Meet The Presenter

We are pleased to announce an addition to our roster for this year. Welcome publisher Brian Hades.

As a boy, Brian Hades took to the family business with precocious fervor, even when it meant wearing a top hat with a rabbit hidden in it. Yes, more than half-a-century ago, the grey-haired, pony-tailed 58-year-old publisher of science-fiction and fantasy novels began his working life as a magician. Not just any magician, mind you, but a magician from a family of magicians; a child prodigy who was entertaining Calgarians by the age of seven.

He made birds disappear, pulled rabbits from his hat. Then, at the peak of his powers, he gave it all up.

"I retired at the age of 14 after seven years of service," he says, "My father had this idea that I was going to be a star. At 14, I had other plans." Given his early experiences in the spotlight, it's perhaps surprising that Hades ended up in a career that finds him working a less showy form of magic behind the scenes as the head of EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Canada's largest genre book publisher.

"Publishing fits me to a T," says Hades. "I like being behind the scenes, the guy pulling the strings and getting things organized."

As head of EDGE, Hades is leading the Canadian campaign to add respectability to the often ghettoized genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. A quick glance of his releases this year--which include titles under Hades' three imprints: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Tesseract Books and Absolute XPress--shows that its international roster of authors tackles a wide variety of speculative fiction concerns.

"The magic of pulling a rabbit out of a hat," says Hades, "is not all that far removed from the magic created when you read a great story by a great story teller." 

Welcome, Brian!