Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 1960. Moved to London, Ontario, Canada in 1967. Started playing hockey and piano. Went to Sir Wilfred Laurier High School and played the trumpet.
Studied Architectural Technology at Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Sciences. Started playing guitar and writing a little. On a trip to the mountains in 1982 with a friend I decided, or was awakened to the knowledge that I was going to pursue writing. Graduated 1984 and moved to Toronto.
Moved to Saarbrücken, Germany in 1993.
Have traveled many places in North, Middle and South America and Europe.
Besides reading and writing also work on photography and music.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I started my growing up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. My parents were Baptist and church was a big part of life. Out doors was a bigger part. We lived in many different places around Halifax and there were usually woods and fields to play in and adventures to have. I loved visiting my grandfather in the house he built across from the pond and Uncle Victor and Aunt Marion down at Haring Cove. There was a wooden dock out on the water and what I really loved was the feel of the house. It was a little like going to heaven where everyone was nice to me. And the wooden floors were so off kilter that I could roll things down the floor.
We moved to London when I was almost 7. Dad rented a house among the Italians and my sister and I went to another new school. I changed from being a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Boston Bruins. It was the perfect team for kids. And we played road hockey most every day and I started playing ice hockey and my dad bought me a bicycle. I started piano lessons and was quick to learn.
When I was 11, my dad bought my mom, and us too, a house that was to be ours. It was out in that strange land called Suburbia. A fish and games resort was almost beside us with woods all around for miles and miles so dad got a canoe and we chopped dead trees down in the winter for our wood stove.
I was also a member of a boys group at the church. Though I was already not convinced about God and the wild stories in his book, I really enjoyed the camping trips and canoe trips. They really did have an influence on me.
In fact, it was the outdoors that made it clear that I would write. I was in college studying Architecture after deciding not to further my music studies, and a friend and I were taking time out to hike some Rocky Mountains. At the top of one of these mountains I stood and looked over the great expanse and realized. Clear as the day was.
I went back to where I found my friend exploring the surroundings and said to him: "I'm going to be a writer."
He said, "It will take you 20 years."
When did you first start writing?
In school I wrote a few things. Projects. My first attempt at a story was in grade nine in high school. My teacher was so dumb he didn't understand why the plane had suddenly landed where it did after the strange things that happened. And I wasn't going to explain it to him. It was a good lesson, however, for eventually I learned that readers don't know what is happening in your head if it is not written for them to read it. They aren't going to guess things unless they are pointed in the right direction.
But really writing because I had an idea started when I was 19. I wrote little poems. Sometime just some thoughts. And I finally started to read. I was years behind in English up to the end of high school. My Canadian English teacher, after grading me with a 39%, only because she was very impressed with my final presentation, told me I would do well, she thought I was clever and talented. But whatever you do, she really did say this, don't do anything with writing.
Now I did not start writing to spite her. I liked her. She was very cool. I started with my first story quite by accident one night about a year later while practicing my printing at home. That was back before computers so an Architectural student had to practice and make very clear, his printing of letters. With a pencil. Our hockey coach was our teacher. And he said, he used a typical Italian name, the Italians built North America in case anyone wonders, and was it racist, no, Italian is not a race, but we stray far too wide. The point is, make your instructions and lettering clear because someone has to build the thing you draw and write. Do not let them guess.
So after doing A B C D ... X Y Z about 6 times, I got very board. And without deliberation I wrote a sentence. That sentence was then followed with a somewhat more hurried printing. About a third of a page down, a couple friends were let in by my dad, they came down into the basement, that's where I usually was because my room was there, and interrupted me and I never wrote again.
At least not till later that night when I got home and wrote a story that I would use for my Science Fiction course that I took the second year and literally blow my teacher away. He couldn't believe a student of Architecture had a mind of his own. He gave me an A++ on the year. When the grades where hung out afterward people were saying, wow, Steve, no one ever gets A++.
I couldn't top it, obviously, but instead of not being able to read or write all the way to the end of high school, I was the top in English from then on. I made all my English teachers thereafter remember me. And some will still remember me. And best of all, love me.
