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Mary and her teenage son, Jase, survive by their wits in a post-plague Earth. On the run from a vicious gang, they are saved by Bishop, a man with mysterious powers who just may be the Dead Man, the legendary hero of the Fall of Earth. But Bishop's dark past catches up with them all, forcing Bishop to choose between his love for Mary and Jase, or revenge against the men who killed his family.

A novelette described as "a unique, post-apocalyptic blend of The Road Warrior and X-Men" from a multi-award winning writer.


"All that you want in a sf short story is here from powerful characters, to action, mysterious happenings, and a dark, violent, but excellent tale. ... A bittersweet ending adds to the power of the story. (A++)" --Fantasy Book Critic

"Shows off Smith's flair for the cinematic. ... Smith plans to write a novel about the Dead Man...I do look forward to reading it." --Strange Horizons

"Has echoes of Stephen King wandering about its post-apocalyptic narrative." --Quill and Quire

"A wonderful example of the places this author is unafraid to go." --SF Crowsnest Reviews

"Would make a great movie...a unique, post-apocalyptic blend of The Road Warrior and X-Men. Bishop's powers are well thought-out and explained, and Mary is a sympathetic and effective narrator." --Tangent Online

"The style and subtleties of the storytelling kept me firmly on the edge of my seat. ... The characters were what really impressed me, though--by a few lines into meeting each one you had a clear and definable presence in your mind." --SF Crowsnest Reviews


"Doug Smith is, quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and he's also the most prolific. His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." --Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author

"One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." --Library Journal

"A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice." --Charles de Lint, award winning author

Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author of speculative fiction, with over a hundred short story publications in thirty countries and twenty-five languages.

His collections include Chimerascope (2010) and Impossibilia (2008), as well as the translated fantasy collection, La Danse des Esprits (France, 2011). His first novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, will be released in 2013.

Doug has twice won Canada's Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Bookies Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.

A multi-award winning film based on Doug's story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" will be released on DVD this year, and other films based on his stories are in the works. Doug's website is and he tweets at

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