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Youers, Rio

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1971-    ) UK-born author in Canada for many years; his early work, beginning with Everdead (2008), tends to supernatural horror, an emphasis shifting, in a tale like Point Hollow (2015), to topoi verging on Horror in SF, as a malign entity within a mountain gives small-town Americans a glimpse of some truths about the past. The Forgotten Girl (2017) is a paranormal thriller whose protagonist, attempting to track down a mysterious woman from his past, discovers that she has Psi Powers, the most damaging of which her being to create Amnesia in her victims through Memory theft. The Near Future Halcyon (2018) is set on a Keep-like Island in the middle of Lake Ontario whose inhabitants have attempted to construct a Utopia to pull them through the time of troubles. But terrorism and fundamentalist Religion must be countered. Transcendence from our time of woes is eventually eschewed by a family that sticks together. [JC]

Rio Youers

born Amersham, Buckinghamshire: 1971


  • Everdead (Lakeside, Arizona: Graveside Tales, 2008) [pb/]
  • End Times (Hornsea, East Yorkshire: PS Publishing, 2010) [hb/Vincent Chong]
  • Westlake Soul (Toronto, Ontario: ChiZine Publications, 2012) [pb/Erik Mohr]
  • Point Hollow (Toronto, Ontario: ChiZine Publications, 2015) [pb/Erik Mohr]
  • The Forgotten Girl (New York: St Martin's Press, 2017) [hb/]
  • Halcyon (New York: St Martin's Press, 2018) [hb/James Perales]

collections and stories

  • Old Man Scratch (Hornsea, East Yorkshire: PS Publishing, 2010) [chap: hb/Glenn Chadbourne]
  • Dark Dreams, Pale Horses (Hornsea, East Yorkshire: PS Publishing, 2011) [coll: hb/David Gentry]
  • The Angels (Baltimore, Maryland: Cemetery Dance Publications, 2015) [novella: hb/Ray Dillon]


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