Guy N. Smith

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Guy Newman Smith
Born 21 November 1939[1]
Hopwas, Staffordshire
Occupation writer
Nationality English
Genre Horror fiction, Fantasy, Children's literature, Non-fiction
Website
guynsmith.com

Guy Newman Smith (born 21 November, 1939, Hopwas, Staffordshire) is a prolific English writer best known for his pulp fiction-style horror fiction, though he has also written non-fiction, softcore pornography, and children's literature.

Biography[edit]

Smith's father was a bank manager, his mother a pre-war historical novelist (E. M. Weale). His mother always encouraged his writing and he was first published at the age of 12 in The Tettenhall Observer, a local newspaper. Shooting (hunting) has always been an interest of Smith's, and he would have liked an apprenticeship in the gun trade. Not acceptable to his father, Smith's first job was in banking. In 1961 he designed and made a 12-bore shotgun, and during 1960-67 operated a small shotgun cartridge loading business.[1]

In the late 1960s and into the early 1970s Smith's writing focused mainly shooting and he wrote regularly for many sporting magazines of the day. In 1972 he launched a second hand bookselling business that would eventually become Black Hill Books. Smith's intention had been to concentrate on this business and hopefully leave banking. It would ultimately be his writing that would do this.[1]

Smith wrote his first horror book, Werewolf by Moonlight, in 1974. It spawned two direct sequels. However, he states it was Night of the Crabs published in 1976 that really launched him as a writer.[1] Quickly spawning six sequels, the series chronicles invasions by giant man-eating crabs of various areas of British coastline. In 1980 a film adaptation, Island Claws, came out.[2]

In 1999 the Guy N Smith Fan Club was formed, this remaining actve with a convention held annually at Smith's home. It was around 1999 that Smith became Poland's best-selling author, Phantom Press publishing two of Smith's books each month, mostly with print runs of around 100,000.[1]

To date, Smith has had over a thousand short stories and magazine articles published. He has written a series of children's books under the pseudonym Jonathon Guy, two thrillers under the name Gavin Newman, and a dozen non-fiction books on various countryside matters. However, he is best known for his 70 or so horror books.[citation needed] The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural considers Smith's horror novels "endearing, imbued with lively storytelling and the tacky brilliance of the horror and science fiction cinema of the 1950s".[3] On the other hand, the horror critic R.S. Hadji included Smith's novel The Sucking Pit on his list of the worst horror novels ever written.[4]

Smith's most recent book Carnage was published in September 2016.[5]

The pulpish nature of Smith's concepts and writing have been spoofed by the award winning comedian and writer Matthew Holness in his Garth Marenghi persona.[6]

A lifelong pipe smoker, he won the British pipe smoking championship in 2003.[7] He collects pipes and smoking ephemera and has also written a book on tobacco, Tobacco Culture: A DIY Guide.[8] He is also an active pro-smoking campaigner. He is married to Jean and they have four adult children, Rowan, Tara, Gavin and Angus.

Selected bibliography[edit]

Werewolf series[edit]

  • Werewolf by Moonlight (1974)
  • Return of the Werewolf (1976)
  • The Son of the Werewolf (1978)

Crab series[edit]

  • Night of the Crabs (1976) [9]
  • Killer Crabs (1978)
  • The Origin of the Crabs (1979)
  • Crabs on the Rampage (1981)
  • Crabs' Moon (1984)
  • Crabs: The Human Sacrifice (1988)
  • Killer Crabs: The Return (2012)

Crab short stories[edit]

  • Crustacean Vengeance (from Scare Care ed. Graham Masterton, Tor 1989)
  • The Decoy (from Fear #13, 1990)
  • The Crabs (from Peeping Tom, 1992)
  • Crabs' Armada (from The Cadaver Chapbook)

Truckers series[edit]

  • The Truckers 1: The Black Knights (1977)
  • The Truckers 2: Hi-Jack! (1977)
  • Blood Circuit (1983)

Sabat series[edit]