And to top off this self patting on back answer to question 2, I moved to Toronto after college so didn't make it back to the 5 year reunion. But my sister, who had been in the Canadian English course with me, did. She did study French and English, eventually becoming a professor or something. She met this said teacher, who does have a name, Mrs. Ferguson, and Mrs. Ferguson asked her in the course of their conversation: and what is Steve doing.
The Castle City Manifest is believed to have been written by King Namor Zujahrah. He is known as the Drave King. He was on his way when he ran into Barbaralba. And the story goes from there. The story is very much about emerging from ignorance to the space age. Yes, quite representative of our reality here now. But don't get excited about space wars. Most of the book takes place on the ground or on the water. Sometimes in the water. Barbaralba is a great fisher woman. When she isn't taking war from town to town.
Ali Sam - Erapa - Open Source Movie Challenge. We are making a movie. The beta version is reading all of Ali Sam - Erapa and putting our first video book version of the movie on Bunnie Stop Production. Bunnie Stop Production is hosting the Open Source Movie Challenge. You can post where you please and link in the comment of our first series. Use hash tags and we find you.
Every episode has a code. Use them so we can use the world's search engine, at this time called google, to locate your video or videos when it comes time to select the movies that will be our big open source movie. Crowd created.
We are in the space age now. That's what the book looks at. The new rules are such that we can do this. A web challenge that requires a little thinking and imagination.
Bunnie Stop Production Open Source Movie Challenge is all about having a little fun and learning some things just by accident.
Show us what you can do. Look for our videos on youtube.
A wild adventure for Sally and Billy. Not much sex but a bit of violence. That's why we have to call it adult content. Just so you know. If you have children there are parts you will want to read to them. The first part is free so just try it.
Steve's Stories and Poems First Edition. These Stories are taken from the manifest: Ali Sam Erapa. Most of the stories come from the main character of the adventure madness. Sally takes on writing little stories to explore her mind and discover shit she wanted uncovered so she could deal with it. She has a little help from a couple friends. Artemis and Zara.
Ali Sam - Barbaralba part 4 reveals some surprises about the nature of the beast once known, that's our present, as humans. Most people don't know that humans are transitioning to hands on evolution with the machine. Well, it's too early to hint at this for the book. That part is more like the last part. There is war and other trouble to deal with before the big break through.
Ali Sam - Barbaralba part 3 of 6. The world is getting bigger for The Drave King and Barbaralba. They make contact with The Island of Anamata. They go from civil war to the next level. World war. Now the world is not so big when it comes to humans on land mass. Castle City is being taken down slowly but efficiently and Castle City and Anamata are working together to make weapons and ships.
Ali Sam - Barbaralba part 2. Barbaralba's small army, six, finally comes together to change the path of the never-ending war. Thousands of years, Castle City has ruled with forces even they have forgotten. It is the beginning of the end of an empire. Barbaralba and the Drave King are on their first journey together.
Ali Sam - Barbaralba part 1
The story is taken from Castle City Manifest and from other documents relating to the story. It is a record of a race through rudimentary to advanced technology. Barely fiction and very science. King Namor and Barbaralba are leaders of the disruption. Barbaralba is a fishing Drave.
This is the last bit. A big bit because many things have to be sorted. A few pleasant surprises. And for some reason a couple characters actually have sex. Not my favourite thing in a book but I don't tell my characters what to do. They do it and I report it. Did I mention that before. That this is loosely based on a real story. Anyhow. The end leaves us open to the idea that there will be more.
Things are focusing now. We know who is who and what is what. Randy is getting it together. The big surprise is the Tree People. Sally is getting her head together and is gonna be a team leader. Billy is making things happen.
In part four we get to know Artemis and her small circle of friends. She is much like her name suggests. She and Karla meet up with Zara and Suzanna and have some adventures together. Zara tries to control her violent tendencies to no avail. You can get a feel for what's going on at bunniestop.net. We are recording the beta version.
The 3rd part of 6 parts of Ali Sam - Erapa. Sally and Billy start their would tour. Sally writes Thywill Bedon's story. It is placative but fun. And if anyone wonders. Yes, eventually the whole thing will be in one book. But for now we need to get reading. The Open Source Movie Challenge is the first major event at Bunnie Stop Production and that is at bunniestop.net. We need help.
Ali Sam - Erapa - part 2/6 Open Source Movie Challenge. We are making a movie. Beta version is to read Ali Sam - Erapa and put our first video book version of the movie on Bunnie Stop Production. Bunnie Stop Production is hosting Open Source Movie Challenge. You can post where you please and link in the comment of our first series. We are at youtube.
Ali Sam - Erapa - part 1/6 Open Source Movie Challenge. We are making a movie. The ground work is reading all of Ali Sam - Erapa and putting our first video book version of the movie on Bunnie Stop Production. Bonnie Stop Production is hosting Open Source Movie Challenge. You can post where you please and link in the comment of our first series.
Exercise Your Brain With Ali Sam.
Sally and Billy are life long friends looking for adventures. They get one. Billy is a brilliant theoretical thinker mostly in the area of computer programming and code writing. He keeps Sally sane. Sally is irrational but brilliant. She keeps Billy crazy. The two make a great team. They are well suited to be hired personal managers. And business leaders.
Lewd Limericks aren't really adult content. They are written for a teenage boy. But to be on the safe side, for some topics may not be appropriate for puritan monotheists, even if their beliefs are not challenged, we are calling this adult content. Twelve is likely old enough. Having said that, limericks are just limericks and ain't no one gotta get their nickers in a twist about lewd limericks.
I had an afternoon nap just a couple days ago and in my dream Mark told me I should write a book of Haikus. Normally I wouldn't listen to someone who comes and tells me what to do. But it seemed like a nice idea. It seemed even more pleasant to write them for a good friend. A Hundred Haikus For Luna are for Luna. Thanks to our publisher for dropping into a little dream to suggest it.
Let the world know, that through the grace of God and our Lord Jesus Christ, we have seen the plates. The plates with the story about the Nephi, and the Lamanite. And the Jared, the tower folk... yes, it is true. Moroni has demanded a better translation of the hidden plate and has chosen Steve Howard to retranslate the adventures of the Nephites. With modern technology the plates are made clear.
The Qur'an is a pale retelling of the Torah. It is a book seldom read and little understood. Steve's Koran (Qur'an) makes it easier to understand the repetitious chant that falls short of a story attributed to Muhammad. There is much to learn in this third part of our world's grand monotheistic religions. It would be foolish to believe that God was responsible for a book so full of mistakes.
Revelation is one of those famous books that everyone talks about and knows next to nothing about. It is a mad rant by an under nourished religious fanatic on a island that is a penal colony. Nero is burning his fellow Christians and John has some wild hallucinations. So not only is it a good idea not to take the book too seriously, it is necessary to rip the thing apart for the sake of the fish.
The Other Letters that are not attributed to Paul. James, Peter, John and Jude. They make some mad proclamations that differ little from Paul. They tell the new Christians how to act and think. So, mind management on behalf of the ruling class. We take the meaning to a few extremes to test the realm of possibility and push on the edge of probability. Like the rest of it, it is the Pagan's Protest.
More of Paul's Letters continues with Paul telling the new Christians what not to do. Most believers know the love chapter but fail to notice the rest of it. The real thriller is Hebrews. It's the last big letter before getting to the apostles that had hung out with Jesus. Hebrews is entertaining but requires a knowledge of the Torah. In the end, even your narrator comes to like Paul's ravings.
New New Testament Paul's Galephephi Letters. Paul writes to the Galatians, Ephesians and Philippians. He tells them what to believe, how to be and where to go if they don't. He, or the writers who told the story of Paul the Super Jew, want the Christians to be obedient. And give money. It's the age old business of belief. A real nightmare we still hold to like ignorant apes.
Reject your religion.
New New Testament Paul's letters to the Corinthians is a plethora of rules for the new believers. Paul takes on the role of Moses, dictating how to be and what to do. It is mostly madness but there are a few gems. His famous love chapter is there so everything else can be ignored. But your humble narrator has taken it upon himself to expose the absurdities and contradictions.
