Ray Daley


Ray Daley was born in Coventry & still lives there. He served 6 yrs in the RAF as a clerk & spent most of his time in a Hobbit hole in High Wycombe. He is a published poet & has been writing stories since he was 10. His current dream is to eventually finish the Hitch Hikers fanfic novel he's been writing since 1986.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sleeping. Eating chocolate. Watching old sf shows. Reading. Oh, and attending the Eye Clinic.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, I started writing stuff when I was about 8 or 9. I had an English teacher called Mr Lewis, he was quite an old fella as he'd been at the school teaching some of my older siblings so he was pretty long in the tooth but he was a really positive influence as he let me write whatever I wanted.
I recall one of the oldest things I wrote being a time travel story where I was the hero but I died at the end after I was burnt at the stake for being a witch.
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Where to find Ray Daley online


Weapon Of Choice
Price: Free! Words: 2,020. Language: British English. Published: October 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Prove you can survive and you'll become a productive member of your society. That's unless the zombies don't get you in The Killing House first! So choose your weapons carefully, because you've got the rest of your life to regret those choices. However short or long that may turn out to be!
TV Times
Price: Free! Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
As television gets more and more stations, you'll find there's less and less worth watching any more. Just pray that one day your TV doesn't start watching YOU!
The Machine Is Working
Price: Free! Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When The President says something he needs to forget in a hurry then it's time to send him to The Machine. But how can the world be sure he's really forgotten that vital detail?
The Bomb
Price: Free! Words: 1,310. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When a bomb is deprived of its creator, how will it react? Perhaps by doing the one thing it was made to do? Or can it be stopped?
One Smaller Step
Price: Free! Words: 1,930. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When one man is sent to scout the location for the first Lunar Dome, are the steps he takes the first ones ever made there? Or is he walking in someone elses footsteps?
Something Borrowed, Something Blew
Price: Free! Words: 770. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Never complain about your luck, at least it's yours. Even if it is ALL bad. One day you MIGHT get a break!
The 53rd Attempt
Price: Free! Words: 760. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Keep trying until you succeed, no matter what you are attempting. Even if it's the attempt to discover time travel. Better luck next time, perhaps?
Copy, Write
Price: Free! Words: 1,040. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
An advertising agency in the golden age of radio is no place for a science fiction writer. Or is it? Find out inside!
Panic Over Metropolis
Price: Free! Words: 2,150. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Superheroes
What makes a man super? What makes him think he is a superman? What makes him think he IS Superman? Find out along with Clark Kent.
Missing Pieces
Price: Free! Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
When an ex-serviceman seeks answers about his military past, how far will people go to make sure he finds out exactly what he wants to know? And how much harder will they work to make sure he doesn't?
Waking Up Different
Price: Free! Words: 1,360. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In the course of medical advances, there may come a time when we can safely freeze ourselves and wake in what will hopefully be a better, brighter future. The operative word there being "hopefully".
For The Lack Of A Spoon
Price: Free! Words: 920. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
When the Owl & The Pussycat went to sea, it wasn't such an wonderful journey as Edward Lear would have you believe. And all for the smallest of reasons. Definitely NOT for children, ADULTS ONLY.
The Ground Beneath My Feet
Price: Free! Words: 2,290. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When Earth finally can't supoport us all mankind has to come up with an alternate plan to ensure the survival of the species. The ships that carry the seed of humanity out into space won't always find perfect worlds, this is the story of one such discovery.
Patient Review
Price: Free! Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Doctor once said "I am definitely a mad man with a box" but what if that's what he REALLY was? Perhaps that might explain his behaviour?
Visiting Hours
Price: Free! Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When roles are reversed and The Doctor is taken, can Susan save him on her own? A "What if?" Doctor Who fanfic short story written under Creative Commons terms. If you like it, feel free to tweet me @RayDaleyWriter
The Gallifrey Five
Price: Free! Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
An ancient craft, long forgotten, adrift alone, sending out a distress call. Simply trying to get back home. Imagine it's surprise when it discovers someone from its homeworld. (Doctor Who fanfic, written under creative commons terms)
Echo Beach
Price: Free! Words: 2,530. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Two men during World War Two, one anxious to serve, the other just wants to stay alive. How can one man help another? Written by a veteran and released specifically for Armistice Day 2013. Remember our troops, both past and present. They give up their today so you might have a tomorrow.
The Short Trip
Price: Free! Words: 860. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
What lengths will a Doctor Who fan go to in order to retrieve missing episodes?
Service Provider
Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
The best way for a business to be recommended is by word of mouth, something that really works well for this particular Service Provider. Until now....
The Realisation
Price: Free! Words: 1,860. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
As a recent arrival to America, a young boy is taken trick or treating by a strange class-mate. Does his realisation come too late?
The Last Day With My Friends (In The Marble Orchard)
Price: Free! Words: 1,130. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Now the war is over, the fight for peace, prosperity and shared knowledge is just as important. But some knowledge is too important to be shared.
Allan Rickman Will NOT Die
Price: Free! Words: 870. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
On a quest to assist a famous British actor into the afterlife but he won't go gently into that good night so what are the two Hollywood "Undertakers" to do? Read on and find out!
