Before you proceed…
Thank you for your interest in Sid’s story. Before you carry on, please be aware of the following.
The Old Love and the New is set in an oppressive police state. It depicts and describes abuse, self-harm, suicide, and mental illness including schizoaffective disorder, depression and anxiety. It contains strong and derogatory language, alcohol and drug use, graphic sex between two men, and graphic violence.
I took my foot entirely off the brakes because sometimes, the brakes aren’t even there to be stepped on anymore. However, this means we will be driving full speed into the good things as well as the bad.
The Old Love and the New also depicts love and friendship, identity and passion, trust, hope, and unconditional support in the face of adversity.
So here’s to figuring ourselves out. Here’s to sharing the bad and the good, here’s to pulling each other back up, here’s to laughter, here’s to love, and here’s to you.
Don’t forget your seatbelt.
About the Author
Alistair grew up on the stories his dad read him at night, classical music whenever his mum sat at the piano, and the role playing games he made up with his brother and cousins. Much of his childhood was spent exploring the fields behind his parents’ house.
In his writing, Alistair routinely treats speculative fiction as he would a slice-of-life drama. And makes it queer. After years in France and years in the UK, he settled on the East Coast of Canada with his husband and their twenty plushies.
Features & Appearances
October 20, 2021
Neurodivergence In Fiction
I was recently given the opportunity to write about ADHD, writing, reading, and how it all fits together (or doesn’t) for the Neurodivergence In Fiction series, hosted on the FanFiAddict blog, and curated by the lovely Justin Gross.
December 17, 2021
I had the pleasure of discussing The Old Love and the New with witty wordsmith Rance Denton, author of His Ragged Company and one half of the Quarantine Book Club podcast. Check it out!
January 16, 2022
The Candy Shop
Listen to Gabriel Hargrave, Rune Rivers and me discuss queer lit with the one and only Raul Reads, in the very first episode of his new podcast The Candy Shop!
“Unlike any other book I have read before, written in an unapologetically unique and bold style, the story keeps you on your toes until the very end.”
“Sid’s voice is both beautiful and harrowing, taking us through a journey about love and fear and loyalty, and standing up even though you don’t feel like you can.”
“In short, this is one of the most complex, well-written, and emotionally satisfying (if sometimes also draining) novels I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time.”