Douglas Smith

Biography

"His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." --Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author

"One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." --Library Journal

"A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice." --Charles de Lint

Douglas Smith is an award-winning author of speculative fiction, with over a million words of fiction published in thirty countries and two dozen languages.

He has won Canada's Aurora Award three times and has been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, the CBC Bookies award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.

Doug's book length works include:

THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Lucky Bat Books, 2013) - Urban fantasy novel

CHIMERASCOPE (ChiZine, 2010) - Finalist for the Sunburst Award, Aurora Award, and CBC Bookies Award

IMPOSSIBILIA (PS Publishing, 2008) - Finalist for the Aurora Award

LA DANSE DES ESPRITS (Dreampress, 2011) - Finalist for France's Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane

In 2010, an independent film producer released a multi-award winning short film based on Doug's story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down." Films based on his stories "A State of Disorder" and "Memories of the Dead Man" are also in the works.

Website: www.smithwriter.com
Twitter: smithwrtr

SELECTED REVIEWS

"Smith's writing, evocative yet understated, gracefully brings to life his imagined realms." -- Quill and Quire *Starred Review*

"Smith paints his worlds so well that you are transported within a paragraph or two and remain in transit until the story ends." --Broken Pencil, The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts

"Echoes of Stephen King, Richard Matheson, and Clive Barker haunt the halls of Smith's work, but the end result is completely original, and always enthralling." --Cory Redekop

"Douglas Smith is an extraordinary author whom every lover of quality speculative fiction should read." --Fantasy Book Critic

"Smith is definitely an author who deserves to be more widely read." --Strange Horizons
"I've yet to read a work of his that wasn't beautifully written, but more than that, his stories resonate with a deep understanding of the human condition as well as a characteristic wry wonder... Stories you can't forget, even years later." --Julie Czerneda, award-winning author and editor

"An ambitious and adventurous new writer." --Gardner Dozois, author and editor

"Smith is a master of beginnings ... some of the most well-crafted hooks you'll find anywhere: deft introductions to the characters and their not-quite-familiar worlds packed into just a sentence or two that draw the reader in. As for the endings ... Smith's tendency is to forego the shocking twist for endings that feel satisfying and right, a trade-off that I'll take any day." --Canadian Science Fiction Reviews

