Alternate Plains

Stories of Prairie Speculative Fiction


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Stories of Prairie Speculative Fiction

$ 7.99$ 21.95
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A man runs for his life from the promise of death held by trees; a lost VHS tape offers footage of a lost, grisly history; a diaspora clings to magical shards of home and more in this collection of speculative fiction by authors from across the Canadian Prairies.

A follow-up to the 2018 hit, Parallel Prairies.

Featuring stories from:

Linda Trinh, Sheryl Normandeau, S.M. Beiko, Rhonda Parrish, Patrick Johanneson, Lynne M. MacLean, David Demchuk, Bob Armstrong, Chadwick Ginther, Wayne Santos, Sheldon Birnie, and Premee Mohamed

Praise for Parallel Prairies

“So much fun! I’m loving this book … the stories take place in Manitoba, but they transcend” — Joanne Kelly, CBC Manitoba


“… a kaleidoscope of style and subject matter. Echoes of iconic storylines pulled from the annals of cult sci-fi, fantasy and suspense ring through Manitoba’s landscape.” — The Uniter


“I was born and raised in Thompson — a northern community with mosquitos big as ravens, ravens big as bears, and bears that run for local office — so I know weird when I read it. And this is some choice weird right here. I don’t know what the future holds for Manitoba, but if these stories are any indication, the flatlands are in for a bumpy ride.” — Corey Redekop, author of Husk and Shelf Monkey


“…the province is a harsh, demanding land but not without its beauty and rewards. Amazing what stories the contributors wrested from its soil. I confess this book exceeded my expectations. Well worth reading.” —Amazing Stories



DARREN RIDGLEY is a journalist and genre fiction writer residing in Winnipeg. Originally from sleepy Killarney, Man., Darren often evokes his rural roots in his writing, as well as his Polish and Atlantic-Canadian heritage.

ADAM PETRASH is an author and editor from Winnipeg. He is the co-editor of the speculative fiction anthology, Parallel Prairies: Stories of Manitoba Speculative Fiction, and the author of a novella, The Ones to Make it Through. His work has appeared in journals throughout North America.

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Epub, Kindle, Paperback, Pre-order paperback

Alternate Plains was launched at McNally Robinson Booksellers on October 30, 2021. Check out the full video of the event HERE.


“The 12 stories will give you, in most cases, the creeps and a few good jump frights, while also offering some challenging and thought-provoking visions of life on the Prairies — now and in the future.” — Joanne Kelly, Winnipeg Free Press


QUICK LOOK Review by Rich Horton in LOCUS Magazine.


“Ultimately, Alternate Plains provides an effective sample menu of fantastical stories. Some are sharp and spicy. Some are acidic and icy. And some leave you hungry for more.” — Bruce Cinnamon is the author o/The Melting Queen. In Alberta Views.