Douglas Smith

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

"The man is Sturgeon good. Zelazny good. I don't give those up easy." —Spider Robinson, Hugo and Nebula Awards winner

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

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

Hi! Thanks for visiting. I'm a multi-award-winning Canadian author of fantasy, SF, horror, supernatural, and the ever popular "undefinable", with over a hundred story sales in thirty-five countries and twenty-six languages around the world.

I have won Canada's Aurora Award for speculative fiction three times, and have been a finalist for the i
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Douglas Smith To Roger Zelazny's Kingdom of Amber, for sure. Feast with Amber's royal family, especially Corwin, and hopefully get a look at the Pattern.…moreTo Roger Zelazny's Kingdom of Amber, for sure. Feast with Amber's royal family, especially Corwin, and hopefully get a look at the Pattern.(less)
Douglas Smith Ken, thanks for reaching out. And thanks for your kind comments on "Out of the Light" and your interest in my work. Glad you enjoyed the story.

If you …more
Ken, thanks for reaching out. And thanks for your kind comments on "Out of the Light" and your interest in my work. Glad you enjoyed the story.

If you like short fiction, then your best bet would be to try either (or both ) of my collections, IMPOSSIBILIA or CHIMERASCOPE.

IMPOSSIBILIA was published in 2008 by the fine UK press, PS Publishing. It's a mini-collection, containing three novelettes. It includes the Aurora Award winning "Spirit Dance," which is the first in my series about my shapeshifter species, the Heroka. The collection was an Aurora finalist itself.

CHIMERASCOPE is my first full collection, containing 16 stories, including another Aurora Award winner, a Best New Horror selection, and eight Aurora Award finalists. It was published in 2010 by the fine Canadian small press, ChiZine. It was a finalist for the Aurora, the juried Sunburst Award, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp's Bookies Award. Note that it includes "Out of the Light" (which qualified as an Aurora Finalist but I chose to drop it from the list as I would have had two stories on the ballot that year and didn't want to split my votes).

Finally, my first novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2013), is another Heroka shapeshifter tale, taking place five years after the events in "Spirit Dance" and featuring most of the same characters.

All of these are available in trade paperback and ebook editions from all major retailers, and also via my website store at www.smithwriter.com/store. More info on all of these is available also on my website at www.smithwriter.com. My website also has a complete list of all of my stories.

Hope this helps! Thanks again for the interest. It's always wonderful to hear from a fan. You can contact me directly via the contact page on my website or via doug smithwriter.com. You can also subscribe to my irregular email newsletter via a link on my website.

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Short fiction seminar for Canadian Authors Association

This Thursday, April 29 at 7:00-8:30pm, I will be giving a webinar on marketing and selling short fiction, jointly sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association and SF Canada.

Drawing from my writer's guide, PLAYING THE SHORT GAME: HOW TO MARKET & SELL SHORT FICTION, I'll cover rights and licensing, finding short fiction markets, a strategy for selecting markets, submission advice, key contract cla

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“She jumped out from hiding. “You killed me, you son of a bitch!”
The Windigo stopped. As its bulbous red eyes fell on her, it occurred to her that, even though she was dead, there might be fates that could befall her spirit she should probably try to avoid. Swallowing, she stepped back.
But the Windigo made no move toward her. Its voice was a thing of ice cracking in the middle of a frozen lake. “I have eaten your flesh already, child. Your spirit is of no use to me. I need fresh meat and hot blood.” Turning away, it continued through the forest.
“What? That’s it? Take my body, then forget about me?” she yelled after its retreating back. “Obviously a guy,” she muttered.”
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