By Her Hand, She Draws You Down: The Movie Companion Book (ebook)


Story: Aurora Award Finalist, Best New Horror selection

Movie: Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Score, Best Photography

Story, script, photos, illustrations, interviews | 114 pages

"A haunting variant on the vampire legend." —Publishers Weekly

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 the acclaimed story of the same name by award-winning Canadian writer Douglas Smith. Described as “delightfully creepy” by Booklist, “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down” tells the story of a beautiful young artist with an insatiable and deadly hunger. The movie toured indie film festivals in 2010 to enthusiastic responses, winning multiple awards for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Score, Editing, and Photography. The movie will be included on the upcoming horror anthology DVD, Gallery of Fear.

Note: includes an afterword by the author and excerpts from many of his other stories


Vampire, urban fantasy, horror, supernatural

Awards and Nominations — The Story

Aurora Finalist Best New Horror selection

Awards and Nominations — The Movie

Terror Film Festival, Philadelphia

WINS: Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director of Photography, Best Original Musical Score

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Director

Chicago REEL Shorts Festival

WINS: Best Horror Short Film

Oklahoma Horror Film Festival

WINS: Best Actress, Best Actor Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Editing

Dark Carnival Film Festival

Nominations: Best Short Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Score


"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. ...I was impressed with the deftness and economy of Smith’s handling of the central conceit: Cath is compelled to draw out of an unnatural hunger." —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

The short story first appeared in The Third Alternative (magazine, TTA Press, UK; Autumn 2001, #28; ISSN 1352-3783), and 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:

.mobi (Kindle)

.epub (Nook, Sony, iPad, Kobo, and most ereaders)

Note: this is the ebook edtion. Click here for the print edition.

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