Dead and Buried

This account is soon to be no more, replaced by an updated and far more pleasing to the eye website, so please bear with me.

Stay tuned for the link, as well as information on forthcoming publications, such as a second collection and a novel due in the new year.

Until then, take care of yourselves.


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An interview

I was recently interviewed by the delightful Marko Hautala about writing and horror. You can catch the interview here – the introduction is in Finnish but the interview itself is in English (you can skip to around the 3 minute mark for the beginning).

I had a whole lot of fun doing this, and hope to be doing another one soon.

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Datlow Duo

I have a couple of contents lists for you.

The first is for Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year: Volume 12, which includes my story ‘Adrenaline Junkies’.

Ice Cold Lemonade 25ȼ Haunted House Tour: 1 Per Person by Paul Tremblay

A Song For Wounded Mouths by Kristi DeMeester

Birds of Passage by Gordon B. White

The Puppet Motel by Gemma Files

The Senior Girls Bayonet Drill Team by Joe R. Lansdale

The Night Nurse by Sarah Langan

They Are Us (1964): An Oral History by Jack Lothian

As Dark As Hunger by S. Qiouyi Lu

I Say (I Say, I Say) by Robert Shearman                                                                   

The Pain-Eater’s Daughter by Laura Mauro

The Hope Chest by Sarah Read

Nor Cease You Never Now by Ren Warom

Playscape by Diana Peterfreund

Adrenaline Junkies by Ray Cluley

Watching by Tim Lees

Mr. And Mrs. Kett by Sam Hicks                                                                            

Below by Simon Bestwick

My Name is Ellie by Sam Rebelein

Slipper by Catriona Ward

How To Stay Afloat When Drowning by Daniel Braum

This Was Always Going to Happen by Stephen Graham Jones

The Butcher’s Table   by Nathan Ballingrud

The second is for another Datlow anthology, this one called Body Shocks due out next year. It’s a hell of a list to be part of, and includes a story from me called ‘The Travellers Stay’.

The Travellers Stay by Ray Cluley

Toother by Terry Dowling

Painlessness by Kirstyn McDermott

You Go Where It Takes You by Nathan Ballingrud

A Positive  by Kaaron Warren

La Beauté sans verte by Genevieve Valentine

Subsumption by Lucy Taylor

Spar by Kij Johnson

It Was the Heat by Pat Cadigan

Atwater   by Cody Goodfellow

The Transfer by Edward Bryant

Welcome to Mengele’s by Simon Bestwick

Black Neurology: A Love Story by Richard Kadrey

Cuckoo by Angela Slatter

Cinereous by Livia Llewellyn

The Truth That Lies Under Skin and Meat by Cassandra Khaw

Natural Skin by Alyssa Wong

The Lake by Tananarive Due

I’m Always Here by Richard Christian Matheson

The Look by Christopher Fowler

The Old Women Who Were Skinned by Carmen Maria Machado

Spores by Seanan McGuire

Sweet Subtleties by Lisa L. Hannett

Elegy For a Suicide by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Skin City by Gemma Files

A True Friend by Brian Evenson

What I Found in the Shed by Tom Johnstone

Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma

Tissue Ablation and Variant Regeneration: A Case Report by Michael Blumlein

As soon as the cover art is available, I’ll share it here. Until then, stay safe, people, and keep reading.

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An update from the dark

Just a quick post regarding various projects and stories I’ve been working on…

First of all, my story ‘In the Wake of my Father’, was accepted for publication in Black Static and is due out this month. I’m thrilled to be back in the magazine that was the first to publish my work, and this story marks something like my 15th appearance (ish). Here’s the classy black feather art work Andy Cox sorted for it. You can order the magazine by clicking here.

Another story, ‘Adrenaline Junkies’, which first appeared in The Porcupine Boy and Other Anthological Oddities, made the preliminary ballot for the Stoker Awards recently, which was great. Better yet, it has been selected by Ellen Datlow for reprinting in her Best Horror of the Year series, appearing in volume 12 later this year. I’m hoping to have a cover reveal for you soon…

My most recent publication is a story called ‘Flesh and Blood’ in the Black Library anthology Invocations (available here). I’m now working on another story for them, a folk horror take on an urban legend, while putting the final touches to a novel they commissioned last year which I hope will step out of the darkness come Hallowe’en.

