5-Star review for The Wolf at the End of the World

The Wolf at the End of the World coverWell, this is a nice start for my first novel. Kelly Jensen at SF Crowsnest has given The Wolf at the End of the World a five-star review over at SF Crowsnest. Here are some snippets from her review:

I don’t read a lot of paranormal stuff. … There are some interpretations of lore I like, though, and some authors I will read, almost regardless of what the story is. Douglas Smith and his debut novel, The Wolf At The End Of The World, fill both criteria.

… The last twenty pages were an emotional experience (read: messy), which is always what elevates a book from four to five stars for me. I love a story that hits all the emotional buttons from laughter to tears. When that happens, it goes without saying the writing is good and the story is engaging, the characters are deep enough to make me feel.
 
…  In his introduction, Charles de Lint touches on the same points and the same feeling. It’s the interweaving of lore and ideas that gives this novel so much substance. …
 
Given the number of awards Douglas has won for his short stories, it’s hardly surprising he’s written such a fabulous book and it’s lovely to be able to say so, unreservedly. I really enjoyed ‘The Wolf At The End Of The World’ and I’m happy to have a copy to put on my shelf. With adventure, intrigue, shape-shifters, family, a touch of romance and a lot of heart, this is a book I’d recommend for readers of all genres.
–Kelly Jensen, SF Crowsnest, October 2013

You can read Kelly's full review here.

"The Walker..." will be walking in Italy

Sample Quasar magazine coverCool. Shortly after my Aurora Award win for "The Walker of the Shifting Borderland," I received a request from Luigi Petruzzelli, the editor of the relatively new Italian SF&F magazine, Quasar, to translate and publish the story in an upcoming issue. And they pay well, which is not always the case for foreign genre markets, many of which don't pay at all. This will be my fourth publication in Italy.

The story should appear in Quasar either in the next issue before the end of 2013 or in their March 2014 issue. I'll post the actual cover of the issue with "The Walker..." when it comes out.

If you want to read the story in English, it's available from my online bookstore here.

New story "Fiddleheads" out now in Chilling Tales 2

Chilling Tales 2 coverOver two years ago, I'd posted about the sale of my story "Fiddleheads" to the anthology Chilling Tales 2: In Words, Alas, Drown I. Well, the book has finally been released and is now available.

This is only the second time I've sold to what I'd call a clear "horror" market, the other time being "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down." Horror is not a genre I generally aim at, but I write the stories that show up in my head, and this one came out that way.

Here's an excerpt from the back cover copy:

"Canada’s maestro of the macabre, Michael Kelly, brings you CHILLING TALES: In Words, Alas, Drown I, an all new collection of nightmares that will perturb and torment you. Tales that will leave a frisson of fear and raise a quiver of gooseflesh. A chill is in the air."

With an introduction by editor Michael Kelly, the book contains a fantastic representation of Canadian dark fantasy and horror writers. I'm proud to have a story in a book edited by Michael, and to be included in this amazing roster of authors. Here's the table of contents:

  • In Libitina’s House by Camille Alexa
  • Gingerbread People by Colleen Anderson
  • Meteor Lake by Kevin Cockle
  • Homebody by Gemma Files
  • Snowglobes by Lisa L Hannett
  • The Dog’s Paw by Derek Künsken
  • The Flowers of Katrina by Claude Lalumière
  • Goldmine by Daniel LeMoal
  • The Salamander’s Waltz by Catherine MacLeod
  • Weary, Bone Deep by Michael Matheson
  • The Windemere by Susie Moloney
  • Black Hen A La Ford by David Nickle
  • Day Pass by Ian Rogers
  • Fiddleheads by Douglas Smith
  • Dwelling on the Past by Simon Strantzas
  • Heart of Darkness by Edo van Belkom
  • Fishfly Season by Halli Villegas
  • Road Rage by Bev Vincent
  • Crossroads Blues by Robert J. Wiersema
  • Honesty by Rio Youers

Check it out here.

