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Randy Nikkel Schroeder

Randy Nikkel Schroeder grew up in a Mennonite community in Lethbridge. As a young man, he escaped to the high Canadian arctic and, psychologically, never returned. He is the author of the novel Arctic Smoke, the short story collection Crooked Timber: Seven Suburban Faerie Tales, and over fifty short stories and nonfiction pieces, many of them published in the U.S.A., where they do things a little differently. He is also the editor of The Influence of the Imagination, a scholarly book that no one has ever read, and twenty-one poems that no one has ever read, though one of them won an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2008, probably through a clerical error.

 He is often mistaken for the author A.M. Arruin, whom he has translated on numerous occasions. Arruin is, according to Schroeder, a “dangerous malcontent, and maybe an anarchist.” Unlike Arruin, Nikkel Schroeder is also a musician: his two bands, Uncle Zugg and the Tarsands, have written free “soundtrack” music for Arctic Smoke, possibly a first in Canada, and not necessarily a great idea. In his spare time, RNS is a Professor of English, Languages, and Cultures at Mount Royal University.

Learn more and get free stuff at www.randynikkelschroeder.com