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 twice won national competitions and been shortlisted seven times for Aurealis Awards, winning both Best Horror (Old Growth, 2017) and Best Fantasy (The Further Shore, 2018). His novella, The Attic Tragedy, was released by Meerkat Press in 2020 and has since been shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, was a finalist in the Australian Shadows Awards, and is a Shirley Jackson Award nominee.
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 and can be contacted at spooktapes[at]gmail[dot]com.