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John Claude Smith

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in San Jose, CA. , The United States
September 19

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John Claude Smith has had two collections (The Dark is Light Enough for Me & Autumn in the Abyss), three limited edition chapbooks (Dandelions, Vox Terrae, The Anti-Everything), and one regular chapbook (The Wrath of Concrete and Steel) published. His debut novel, Riding the Centipede, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. His second novel, The Wilderness Within, was published by Trepidatio/JournalStone in October, 2017. His third collection, Occasional Beasts: Tales, was published in September 2018 by Omnium Gatherum.

He splits his time between the East Bay of northern California, across from San Francisco, and Rome, Italy, where his heart resides always.

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The Wilderness Within

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Autumn in the Abyss

4.06 avg rating — 88 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Riding the Centipede

4.47 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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The Dark is Light Enough fo...

4.22 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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Occasional Beasts: Tales

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The Wrath Of Concrete and S...

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Vox Terrae

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Dandelions

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The Anti-Everything

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Happy First Birthday, Occasional Beasts: Tales!!!

Yes, it's been one year since my fifth book, Occasional Beasts: Tales, was released into the wild by my wonderful publisher, Omnium Gatherum. I believe it contains a lot of my best fiction, including personal faves, "The Glove," "The Wounded Table," "The Land Lord," "The Johnny Depp Thing," "Beautiful"--okay, you get the gist. 14 tales, 4 published here for the first time.

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Occasional Beasts is a relentless collection with wonderful prose and horrifying images sprinkled throughout. John Claude Smith is in such command of his craft, with each of the fourteen stories proving this. "
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"Of all the joys in life, I have long found the forbidden joys to be among the greatest. Nothing quite tickles the darker side of the soul like finding pleasure in murky, dimly-lit places wherein society has determined it is not meant to dwell. That d" Read more of this review »
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“Evil should not be, Detective Vera. Truly never can be. But in defining it as such, an inherent human bond with negativity confirms its very existence. Its mere acknowledgement cancels its credibility. Evil is nothing—the lack of anything of substance— made concrete as a balance to everything else. Evil is not, yet it is a part of
each human, because humans welcome its participation in their lives. They speak of it in anger or disgust, fear or even wonder— the most appropriate response— giving it a stronger foundation with every passing thought it distorts. Though within their pliable minds, they welcome it with the glee of the ignorant, nurturing the unthinkable, thinking the unimaginable, imagining the most horrid, abysmal designs, embellishing them with an insidious veracity until evil is as substantial a reality as their next breath. I strive for something else, beyond evil’s claustrophobic clutches. I strive to transcend evil by becoming pure nothing. I strive as my followers strived.” He paused, his ideology a cancer, spreading… “I am, yet I strive to not be. Do you understand, comrade?” His tone suggested fellowship, disciples of the same obscene religion. ...”
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“Evil should not be, Detective Vera. Truly never can be. But in defining it as such, an inherent human bond with negativity confirms its very existence. Its mere acknowledgement cancels its credibility. Evil is nothing—the lack of anything of substance— made concrete as a balance to everything else. Evil is not, yet it is a part of
each human, because humans welcome its participation in their lives. They speak of it in anger or disgust, fear or even wonder— the most appropriate response— giving it a stronger foundation with every passing thought it distorts. Though within their pliable minds, they welcome it with the glee of the ignorant, nurturing the unthinkable, thinking the unimaginable, imagining the most horrid, abysmal designs, embellishing them with an insidious veracity until evil is as substantial a reality as their next breath. I strive for something else, beyond evil’s claustrophobic clutches. I strive to transcend evil by becoming pure nothing. I strive as my followers strived.” He paused, his ideology a cancer, spreading… “I am, yet I strive to not be. Do you understand, comrade?” His tone suggested fellowship, disciples of the same obscene religion. ...”
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