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By Her Hand, She Draws You Down: The Movie Companion (print)

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Trade paperback | 114 pages
Signed by author and personalized as requested

Story, script, photos, illustrations, interviews, afterword by the author and excerpts from his other stories

Here is the official companion book for the indie horror film “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down,” directed by Anthony G. Sumner, produced by Alan Rowe Kelly and Anthony G. Sumner, starring Zoë Daelman Chlanda and Jerry Murdock, and based on the acclaimed story of the same name by award-winning Canadian writer Douglas Smith.

Described as “delightfully creepy” by Booklist, “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down” tells the story of a beautiful young artist with an insatiable and deadly hunger. The movie toured indie film festivals to enthusiastic responses, winning multiple awards. The movie is now available on the horror anthology DVD, Gallery of Fear.

Awards and Nominations – The Story

Aurora Award Finalist | Best New Horror selection

Awards and Nominations – The Movie

Terror Film Festival, Philadelphia:
Winner—Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director of Photography, Best Original Musical Score
Finalist—Best Short Film, Best Director

Chicago REEL Shorts Festival:
Winner—Best Horror Short Film

Oklahoma Horror Film Festival:
Winner—Best Actress, Best Actor
Finalist—Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Editing

Dark Carnival Film Festival, Bloomington, Indiana:
Finalist—Best Short Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Score


"The best of the bunch…a haunting variant on the vampire legend with an understated and brutal ending."—Publishers Weekly

“Highlights among the stories include Douglas Smith's delightfully creepy ‘By Her Hand, She Draws You Down,’ about a young woman who is driven by a mysterious hunger to sketch people and steal their life force as her horrified lover looks on.” —Booklist

"I was reminded of the tone of some of Harlan Ellison’s best work…where many of the protagonists seemed to be the unwitting victims of dark, irrational forces. ...I was impressed with the deftness and economy of Smith’s handling of the central conceit: Cath is compelled to draw out of an unnatural hunger." —The Fix

“...a title that rules. ...psychic vampirism, creepy street performers, the horrors of small coastal towns. And Smith took the story somewhere that surprised me. The twist is sustained.” —Tangent Online

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