  • Sabat 1: The Graveyard Vultures (1982)
  • Sabat 2: The Blood Merchants (1982)
  • Sabat 3: Cannibal Cult (1982)
  • Sabat 4: The Druid Connection (1983)
  • Dead Meat (1996) (omnibus of all 4 books plus two new Sabat stories, Vampire Village and Hellbeat)

Thirst series[edit]

  • Thirst (1980)
  • Thirst II: The Plague (1987)

Deathbell series[edit]

  • Deathbell (1980)
  • Demons (1987)

Pit series[edit]

  • The Sucking Pit (1975)
  • The Walking Dead (1984)

Writing as Jonathan Guy[edit]

  • Cornharrow (1988)
  • Badger Island (1993)
  • Rak: The Story of an Urban Fox (1994)
  • Pyne (1995)
  • Hawkwood (1996)
  • The Minister Geese

Writing as Gavin Newman[edit]

  • The Hangman (1994) (and again in 2015 as Guy N Smith)
  • An Unholy Way to Die (1999)

Disney books[edit]

Novelizations of the classic Disney films. Paperback novels all originally published by New English Library in 1975 and reprinted by Pyramid Books in 1976 both with black and white drawings throughout.

Softcore pornography books[edit]

  • Sexy Secrets of Swinging Wives, Part 1: The Partner Swappers (as Anonymous)
  • Sexy Confessions of a Relief Nurse (as Wendy Davis)
  • Sexy Confessions of a Games Mistress (as Joan Hudson)
  • Sexy Confessions of a Bank Clerk (as Peter Lynch)
  • Sexy Confessions of a Secretary (as Patricia Mathews)
  • Sexy Confessions of a Pop Performer (as Alan Myatt)
  • Sexy Confessions of a Window Cleaner (as Adrian Wood)

Other Novels[edit]

  • The Slime Beast (1975)
  • Der Ruf des Werwolfs (1976) (Originally printed in German only, Published by Erich Pabel as a part of their "Vampir Horror Roman")
  • The Ghoul (1976) (based on the 1975 film The Ghoul)
  • Bamboo Guerillas (1977)
  • Bats Out of Hell (1978)
  • Locusts (1979)
  • Satan's Snowdrop (1980)
  • Caracal (1980)
  • Doomflight (1981)
  • Warhead (1981)
  • Entombed (1981)
  • Manitou Doll (1981)
  • Wolfcurse (1981)
  • The Pluto Pact (1982)
  • The Lurkers (1982)
  • The Undead (1983)
  • Accursed (1983)
  • Throwback (1985)
  • The Wood (1985)
  • Abomination (1986)
  • The Neophyte (1986)
  • Snakes (1986)
  • Cannibals (1986)
  • Alligators (1987)
  • Bloodshow (1987)
  • Fiend (1988)
  • The Island (1988)
  • The Master (1988)
  • The Camp (1989)
  • The Festering (1989)
  • Mania (1989)
  • Phobia (1990)
  • The Unseen (1990)
  • Carnivore (1990)
  • The Black Fedora (1991)
  • The Resurrected (1991)
  • The Knighton Vampires (1993)
  • Witch Spell (1993)
  • The Plague Chronicles (1993)
  • The Dark One (1995)
  • Dead End (1996)
  • Water Rites (1997)
  • The Pony Riders (1997)
  • The Busker (1998)
  • Deadbeat (2003)
  • Blackout (2006)
  • The Cadaver (2007)
  • Maneater (2009)
  • Nightspawn (2010)
  • The Eighth Day (2012)
  • Night of the Werewolf (2012)
  • Psalm 151 (2013)
  • Spawn of the Slime Beast (2015)
  • Carnage (2016)

Non-Fiction[edit]

