My Book Catalog

Welcome! Here you can find a complete catalog of my commercially available writing, along with buying links, including signed and personalized copies of my print books as well as downloadable ebooks in all major formats.

 
 
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NOVELS

 

THE HEROKA UNIVERSE STORIES

The Wolf at the End of the World cover

THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD (reviews)

Novel | 360 pages | Introduction by Charles de Lint | 978-0-9918007-3-5; 978-0-9918007-4-2

Urban Fantasy, Shape-shifters, Heroka universe

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.

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"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 immersive and enjoyable reading experience. Readers will delight in learning more about Native American mythology, which is skillfully woven throughout the story. …both well paced and deftly plotted" —Publishers Weekly

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 enter 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.

(Note: the novel takes place five years after the award-winning "Spirit Dance". You do NOT need to read "Spirit Dance" to fully enjoy THE WOLF.

Excerpt  |  On writing about another culture

 


COLLECTIONS

 

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CHIMERASCOPE (reviews)

Finalist for the Sunburst Award, Bookies Award, Aurora Award

Collection | 16 stories | 332 pages | Introduction by Julie Czerneda | 978-0-9812978-5-9; 978-0-9918007-0-4

Science fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Slipstream

Includes an award winner, Best New Horror selection, and eight award finalists.

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Chimerascope [ki-meer-uh-skohp] —a story of many parts...

Sixteen tales that take you from love in 14th-century Japan to humanity's last stand, from virtual reality to reality's end, from alien drug addiction to a dinner where a man loses everything.

Includes the following stories: Scream Angel | The Red Bird | By Her Hand, She Draws You Down | New Year's Eve | Out of the Light | State of Disorder | The Boys Are Back in Town | Symphony | Enlightenment | Nothing | Jigsaw | Going Harvey in the Big House | The Last Ride | The Dancer at the Red Door | A Taste Sweet and Salty | Memories of the Dead Man

"A massively enjoyable trek…all filtered through Smith's remarkable imagination and prodigious talent." —Quill and Quire (starred review)

"The 16 stories in this collection showcase the inventive mind and immense storytelling talent of one of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction. "—Library Journal

"An entertaining selection of stories that deftly span multiple genres." —Publishers Weekly

 


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IMPOSSIBILIA (reviews)

Finalist for the Aurora Award

Collection | 3 novelettes | 155 pages | Introduction by Chaz Brenchley | 978-0-9918007-1-1; 978-0-9918007-2-8

Science fiction, Fantasy, Urban fantasy

Includes an Aurora Award WINNER and an Aurora Award Finalist

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Includes the following stories: Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by van Gogh | Spirit Dance | Going Down to Lucky Town

"Highly, highly recommended. " —Fantasy Book Critic

"The writing is superb. Douglas Smith is an artisan and his stories beautifully crafted. ... In my search for the perfect short story, the three in this volume certainly qualify. " —SF Crowsnest Book Reviews

"[T]hree amazing stories that are so unusual and beautiful that no other name than Impossibilia could possibly describe this collection. Each tale was rapture and ecstasy, magical and mysterious, perfect and implausible." —Mass Movement Magazine

 


LA DANSE DES ESPRITS

Finalist for the Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane Award

Collection | 13 short stories | 325 pages | Introduction by Charles de Lint

Fantasy short stories, translated into French

Trade paperback (ISBN 978-2-84958-010-3) | Dreampress (France), 2011

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NON-FICTION

 

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PLAYING THE SHORT GAME (reviews)

Writer's guide | 230 pages | Introduction by Kristine Kathryn Rusch | 978-1-928048-22-0; 978-1-928048-23-7

In an engaging and conversational style, multi-award-winning author Douglas Smith teaches you how to market and sell short stories—and much, much more. Even experienced writers will find value here as Smith takes you from your first sale to using your stories to build a writing career.

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Take your first step to becoming a professional short fiction writer—Buy this book! In an engaging and conversational style, award-winning author Douglas Smith teaches you how to market and sell short stories—and much, much more. Even experienced writers will find value here as Smith takes you from your first sale to using your stories to build a writing career.

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

 


INDIVIDUAL SHORT STORIES & NOVELETTES (ebooks)

 

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A BIRD IN THE HAND (reviews)

Short Story (Aurora Award Finalist)

Urban Fantasy, Shape-shifters, Heroka universe

Lilith Hoyl awakes to find herself a prisoner in a top-secret government laboratory. To win her freedom, all she needs to do is prove that she’s human.

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A Taste Sweet and Salty coverA TASTE SWEET AND SALTY (reviews)

Short Story

Fantasy, Surreal, Slipstream

The man known only as Stranger lived and died in a town with no name. Each day he lived. And each night he died…

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Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh coverBOUQUET OF FLOWERS IN A VASE, BY VAN GOGH (reviews)

Novelette (Aurora Award Finalist)

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Maroch, ex-CIA, reluctantly agrees to coach a beautiful young woman “remote viewer” in a scheme to locate lost paintings. But the woman, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his dead wife, has her own secrets. Together, they set off a chain of events that may alter the past and destroy both their lives.

