Jonathan Ball
Jonathan Ball, PhD, writes “stranger fiction”—horror, science fiction, and fantasy influenced by experimental literature. He teaches creative writing and hosts the podcast Writing the Wrong Way, showing writers new ways to work and create innovative art that stands out. He is the author of many books, including Clockfire, 77 plays that would be impossible to produce, The Politics of Knives, poems about violence, narrative, and spectatorship, and winner of a Manitoba Book Award, and The National Gallery. Jonathan also wrote John Paizs’s Crime Wave, an academic study of a neglected cult film classic, which won another Manitoba Book Award. Jonathan has directed short films, (including Spoony B, which sold to The Comedy Network), and won the 2014 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. He is also president and publisher of Stranger Fiction Inc. His book Ex Machina is available for free at
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