Michael Slade

Criminal lawyer MICHAEL SLADE has acted in over one hundred murder cases. His specialty is the law of insanity. He argued the last death penalty case in Canada’s highest court. 
Backed by his forensic experience, Slade’s Special X thrillers fuse the genres of police and legal procedure, whodunit and impossible crime, suspense, history, and horror. Slade was guest of honor at both the Bloody Words crime convention and the World Horror Convention. As Time Out puts it, “A thin line separates crime and horror, and in Michael Slade’s thrillers, the demarcation vanishes altogether.” Slade was guest speaker at the international Police Leadership Conference and several RCMP regimental dinners. As Reader’s Digest puts it, “The Slade books have developed a strong following among police officers because of their strict adherence to proper police procedure.”
Slade is currently converting his 14 Mountie Noir novels to e-books, available here: http://specialx.net/

SiWC Workshops

Saturday 3:30pm

More than twenty years since its first publication, Diana Gabaldon's first book, Outlander, returned to the NYT bestseller list this summer, in response to the debut of the Outlander TV series. That got us wondering about our panelists' first experiences on the list: where were they when they found out? What difference did it make to their careers? Did they buy nicer pyjamas to work in? How did they celebrate? This panel traditionally wanders a great deal of ground with a lot of laughter, so bring your questions and enjoy!

Friday 3:30pm

Join renowned horror and thriller writer and criminal lawyer Michael Slade for insights for writing softboiled cosies, hardboiled thrillers, police procedurals and horror thrillers. He’ll share tricks of the trade and dos and don’ts, too.

Sunday 11:00am

Join horror and thriller maestro  Michael Slade to explore thrills, chills, mystery, and genre-bending in the digital age.