Add to that my ongoing work for my PhD and another novel-in-progress and you’ll see I’m keeping myself busy! I’ll keep you posted with more as and when I can.

Until then, keep your black candles burning.

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Two ‘new’ releases

Just a quick post to say I have a couple of reprints available.

One of them is called ‘Painted Wolves’ which first appeared in Anthony Cowin’s charity anthology In Dog We Trust, with proceeds going to Birmingham Dogs Home. The story is sort of about African wild dogs, but  also sort of not. It has been reprinted in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year,Volume 11, available from Night Shade Books.

The other story that’s out there again, ‘Indian Giver’, you can listen to at the terrific PseudoPod by clicking here. It’s a ghost story of sorts, set in the later years of the Wild West. It first appeared in my collection Probably Monsters, and was reprinted in volume 8 of Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year series. Now it’s available as an audio.

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New Story – Adrenaline Junkies

Happy to announce that my story ‘Adrenaline Junkies’ is due to appear soon in The Porcupine Boy  & Other Anthological Oddities (how’s that for a title?).

I was asked by the editor Christopher Jones to contribute to this and he was very patient waiting for the story, which was a bit tricky to write, so thank you for that Christopher.

Here’s the cover, put together by Natasha Alterici and Deena Warner, and below that I’ll stick the table of contents – I’m lucky enough to be appearing with some great writers.

Introduction by Catherine Grant
Outside, by Gary McMahon
Feral, by Priya Sharma
The Coldness of His Eye, by Brian Evenson
The Porcupine Boy, by Lucy A. Snyder
300 Down, by Keith Minnion
The Dark Windmill, by Janet Joyce Holden
It’s in the Cards, by Elizabeth Massie
Roadkill, by Meryl Stenhouse
The Bone Arena, by Jeffrey Thomas
…and Puppy Dog Tails, by PD Cacek
The Exclusivity of Ravens, by David Nickle
Thank You For Not Ignoring Me, by Violet LeVoit
Jacqueline Laughs Last in the Gaslight, by Paula Ashe
Adrenaline Junkies, by Ray Cluley
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Happy to say 6/6 has SOLD OUT and initial responses have been fantastic. Here’s the wonderful presentation package Steve Shaw at Black Shuck Books put together (image courtesy of Jessica Oliver). 6/6 is a found footage story of sorts, so presenting it as a DVD insert was wonderful – cheers Steve.

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Deep discussion with the Ladies of the Fright

I had a good ol’ chat recently with the Ladies of the Fright about all things horror (and quite a few things that aren’t). I also plug the audio version of Water For Drowning. Here’s the link to listen, and here’s the link to buy Water For Drowning if mermaids and the music scene are your thing…




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Pre-orders, plays, and podcasts

It has been a fair old while since I blogged anything, huh?

I’ve been ridiculously busy lately, but in a good way, with lots of new stuff written or in progress. Here’s a bit of an update as to what’s available where, and with who…

First of all, I have a chapbook coming out in June with the wonderful Black Shuck Books. The story is called ‘6/6’ and concerns a short film that was once available on YouTube but has since disappeared. The chapbook will be presented in special edition packaging (Steve at Black Shuck has been telling me about this, and it sounds great) with a limited run of only 66 copies, selling for £6.66 each. You can pre-order a copy by clicking here.

In other news, my short story ‘Painted Wolves’, which first appeared in the charity anthology In Dog We Trust (available here), has been selected by Ellen Datlow for her Best Horror of the Year series and will be reprinted in volume 11. Check out the terrific cover:

It’s quite the line-up, and I consider myself very lucky to appear as part of it:

