Smith, Guy N

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(1939-    ) UK author and book dealer best known for his prolific output of horror novels, generally rough-hewn but with a Pulp-ish or B-movie vigour that has gained him a considerable cult following. His novel debut was the Werewolf tale Werewolf by Moonlight (1974) as Guy Smith, with two sequels following. He first achieved real commercial success with Night of the Crabs (1976; exp 2009), introducing what was to become his trademark Horror in SF trope of giant man-eating crabs; in this and subsequent volumes of the Crabs sequence these Monsters attack various UK coastal areas, causing mayhem and general alarm, though not without lapses into bathos as in the first book's invasion of a seaside holiday camp: "The crabs were spoiling everybody's holiday...."

This author's numerous variations on the monster theme include Bats out of Hell (1978) and Locusts (1979), in which Britain is afflicted with the respective titular plagues of bats (here disease-carrying Mutants) and devouring insects. Also of sf interest is Thirst (1980), in which a tanker-load of implausibly virulent (and flammable) weedkiller Poison enters the water supply of Birmingham and – amid widespread agony and death – there is a race to develop an antidote. Warhead (1981) features a Technofantasy interaction between advanced Weapons Technology and voodoo gods (see Gods and Demons).

In recent years Smith has republished much of his earlier work, with new additions, through his Small Press Black Hill Books, named for his second-hand book dealing operation. [DRL]

see also: Nexus.

Guy Newman Smith

born Hopwas, Staffordshire: 21 November 1939


works (selected)




Slime Beast


Death Bell

  • Death Bell (London: Hamlyn Books, 1980) [Death Bell: pb/]
    • Deathbell (New York: Pocket Books, 1981) as Guy Smith [vt of the above: Death Bell: pb/]
  • Demons (London: Arrow Books, 1987) [Death Bell: pb/Terry Oakes]


  • Thirst (London: New English Library, 1980) [Thirst: pb/]
  • The Plague (London: New English Library, 1987) [Thirst: pb/]


Sergeant John Mayo

Jason Ford

  • The Eighth Day (Clunton, Shropshire: Black Hill Books, 2011) [ebook: Jason Ford: na/]
  • Psalm 151 (Clunton, Shropshire: Black Hill Books, 2013) [Jason Ford: pb/]

individual titles

  • Der Ruf des Werwolfs (Germany: Pabel, 1976) as Guy Smith [chap: first appeared in German translation: in the publisher's Vampir Horror-Roman series: pb/]
    • Night of the Werewolf (Clunton, Shropshire: Black Hill Books, 2011) [ebook: first English-language appearance: na/]
  • The Ghoul (London: Sphere Books, 1976) [pb/]
  • Bats out of Hell (London: New English Library, 1978) [pb/]
  • Locusts (London: Hamlyn Books, 1979) [pb/]
  • Satan's Snowdrop (London: Hamlyn Books, 1980) [pb/]
  • Doomflight (London: Hamlyn Books, 1981) [pb/]
  • Warhead (London: New English Library, 1981) [pb/]
  • Wolfcurse (London: New English Library, 1981) [pb/]
  • Manitou Doll (London: Hamlyn Books, 1981) [pb/]
  • Entombed (London: Hamlyn Books, 1982) [pb/]
  • The Pluto Pact (London: Hamlyn Books, 1982) [pb/]
  • The Lurkers (London: Hamlyn Books, 1982) [pb/]
  • Accursed (London: New English Library, 1983) [pb/]
  • Blood Circuit (London: New English Library, 1983) [pb/]
  • The Undead (London: New English Library, 1983) [pb/]
  • The Wood (London: New English Library, 1985) [pb/]
  • Throwback (London: New English Library, 1985) [pb/]
  • Cannibals (London: Arrow Books, 1986) [pb/]
  • The Neophyte (London: New English Library, 1986) [pb/]
  • Abomination (London: Arrow Books, 1986) [pb/]
  • Snakes (London: New English Library, 1986) [pb/]
  • Alligators (London: Arrow Books, 1987) [pb/]
  • Bloodshow (London: Arrow Books, 1987) [pb/]
  • The Island (London: Arrow Books, 1988) [pb/]
  • Fiend (London: Sphere Books, 1988) [pb/]
  • The Master (London: Arrow Books, 1988) [pb/]
  • Mania (London: Sphere Books, 1989) [pb/]
  • The Camp (London: Sphere Books, 1989) [pb/]
  • The Festering (London: Arrow Books, 1989) [pb/]
  • Phobia (London: Grafton Books, 1990) [pb/]
  • The Unseen (London: Sphere Books, 1990) [pb/]
  • Carnivore (London: Arrow Books, 1990) [pb/]
  • The Resurrected (London: Grafton Books, 1991) [pb/]
  • Witch Spell (New York: Zebra Books, 1993) [pb/]
  • The Plague Chronicles (London: Piatkus, 1993) [hb/Luis Rey]
  • The Dark One (New York: Zebra Books, 1995) [pb/]
  • Dead End (New York: Zebra Books, 1996) [pb/]
  • Water Rites (New York: Zebra Books, 1997) [pb/]
  • The Busker (place not ascertained: Bulldog Books, 1998) [pb/]
  • Blackout (London, Severn House, 2006) [hb/]
  • The Cadaver (New York, Severn House, 2008) [hb/]
  • Maneater (New York, Severn House, 2009) [hb/]
  • Nightspawn (Clunton, Shropshire: Black Hill Books/Aswang Press, 2010) [pb/]
  • Deadbeat (no place given: Redrum Horror, 2012) [pb/]
  • Carnage (Clunton, Shropshire: Black Hill Books, 2016) [pb/]

collections and stories

  • The Cadaver (Clunton, Shropshire: Black Hill Books, 1991) [coll: chap: pb/Tara Hill]
  • The Decoy (place not ascertained: Ghostwriter Publications, 2009) [story: chap: pb/]
  • The Doll (place not ascertained: Ghostwriter Publications, 2009) [story: chap: pb/]
  • Hangman's Hotel and Other Stories (Clunton, Shropshire: Black Hill Books, 2015) [coll: pb/]

nonfiction (highly selected)


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