J. Ashley Smith is a British–Australian writer of dark fiction and other materials.
He was born in Cambridge, UK, and spent his childhood hiding in the foundations of a Victorian house, scribbling gruesome tales by torchlight and obsessing over ghosts, real and imagined. After studying film and creative writing in Sheffield, he spent fifteen years as a musician. He now lives in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, tormenting himself with nightmares while his wife and two sons sleep.
His story On The Line won the short story category in the Australian Horror Writers’ Association Short Story and Flash Fiction Competition 2015. Other tales have appeared in Heater and the anthology of Australian horror, In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep.