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. After studying film and creative writing in Sheffield, he 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 dust from the wings of moths, tormented by shadows from the hills hoist and the desolation of telegraph wires.
On The Line, Winner AHWA Short Story Competition (2015)