  • Gamekeeping and Shooting for Amateurs (1976)
  • Tobacco Culture: A DIY Guide (1977)
  • Ferreting and Trapping for Amateur Gamekeepers (1978)
  • Hill Shooting and Upland Gamekeeping (1978)
  • Profitable Fishkeeping (1979)
  • Ratting and Rabbiting for Amateur Gamekeepers (1979)
  • Sporting and Working Dogs (1979)
  • Animals of the Countryside (1980)
  • Moles and Their Control (1980)
  • The Rough Shooter's Handbook (1986)
  • Practical Country Living (1988)
  • Writing Horror Fiction (1996)
  • Hunting Big Cats in Britain (2000)
  • Pipe Dreams: An Autobiography (2013)

Short story collections[edit]

"Crustacean Vengeance" (a Crabs story)
"The Brain Crawlers"
"The Last Boot"
"Hellfire" (a Sabat story)
"Come Back, My Darling"
"Hounds From Hades"
"The Ghouls"
"The Baby"
"The Shooting on the Moss"
"Wheels of Evil"
"Curse of the White Rhinoceros"
"The Hoax"
"Hangman's Hotel And Other Stories"
  • Mystery & Horror Shorts: 1st Collection[10]
"The Suitcase"
"The Island of Sweet Music"
"The Doll"
"The Act of God"
"The Last Supper"
"Bullseye"
"The Crabs"
"Triple Death"
"The Writing on the Wall"
"The League of the Twisted Serpent"
"The Piper Calls the Tune"
"Until Death"
"Dawn Rendezvous"
"The Poacher"
"The Scapegoat"
  • Fifty Tales from the Fifties[11]
  • Science Fiction & Horror Shorts: 1st Collection[12]
"Skywatch"
"Converging Forces"
"The Influencer"
"Phoenix"
"The Grim Reaper" (a Black Fedora story)
"President Seven"
"Red Alert"
"Alone"
"Chapters of Destiny"
"The Book of Lies"
  • Horror Shorts: 2nd Collection[13]
"The Crabs" (a Crabs story)
"The Ginger Bear"
"The Grim Reaper" (a Black Fedora story)
"The Vampire Village" (a Sabat story)
"Hollow Eyes"
"Come On In and Join Us"
"The Executioner"
"Until Death"
"Return to Innsmouth"
"Ratmania"
"The Waiting Game"
"Pocklington's Walk"

Chapbooks[edit]

  • Come On In and Join Us (Horror Express Publications)
  • Crab's Armada (April 2009, Ghostwriter Publications)
  • The Doll (April 2009, Ghostwriter Publications)
  • The Decoy (April 2009, Ghostwriter Publications)
  • Crabs: Unleashed (October 2009, Ghostwriter Publications)
  • Limited Edition (December 2009, Ghostwriter Publications)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Guy N. Smith". Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Guy N. Smith with the Monster Librarian". 
  3. ^ Sullivan (ed), Jack (1986). The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural. Viking. ISBN 0-670-80902-0. 
  4. ^ R.S. Hadji, "13 Worst Stinkers of the Weird", in Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine, May–June 1983. TZ Publications, Inc. (pp. 86-87).
  5. ^ "Guy N. Smith Carnage". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  6. ^ "Crab!". garthmarenghi.com. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  7. ^ "Guy smokes rings round rivals". BBC News. 2003-06-08. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  8. ^ Smith, Guy N. (1977). Tobacco culture: a D. I. Y. guide. Hindhead, Eng: Spur Publications. ISBN 0-904558-28-2. 
  9. ^ Smith, Guy M. (1976). Night of the crabs. Sevenoaks, Kent: New English Library. ISBN 0-450-02942-5. 
  10. ^ Smith, Guy N. (1999). Mystery and horror shorts: 1st. Collection. Knighton, Powys: Bulldog books. ISBN 0-9532701-2-2. 
  11. ^ Smith, Guy N. (1999). Fifty tales from the Fifties. Knighton: Bulldog. ISBN 0-9532701-4-9. 
  12. ^ Smith, Guy N. (2000). Science fiction & horror shorts. Knighton, Powys: Bulldog books. ISBN 0-9532701-5-7. 
  13. ^ Smith, Guy N. (2001). Horror Shorts: 2nd Collection. Black Hill Books. ISBN 0-9532701-7-3. 

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