Ian Smith was born in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, but at the age of 11 he moved with his family to the town of Peebles in the Borders region of Scotland. His father, brother and sisters still live there now. Since then, he has spent time in England, Switzerland, Japan, Ethiopia, India, Libya, Tunisia and a part of the Korean peninsula that isn’t visited very often. He currently lives in Sri Lanka.
When he finds the time, he writes short stories — horror, science fiction, fantasy and even ‘mainstream’ ones (which tend to be set in humdrum wee Scottish and Irish towns and villages). He has also published non-fiction on topics ranging from travel to amateur-league Scottish football teams, from linguistic relativity to vampire movies. He has written under the pseudonyms Jim Mountfield, Eoin Henderson, Steve Cashell, Rab Foster and Paul MacAlister and, occasionally, under his own boring name.
This blog will no doubt be as random and unstructured as everything else about him.