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By Her Hand, She Draws You Down coverBY HER HAND, SHE DRAWS YOU DOWN (reviews)

Short Story (Aurora Award Finalist | Best New Horror Selection)

Supernatural Horror

Cath, a beautiful sidewalk artist, is driven by a mysterious hunger that feeds from the portraits she draws of her victims. Joe loves Cath, but as Cath’s hunger grows, so does Joe’s fear that one day she may draw him down.

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Doorways coverDOORWAYS (reviews)

Novelette (Aurora Award Finalist)

Science Fiction

Jack's old boss, Dr. Lucius Rainer, head of research at GenTech, is dead. His strange house on his island retreat hides his final project. The house promises Jack wealth, fame, and revenge...if it doesn’t kill him first.

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Dream Flight coverDREAM FLIGHT (reviews)

Short Story

Urban Fantasy, Shape-shifters, Heroka universe

Lilith Hoyl is a Heroka of the bird totem—a shapeshifter who hates the humans who killed her mate and hunt her kind. But when she meets a young girl awaiting a critical operation, their mutual love for birds brings joy back into both their lives.

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Enlightenment coverENLIGHTENMENT (reviews)

Novelette (Aurora Award Finalist)

Science Fiction

Jarrod is a soldier forced to take part in the destruction of entire races. But when his unit encounters the Be’nan, aliens who hold the secret to true enlightenment, no one is prepared for the result.

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Fiddleheads coverFIDDLEHEADS (reviews)

Short Story

Horror, strong violence

Twelve-year-old Andy Pembleton's younger brother disappeared two years ago. The loss tore Andy's world apart. His father left. His mother withdrew into guilt, all but ignoring Andy. But Andy is going to change all of that. He has a plan to find his brother—a deeply disturbing one.

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Going Down to Lucky Town coverGOING DOWN TO LUCKY TOWN (reviews)

Novelette

Urban Fantasy

Charlie the Pearl—con man, gambler, and ever absent father—is about to catch the dream that he’s chased his entire life—the secret of good luck. But it’s a secret that could cost Charlie the only thing in the world that he loves more than a winning streak—his daughter.

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Going Harvey in the Big House coverGOING HARVEY IN THE BIG HOUSE (reviews)

Novelette (Aurora Award Finalist)

Science Fiction

Ages ago, the Builders made the House to shelter humanity from the Outside. The Builders descendants still rule the House. Big G spends his days dealing with Harveys, citizens who breakdown violently in the claustrophobic House. But when Big G finds a strange image at a Harvey call, it leads him to a secret that may finally bring down the House.

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Jigsaw coverJIGSAW (reviews)

Short Story (Aurora Award Finalist)

YA, Science Fiction, Adventure

Cassie Morant, geologist on the Johannes Kepler star ship, wishes she was back on Earth in her tiny room, lost in one of her beloved jigsaw puzzles. Something has gone terribly wrong. The Kepler’s orbit is decaying, and Cassie has only hours to solve a planet-sized, eons-old puzzle—or the entire crew will die.

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Memories of the Dead Man coverMEMORIES OF THE DEAD MAN (reviews)

Novelette

Science Fiction, Adventure

Mary and her son, Jase, survive by their wits in a post-plague Earth. On the run from a vicious gang, they are saved by Bishop, who just may be the Dead Man, the legendary hero of the Fall of Earth. But Bishop’s dark past catches up with them all, forcing Bishop to choose between his love for Mary and Jase, or revenge against the men who killed his family.

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Murphy's Law coverMURPHY'S LAW (reviews)

Short Story

Science Fiction, Humour

As First Officer on an under-staffed space freighter, Dex thinks he knows all about Murphy’s Law: if anything can go wrong, it will. But when Dex adds a real-life "Murphy" to the ship's crew, he learns just how bad things can get. A VIP is almost killed. Food systems shut down. The navigation computer is destroyed. Well, at least things can’t get any worse...

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Ndw Year's Eve coverNEW YEAR'S EVE (reviews)

Short Story (Aurora Award Finalist)

Science Fiction

The world awaits the year 2000 with anticipation and dread. Will the "millennium bug" destroy computers world-wide? John Dunne leads the team developing PCWare's first Virtual Reality user interface, complete with virtual human agents. But on Millennium Eve, a Y2K bug is discovered in the software…and John’s virtual girlfriend becomes a little too real.

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Nothing coverNOTHING (reviews)

Short Story

Fantasy, Surreal

A woman tries in vain to convince those around her that the world is ending. Is she right…or is she losing her mind?

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Out of the Light coverOUT OF THE LIGHT (reviews)

Short Story

Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters

Once, Jan Mirocek hunted the things that haunt the night in every culture of the world. Were-beasts. Shape-shifters. Then he made a mistake, and the woman he loved died. Now he shuns the dark, hiding in the lights of a big city. For shifters never come here. Or do they? People are dying, and signs point to a shifter. But can Jan conquer his fears and find the killer?

