Douglas Smith | Writer

Hi! Thanks for visiting. I'm an award-winning author of fantasy, SF, horror, supernatural, and the ever popular "undefinable" and have been published in thirty countries and twenty-five languages. 


I'm a three-time winner of the Aurora Award and a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, the juried Sunburst Award, the CBC Bookies award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. 


My website is and I tweet at

2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love

2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love - Rachel Aaron A small book but packed with great advice for novel writers that goes far beyond just writing faster drafts.

The Widening Gyre (Spenser, #10)

The Widening Gyre (Spenser, #10) - Robert B. Parker Not my favourite Spenser title, but still enjoyable. I enjoy how the character and his relationships actually evolve and change. Those aspects were the highlights here more than the mystery.

Carnacki, The Ghost Finder

Carnacki, The Ghost Finder - William Hope Hodgson The first story was enjoyable, but the rest of the collection (which included six short stories) were simply more of the same thing: same structure, same approaches by the "ghost hunter," same less than suspenseful scenarios. I picked this title to read because I've read Hodgson's more well known works (The Night Land, The House on the Borderland, etc.) and enjoyed those. However, I won't be chasing down any more Carnacki stories.


Hangsaman - Shirley Jackson Jackson's second novel, I believe. Not as assured in its plotting or structure or pacing as WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE, but the prose is still magnificent. And again we have a fascinating protagonist, an unreliable and perhaps unbalanced narrator on a journey of self-discovery or madness or acceptance of the basic madness in all of us and our world.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson This is one of the most stunning pieces of fiction I've ever read. The prose is hypnotic and, similar to The Haunting of Hill House, Jackson's presents us with a point of view character that we slowly realize is unreliable and unbalanced (but fascinating) as a narrator of a very strange history. It is a testimony to Jackson's abilities as a writer that she makes both Mary Katherine and Constance such sympathetic characters to the reader. Highly recommended. I've come late to Shirley Jackson, but am going to track down everything she wrote.


Joyland - Stephen King This isn't a Stephen King book about which I'd heard very much. Not sure why because it was excellent. Tore through it in a couple of days. It's not standard King horror, beyond a touch of supernatural. Don't be fooled or put off by the pulpy cover. It's a wonderful story--a murder mystery combined with a coming of age tale, populated with all the fully fleshed characters that King always delivers and steeped in the world of the old-time carnie. And with lots of tugs on the heart strings. Highly recommended.

Hide Me Among the Graves

Hide Me Among the Graves - Tim Powers I love Tim Power's work and list him as one of my favourite authors. A unique fantasist with a strong prose style. However, I'd rank this book along with its prequel, THE STRESS OF HER REGARD, as my two least favourites of his.

The Stress of Her Regard

The Stress of Her Regard - Tim Powers One of Powers' earlier works, for me, this pales by comparison to Declare, Last Call, Expiration Date, On Stranger Tides, etc.. Interesting take on vampirism but I found the plot pacing and character focus was uneven. Still worth a read and it's fun reading about Byron, Shelley, and their peers.


Svaha - Charles de Lint Highly recommended. I'd somehow missed this book from one of my favourite authors when it first came out in 1989. It is both typical and atypical for a de Lint book. Typical are the wonderful characters that you love spending time with and getting to know. Typical too is the beautiful interweaving of First Nations beliefs and spirituality. Atypical is the SF / near-future setting. But de Lint makes it all work together perfectly, blending an exciting story with social commentary of where our consumer society and destruction of nature might lead us.

To Sleep Gently

To Sleep Gently - Trent Zelazny This is the first I've read of Trent's work, and I will now be looking for more. Wonderful noir work. It had the feel of "The Asphalt Jungle" but totally unique.

Video trailer for my urban fantasy novel, The Wolf at the End of the World.




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.

"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

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 an introduction by Charles de Lint.

The Lost Continent The Story of Atlantis

The Lost Continent The Story of Atlantis - C.J. Cutliffe Hyne Enjoyable, but the modern day opening seemed extraneous, especially since there was no corresponding ending section (I was expecting bookends). And the ending seemed abrupt. Still an enjoyable read, considering its age.

On Stranger Tides

On Stranger Tides - Tim Powers I'm a huge fan of Powers, and this one did not disappoint my high expectations. Probably the most "fun" book of his that I've read, and more upbeat than many. Pirates, voodoo, the Fountain of Youth, and great characters as always. What's not to like?

Over My Head

Over My Head - Charles de Lint Book 2 in de Lint's new YA "Wildings" series. I devoured this in a day. Well paced with the expected array of well drawn and likeable characters.

A Night in the Lonesome October

A Night in the Lonesome October - Gahan Wilson, James Warhola, Roger Zelazny I read this many years ago when it first came out, and just reread it. I'd forgotten how enjoyable this one was, and unique even among Zelazny's works. One of my favourites from one of my most favourite authors. Lots of fun, very creative, and highly recommended.

Uncle Silas

Uncle Silas - Victor Sage, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Written in the late 19th century with a prose style that modern readers may struggle with, this is still an engrossing read. The main character of Maud is likeable throughout, but many readers may not forgive her willingness to constantly ignore her suspicions as more evidence of the danger she faces grows and grows. Still, it's difficult not to keep reading, and the climax is a definite page turner. A warning to those who know Le Fanu's other works such as Carmilla -- this is *not* a vampire story or a supernatural tale in any way. It's a gothic suspense, complete with a locked room mystery.

Currently reading

The Scottish Banker of Surabaya
Ian Hamilton
Access All Areas: A User's Guide to the Art of Urban Exploration
The House by the Churchyard
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The Haunting of Hill House
Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller