Congratulations to author Peter Norman. He’s been nominated for a Sunburst award for his eerie, brilliant story ‘The Night Stylist’ in Issue 12. He summons atmosphere, intrigue, and danger with every word …
A tire blew out. A motor died in the cold. A wrong turn off the 17 got you lost. Or maybe you just got confused, like most of us do, somewhere down the road. You need help, a hand, someone with jumper cables, know-how, kind words. Someone who can snip away the shroud of confusion, tidy things up into a shape you understand.
One way or another, if you ever wind up on the streets of Rayburn late at night—later, say, than two in the a.m.—winter gnawing your extremities, you’ll peer around for someplace open. Windows will be dark, the neon dead above the old Chinese restaurant.
– ‘The Night Sylist’, Peter Norman, Pulp Literature Issue 12, Autumn 2016
Peter Norman got his start in non-fiction, and has gone on to write well-received poetry, including three collections, and a novel, Emberton. His poetry and novel have also received nominations, for the Trillium Poetry Book Award, and for the Sunburst. He won the 2013 NOW Battle of the Bards. He continues to write, and edits for magazines and publishers across Canada. He is an award-winning public speaker, and recent appearances include The Word on the Street Toronto, Thin Air Winnipeg, and the International Festival of Authors. We’d walk the streets of Rayburn in the dead of night to hear him speak. Congratulations, Peter Norman, on your Sunburst Award nomination.