Werewolf Wednesdays interview

The Wolf at the End of the World coverDavid Jón Fuller has kindly posted a short review along with an interview he did with me on The Wolf at the End of the World over at his "As You Were" website. The interview went live today as this week's entry for his recurring "Werewolf Wednesdays" feature on his site.

Here's an extract from his review:

Building on the world he created in previous short stories, Smith explores the Heroka — shapeshifting beings who can also control their totem animals — and their role in a world in which people’s relationship to nature is out of balance. He also confronts the clash of cultures between the dominant Canadian (read: white) interests and the rights of First Nations peoples such as the Cree and Ojibwe — and how this plays out in environmental policy and control over resources.
 
Aside from that, it’s also a gripping urban fantasy in which a voracious monster is targeting the inhabitants of Thunder Lake, a small town in Ontario, and even the combined power of the Heroka and ancient spiritual powers may not be enough to solve the mystery of the killings — and avert the end of the world.

David posed some very interesting questions in his interview, and I greatly enjoyed the discussion. I hope you'll check out the full interview here on David's site.

THE WOLF reviewed at Speculating Canada

Derek Newman-Stille reviews THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD at his award-winning Speculative Canada site. Here are some highlights from his review:

    "The Wolf at the End of the World is a tale that would resonate with the spirit of any environmentalist – the struggle of diverse species to survive, the conflict with human greed and capitalism, the invasiveness of the human presence on animal life…
    As he often does, Douglas wields myth … to reveal truths that we ignore in our mundane world and teaches complexity through the poetics of language and potentials of symbols.
    Smith’s work, as always, is full of potent ambiguities, the moral questions that fill us with the potential to interrogate our world and challenge the assumptions that have become part of living our lives. He does this through beautiful prose and an exciting and powerful story.
    Smith tackles issues of huge importance for our understanding of modernity … The reader is carried along on this mythic tale, taught the potential of stories to challenge us and make us more aware."

You can read Derek's full review here.

Interview with me at Trent Radio

Speculating Canada on Trent Radio logoBack in August (yes, I'm a little behind in posting), Derek Newman-Stille, recently a fellow Aurora Award winner for his wonderful Speculating Canada website, interviewed me on Trent University Radio. Derek is an excellent interviewer, and we had a fun and lively discussion on a wide range of topics, all related in some way to my new novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD, including werewolves, myths and legends, disability in SF, ecology, the power of SF to challenge social assumptions, representations of oppressed peoples in SF, writing short fiction, and blurring the boundaries between horror, science fiction, and fantasy.

I greatly enjoyed the discussion with Derek and hope that you will, too. You can check out the recorded interview here or jump directly to the podcast by clicking on the Trent Radio logo at the left.

Interview with me at Kobo Writing Life

Mark Lefebvre, Kobo Writing Life Director, interviewed me back in September prior to the release of my novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD, for a Kobo Writing Life podcast. Outside of his day job, Mark is a talented writer himself, writing horror and other speculative fiction under the pen name of Mark Leslie. And as if all of that wasn't enough to keep Mark busy, he's also edited several anthologies, some of which I've been lucky enough to be in (Campus Chills, North of Infinity II) as well as writing a couple of non-fiction titles, Haunted Hamilton and the recent co-authored Haunted Sudbury.

Mark and I talked about a lot of things in a wide-ranging interview that you can check out here. Topics included:

  • How I started writing
  • My new novel The Wolf at the End of the World and how it grew out of my very first short story "Spirit Dance"
  • My career as a short-fiction writer and the importance of taking advantage of reprint rights
  • My foreign language sales in 25 languages in 30 countries
  • Ebook publishing my backlist
  • The adaptation of “By Her Hand She Draws You Down” into a short film
  • My penchant for writing fiction that references Bruce Springsteen’s music

Here's the link to the interview. Enjoy!

Full buying links for THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD

The Wolf at the End of the World coverI recently announced the release of my first novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD, but at the time of that post, I couldn't point you to anywhere beyond my website store where you could buy it. 

