New books from two Queens County authors

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By Scott Costen

Two Queens County authors have new books on the market and the genres couldn’t be more different.

Vernon Oickle’s Where Evil Dwells: The Nova Scotia Anthology of Horror brings readers historic tales of the paranormal. Meanwhile, Philip Slayton’s How to Be Good: The Struggle Between Law & Ethics examines contemporary legal and ethical issues.

Frightful stories from across the province

Where Evil Dwells is Oickle’s 27th book. The Liverpool-based author served as both editor and contributor for the publication.

“The book is a collection of stories based on local legend and superstitions around the province. It’s quite an eclectic mix,” he said. “I approached writers and authors from across Nova Scotia who had a background in writing about the paranormal, ghost stories and the supernatural.”

Oickle was raised in a home where superstitious beliefs and strange tales were not uncommon. “I heard it a lot growing up as a kid,” he said.

He’s written extensively about the paranormal and believes it’s a reflection of his South Shore roots. “It’s part of our heritage,” he said. “It’s an interesting part of our past and by writing about it I’m helping to keep these traditions alive.”

Not one to rest on his laurels, Oickle is already working on his next few titles. “I’ve got a couple more irons in the fire,” he said. “There are several projects in the works for next year.”

Where Evil Dwells: The Nova Scotia Anthology of Horror is available in bookstores, on the MacIntyre Purcell Publishing website or through the author.

A voice for those who can’t afford the legal system

How to Be Good is a collection of about 50 columns Philip Slayton wrote over the past 15 years for Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

The retired lawyer said his assembled columns have “certain overarching themes.”

Port Medway resident Philip Slayton (Photo: Queens County Citizen)

“For example, one of them for sure is access to justice, or the lack of access to justice that the ordinary Canadian has,” he said. “The average person is precluded from using the legal system because they can’t afford it. And that’s mostly because of the extraordinary and unwarranted high bills and charges that lawyers levy on clients.”

“Another theme would be my belief that you can’t solve every problem using legal means,” said Slayton, who splits his time between Port Medway and Toronto.

How to Be Good is the fifth book from the former Rhodes Scholar and past dean of law at the University of Western Ontario. While he writes in both Nova Scotia and Ontario, there are unique benefits to writing in Queens County.

“It’s quiet and there are fewer distractions than in the big city,” he said. “And because I’m more relaxed, I can be more productive.”

Slayton, like Oickle, is already working on other titles. He is currently penning a book about men’s professional tennis and is also preparing to write one on freedom. “There are various ways in which freedom in Canada has been eroded or is in danger of erosion,” he said.

How to Be Good: The Struggle Between Law & Ethics is available through Amazon.


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