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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". My work has been published in twenty-five languages and over thirty countries around the world.

I've won Canada's Aurora Award for speculative fiction three times and have been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's 'Bookies' award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.

My books include:

"Scream Angel" up on StarShipSofa podcast

I'm thrilled to announce that my Aurora Award winning story, "Scream Angel," has been published as a podcast on StarShipSofa. The story is narrated by Brian Rollins and you can listen to it for free at the above link.

"Scream Angel" first appeared in the anthology, Low Port, from Meisha Merlin, edited by Steve Miller and Sharon Lee. It won Canada's Aurora Award in 2004 for best short fiction. It was the lead story in my collection, Chimerascope, and is often mentioned by my fans as one of their favourites:

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.

I hope you enjoy the podcast if you check it out. "Scream Angel" is also available as a stand-alone ebook. Check it out in my bookstore for a list of all major retailer links.

Heroka story "Dream Flight" available as ebook

Dream Flight coverFor fans of my Heroka (shapeshifter) stories, I've just released the short story "Dream Flight" as an ebook. The book is available in both epub and mobi (Kindle) formats at all popular ebook retailers.

"Dream Flight" is a sequel to the short story "A Bird in the Hand" and again features Lilith Hoyl, a Heroka of the bird totem. But Lilith is a little different, even for a Heroka. It was first published in The Dark Magazine in January 2014, issue #3.

Here's what Fantasy Literature had to say about the story: “One expects magic with this set-up, and magic does, indeed, follow, but pain cannot be forever vanquished, for either the girl or the Hoyl. The story charms as well as pains. In other hands, it would be mawkish, but Smith avoids all the pitfalls and gives us something bittersweet instead.”

The ebook is available here: 

All retailers  |   My bookstore

If you haven't read any of my Heroka stories, here's the complete list:

  • "Spirit Dance" — novelette featuring Gwyn Blaidd, a Heroka of the wolf totem (the first story, so start here)
  • The Wolf at the End of the World novel with the characters of "Spirit Dance" that picks up five years later
  • "A Bird in the Hand" — short story that introduces Lilith Hoyl
  • "Dream Flight" — short story sequel to "A Bird in the Hand"

All of these are available at all major book retailers and my bookstore. Check out my bookstore for all the buying links for these titles.

And there will be more Heroka novels — right after I finish the young adult urban fantasy trilogy I'm currently writing. I'm on book #2 in that series now. More on that later.

New story! "The Last of a Thing" in Pulp Literature

Pulp Literature #12 cover I'm very happy to announce that I have a "new" short story out in Issue #12 of the fine Canadian speculative fiction magazine, Pulp Literature. The gorgeous cover can be seen at the side here.

My story is called "The Last of a Thing" and is high fantasy. I purposely play around with the tropes and cliches of that genre to tell a tale whose message is...well, I'll let you read it, but let's just say this little story shares a heart with my novel The Wolf at the End of the World.

Why the quotes around "new"? Well, although the story has never been published before (so it will be new to any of my readers), I had actually sold it a couple of times in the past However, it never managed to see the light of publication until now. Every time I sold it, the magazine would fold or the anthology would never be published.

Yes, this was my "market killer" story. Every short story writer, if they've been doing this long enough, has one of these—a story that seems cursed to take down any market that dares to try to publish it.

So I'm very glad that (a) the story has finally really sold and is now available for you to read, and (b) I didn't end up killing a fine Canadian magazine.

Issue 12 is available for purchase here, in either print or ebook formats. I hope you'll check it out and help support Pulp Literature and Canadian speculative fiction by buying a copy of the issue or, better yet, a subscription.