Dinner With Grandma
Price: Free! Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
On a visit to Grandma, Red discovers that not everything is as it seems. A Fractured Fairytale.
All The World In Wax
Price: Free! Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Small town life is made that much more interesting by the annual carnival but is the greatest attraction more than it initially seems?
First One There Dies
Price: Free! Words: 760. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Can the first crew to land on Mars uphold a deadly ancient local tradition and still all survive?
Moments In A Crowd
Price: Free! Words: 570. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The moments in a crowd can make a lifetime. And they can end one too. Trying to stop a killer is like trying to stop a runaway train, can our hero succeed?
The Time On The Island
Price: Free! Words: 3,120. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
They say no man is an island. Perhaps he can become one under certain circumstances?
The Mason Procedure
Price: Free! Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A conveyor belt of warm bodies brings a constant stream of eager new young volunteers to fill the dangerous jobs in space. Every day is lived on the edge of danger where the slightest slip will find them in harms way.
Artificial Intelligence
Price: Free! Words: 900. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
When a supercomputer learns to swear, is it an accident? Find out in this ebook where fiction is often stranger than truth!
Letters Home
Price: Free! Words: 520. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A good service person sends a letter to their loved ones back home as often as they are able. Can those at home truly believe everything they read though?
Slipping Away
Price: Free! Words: 680. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When Aliens finally arrive are they here to save at least some of us? As a species, love is the our one redeeming factor but can it keep those we care about close to us forever?
The Night Bus
Price: Free! Words: 6,120. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
For some the joy is in the destination, for others the joy is in the journey. Eventually we will all arrive at the same destination, some sooner than others no matter how we travel. Welcome aboard The Night Bus, stopping at all points from terminus to terminus.
Extra Special Forces
Price: Free! Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
In the fight against occupation, Partisan fighters use sex as their weapon. And they are deadly.
The Grandfather Army
Price: Free! Words: 1,440. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
A loyal Drill Sergeant proudly trains the next batch of recruits to go off to war. Until things get personal.
The Angry Vagabonds
Price: Free! Words: 550. Language: British English. Published: October 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A fantasy tale set when animals still spoke, and how one such group lost that power.
The Red Bra
Price: Free! Words: 1,350. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
Because in the end things are just things, it's those we love in our lives who really matter.
Terminator; The Razors Edge
Price: Free! Words: 460. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
To know who you are, you must know who you have been. Just be careful what you dig up from the past!
Welcome To New York
Price: Free! Words: 880. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The tourist attraction of the past is also the tourist attraction of the future - for an entirely different reason!
Price: Free! Words: 1,240. Language: British English. Published: August 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Every Universe that can play out, has and currently is. Not everyone likes the Universe they were born in, even fewer dare to think they alone can change it for the better.
A Flash Of Inspiration; A Collection Of Flash Fiction Stories
Price: Free! Words: 4,440. Language: British English. Published: July 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
A collection of 28 weird and unusual Flash length stories covering various genres.
Keep Off The Grass
Price: Free! Words: 1,010. Language: British English. Published: July 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Some say the entire Universe can be altered by the flapping of a butterflys wings. It is the job of this traveller to find out where his Universe is broken, and fix it. Quickly, before his Grandmother finds out!
Milk Run
Price: Free! Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
On a regular planet hop made many times before without incident the first blemish on a perfect record is only ever less than a second away. When the worst happens can anyone save them?
The Duel
Price: Free! Words: 980. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A duel to the death! Pistols at dawn, honour to be satisfied. Only one man can come out of this unscathed. He'll make sure he's the right one, he's got an unfair advantage.
Terminator; Reborn
Price: Free! Words: 280. Language: British English. Published: June 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In the human resistance against the machines his name is legend. Almost nothing is harder to kill than a legend. Except.......
It's A Wonderful (After) Life
Price: Free! Words: 2,490. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The purpose of Life is to make the world a better place after you leave, is the purpose of Death exactly the same thing? Caution, contains some swearing!
What You Never Read In The History Books
Price: Free! Words: 660. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
They say History is written by the winners. When it comes down to it, what do you REALLY know about historical characters other than what is written down? Caution! Contains some swearing.
One Plus One Makes Me
Price: Free! Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Is a prison with no bars still a prison? Or is the mind the worst prison of all? Worse than the sentance of being completely alone?
In The Mouth Of The Gift Horse
Price: Free! Words: 1,870. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Surprise presents are very nice, even to tyranical dictators. Sometimes the surprise is that anyone will even SEND you a present!
All The Pretty Boys From Charm School
Price: Free! Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Work hard at your studies and one day you too will make someone a wonderful husband. Unless you decide to smash the system from within of course.
Not Eddie
Price: Free! Words: 900. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Many things are done in the cause of Friendship. Friends don't let friends go out the hard way.
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Smashwords book reviews by Ray Daley

