Submitted by Douglas Smith on Sun, 2009/10/11 - 12:54am
Back in February 2008, I'd blogged about an unpublished novel by the late great Roger Zelazny that had been discovered in Roger's papers by his son, Trent, and was to be published by Hard Case Crime in the US. I'd forgotten all about until today, so I did a search to see if it had ever come out. Major woo hoo's!! It was published back in February to very positive reviews, and is available here. Try to ignore the trashy cover with the cute brunette, bare midriff, eyes locked on the hero's big blade (not too Freudian, eh?), and instead check out an excerpt from the first chapter.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Tue, 2009/10/06 - 2:00pm
I've added a detailed page for my new collection, Chimerascope, listing the final table of contents, along with excerpts from all sixteen stories, links to past reviews of the stories, and their award history. A reminder that the signed, limited, numbered hardcover edition must be pre-ordered before October 31. Please see my store page for ordering information. I should point out that even though the ordering site is "The Horror Mall," my collection is not horror. It's my typical eclectic mix of fantasy (high, urban, dark, etc.), SF, and okay, one supernatural horror story. A trade paperback edition will be available later in 2010, and will be available in Chapters/Indigo stores and on Amazon. Check out my Chimerascope page for all the information on the collection.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Fri, 2009/10/02 - 11:06pm
A few months ago, friend and fellow writer, Mark Leslie (aka Mark Lefebvre) invited me to submit a story for an anthology that he was editing called Campus Chills. The anthology is a joint effort by McMaster University, the University of Alberta, Dalhousie University, and my own alma mater, the University of Waterloo. The anthology will contain scary stories set on Canadian university campuses, but the anthology will have a further twist, beyond what you'll find in the stories.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Tue, 2009/09/29 - 5:55pm
I've just posted ever so many updates to the FML, my Foreign Market List, where "foreign" means non-English. Thanks to everyone who assisted with tips and information, but especially to fellow writer, Gareth Jones, in the UK.
This seemed like a good time to check on the number of languages that I've had my stories translated into. Twenty-two, listed below in decreasing order of appearances. Nothing compared to Frank Roger, the Belgian multi-lingual writer, who I had the pleasure of meeting in August at Anticipation in Montreal. Frank (I believe) is over thirty languages and counting. I've also included some of my favourite covers and illos from my translated works below.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Wed, 2009/09/23 - 1:55pm
I recently came across a new review of my first collection, Impossibilia, this one from Kent Knopp-Schwyn on his Hellnotes site:
On the collection as a whole: "[The] three letter perfect stories behind the expressionist cover art admirably display Mr. Smith’s considerable creativity."
On "Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh": "…a beautiful and haunting tale of love, loss and remote viewing. "
On "Spirit Dance": "...an [example of] the author’s ability to place the possible and impossible side by side to excellent effect in an action packed story."
On "Going Down to Lucky Town": "…[an] enjoyable tale filled with broken and repaired familial ties bound together by a father’s love for his daughter."
Impossibilia was a finalist for the 2009 Aurora Award and can still be ordered in limited numbered signed editions from the publishers, PS Publishing, via my store.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Wed, 2009/09/16 - 2:10pm
Coolness! Here's the final cover (cover artist: Erik Mohr) for my upcoming "full" collection, Chimerascope, which I wrote about here. "Full" with quotation marks, since, much to my surprise, I have more published stories than I could fit into this second collection. The limited edition hardcover is available for pre-order now. The hardcover print run will be based solely on the pre-orders. A trade paperback edition will be available later.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Sun, 2009/09/13 - 12:31pm
I'm very excited to announce that my new collection of short fiction, Chimerascope, from ChiZine Publications, is now available for pre-order for the limited edition hardcover. This is my first full collection with sixteen of my favourite stories, covering a range of genres--fantasy, SF, horror, and stories that mix them all. The collection includes an Aurora Award winner, a Best New Horror selection, and nine Aurora finalists. It will also be available in trade paperback later but the limited edition hardcover will only be available to those who pre-order it, as the print run will be based on those orders. ChiZine Publications has also signed a distribution deal with The Literary Press Group of Canada (LPG), which will see ChiZine's books including Chimerascope available through Amazon and in Chapters/Indigo. I'll post the final cover as soon as I have it.
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Mon, 2009/07/20 - 7:21pm
Here's my schedule of panels and readings for this year's WorldCon (World Science Fiction convention), Anticipation 2009, in Montreal, Aug 6-10. I've added the times when I'll be signing at the SF Canada table. Hope to see you there!
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Fri, 2009/07/10 - 4:53pm
And yet another great review for my first collection, Impossibilia, and its lead story "Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh," this one from Matt Cardin in the review magazine Dead Reckonings (No. 5, Spring 2009). Here's what he says:
"Both thematically and stylistically, these stories sometimes recall the work of better known authors, including Harlan Ellison, Theodore Sturgeon, and Ray Bradbury. But Smith puts such a personal stamp on his stories, and invests them with such depth of feeling, that they transcend the dangers of … imitation and emerge as wholly original. … There is a certain exhilaration that comes from reading the book’s complex and powerfully emotional stories couched in that deft and smooth prose. It is easy to see why PS Publishing considers Smith an author who deserves more attention. … [Smith deserves] to be known to by a very wide audience indeed."
Submitted by Douglas Smith on Fri, 2009/07/10 - 3:37pm
Here's my schedule of panels, readings and signing for this weekend's annual and excellent Polaris 2009 convention in Toronto (formerly Toronto Trek). They have, as always, a number of great media guests, but they've continued the trend of recent years of including a very good literary track as well. Lots of author guests, of which I'm one. Hope to see you there!
Friday July 10:
- 7:00pm – Panel: "Neil Gaiman, Cultmaster or Literary Phenomenon?"
Saturday July 11: