend of the show Anthony Oliveira writes about the Bruce McArthur case.

This is Your Playlist! Every song we’ve featured on every episode, in order (...if they’re on Spotify).

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