Out of the Light

Out of the Light

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Author: Douglas Smith
Length: 50 page(s)
Written: Oct 2011
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Category: Fiction & Literature » Fantasy  |  Work: Story / Narration
Keywords: shapeshifters, urban fantasy

It's hard to hunt the creatures of the night when you're afraid of the dark...

Jan Mirocek used to be a hunter. A very special hunter. Once, he had hunted the things that haunt the forests of the night in every culture of the world. The kallikantzari of Greece. The loup-garou of France. The kitsune of Japan.

Were-beasts. Shape-shifters.

Until one night, Jan made a mistake, and the woman he loved died.

Now he shuns the dark and his own past, hiding in a big city. For the were-beasts never come here.

Or do they?

People are dying in Toronto, and all signs point to a shifter. But can Jan conquer his own fears to track down the killer? And what kind of shape shifter would be at home in a modern city?

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


"A creature-hunter tale that kept me guessing until the very last paragraphs. I was on edge throughout the whole story!" —Melissa Minners, Global Pop Culture reviews

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About the Author

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"Doug Smith is, quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and he's also the most prolific. His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." —Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids

"One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." — Library Journal

Doug is an award-winning Canadian author of speculative fiction, whose stories have appeared in over a hundred professional magazines and anthologies and twenty-four languages around the world, including InterZone, Amazing Stories, Cicada, Baen's Universe, Weird Tales, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Postscripts, On Spec, and The Third Alternative, as well as anthologies from Penguin/Roc, DAW, and others.

His newest collection, Chimerascope, including an Aurora winner, a Best New Horror selection, and nine Aurora finalists, is available from ChiZine Publications. His first collection of short fiction, Impossibilia, is available from the award-winning UK press, PS Publishing. A complete list of Doug's published fiction is available here along with reviews of his stories.

Doug was a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award for best new writer, and has twice won the Canadian Aurora Award. He's been an Aurora finalist seventeen times and has several honourable mentions in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror. You can check out a complete list of his award history here.

An independent film based on his story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" toured festivals in 2010, winning several awards. Doug recently completed his first novel, based on his award-winning short story, "Spirit Dance."

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