Stan Smith

Biography

Stan Smith has been a DJ, an ice truck driver, door-to-door encyclopedia salesman, assistant manager of one of L.A.'s largest theaters, manager of a coffee store, a title insurance officer, a copywriter for the Washington Post, and a 30-year marketing communicator for a major defense contractor. He retired to Oregon in 2012, and lives with his wife, four dogs, two goats, and two sheep. He is at work on his next novel.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in New Mexico, Socorro. It was once the capital city of New Mexico, prior to the capital moving to Santa Fe, and the governor was General Lew Wallace, who wrote portions of "Ben Hur" while living in Socorro. So you might say that writing was in the air. My father was a professor of Geology at a small college, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology ("New Mexico Tech"), so I was exposed to science at an early age. Even though I didn't wind up as a scientist, the scientific method always informed the things I wound up doing later in life. I think that's why I gravitated toward science fiction as a genre.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing short stories in grade school. I was always interested in storytelling, either in writing or orally. My friends and I had a game we'd play, where one person would start a story with a sentence—such as, "There were three pints of blood on the living room carpet"—and the next person would follow with a subsequent sentence. Naturally, we came up with some pretty wild stories.
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Books

The Ghormundr's Death
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,590. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A vicious beast stalks the village of Jarlsholm. Chief Ragnar and his men have no defense against the monster. A wandering minstrel arrives—the one they call Blind Boy—with a strange instrument and a talent for taming animals. Can this sightless Boy with the ruined face mean the end of the Ghormundr and the answer to the prayers of the villagers?
Tales From The Belfry: Carrie's Tale
Price: Free! Words: 5,480. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
This is not your Young Adult "Twilight." The Belfry is a kind of club, inhabited by those who have been introduced into the world of vampirism—often not by choice. These are the stories of Gordon, Carrie, Stephen, "Doc", Harvey, Gus and Von Somogyi, unwilling members of an exclusive, immortal club. This is Carrie's story, a tale of lust, revenge, and a family lost because of it.
Tales From The Belfry
Price: Free! Words: 7,140. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
This is not your Young Adult "Twilight." The Belfry is a kind of club, inhabited by those who have been introduced into the world of vampirism—often not by choice. These are the stories of Gordon, Carrie, Stephen, "Doc", Harvey, Gus and Von Somogyi, unwilling members of an exclusive, immortal club. Gordon's story is first, to be followed by the others in a few weeks.
Lark-Ellen, a short story
Price: Free! Words: 5,420. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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Teo Bojorquez tells the tale of what happened on the plateau of Xitapec, a story of love, loss, and unimaginable horror. "The jungle in the morning is a wonderful place: the stirrings of small creatures, the echo of birdsong, the sun filtering through a vaulted green ceiling—I had never loved it as much as I did then. I doubt if I will ever love it again."

Stan Smith's tag cloud

alien    heroic fantasy    horror    horror and dark    mystery    ufo    vampire    vampires    vampires series