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 and whispers from the Hills Hoist.
J.’s story Old Growth won the SQ Mag Story Quest Short Story Contest 2016 and Best Horror Short Story in the Aurealis Awards 2017. On The Line, won the Australian Horror Writers Association Short Story Competition 2015. On The Line and Duplicity were also shortlisted for, respectively, Best Horror and Best Fantasy Short Story in the Aurealis Awards 2017.
J. haunts the internet as @SpookTapes.
On The Line, Midnight Echo 12 (December 2017)
Shortlisted for Best Horror Short Story, Aurealis Awards 2017
Winner AHWA Short Story Competition 2015
Old Growth, SQ Mag 31 (June 2017)
Winner, Best Horror Short Story, Aurealis Awards 2017
Winner SQ Mag Story Quest Short Story Competition 2016