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

 

"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, award-winning author

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

I have won Canada's Aurora Award for speculative fiction three times (most recently in 2013), and have been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, the CBC Bookies award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. I've been an Aurora finalist nineteen times and have several honourable mentions in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror. My book length works include:

  • THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Lucky Bat Books, 2013) – Urban fantasy novel
  • CHIMERASCOPE (ChiZine, 2010) – Collection – Finalist for the Sunburst Award, Aurora Award, and CBC Bookies Award
  • IMPOSSIBILIA (PS Publishing, 2008) – Collection – Finalist for the Aurora Award
  • LA DANSE DES ESPRITS (Dreampress, 2011) – Collection – Finalist for France's Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane

A complete list of my published fiction is available here along with my complete award history, reviews of my work, and some selected interviews.

2015 Aurora Awards: Nominations are open!

Playing the Short Game coverThe nomination period is now open for the 2015 Aurora Awards, recognizing the best of Canadian SF and Fantasy.

This year, my writer's guide, Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction, is eligible to be nominated. Your support would be truly appreciated.

Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident may nominate for the Auroras. If you're interested in nominating but haven't read the book, I'd be happy to send you a PDF copy for your review. Just email me. You can also check out all of the eligible works at the Aurora Award site.

"We short story writers have needed a book like this for decades. ... It's spectacular." —Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Award-winning Author & Editor

How to Nominate

To nominate, you need to be a member of the Canadian SF & Fantasy Association. If you've registered in the past, then simply log in here with your 4-digit society number and password. If you've forgotten those, just click on "Forgot your password?" to be emailed your ID and a new password.

If you've never registered, click here to register.

The Auroras require an annual fee of $10, allowing you to both nominate (this step) and vote on the final ballot--not much to pay to support Canadian SF & fantasy.

Once you're logged in, click on the "Pay Now" button to be taken to a PayPal screen. Don't use PayPal? Just click on "Don't have a PayPal account?" and pay by any debit or credit card.

You'll then be taken back to the Awards site. Click on the "Aurora Awards" link at the top and select "Nominate" from the drop down menu to access the online nomination form. My book is eligible under "Related Work", and the information you need to enter is as follows:

Title: Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction
Author: Douglas Smith
Publisher: Lucky Bat Books

The nomination period closes at 11:59 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Thanks again for any consideration!

#SFWApro

More on George Monbiat's study of wolves in Yellowstone

I blogged earlier about a fascinating TED talk that George Monbiat gave concerning his studies into the amazing and widespread effects that occurred from the reintroduction of a very small number of wolves to Yellowstone National Park in the US. 

I have a particular personal interest in efforts around the world to try to reverse the negative impact of humankind on animal habitats. This issue was one of the themes in my novel The Wolf at the End of the World, and this study was both encouraging and counter-intuitive in many ways. Who would have guessed that bringing back wolves could impact the flow of rivers in an area?

If you are interested in this topic yourself, here is another shorter film on the same subject, narrated by Monbiat himself. 

Story review: Scream Angel

Scream Angel ebook coverI blogged earlier here about a new reader and reviewer, Ken McKinley, discovering my work for the first time by coming across my story "Out of the Light" when it was reprinted in an anthology. He enjoyed that story enough for him to go looking for some more. Here's an extract of his review of my SF novelette, "Scream Angel": 

My introduction to Douglas Smith has been a very rewarding one. I stumbled upon his work in a compilation called Best New Werewolf Tales. The story was Out of the Light and it was excellent. This caused me to dig deeper. Who was this mysterious author that I hadn’t heard of before, did he write anything else, and was it as good as Out of the Light?

 

Well, I now have two of those three questions answered. I can’t say that I know him, but I did find more of his stories on Amazon and after reading Scream Angel, I can tell you that answer is yes for the final question. ... the world needs great story tellers and I feel that Smith deserves to be recognized as such. ...

 

In a wildly inventive and imagnative story, human emotions of loss, desparation, and love bubble to the surface. I’m usually not a huge fan of heavy sci-fi/fantasy. Most of the time, it requires such a bloated set up to be able to explain everything. I tend to tire of it because many authors have a hard time getting the balance right. ... I can honestly say that Smith does an excellent job in balancing the story and makes for an extremely enjoyable read. I loved the unique characters and premise of the drug, Scream.

 

The other thing that I found enjoyable is the brief explanation at the end of the story on how he came up with the idea of Scream Angel. It lent a personal touch to the whole thing and allowed the reader to have a glimpse into the creation of it all. I may not know the author, but i’m enjoying getting to know his work. 5 out of 5 stars.

