New sto­ries, play on way from lo­cal power duo

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS - By Bob Arm­strong

FOR­MER Win­nipeg­ger Susie Moloney wants to give read­ers more than just vi­sions of sug­arplums this Christ­mas. The au­thor of horror hits in­clud­ing The Thir­teen and The Dwelling, who now lives in New York with her hus­band, play­wright Vern Thiessen, is launch­ing her fifth book this fes­tive sea­son. Things With­ered (ChiZine Pub­li­ca­tions), Moloney’s first col­lec­tion of short sto­ries, is de­scribed as an ex­am­i­na­tion of “sub­ur­ban dark­ness.” The other half of the literary power cou­ple is look­ing for­ward to the pre­mière of his new play next spring with Toronto’s Soulpep­per the­atre com­pany. For­mer Win­nipeg­ger Thiessen, whose play Einstein’s Gift won the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Award for drama, has writ­ten the first stage adap­tion of Som­er­set Maugham’s 1915 semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal novel Of Hu­man Bondage; his work was de­scribed in the Toronto Star as a pow­er­ful story of “pas­sion and degra­da­tion.”

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