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Guy N. Smith

1939 -

Smith was born in Hopwas, near Tamworth, Staffordshire, England. His mother was a pre-war historical novelist (E. M. Weale). Smith was first published at the age of 12 in The Tettenhall Observer. Between 1952-57 he wrote 56 stories for them. His father was a bank manager and Smith was destined for banking from birth. Guns and shooting became another early interest. In 1961 he designed and made a 12-bore shotgun, intending to follow it up with six more. During 1960-67 he operated a small shotgun cartridge loading business. During this time, he wrote regularly for most of the sporting magazines, interspersed with fiction for such magazines as the legendary London Mystery Selection, a quarterly anthology. In 1972 he launched a second hand bookselling business which eventually became Black Hill Books, which still operates today. In 1974 he began writing horror; Werewolf by Moonlight, but it was Night of the Crabs in 1976 which really launched him as a writer. It was a bestseller, spawning five sequels, and was followed by another 60 or so horror novels through to the mid-1990's. Amicus bought the film rights to Crabs in 1976 and this gave Smith the chance to leave banking.

He has also written crime and mystery (as Gavin Newman), and children's animal novels (as Jonathan Guy).

Smith lives with his wife Jean. They have four adult children.

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