By Her Hand, She Draws You Down (ebook)


Aurora Award Finalist | Best New Horror Selection

*** Now an award-winning independent film ***

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


Horror, supernatural, vampire (short story)


"The best of the bunch…a haunting variant on the vampire legend with an understated and brutal ending." —Publishers Weekly

“Highlights among the stories include Douglas Smith's delightfully creepy ‘By Her Hand, She Draws You Down,’ about a young woman who is driven by a mysterious hunger to sketch people and steal their life force as her horrified lover looks on.” —Booklist

"I was reminded of the tone of some of Harlan Ellison’s best work…where many of the protagonists seemed to be the unwitting victims of dark, irrational forces.” —The Fix

“...a title that rules. ...psychic vampirism, creepy street performers, the horrors of small coastal towns. And Smith took the story somewhere that surprised me. The twist is sustained.” —Jay Lake, Tangent Online

"A wonderful, creepy and suspenseful tale of a boardwalk portrait artist who struggles with a powerful dark hunger, and the man who, through loving her, must come to grips with his own inner demons." —Rainbow Dragon Recommends

“...examines vampirism from an unusual and genuinely horrifying angle.” —SF Site Review

"Well done and with a nice twist…" —Fantasy Book Critic

"Haunting passages and scenes..." —Strange Horizons

“...a chilling, weird tale of an artist with a great hunger.” —The Haunted Weblog

“Familiar subjects...dealt with in an original form and with a final turn that will surprise you.” — Bibliopolis

Publication History

This story first appeared in The Third Alternative (Autumn 2001, #28; ISSN 1352-3783) and was reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #13 (ed: Stephen Jones; Oct 2002; ISBN 1-84119-540-5). It is included in Doug's collection, Chimerascope (ChiZine Publications; Jan 2010; ISBN 978-0-9813746-1-1; 978-0-9812978-5-9)

Available Download Formats

Buyers may download either or both of the following formats:

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