Alex McGilvery


Alex is an author who lives in Flin Flon, Manitoba. He has been reading and writing books as long as he can remember. Lately he's taken up content editing as a side line. Alex has books out in a variety of genres from fantasy to horror.

Smashwords Interview

Who is your fictional best friend and what activities do you choose to do together?
I occasionally wonder if my life is a work of fiction, I certainly feel like one of my characters (You need to suffer more before you get to win the day!) But I’m guessing the question implies real life is not a work of fiction. So if I were to hang out with a fictional character it would be Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. That kid knows how to manage chaos, usually by adding more to the mix.
What weather is your writing? A dark and stormy night? A sunshiny day?
Some days it is a hurricane, but lately it’s been more like a pea-soup fog. (Can anyone see the plot? Anyone? Hello?)
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Where to find Alex McGilvery online

Where to buy in print


The Spruce Bay Novels
Spruce Bay is a town in northern Manitoba. The mine pulled out, and most of the people followed. Those who stay find that their isolation brings its own kind of trouble.
Wendigo Whispers
Price: $3.99 USD.
Cry of the White Moose
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Belandria Tarot
The Belandria Tarot follows questions of faith, fate, love, and betrayal. How far would you go for your dreams?


Wendigo Whispers
Series: The Spruce Bay Novels. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,560. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Terror and madness wait to strike... Something is stalking Spruce Bay.
The Princess of Boring
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,340. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books
Even Princesses get bored, but no one has time to coddle her.
The Regent's Reign: Belandria Tarot Book Two
Series: The Belandria Tarot. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,180. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Ruling a kingdom isn't easy, Surviving a pilgrimage isn't either.
The Devil Reversed: The Belandria Tarot Book One
Series: The Belandria Tarot. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,460. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Not all devils come from Hell. Marriette fights to make life better, but there are people who don't want it.
Tales of Light and Dark
Price: Free! Words: 16,890. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fairy tales
Short Fantasy collection, new takes on fairy tales, and others which have a fairy tale feel.
Generation Gap
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,930. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Adventure » General
When age rules the country, it's hard being young.
Cry of the White Moose
Series: The Spruce Bay Novels. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,300. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Jim and Leigh are back, and once again Spruce Bay is in trouble, but this time it's spreading further afield.
Calliope and the Sea Serpent
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 51,790. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Calliope is an artist, but she discovers an interest in engines, putting her in conflict with the man she has growing feelings for. When not only hers, but everyone on the ship's lives are at stake. It gets even more complicated.
The Gods Above
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,140. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Pranthi's life is about taking pictures, so it is a good thing she can make a living at it. Her world is put at risk when her shot of a man turning zombie becomes national news. It isn't the news which is the problem, it's that the zombies don't stop. Her lens can't help her in this new world.
The Heronmaster and other stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,990. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The Heronmaster is a collection of stories featuring a frog who goes to astonishing lengths to defend his pond, a wolf who must solve the disappearance of a bull moose from the woods, a red balloon and a man named Sammy, and lastly the story of a quiet farmer and a meteor he finds one winter’s night.
Sparkles and Blood
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 65,720. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Sparkles and Blood is a collection of four of my horror novellas, including a never before published story. From carnivorous frogs to a post-apocalyptic Beowulf, from the meeting of movie vampire with the real things to a teen at a Christian school who learns she's a witch, these are stories that may chill you, but not cover you with gore.
Sarcasm is My Superpower
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 32,590. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Only one more year to survive High School. It would be so much easier if Petunia could sit back and let the bullies take out their cruelty on Marilyn. Who had the body of every girl's dreams, only she wasn't a boy, but a girl. Loathed by the students, feared by the administration. Petunia was her only friend. Together, they may just make it through.
By The Book
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 34,840. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
They've never done anything that wasn't in The Book. This Tuesday, God sent them on a quest. Now, they're learning not everything is in The Book.
Playing on Yggdrasil
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,640. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Justine makes friends with a tree after being bullied because her mother died two years before. She tells magical stories of another land, but they turn as dangerous as life in this world. It remains for her and her father to choose between a people who believe in peace, and those who trust in war.
The Unenchanted Princess
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,500. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Alexandra is a princess with no enchantment in a land where your enchantment is destiny. She and her friends fight to stop the return of evil magic to the land.

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Smashwords book reviews by Alex McGilvery

  • Invent Utopia Now, Transhumanist Suggestions for the Pre-Singularity Era on Aug. 16, 2011

    Invent Utopia Now is a collection of essays by Hank Pellisier. He covers a broad range of topics from feminism and its positive effect on average lifespans to nudity to a suggestion that parents be licensed before they have children. Hank also uses a variety of ways to make his point from statistics, he has an admitted addiction to top ten lists, to personal opinion, to scientific studies. The essays follow a common thread which is that we don't need to wait for some outside impetus to make our lives better. There are things we can do right now to change our lives and the lives of the rest of the people on the planet for the better. While the title suggests that the book is aimed at the small subset of humanity who are transhumanists, in reality every one will find something in these essays to cause them to think a little deeper about some of their assumptions about the world. As a bonus Hank's writes in a take no prisoners style with both humour and challenge. He talks about what is possible, then pushes it as far as it will go to see what will happen. I found as I read the book that I wanted to argue with a lot of what Hank was saying. This is a good thing. It means that I was being forced to think and respond. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to think, argue and work towards a future that is better than what we have right now.