Shortly after being born in 1967, Douglas Thompson was bewitched by the spirit of a Magpie that came to sit on the end of his pram. When he was three he attempted to fly by jumping off a storage heater and spent a week in hospital having lost the ability to speak or make any sound. Although he recovered to masquerade as an ostensibly normal adult until the present day, many would argue he hasn’t been right since the Magpie thing. His fiction unfortunately does little to dispel this myth.
Seriously now (oh must we?) Douglas graduated from the Mackintosh School Of Architecture in 1989, went to busk on the London Underground and won the Grolsch/Herald Question Of Style Award for new writing, all in one strange summer. Since then he has published short stories in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, reviewed architecture for The Herald, and appeared on The Late Show. He won second prize in the Neil Gunn Writing Competition in 2007, and also leads a double-life as an architectural designer and computer 3d-visualiser, whose buildings and animations have also won awards.
He maintains the website www.glasgowsurrealist.com with his brother, the contemporary surrealist artist Ally Thompson.
Douglas lives in Glasgow with his partner Rona, with whom he shares a range of invisible dogs.
Douglas’ first novel/collection “Ultrameta” was accepted for publication by Eibonvale Press in October 2008, and he joined Eibonvale in February 2009. Ultrameta will be published in August 2009.