Scott Colby has lived most of his life on the northern shores of two Great Lakes — Lake Superior and Lake Ontario — where the unique people and landscapes have inspired his writing.
Tales from the North Shore contains two trilogies of humorous and satirical stories: the popular “Death in Etobicoke” series set in suburban Toronto and another set in the frontier city of Thunder Bay, Ont. These dynamic stories are inhabited by unforgettable characters and combine fact and fiction, humour and horror, birth and death, darkness and light.
The original “Death in Etobicoke” story began as a satirical send up of Thomas Mann’s classic novel Death in Venice, which was the book of the month in Scott’s friend’s wife’s book club. Follow that? Scott was not a big fan of Death in Venice, but hopes you are a fan of “Death in Etobicoke,” especially when you find out who dies. Scott also honours some classic horror titles, such as The Shining and The Silence of the Lambs. “Death in Etobicoke” introduced the bewildering and intoxicating young Goth woman, Lucy Fehr, who throughout the trilogy shows a mysterious and dangerous attraction to the author. How will the trilogy end? Can Scott resist Lucy’s siren call into the darkness?
The Thunder Bay trilogy contains two coming-of-age memoirs from Scott’s childhood. One features a deranged and bloody-minded Finnish trapper; the other an epic night as a teenage bingo caller. The third story is a lively fictional tale inspired by a real Thunder Bay man with an unbelievable — and unsanitary — connection to Queen Elizabeth.