  • “I Remember Nothing” by Anne Billson
  • “Monkeys on the Beach” by Ralph Robert Moore
  • “Painted Wolves” by Ray Cluley
  • “Shit Happens” by Michael Marshall Smith
  • “You Know How the Story Goes” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • “Back Along the Old Track” by Sam Hicks
  • “Masks” by Peter Sutton
  • “The Donner Party” by Dale Bailey
  • “Milkteeth” by Kristi DeMeester
  • “Haak” by John Langan
  • “Thin Cold Hands” by Gemma Files
  • “A Tiny Mirror” by Eloise C. C. Shepherd
  • “I Love You Mary-Grace” by Amelia Mangan
  • “The Jaws of Ouroboros” by Steve Toase
  • “A Brief Moment of Rage” by Bill Davidson
  • “Golden Sun” by Kristi DeMeester, Richard Thomas, Damien Angelica Walters, and Michael Wehunt
  • “White Mare” by Thana Niveau
  • “Girls Without Their Faces On” by Laird Barron
  • “Thumbsucker” by Robert Shearman
  • “You Are Released” by Joe Hill
  • “Red Rain” by Adam-Troy Castro
  • “Split Chain Stitch” by Steve Toase
  • “No Exit” by Orrin Grey
  • “Haunt” by Siobhan Carroll
  • “Sleep” by Carly Holmes

What else is new? Well, I wrote a play. That was fun. It was performed recently, too, by Banned Brand Theatre, who put on a great show. There’s talk of another performance so I’ll be sure to mention it again, as and when I get more information.

And finally, one last thing – my mermaid story, Water For Drowning, has resurfaced and is now available as an audiobook, read by the superb R J Bayley.

Water for Drowning was first published by This is Horror. I recently spoke with them as part of their podcast series, partly to promote the audiobook but also to go on about horror and writing and all sorts of other things. You can listen to the first part of that here, and the second part here.

As for what I’m getting on with at the moment, I’m currently working on a radio play, a novel for a gaming company recently expanding into horror, and two more novellas. Not to mention working on my own novel and trying to finish a very late (and very uncooperative) story…

Like I said at the beginning, it’s been a very busy time. But busy is a good problem to have.

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The Devil and the Deep: an anthology of spooky sea stories

The Devil and the Deep has surfaced and I’m lucky enough to appear with some great writers here:

    ‘Deadwater’ by Simon Bestwick
    ‘Fodder’s Jig’ by Lee Thomas
    ‘The Curious Allure of the Sea’ by Christopher Golden
    ‘The Tryal Attract’ by Terry Dowling
    ‘The Whalers Song’ by Ray Cluley
    ‘A Ship of the South Wind’ by Bradley Denton
    ‘What My Mother Left Me’ by Alyssa Wong
    ‘Broken Record’ by Stephen Graham Jones
    ‘Saudade’ by Steve Rasnic Tem
    ‘A Moment Before Breaking’ by A.C.Wise
    ‘Sister, Dearest Sister, Let Me Show to You the Sea’ by Seanan McGuire
    ‘The Deep Sea Swell’ by John Langan
    ‘He Sings of Salt and Wormwood’ by Brian Hodge
    ‘Shit Happens’ by Michael Marshall Smith
    ‘Haunt’ by Siobhan Carroll


You can buy it in book form, e-book, and as an audio, too. (In the UK, click here. America, here.)

My story, ‘The Whalers Song’, concerns a Norwegian whaling crew who find themselves on a desolate island where the mourning call of the wind haunts them…

The reviews have started coming in. The Game Of Nerds calls The Devil and the Deep a “must have”. Kirkus Reviews picked it as a best read for March, and ran a feature with us lot from the table of contents talking about our work. You can read it here.

Signal Horizon calls it “an anthology that demands the attention of any fan of short horror fiction” and says “‘The Whalers Song’ by Ray Cluley is a particular standout in the middle section of the anthology and an example of a more experimental work.”

YouTuber Erika Senteno, aka ThePerksOfBooks, says of ‘The Whalers Song’ “This story is so immersive and atmospheric. It’s a very chilling an unsettling piece but it’s also hauntingly beautiful.”

And this beauty comes from SFRevu: “The real gem of the book to me is Ray Cluley’s ‘The Whalers Song’, an outstanding piece of fiction featuring a group of whale hunters who, after the sinking of their ship, find shelter on a deserted island where past horrors still linger.”

Thanks, as always, to those taking the time to offer a review, it’s very much appreciated. And to those buying the book, I hope you enjoy the stories.

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