Local Author Night Oct 19: Toronto Library Appearance

Albert Campbell Library Local Authors Night Oct 19On Wednesday, October 19, Toronto Public Library's Albert Campbell Branch is hosting a monthly Local Authors Night, an evening for book lovers: readers, writers, and everyone in-between. I'll be one of five local writers speaking at the event:

  • Sèphera Girón
  • Tamara Hecht
  • Stephen B. Pearl
  • Douglas Smith
  • Andrew F. Sullivan

We'll each be talking about our writing, giving a short reading, and then answering questions from resident librarian Maria Samurin and the audience. After, we'll all be there to chat with. Books will also be available for purchase and signing. The event starts at 6:30pm and runs to 8:00pm.

I hope if you're in the area that night, you'll drop by to listen and talk with us.

Indie Author Day: Library appearance

Indie Authors DayI'll be one of six authors appearing at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Library (2 Park Drive, Stouffville, ON) for the inaugural Indie Author Day on Saturday, October 8.

Indie Authors Day is a North American event in which "libraries from all across Canada and the US will host their own local author events with the support of the Indie Author Day team. In addition to these local programs, each library’s indie community will come together for an hour-long digital gathering at 2 pm Eastern featuring Q&A with writers, agents and other industry leaders."

I'm a hybrid author, with a traditional publishing short fiction career with my stories and collections, but also an indie career with my first novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD, and my writer's guide, PLAYING THE SHORT GAME. I'm thrilled to be invited to participate in this event, and in my own home of York Region.

Here's the schedule for the day:

1:00-2:00 pm: Panel with the Writers’ Community of York Region

2:00-3:00 pm: Digital panel, streamed and projected

3:00-5:00 pm: Open house with the writers, including short readings and a chance to buy books and get them signed.

I'll have all of my books available for purchase at reduced prices. If you're in the area, I hope to see you there!

Foreign Market List updated

I just posted an update in the FML on the Estonian market Algernon. They have a new translations editor along with new submission and contact email addresses. Older email addies had been bouncing.

An "Out of This World" ebook bundle

Out of This World ebook bundle coverMy Aurora Award winner, "Scream Angel," is one of sixteen stories included in the OUT OF THIS WORLD ebook bundle from Bundle Rabbit: It's a great bunch of titles, including multi-award winners like Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Explore the future and the universe with this exciting bundle of science fiction & fantasy short stories, novellas, and novels. Discover how people will survive, and thrive, as they encounter challenges in outer space or deal with struggles here on Earth.

Mystery and adventure, drama and fear, technology and magic, all have their place in these exciting speculative stories.

Blast away with these fantastical tales to parts unknown and out of this world!

Pay at least $3.99 to get six titles. Pay at least $9.99 to get all 16 titles. I hope you'll check it out. It's a great deal.

Not Only Humans Bundle: Now available at all retailers

Not Only Humans ebook bundleI wrote earlier about being included in the Not Only Humans ebook bundle with a bunch of amazing authors, including best sellers and award winners like Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Anthea Sharpe, and Mindy Klasky.

That bundle, containing 12 novels for only $9.99, is no longer available at BundleRabbit. But it is now available for a limited time from all major ebook retailers as follows:

The bundle contains a dozen amazing fantasy and science fiction novels that take you from galaxy spanning alien cultures to the discovery of Bigfoot, gripping stories where humans and non-humans work together, fight each other, and even fall in love. But don't delay. The bundle will only be available at these retailers until mid-July, so don't miss out.

The dozen novels included are:

New ebook bundle: Not Only Humans

Not Only Humans ebook bundle adI'm thrilled to be in another great ebook bundle, with a bunch of amazing authors, including best sellers and award winners like Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Anthea Sharpe, and Mindy Klasky.

The bundle is Not Only Humans: a dozen amazing fantasy and science fiction novels that take you from galaxy spanning alien cultures to the discovery of Bigfoot, gripping stories where humans and non-humans work together, fight each other, and even fall in love. And you get to name your own price, plus you can donate 10% of your purchase to the wonderful charity, First Book, and help transform the lives of children.

This bundle is jam-packed with stories from bestselling and award-winning authors for every reader's taste. Robots and faeries. Demons and trolls and vampires. And aliens, aliens, and more aliens.

The dozen novels included are:

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