Where to find Douglas Smith online


Where to buy in print


Books

Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 50,150. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
In an engaging and conversational style, award-winning author Douglas Smith teaches you how to market and sell short stories—and much, much more. Even experienced writers will find value here as Smith takes you from your first sale to using your stories to build a writing career. "We short story writers have needed a book like this for decades. ... It's spectacular." —Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Wolf at the End of the World
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Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 123,220. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
A shapeshifter hero battles ancient spirits, a covert government agency, and his own dark past in a race to solve a murder that could mean the end of the world. Native legends mix with current day environmental conflict in this fast-paced urban fantasy novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to its explosive conclusion. Introduction by World Fantasy Award winner, Charles de Lint.
Chimerascope
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 103,080. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Chimerascope is the first full collection of short fiction from award-winning writer, Douglas Smith, containing sixteen of his best stories, including an award winner, a Best New Horror selection, and eight award finalists.
Impossibilia
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 35,750. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Aurora Award Finalist. A short fiction collection by the award-winning writer that Robert J. Sawyer calls "quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the SF and fantasy genres." Impossibilia contains three novelettes, including an award winner and a finalist: A dead wife that won’t leave. A wolf with a past. The secret to being the luckiest man alive.
By Her Hand, She Draws You Down: The Movie Companion Book
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,400. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Aurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author. Award winning independent film. The official companion book for the indie supernatural film “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down,” directed by Anthony Sumner, based on the acclaimed story by award-winning writer, Douglas Smith. Contains the original story, the movie shooting script, interviews, photos from the set, and much more.
The Boys Are Back in Town
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,630. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Aurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author. Paulo and and his brother Dino run a quiet little bar in Toronto, happily retired from their former gig of being immortal gods on Olympus...and Asgard...and... Well, let’s just say they’ve been around. But their peaceful retirement ends when Pop drops in. And the Father of the Gods has brought company. Unwanted company.
Symphony
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,660. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Aurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author. The colony ship, The Last Chance, has reached the planet Aurora. Earth is dying, and this alien world is humanity’s last refuge. The planet seems like a dream come true, until the colonists realize that they aren't alone after all. Something else lives on Aurora. And it doesn't want to share its home.
The Red Bird
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,970. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00 from 1 review)
Aurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author. A young samurai, guided by a mysterious red hawk, must choose between the woman he loves and the destiny he must fulfill to save his people.
Out of the Light
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,680. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Multi-award winning author. Jan Mirocek thought he was finished hunting shape shifters. Then the bodies started appearing.
Scream Angel
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Series: The Entity Stories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,520. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Angels. Aliens enslaved for the Scream they produce, a drug that turns pain to pleasure, grief to joy. Soldiers on Scream are remorseless killers. Jason Trelayne is such a soldier. But when Trelayne falls in love with a Scream Angel, he triggers an epic struggle that pits him and a small band of fugitives against an empire. An award winning story of rebellion, love, and an unlikely hero.
By Her Hand, She Draws You Down
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,340. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Aurora Award Finalist and Best New Horror story from a multi-award winning author. Cath, a beautiful sidewalk artist, is driven by a mysterious hunger that feeds from the portraits she draws. Joe loves Cath, but as her hunger grows, so does his fear--fear that one day she may draw him down. "A haunting variant on the vampire legend with an understated and brutal ending." —Publishers Weekly
The Last Ride
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,060. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
An urban fantasy story from a multi-award winning author. When a Valkyrie falls in love with a doomed soldier, she must choose between immortality and love. But her hardest choice still lies ahead.
A Bird in the Hand
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Series: The Heroka Stories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,010. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Aurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author Lilith Hoyl awakes to find herself strapped to a table in a cage, a prisoner in a secret government lab. To win her freedom, she just needs to do one thing: prove she’s human.
Enlightenment
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Series: The Entity Stories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,120. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Aurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author. Jarrod helped Earth's brutal RIP force destroy an alien race. Now he's risking everything to honor the dying wish of the last survivor of that race. But what will happen to humanity if he succeeds? Can humans handle true enlightenment?
A Taste Sweet and Salty
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,060. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Multi-award winning author. The man named Stranger lived and died in the town with no name. Each day he lived. Each night he died. “...absolutely masterful...a kind of much, much creepier Quantum Leap" -Strange Horizons
Spirit Dance
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Series: The Heroka Stories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,680. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
AURORA AWARD WINNER. Multi-award winning author. To save a friend, a shapeshifter must face the covert government agency that hunts his kind, as well as his own dark past and the woman he lost.
The Dancer at the Red Door
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,090. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Aurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author. Alexander King first saw the Dancer on the day the street people began to glow...
State of Disorder
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,750. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Aurora Award Finalist from a multi-award winnning author. A dinner conversation takes three lifetimes to finish. "A neat twist on time travel and quantum physics." —Publishers Weekly
Nothing
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Multi-award winning author. A woman tries in vain to convince those around her that the world is ending. Is she right…or is it just…nothing?
Radio Nowhere
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,070. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Aurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author. Jackie was dead. Liam wanted her back.
Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,000. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author. Maroch, an ex-CIA operative still haunted by the death of his wife, is hired by a former colleague to use his remote viewing skills to search for lost paintings. But Maroch finds much more than any of them bargained for: a painting by Vincent van Gogh that can't exist, a woman who can talk to the dead artist…and a way to change the past.
What’s in a Name?
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,670. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Hari is the greatest thief in the land. Hari steals jewel. Jewel curses Hari. Hari hires wizard to lift curse. Wizard summons demon. Demon eats wizard. Can Hari's day get any worse? Yep.
Going Down to Lucky Town
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,410. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Multi-award winning author. Charlie the Pearl--life-long con man, gambler and absentee father--must choose between becoming the luckiest man alive and winning his daughter's love.
New Year's Eve
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,450. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Aurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author. A programmer's virtual girlfriend becomes a little too real after he discovers a bug in the world's most popular software--a bug that just may mean the end of the world as we know it.
Murphy's Law
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,950. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Multi-award winning author. Dex wasn’t planning to save the human race from murderous alien hordes. Mostly, he was just trying to save his job...
Memories of the Dead Man
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Series: The Entity Stories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,740. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
SF novelette from a multi-award winning author. A legendary hero of the Fall of Earth must choose between the love of the new family he has found and revenge for the one he lost.
Going Harvey in the Big House
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,170. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Aurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author. In a house as big as the world, someone is finally going outside...
Doorways
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,120. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Aurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author. The house promised Jack wealth, fame, and revenge...if it didn’t kill him first.
Jigsaw
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,660. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Aurora Award Finalist story from a multi-award winning author. Solve an ancient puzzle as big as a planet...or die. "A fun romp involving aliens and continental drift." —Publishers Weekly

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