  • Bucketheads on May 12, 2011

    Kinda odd but in a good way, your initial description of the robots makes them sound like The Iron Man (by Ted Hughes). It peters out at the end like you ran out of ideas, I would have liked it to have been longer. Good read though.
  • Surviving the Fog on May 12, 2011

    This is a right cracking read, well paced, good characters. Deep in the right places and very well written indeed. I'm certainly up for more of the same!
  • The Last Marathon on May 24, 2011

    You may have run all those marathons but you still haven't learned how to leave a line space after a paragraph. Makes it VERY difficult to read.
  • Marooned on July 18, 2011
    (no rating)
    before publishing this you might want to learn how to add linespaces between paragraphs. in its current state its an unreadable clusterfuck of an ebook. and thats being polite. fix it.
  • EarthStar: A Steampunk Space Opera - Prelude on July 20, 2011

    The story itself is good enough but its spoiled by the fact the author never took the time to proof read or properly format his output. Line spaces between paragraphs are an occasional after thought and there are a few spelling mistakes as well. If these minor points were fixed this would be a pretty decent release.
  • The Day I Burned The Outhouse Down on Aug. 03, 2011

    I hate to be the one to point out AV fuel has an EXTREMELY high combustion point and that mere matches wouldn't set fire to it. If you'd bother to Google "if a lit match is dropped into JP-4, ignition does not occur." I now offically call bullshit!
  • Aupes on Oct. 19, 2011
    (no rating)
    I finished this yesterday, the start isn't great and could use a bit of work. I would have liked to have had a bit more time on Earth to learn about what caused the poisonous clouds (if its explained in the book then I clearly missed it). I guess Les read the final book in the Forever War trilogy as the sections about the Earth colony are almost identical to Haldemans book, thats not a bad thing as Haldeman is a good writer and Les has emulated him well. The endings not fantastic either, I had the feeling the return to Earth would prove more fruitful so generally the middle (founding and building the colony & working with the Aupsians) is what redeems this work. I'd look forward to reading any more of your work though Les. This was a good read.
  • All Geeked Up on Oct. 23, 2011

