Spells is a violent coming-of-age story set in suburban Canada in the 1970's. Andy Loch, a chubby 14-year-old, is obsessed with witchcraft and the occult. Convinced that occult forces curse his family, and that he himself possesses supernatural abilities, the boy dabbles in black magic in a desperate effort to connect with his remote father. Andy's fascination with the occult peaks during "Tut-mania," the craze sparked by the North American tour of Tutankhamun's burial treasures. As Andy begins a macabre road trip from his small hometown to Toronto to see the exhibition, his world and his sanity spiral out of control.
R. M. Vaughan is a Toronto-based writer and video artist. For ECW he has written three books of poetry — Invisible To Predators, A Selection of Dazzling Scarves, and Ruined Stars — and the novel Spells. He is also the author of A Quilted Heart (Insomniac Press). His essays, poems, stories and plays appear in numerous anthologies, and his experimental videos play in festivals and galleries around the world. Vaughan writes about art and culture for The Globe and Mail, Canadian Art, Mix, Xtra! and many other periodicals.