David C. Smith was born on August 10, 1952, in Youngstown, Ohio. In addition to many essays and short stories, he is the author or coauthor of 22 published novels, primarily in the sword-and-sorcery, horror, and suspense genres. Ten of his novels from the 1970s and 1980s are now being revised to be republished by Borgo Press/Wildside Press; the first three—which form the epic fantasy trilogy The Fall of the First World—are now available. They will be followed by Magicians and The Eyes of Night—two modern occult novels featuring the sorcerer David Trevisan—and five sword-and-sorcery novels featuring the character Oron.
In addition, Smith is the author of the screenplay Seasons of the Moon, based on his novel; has coauthored the play Coven House (with Keith Huff, author of the Jeff Award–winning play A Steady Rain); and coauthored the screenplay Magicians (with Joe Bonadonna, author of Mad Shadows and Three Against the Stars), based on the David Trevisan novels.
Smith is also author of the postsecondary English grammar textbook Understanding English: How Sentences Work.
Aside from writing fiction, Smith has worked as an advertising copyeditor and English teacher and for more than twenty years as a scholarly medical editor. He has served on the staff of Neurology, was the editorial production manager of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, and for more than ten years has been the managing editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Smith, his wife, Janine, and their daughter, Lilia, live in Palatine, Illinois, outside Chicago.
Further information about David C. Smith and his writing is available in his entry on Wikipedia.