Thanks, Ken!

You can read the full review here. "Scream Angel" first appeared in the anthology Low Port in 2003. It won the Aurora Award in 2004 for best short fiction. It's the lead story in my collection, Chimerascope, and is also available as a stand-alone ebook

Story review: Out of the Light

Out of the Light ebook coveI don't think it gets any better for a writer than to have a reader discover your work for the first time (assuming they like it <grin>). Ken McKinley writes the review blog Into the Macabre and recently discovered my urban fantasy shapeshifter story "Out of the Light" when it was reprinted in Best New Werewolf Tales (Vol.1). He enjoyed the story enough to write a review. Here are the highlights:

It’s Friday the 13th and I discovered a new author today through his fantastic short story, "Out of the Light." ... Such a wonderful and fresh take on the whole werewolf/shapeshifter legend. The storytelling is crisp with vibrant colorful characters that easily appear in your mind. Nice to meet you, Mr. Smith. We’ll be seeing each other again…soon. 5 out 5 stars.

Thanks, Ken!

You can read the full review here. "Out of the Light" first appeared in Dark Wisdom Magazine in 2007. The story is included in my collection, Chimerascope, and is also available as a stand-alone ebook

Convention appearance: Ad Astra 2015 (Toronto)

I'll be attending Ad Astra in Toronto again this year from April 10-12 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel at 600 HWY-7 E in Richmond Hill (Hwy 7 and Hwy 404). Ad Astra is a long running and excellent con that traditionally has had a strong literary focus. 

Here is my schedule of panel appearances and readings, all conveniently scheduled back-to-back-to-back (sigh) on Saturday night:

When the Gods Run Amok: Ancient, New and Urban Mythology
Date: Saturday, April 11
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Room: Markham B
Panellists: Chadwick Ginther, Kelley Armstrong, Marie Bilodeau

Urban fantasy gives us the chance to play around with our archetypal fairy tales and mythology. We can bring the gods down to our level and we get to bring magic into the everyday.

Why is this so compelling?
Believable Characters and Dialogue
Date: Saturday, April 11
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Room: Markham B
Panellists: Kelley Armstrong, Nina Munteanu, Suzanne Church
 
Orphan Black: Send in the (Canadian) Clones
Date: Saturday, April 11
Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Room: Oakridge
Panellists: JD DeLuzio, Kate Heartfield, Matthew Johnson

Filmed right here in Toronto, Orphan Black has become a huge hit. This show about cloning and conspiracies even mentions Scarberia, and correctly. We'll talk about all the stuff we love about it. Did Season 2 fulfill the promise seen in Season 1, and where do we see the various plot-lines headed?

Readings: Douglas Smith & Matthew Johnson
Date: Saturday, April 11
Time: 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Room: Whitchurch

I'm not sure what I'll be reading from yet, but I will have gifts and giveaways. 

Hope to see you there!

Reading event: WordJammin' 2015

This is very short notice, but if you're in Toronto, I'll be one of ten authors doing readings at the inaugural WordJammin' 2015 event, being held Sunday March 15 (tomorrow) at the Yellow Griffin Pub at 2202 Bloor Street West (just east of the Runnymede subway stop) from 2-6 pm. I will be reading at 3:15pm.

No charge, plus there will be book giveaways and books available to purchase at specially discounted pricing. More info here. Hope to see you there!

 

Interview: Young Explorer's Adventure Guide

Young Explorer's Adventure Guide coverI posted earlier about my story "Jigsaw" appearing in the new young-adult science fiction anthology, The Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, from Dreaming Robot Press. One of my fellow authors in the anthology, Vanessa MacLellan, has kindly been doing a series of interviews on her blog with the other authors. My turn just came up, and you can read the interview here

Again, this is a great YA antho focusing on stories with female protagonists. The book is now available from Amazon.

Foreign Market Listing Updates

For the writers who follow this blog, I've just added three new non-English markets to the Foreign Market List: Visionarium (Austria), SF Comet (China), and Eridan (Croatia). Check them out on the FML.

Bookstore Discounts for US Thanksgiving

Turkey cartoonCanadian Thanksgiving is a distant memory, along with warm fall temperatures and leaves on the trees. But US Thanksgiving is next week, bringing the annual craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

So I thought I'd join the annual flood of sales by offering my web site visitors a discount of 35% off of all ebooks in my online bookstore. Just use the coupon code TURKEY35 when you check out. You can use it as many times and on as many ebooks as you like, from now until Dec 2. 

Enjoy!

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