The Halifax pop culture explosion

Some of the ways the Halifax Explosion has been chronicled in the past 100 years.

The explosion that's been heard for 100 years.
The explosion that's been heard for 100 years.


Catastrophe and Social Change, Based upon the sociological study of the Halifax disaster by Samuel H. prince (1920)
T.N.T. by Allan Baddeley (1931)
The Story of Dartmouth by John Patrick Martin (1957)
The Town that Died: The True Story of the Greatest Man-Made Explosion before Hiroshima by Michael J. Bird (1962)
17 Minutes to Live by Richard A. Boning (1973)
In My Time: A Memoir by Thomas H. Raddall (1976)
Great Halifax Explosion, December 6, 1917 by Joan Horwood (1976)
Miracles and Mysteries: The Halifax Explosion, December 6, 1917 by Mary Ann Monnon (1977)
The Halifax Explosion By Kate Carman (1981)
Canadian Disasters by Rene Schmidt (1985)
A Name for Himself: A Biography of Thomas Head Raddall by Joyce Barkhouse (1986)
The Halifax Explosion: Realities and Myths By Alan Ruffman (1987)
Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion and the Road to Recovery by Janet Kitz (1989)
Dartmouth’s Day of Anguish: The Explosion, December 6, 1917 by Harry Chapman (1992)
Worse Than War: The Halifax Explosion by Mary Pauline Murphy Sutow (1992)
Survivors: Children of the Halifax Explosion by Janet Kitz (1992)
“A Vision of Regeneration”: Reconstruction after the Halifax Explosion, 1917-1921, author unknown (1993)
Memories of a Day of Horrors by Harry Chapman (1993)
Explosion in Halifax Harbour, December 6, 1917: The Salvation Army’s Relief Operations by Ralph Pilgrim (1994)
Ground Zero: A Reassessment of the 1917 Explosion in Halifax Harbour by Alan Ruffman and Colin D. Howell (1994)
The Explosion—A Child’s Story by Darren Brackley (1997)
Too Many to Mourn: One Family’s Tragedy in the Halifax Explosion by James G. Mahar and Rowena Mahar (1998)
1917 Halifax Explosion and American Response by Blair Beed (1999)
St. Paul’s in the Grand Parade: 1749-1999 by Sarah Baxter Emsley (1999)
The Face of Disaster: True Stories of Canadian Heroes from the Archives of Macleans Michael Benedict (2000)
The Day Halifax Blew Up by Kenneth MacGillivray (2000)
Time In A Bottle: Historic Halifax Harbour from the Bottom Up by Bob Chaulk (2002)
The Halifax Explosion and the Royal Canadian Navy: Inquiry and Intrigue by John Griffith Armstrong (2002)
Explosion in Halifax Harbour, 1917 by Dan Soucoup (2017)
Breaking Disaster: Newspaper stories of the Halifax Explosion by Katie Ingram (2017) 6•12•17: The Halifax Explosion by John Boileau (2017)


The Naval Review, “Halifax Explosion” by B.M.Chambers (1920)
The American Mercury, “Death in Halifax” by Edmund Gilligan (1938)
The Daily News, “Grim Visions” by Alan Ruffman (1989)
Saltscapes, “Tracing the Halifax Explosion” by Tom Mason (2001)
Mi’kmaq-Maliseet Nation News, “Mi’Kmaw at the Halifax Explosion” by Kenny Prosper (2002)
The Coast, “Big Bang Theories: Remembering the Halifax Explosion with townhouses and a TV movie” by Robert Plowman (2003)
Cape Breton’s Magazine, “Visit with Steve Whitty” by Steve Whitty (date unknown)


A Romance of the Halifax Disaster by F. McKelvey Bell (1918)
Barometer Rising by Hugh Maclennan (1941)
Winter’s Tale by Thomas H. Raddall (1979)
Sixth of December by Jim Lotz (1981)
Love from Katie by Paddy Muir (1991)
Who’s a Scaredy-Cat!: A Story of the Halifax Explosion by Joan M. Payzant (1992)
Yesterday’s Children by Joyee C. Barkhouse (1992)
Burden of Desire by Robert MacNeil (1992)
Penelope: Terror in the Harbour, Book one by Sharon E. Mckay (2001)
Penelope: Terror in the Harbour, Book two by Sharon E. Mckay (2002)
Irish Chain by Barbara Haworth-Attard (2002)
The Little Tree by the Sea by John DeMont and illustrated by Belle DeMont (2017)


Explosion by Brian C. Crocker (1977)


Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion directed by Bruce Pittman (2003)


“Halifax in Ruins” by S.B. Fullerton (1918)

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