J.J. Smith

ohp-j-j-smithABOUT THE AUTHOR

J.J. Smith is a writer and journalist living in the Washington, D.C. area. His fiction has appeared in the magazines The Sterling Web and Black Lantern Publishing, and in the anthology Halloween Shrieks. During 2016, J.J.’s story “The Bearwalker” was published in the anthology Tales from the Witch’s Cauldron (published by Horrified Press). In 2009, his book of reported haunted locations and ghost lore in Northern Virginia—Haunted Alexandria and Northern Virginia—was published.

He is a member of the Horror Writers Association. J.J. has been a hard-news reporter for international news services, and for newspapers. While a reporter, J.J. found the position had the perks of being able to publicly ask powerful men embarrassing questions, and to acquire feature writing assignments that enabled him to interview top horror writers such as Clive Barker, Doug Winter and Peter Straub (however, his favorite interview was with Alice Cooper). He also wrote a horror column called “Eerie Beat” for a hip, weekly newspaper called Buffalo Beat (Buffalo is located in Erie County, New York, hence, “Eerie”). Eerie Beat was weekly, and there was so much eerie stuff going on around Western New York that he never missed a deadline. Now—after 13 years of reporting on Capitol Hill in Washington—J.J. spends his daylight hours writing summaries of House and Senate hearings.