New New Testament Paul's letter to the Romans where Paul lets loose a shit storm. Almost everything he says is exactly wrong. It is a letter telling the Romans to obey. The elite, the ruling class, has been chosen by God to rule with tyranny over the slave class. Or as we prefer to say, working class. Soldiers rape murder and plunder for the rulers. The rest work for the rulers. Like is still is.
New New Testament Acts of the Apostles is back to the Torah. Jesus Christ is cut out of the story. Peter and John start a brutal tyranny, Stephen is stoned and Paul decides to change his ways from persecuting Christians to making Jewish laws for Christianity. It is hoped that exposing the story for what it is will free the believers from the slavery of these mad laws. God does not write books.
The Gospel of Mary H. Magdalene is a look at the words of one of the women in the life of Jesus Christ. She reveals a little of his family life and tells some of the unknown story of Jesus. There has been slander propagated by men's clubs of anti-christ religions that Mary Helene was not the woman of Jesus. Just a bad lie to make Jesus an impossible character. He was real. As were his 7 children.
At last, the one and only Gospel of Jesus H. Christ. Many argue about the things that he is said to have said and some say he is just a story taken from astrology. Well, luckily, some of his writing has been found. Brought to Earth by an angel of God. And the long awaited proof that not only was he real but he really was a rebel and defied all authority on his own authority is finally revealed.
New New Testament Gospel of John is more like an acid trip than the preceding gospels. It reveals a few other ideas and a few brilliant secrets about the true nature of the story of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of John is a fairy tale. It was written to tell a story not to dictate how the Christians were to wage their war on the rest of the world. Read it to understand the message.
The Gospel of Luke is a variation on the other two before it and the one after it. Luke speaks with authority though perhaps not so much love for Jesus. His angle is a little more like Paul. Luke does inspire a little outrage. Though most believers would find such a notion blasphemous, the writer of the New New Testament suspects that this may have been intentional. A dare to question.
The Gospel of Mark varies a little from The Gospel of Matthew. It leaves out the birth of Jesus Christ. It is shorter. There are enough things to attack and enough contradiction to expose. It pays very little attention to the women in the life of Jesus, not only his wife Mary Magdalene but all the other women of the court. One has the feeling that Mark just was not into it as much as Matthew.
The Gospel of Matthew, the story of Jesus Christ, remains the same except it is updated and cross referenced with what we have learned over the years. This version assumes that the book is an ancient fairy tale and seeks to find the story hidden within the story. The story is borrowed from astrology and upon examination this becomes clear as does other interesting social critique.
Aaron has been prepared by a secret NASA team to test fly a faster than light speed craft. His two week trip costs him eight Earth years. The project has bankrupt America. America must abandoned the space age and resorts to a fundamental christian dictatorship age. America has taking their armies out of all lands but South America. Aaron is selected to do a job for another government agency.
Some will call it Pagan's Protest, some The Atheist's Bible. Some Blatant Blasphemy. It is a critique on many of our unquestioned beliefs. It is a look at where the world is and where we are in it. It is a collection of short essays, rants, poems and short stories. It is a challenge for the reader to think outside of the paradigm that should have been long dead. Religion is dead. The gods are not.
This book might be removed. Crossed the line. If you want it, grab it now. Don't take it seriously. It was mostly a process of working out mad sex and violence. Apple has censored it. Black listed. Bible should be too. The characters were taken from the old testament. Modernised.
Published: April 15, 2010.
Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A billion people call themselves Christians and very few of them understand or have even read the bible. Part of the problem is that it is a little cryptic. Steve Howard's new version of the New New Testament makes it very clear. The bible is impossible and can not be taken literally. Thus it must be interpreted. This version may shock some believers but to believe without question is madness.
Steve's New Bloody Torah exposes the books of Moses in its true character. Tyranny, oppression, rape and hate. Some will find it blasphemous while others will find it humorous. There has been many years of research and work put into the updated version and is meant to reveal the nature of the old fairytale that has been sold with brutal marketing to be a holy book. It is not.