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Radio_NowhereRADIO NOWHERE (reviews)

Short Story (Aurora Award Finalist)

Science Fiction, Romance

On the anniversary of his wife’s death, Liam discovers his experiments can open a window back in time. Can he tune that window to the night his wife died? Can he go back to save her? But strange radio broadcasts warn that changing the past means a dark future for the world—or no future at all. How much will Liam risk to save the woman he loved?

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Scream Angel coverSCREAM ANGEL (reviews)

Novelette (AURORA AWARD WINNER)

Science Fiction

Soldiers on the drug Scream will not only kill, they will revel in it. Jason Trelayne is a Screamer, a soldier and forced participant in the enslavement and death of entire races. When Trelayne falls in love with Philomela, a Scream Angel, an alien who produces the addictive drug, he triggers a chain of events that threatens to bring down an empire.

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Spirit Dance coverSPIRIT DANCE (reviews)

Novelette (AURORA AWARD WINNER)

Urban Fantasy, Shape-shifters, Heroka universe

The Heroka, an ancient race of shape shifters, draw vitality from their animal totems. Gwyn Blaidd, a Heroka of the wolf totem, has been a recluse ever since a deadly battle with the Tainchel, the covert agency that hunts his kind—a battle that cost him the woman he loved. But to save an old friend, Gwyn must again face the Tainchel—and his own dark past.

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State of DisorderSTATE OF DISORDER (reviews)

Short Story (Aurora Award Finalist)

Science Fiction, Time Travel

When James Mackaby, respected scholar, husband and father, accepts a dinner invitation from an old rival who has fallen on hard times, he has no idea that revenge is on the menu.

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Symphony coverSYMPHONY (reviews)

Short Story (Aurora Award Finalist)

Science Fiction, Space

To the remnants of humanity on the colony ship, The Last Chance, the planet Aurora seemed like a dream come true. Earth-like, unpopulated. Now they aren’t so sure. Now people are dying. To save them, Gar Franck, Communications Officer, must find a way to communicate with the alien intelligence that is attacking them.

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The Boys Are Back in Town coverTHE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN (reviews)

Short Story

Urban Fantasy, Mythology

Paulo and Dino run a quiet little bar in Toronto, happily retired from being immortal gods on Olympus…and Asgard…and… Well, let’s just say they’ve been around. But their peaceful retirement ends when Pop drops in. And the Father of the Gods has brought company. Unwanted company.

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The Dancer at the Red Door coverTHE DANCER AT THE RED DOOR (reviews)

Short Story (Aurora Award Finalist)

Urban Fantasy

Alexander King has wealth, power, a business empire over which he rules. But lately, his life has lost its thrill. He needs a new game. And then he meets the Dancer &emdash; achingly beautiful, half-mad, and dancing to a song that only she and King seem to hear. She becomes his new obsession, drawing him into a secret world…and to a very special club.

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The Last of a Thing coverTHE LAST OF A THING

Short Story

High Fantasy

What happens when the world loses the last of a thing?

Four mighty warriors set out to slay the last dragon, opposed by only a fool. But even a fool knows: the last of a thing is something to cherish.

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The Last Ride coverTHE LAST RIDE (reviews)

Short Story

Fantasy, Mythology

When Vaya, an immortal Valkyrie and favorite daughter of Odin All Father, intervenes on the battlefield to save the life of a soldier who has captured her heart, she is forced by Odin to choose between immortality and the man she loves. Vaya chooses love, not knowing that the hardest choice still lies ahead of her.

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The Red Bird coverTHE RED BIRD (reviews)

Short Story (Aurora Award Finalist)

Epic Fantasy

Fleeing the Shogun, young Asai is led by a strange red hawk to a fabled temple to train under the Warrior of the Red Bird. Unless Asai can succeed where all others have failed—to find the Hidden Light—his people will suffer a thousand years of misery. But when the beautiful Sawako appears, Asai must choose between his heart, his people, and his destiny.

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The Walker of the Shifting Borderland coverTHE WALKER OF THE SHIFTING BORDERLAND (reviews)

Short Story (AURORA AWARD WINNER)

Fantasy

The Walker is a child of the two Realms of the Continuum, a prince of Order and of Chaos—and a rebel against both. When he falls in love with an ephemeral, a mortal woman who is the key to the balance between the Realms, he triggers a struggle for her life—and the fate of her universe.

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What's in a Name? coverWHAT'S IN A NAME?

Short Story

Fantasy, Humour

When Hari tries to steal from the most powerful wizard in the land, he ends up cursed to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Rather career limiting for a thief. But Hari has a plan. Or he did until a demon kills the magician Hari hired. Now that demon is about to eat Hari. At least things get any worse. Oh…wait...

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SPECIALTY BOOKS

 

By Her Hand movie book coverBY HER HAND, SHE DRAWS YOU DOWN: THE MOVIE COMPANION BOOK (print)

Short story, movie script, interviews, photos, and more

Supernatural Horror

Here is the official companion book for the indie horror film “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down,” directed by Anthony G. Sumner, produced by Alan Rowe Kelly and Anthony G. Sumner, starring Zoë Daelman Chlanda and Jerry Murdock, and based on Doug's acclaimed story of the same name.

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