From September to the beginning of December I, and a group of other writers, were lucky enough to have the opportunity to take a graduate course in Creative Writing from author Lisa Moore (CaughtFebruaryAlligatorFlannery, & more).
One of the course’s requirements was that we contribute to a podcast. The subject was left to our choosing. Everyone came with various ideas; eventually, mine was chosen. I’d heard the story of Isaac Mercer, a man who was killed around 1860 in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland. Several days after Christmas, when Isaac and two other men were walking home from work, a bunch of men dressed as mummers attacked him. Isaac was beaten with a blown bladder and a hatchet. He died the next day from his wounds. The next year, this attack and others (mummering was often used a device of class warfare, a way for the lower class to mask themselves and wreak havoc on the upper class) prompted the Newfoundland government to pass a law prohibiting the wearing of masks in public, under the guise of it being a public nuisance. However, the practise of mummering, around Christmastime, is still a tradition all around Newfoundland and Labrador, despite the law technically remaining in the books as of this day.

On that note, here’s our podcast, Blood on the Snow; a fictionalised telling of this murderous story. Recorded by Angela Antle at CBC studios in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.

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I'm a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) graduate and a Master's student with a concentration in early modern literature and print culture. Although I've studied everything from Medieval literature onward, also spending an extensive time studying post-modern critical theory; I have a large interest in both Marshall McLuhan and Jean Baudrillard. I completed my Honours thesis on John Milton's Paradise Lost + the communal aspects of its conception, writing, and its later printing/publication. This thesis will serve as the basis for a book about Milton's authorship and his influence on pop culture (that continues to this day). My Master's program involves a Creative Thesis, which will be a full-length, semi-autobiographical novel. Author Lisa Moore is supervising the writing of this thesis. I'm also already looking towards doing a dissertation for a PhD in 2019, focusing on early modern print culture in Europe and the constructions of gender identities. - I'm also a writer and a freelance editor. My short stories have been printed in Canada and the U.S. I edited Newfoundland author Earl B. Pilgrim's latest novel The Adventures of Ernest Doane Volume I. Aside from that I have a short screenplay titled "New Woman" that went into post-production during early 2018. I was part of a pilot episode for "The Ship" on CBC; I told a non-fiction story of mine about my own addiction/alcoholism live for an audience with nine other storytellers. - Meanwhile, I'm writing more screenplays, working on editing a couple novels I've finished, and running this website/writing all of its content. I used to write for Film Inquiry frequently during 2016-17. I'm currently contributing to a new website launching in May 2018, Scriptophobic; my column is titled Serial Killer Cinema. Contact me at u39cjhn@mun.ca or hit me up on Twitter (@fathergore) if you want to chat, collaborate, or have any questions for me. I'm also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fathersonholygore. Cheers!

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