The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

We are overjoyed to be co-hosting the talented Daryl Sneath as he launches his third novel, In The Country In The Dark, at Old Flame Brewery with emcee Rob Winger and a special brew for the occasion!


Old Flame Brewery is launching a special beer for this event called In The Country In The Dark.

“With notes of chocolate, roast bread, and coffee beans, In the Country in the Dark is a medium-bodied deep brown ale that pairs well the novel of the same name. The hint of cranberry gives the beer a ruby hue, suggesting the crimson undertones of the story’s rural darkness. A book and beverage in one, to be shared or enjoyed alone, as the sun goes down, and under the cover of night.”


Landon and Joy may have just met but they feel an instant connection with one another. Sharing a similar craving for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind in the big city they are brought together in a whirlwind romance and quickly become inseparable. After only knowing one another for mere days, in an act of great courage–or foolishness–they decide to pick up and move to the remote town of Lowbone where they purchase The Hart Farm–an idyllic farm with a tragic and potentially violent past. Landon and Joy decide ignorance is bliss and their days are filled with creating art, reading, listening to music, and drinking wine.

However, as the seasons begin to change and the heat of summer–as well as the heat of their initial infatuation–begins to cool, the two realize how little they know about each other as well as the house they now share. The sun-drenched summer days turn to long cold winters and Landon and Joy begin to feel an unshakable sense of danger and uncertainty about what they used to delight in–the mysterious and tragic history of The Hart Farm, the wolves that prowl in the dark of night, and the near stranger they share a bed with.

In the Country in the Dark is a thrilling psychological exploration of the secrets we keep and why, the obsessions we live with, the love we all need, the family we sometimes find–and the lengths we might go to keep it.


Daryl Sneath is an author and high school English and Philosophy teacher from rural Ontario. He is the author of three novels, In the Country in the DarkAs the Current Pulls the Fallen Under, and All My Sins. Daryl holds an MA in Literature & Creative Writing from The University of Windsor. His poetry and fiction have been published in journals including The Antigonish ReviewPrism internationalWascana ReviewNashwaak ReviewpaperplatesZouch MagazineQuilliadFreeFallFilling StationThe Dalhousie Review, and The Literary Review of Canada. One of his short stories was longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize.


Rob Winger is the author of four books of poetry, most recently It Doesn’t Matter What We Meant (McClelland & Stewart, 2021). His work has been shortlisted for (and lost!) some of Canada’s most esteemed literary awards, including the Governor General’s Award, Ottawa Book Award, and Trillium Book Award for Poetry. An Associate Professor at Trent University, where he teaches English and creative writing, Rob lives and writes in Port Perry.

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