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John Claude Smith

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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 forthcoming collection, Occasional Beasts: Tales, will be 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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Average rating: 3.99 · 623 ratings · 192 reviews · 35 distinct worksSimilar authors
Autumn in the Abyss

4.05 avg rating — 87 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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The Wilderness Within

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Riding the Centipede

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Vox Terrae

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Story ideas come out of everywhere, including out of the blue. As mentioned in my previous blog post, “The Glove” was triggered by spotting a single glove in a field in Italy. “The Wounded Table” started in a completely different manner. It was an unexpected gift from the writing gods, who sent me one paragraph, an image, a voice, everything there…and it was up to me to find the story that went... Read more of this blog post »
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Occasional Beasts by John Claude Smith
"I have been a fan of JCS ever since I picked up Autumn in the Abyss years ago. I like his style and have enjoyed everything that I have read from him.

Even though I struggle with collections sometimes, John Claude seems to thrive in this format and..." Read more of this review »
Occasional Beasts by John Claude Smith
"Cleaver, witty or weirdly interesting. JCS brings out the beast in short stories, with tales about tables of unimaginable texture, alien skins, grotesque body language that leads to a haunting one-night stand and Johnny Depp as you never seen him..." 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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