Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review of THE SKELETON MELODIES

“This superior volume should garner Smith the wider audience he merits.”

I’m ecstatic that a starred review of The Skeleton Melodies has been posted at the highly regarded Publisher’s Weekly. “Fully-realized characters and evocative prose distinguish the 13 horror tales in Smith’s outstanding second collection (after 2014’s Ghouljaw and Other Stories).” Read the full review here: Publisher’s Weekly Review of The Skeleton Melodies

SOUTH Magazine Interview: “Cooking Up Horror”

The Fall, 2020 issue of South Magazine contains my interview with columnist Kaylin Brian titled, “Cooking Up Horror.” In addition to discussing The Skeleton Melodies (Hippocampus Press, 2020), our conversation covers my occupation and culinary vocations, a bit of my writing background, and the relationship between the craftsmanship of cooking and the disciplines of storytelling.

The themes [in The Skeleton Melodies] include a lot of reflection about being a father and husband. Those are things that were on my mind during the creation of the stories. I’d also say there is a bit more conscience; I’ve really tried to push the characters to not so much be working on themselves but to work on rectifying problems with each other.”

“Cooking Up Horror” by Kaylin Brian: South Magazine, Fall, 2020
“Cooking Up Horror” by Kaylin Brian: South Magazine, Fall, 2020