Great Lakes Gothic

Screen Shot 2019-02-19 at 9.21.54 PMHilary Scharper is a Canadian novelist who writes “Ecogothic” fiction. Her current writing project is “Great Lakes Gothic”—a series of (mysteriously) waterly stories unfolding on each of the Great Lakes.

“A normal lake is knowable. A Great Lake can hold all the mysteries of an ocean, and then some.” – Dan Egan, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, 2017


Christie Ann Morrison, 1882. She and her brother were the two sole survivors of the sinking of the S.S. Asia, a passenger steamship and package freighter. Overladen with freight, the boat went down near Lonely Island, Georgian Bay on September 14th 1882. The steamer’s flimsy lifeboats were overturned in the rough waters, leading to a loss of 123 lives.