Sam Smith


Editor of The Journal (once 'of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry')and publisher of Original Plus books, I was born Blackpool 1946, am now living in Maryport, Cumbria. Prior to picking up my state pension I almost made a living as a freelance writer/publisher/editor. My last day job was as an amusement arcade cashier, I have also been a psychiatric nurse, residential social worker, milkman, plumber, laboratory analyst, groundsman, sailor, computer operator, scaffolder, gardener, painter & decorator........ working at anything, in fact, which has paid the rent, enabled me to raise my three daughters and which hasn't got too much in the way of my writing. I now have several poetry collections and novels to my name.

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Constant Change: Paths of Error
You set the price! Words: 150,370. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
The second part of the Paths of Error triptych, Constant Change, sees another rebel - but of a quieter mien - searching for values to live by. Women figure at every turn of Blue's quest, which takes him from Devon to Bombay and Sri Lanka, to sixties London, a squat, and back to Devon - puzzling on the worth of all that he encounters along the way.
Undeclared War: Paths of Error
You set the price! Words: 83,880. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
This is what reviewer Deian Vincent said of Undeclared War when Paths of Error saw brief publication by Jacobyte Books. 'Set within a seaside town ... makes for bleak reading. But it showcases the interweaving of the characters and the images they have chosen for themselves perfectly. If Quadraphenia stoked your fire then you'll certainly get off on this ... Roll on books two and three.'
The End of Science Fiction
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 49,580. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The book opens with a murder and the news that the world is about to end. Detective Herbie Watkins investigates this murder during the mayhem that follows the news. Throughout the tale is a commentary on differing reactions - his police colleagues and those nearest - and general attitudes to the end of humanity.
We Need Madmen
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,130. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Soper, another European tyrant, has been defeated by an armed United Nations, the Blues, who have become Europe's occupying army. Henry, a survivor the Camps, comes by the wherewithal to finance his revenge. Told alongside Henry's tale is the history of how Soper came to power and how he came to be defeated. (We Need Madmen won the Skrev Press 2007 Science Fiction prize.)
Eviction from Quarry Cottages
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 76,120. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
John Cox is killed. Wife Bridget hangs on in the tithe cottage. Farmer wants her out. Union offers help. Daughter Sarah watches. Adultery, betrayals, another fatal accident, a crippling, grief, care, clumsiness, canoeing, love... all follow. Oh and there's a rabbit, some hens, and a cat called Spud.
Two Bridgwater Days
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 75,440. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Using the third person overview narrator Paul describes the background to those 2 days of his Bridgwater life which included parenthood, bike rides, drinks, fights, a stabbing and a robbery. As the True Stories included attest, events of those two days were nothing unusual for Bridgwater then.
John John
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 93,770. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
John John's genesis lies in my having fallen off my bicycle and having briefly lost my memory. I am aware that amnesia is a well-used literary device as well as a physical affliction. But I wanted to use it to demonstrate what makes up an identity; and to build the history, upon which most self-identity is based, within the story. So does a man awake in a hospital bed....

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