I'm very happy to tell you that the book is now available, in both ebook and trade paperback editions, at all of the retail outlets shown below, with more to come.  Also, see further down for some special discounts for my website visitors.


Ebook Edition:
Print Edition (Trade Paperback):

Print Edition (Autographed and Personalized):
 

Special Discounts

As a special thank you for being a visitor to my website, if you order from my website store, you can use the following promotion codes at checkout to receive a special discount:

  • Use "WOLF-15P" to receive 15% off your order of the autographed print edition.
  • Use "WOLF-25E" to receive 25% off your order of the ebook (all formats).
  • Use "WOLF-PE" to receive the ebook edition (all formats) for free when you buy the autographed print edition

Get these special discounts when you order The Wolf at the End of the World at the following links:

Print edition | Ebook edition

If you'd like to get even better discounts at my store, you can sign up for my mailing list.

 

The Wolf is loose! My debut novel is now available!

The Wolf at the End of the World coverMy debut novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD, is now officially released and available in trade paperback and ebook editions!

In it, a shapeshifter hero battles ancient spirits, a covert government agency, and his own dark past in a race to solve a murder that could mean the end of the world.

From the back cover:

The Heroka walk among us. Unseen, unknown. Shapeshifters. Human in appearance but with power over their animal totems.

 

Gwyn Blaidd is a Heroka of the wolf totem. Once he led his people in a deadly war against the Tainchel, the shadowy agency that hunts his kind. Now he lives alone in his wilderness home, wolves his only companions.

 

But when an Ojibwe girl is brutally killed in Gwyn's old hometown, suspicion falls on his former lover. To save her, Gwyn must return, to battle not only the Tainchel, but even darker forces: ancient spirits fighting to return to our world…

 

And rule it.

Cree and Ojibwe legends mix with current day environmental conflict in this fast-paced urban fantasy that keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to its explosive conclusion.


With a Special Introduction by…

One of the best parts of this experience for me was having one of my writing heroes, the award-winning Charles de Lint, the father of urban fantasy, write the introduction for the book.

Here’s an excerpt from that intro:

"What makes THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD such an engrossing read are the characters and Doug’s wonderful prose, a perfect blend between matter-of-fact and lyricism.  I can’t remember the last time I read a book that spoke to me, so eloquently, and so deeply, on so many levels. ... I’ll be rereading it in the future because it’s that sort of book.  Richly layered and deeply resonant. An old friend, from the first time you read it."

—Charles de Lint, World Fantasy Award winner

An excerpt of the first four chapters of the novel is available on my website on this page.  But there’s more!
 

Discounts Just For You

As a special offer to my regular blog readers, you can use the following discount coupons to pick up your copy of the print or ebook editions.
 

WOLF-15P to receive a 15% discount on the autographed print edition from my bookstore

WOLF-25E to receive a 25% discount on the ebook edition from my bookstore (epub and Kindle formats)

DJ87Y to receive a 25% discount on the ebook edition from Smashwords (epub format only)

And if you'd like an even better discount, subscribe to my mailing list and take advantage of a special offer to my subscribers.
 

Spirit Dance

THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD is based on my award-winning story, "Spirit Dance," picking up events five years later. You do NOT need to have read "Spirit Dance" to fully enjoy THE WOLF, but if you're interested, you can pick up "Spirit Dance” from my website store or all the major ebook retailers either as an individual ebook or as part of my collection, IMPOSSIBILIA
 
Thanks for listening!

Kobo sale: 30% off on Chimerascope

Starting today, Chimerascope coverKobo is running a special sale for all of this long weekend (for you non-Canucks, this is our Thanksgiving weekend) where you can get 30% off of a variety of titles, including my collection, Chimerascope, which was a finalist for the Sunburst Award, the Aurora Award, and the CBC's Bookies Award. It's regularly $6.99, so you'll be able to pick it up for just $4.89. Chimerascope includes an Aurora winner, a Best New Horror selection, and eight other award finalists.

Here's the link to Chimerascope in the Kobo store. Just use the coupon code: OCTOFFER30. The sale ends October 14th, 11:59pm.

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