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I’m a writer, essayist, and novelist of gothic mysteries. My short fiction has been published in PRISM International, Dreamers Magazine, and Firewords Quarterly, and my debut novel, THE HITMAN’S DAUGHTER, is forthcoming from Agora (Polis Books) in early 2022. 


My creative endeavors gravitate toward fusions of mystery with horror, psychological suspense, and surrealist fiction. As an Armenian of the diaspora and Lebanese-Canadian, I’m furthermore invested in themes of belonging. My work often explores existential questions—moments when people are caught in dark states of transition, contradiction, and flux. I’ve also authored scholarly essays on posthumanism and surrealism, both topics that influence my storytelling.


I have an interdisciplinary PhD from York University, am a two-time Pitch Wars mentor and a professor in the Faculty of Media and Creative Arts at Humber College in Toronto. When not reading and writing ghost stories, I live in a hundred-and-twelve-year-old haunted house.

© 2021 by Carolyne Topdjian.

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