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dark fiction & other materials

j. ashley smith

J. Ashley Smith is a British–Australian writer of dark fiction and other materials.

J. was born in Cambridge, UK, and spent his childhood hiding with imaginary companions in the foundations of an Edwardian townhouse. He studied film and creative writing, then lost fifteen years to the British indie music scene, clothed in unfashionable sweaters, releasing unpopular records. He now lives with his wife and two sons in the suburbs of North Canberra, gathering moth dust, tormented by the desolation of telegraph wires.

J.’s short stories have won Aurealis Awards for both Best Horror (Old Growth, 2017) and Best Fantasy (The Further Shore, 2018), as well as the SQ Mag Story Quest Short Story Contest (Old Growth, 2016), and the AHWA Short Story Competition (On the Line, 2015).

J. was a judge in the AHWA Short Story Competition 2016 and Director of the Australian Shadows Awards 2017.

J. haunts the internet as @SpookTapes.

fiction

The Face God Gave, Gorgon: Stories of Emergence (February 2019)

The Moth Tapes, Aurealis Magazine #117 (February 2019)

Our Last Meal, Tales to Terrify 325 (April 2018)
In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep (September 2015)

The Further Shore, Bourbon Penn 15 (March 2018)
Winner, Best Fantasy Short Story, Aurealis Awards 2018
Shortlisted, Best Horror Short Story, Aurealis Awards 2018

On The Line, Midnight Echo 12 (December 2017)
Shortlisted, Best Horror Short Story, Aurealis Awards 2017
Winner, AHWA Short Story Competition 2015

Duplicity, Dimension6 (July 2017)
Shortlisted, Best Fantasy Short Story, Aurealis Awards 2017

Old GrowthSQ Mag 31 (June 2017)
Winner, Best Horror Short Story, Aurealis Awards 2017
Winner, SQ Mag Story Quest Short Story Competition 2016

To The Music We HearHeater Vol.3 No.2 (March 2015)