Episode 534 | Daniel Arthur Smith Talks Writing Short Fiction

Today my guest is Daniel Arthur Smith, author and publisher of Tales From The Canyons of the Damned, and Frontiers of Speculative Fiction. In this episode, we peel back the layers of short story writing and talk about what makes a great piece of short fiction and what writers can do to write better short stories.

This twenty-ninth issue of Tales from the Canyons of the Damned consists of three sharp, suspenseful, thought-provoking short stories—each from a different featured master of speculative fiction. Nice List by Will SwardstromDreaming of a Carboniferous Christmas by Robert JeschonekThe Christmas Gift by Daniel Arthur Smith Tales from the Canyons of the Damned (canyonsofthedamned.com) is dark science fiction, horror, & slipstream magazine we’ve been working on since 2015. What is Dark Science Fiction and Horror? Think of it as a literary Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, or Outer Limits, it’s Netflix’s Black Mirror and Amazon’s Electric Dreams in the short story format. And it’s a bargain. Each monthly issue has three-to-five sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales from today’s top speculative fiction writers. These are Dark Sci-Fi Slipstream Tales like you’ve never read before.

Daniel Arthur Smith is a USA Today bestselling author. His titles include Spectral Shift, Hugh Howey Lives, The Cathari Treasure, The Somali Deception, and a few other novels and short stories. He also curates the phenomenal short fiction series Tales from the Canyons of the Damned and Frontiers of Speculative Fiction. He was raised in Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University where he studied philosophy, with a focus on cognitive science, metaphysics, and comparative religion.  He began his career as a bartender, barista, poetry house proprietor, teacher, and then became a technologist and futurist for the Fortune 100 across the Americas and Europe. Daniel has traveled to over 300 cities in 22 countries, residing in Los Angeles, Kalamazoo, Prague, Crete, and now writes in Manhattan where he lives with his wife and young sons. For more information, visit danielarthursmith.com

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