Cliff Burns

Biography

I've been a professional writer for thirty years and have 13 books and well over 100 published short stories to my credit (including 15 major anthology appearances).

A partial list of my titles: SO DARK THE NIGHT, DISLOYAL SON and THE LAST HUNT.

Two of my recent books have been shortlisted for national independent press prizes and my work has earned praise from reviewers and readers around the world, including STRANGE ADVENTURES (U.K.) who wrote: "At last Canada has a literary equivalent of David Cronenberg!"

All of my novels and collections are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble...or (preferably) can be ordered through your favourite local independent book shop.

Where to find Cliff Burns online

Videos

Cliff Burns: Out Loud
From 2012: author Cliff Burns reads from two collections of prose and poetry before a live audience.

Books

The Algebra of Inequality
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,410. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Spiritual
2018 collection of poetry by Canadian author Cliff Burns. The themes vary from the spiritual to the anxieties and terrors associated with life in the 21st Century.
The Last Hunt
Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A novel set in the dying days of the Old West. Frank Seaver is a relic of bygone days, when a fast gun and killer instinct meant the difference between life and death. But now a more modern era is dawning and men like Seaver are obsolete, hunted to extinction.
So Dark the Night (Full Novel)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,750. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
An occult thriller, a mystery featuring two detectives who only work at night...and the case that nearly costs them everything.
Righteous Blood
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,550. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Two novellas on the theme of evil--graphic and disturbing dark fantasy/horror.
Sex and Other Acts of the Imagination
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,520. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
A cult classic, back in print and ready to rock your world. Stories of the macabre and surreal, plausible and terrifying.
Exceptions and Deceptions
Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Short stories that defy easy categorization, tales of intimate horror and psychological torment.
Mouth: Rants and Routines
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,480. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2019. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Civil & human rights
A collection of rants and diatribes on hot button issues like political correctness, identity politics and the narcissism endemic in contemporary society.
"The Hibakusha"
Price: Free! Words: 4,000. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(3.00 from 1 review)
A post-apocalyptic horror story, creatures surviving in the ruins of a blasted city and a woman desperate enough to make contact with them...
New World Man
Price: Free! Words: 7,110. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
A tale included in Jonathan Gates' anthology of THE 20 ALL TIME BEST SCIENCE FICTION STORIES. A cyberpunk gem, set in the near future and all too believable and authentic...
Also Starring
Price: Free! Words: 530. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Someone impersonating famous character actors is on a crime spree--who's behind this nefarious scheme and what is their motivation? One of my most popular stories.
In Dreams, Awake
Price: Free! Words: 2,920. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
What would happen if the end of the world came...and everyone slept right through it? A speculative fiction short story that is all too plausible--a killing plague that leaves no marks...
While You Were Away
Price: Free! Words: 1,310. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A short story about isolation--loneliness is the ultimate mind-altering substance...
RSVP
Price: Free! Words: 1,310. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A short story from my 1997 collection THE REALITY MACHINE. An absolutely bizarre creation, a funny and ghastly tale.
The Goblins
Price: Free! Words: 1,040. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(4.00 from 1 review)
A short story about things that go bump in the night, despite what your parents might have told you.
Teenage Wasteland
Price: Free! Words: 4,070. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Jamie just wants to buy a little dope, make some money before his dad finds out. Unfortunately, that means he has to deal with freaks like Lyle...
The Strange Music
Price: Free! Words: 660. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(3.00 from 1 review)
A short story that takes place during a car ride home, after an "incident" at a party. Gripping and authentic, one of the best of my early tales.
Restitution
Price: Free! Words: 1,470. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Welcome to "Restitution", a new reality TV show that allows you to make amends to the people you've wronged...
The Cattletruck
Price: Free! Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
A post-apocalyptic tale, set in a blasted landscape: a train load of people, heading to their doom...
Invisible Boy
Price: Free! Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A frightening and all too believable account of a child in peril...and a grim reminder that a story doesn't have to have monsters in it to be scary.
Eyes in the Sky
Price: Free! Words: 4,080. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Literature » Literary
An alternative history where the Space Age never happened and less conventional types of espionage and surveillance are being employed...
Disloyal Son
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,250. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
An author seeks to explore his family's past and discovers it's far darker than he ever imagined. A richly imagined and suspenseful story, based on real life events.