    There really needs to be a table of contents or some kind of intro that explains this is supposed to be 3 different stories under 1 main title as I reached the end of story one (which had no real ending, no outcome and left me very annoyed that no resolutions had been reached) and was confused to suddenly be reading a completely whole other story without any warning or indication of THE END. If this book was proofread then it wasn't done well with silly mistakes like rode for road and where for were as well as hypenated words that didn't need to be. Story 1 is terrible, there's WAY too much back story for the characters involved and not enough actual content of story proper. I'm a few pages into story 2 and about to give up on it because you are told she's the most boring character there is so I don't see anything to gain from reading her angle. Using different sized fonts for different stories (and internal thought monologues) was a VERY bad idea and is also intially confusing until you turn a few pages and realise why the font has changed. Again, something the author could have explained in a short intro. I will try to finish this if I can, I can't see me enjoying it though. If the author does read this comment, consider taking this book offline to write an explanatory intro about that its 3 different stories, do thoughts ONLY as smaller font and explain that in the intro and do all 3 stories in the same sized font also fixing the spelling mistakes. I'll have to read some of his other stuff to see if they are as meandering as this.
  • Light and Dark on Nov. 28, 2011
    (no rating)
    Finally a sensible ghost hunter! I really need to introduce you to those idiots from TAPS.
  • Dead Land, Malachi and Sebastian on Nov. 28, 2011
    (no rating)
    "This is the first chapter of the post-apocalyptic anthology". Erm, NO. second. Hatch was first.
  • To End It All on Jan. 23, 2012

    For a short its well written, could use a slightly stronger and more defininitive feeling ending though. Nice work!
  • One Man Army: Part One on Feb. 25, 2012

    try proof reading at least 4 times before you upload, some sentences appear to have words missing so don't make sense. You should always captilize the first letter in a name (which you both do then don't, terrible habit, get out of it now!). Smashwords frowns on ppl uploaded incomplete stories. If you're gonna write something, finish it, then upload it.
  • The Recycling Kid on Feb. 27, 2012

    It seems I have to rewrite my original review as the author didn't quite get my intended meaning. This a GOOD read. A VERY good read. It's detailed enough to give great imagery but because I read a lot of horror it's something I have definitely seen before. Mr Stark's work looks more like that of a professional writer. Someone who has been doing it for at least a decade & who has sold enough of his work to be able to make a decent amount of money. It does remind me of IT by Stephen King (which isn't a bad thing, it's an excellent book), but it felt too much like that piece. Some writing can be too good, and make you suspect the "writer" of not having "written" all of it. I am NOT saying that is the case here. It's more than possible to use similar situations and make them your own, I know I've done it plenty of times. Edwin seems to have a pretty good horror mindset, I think he'll do well in this genre (his cyberpunk is pretty damn good too!) and look forward to seeing more in this series. I've now read a couple of Mr Starks samples and one thing is certain, he can write very well indeed. I was surprised to discover English isn't his 1st language as this particular title is exceptionally detailed. A.I. Rebellion did display the hallmarks of someone still picking up the little nuances of the English langauge. But it did remind me William Gibson. So Mr Stark has managed to emulate 2 of my favourite authors very well. My one piece of advice for his horror town? Perhaps consider anagramming the towns name, It was immediately obvious where you were going once you said what it was called. But otherwise? Keep up the good work.
  • Yesterday, I died (The Devil's Forge) on March 27, 2012

    That's a right cracking little read for such a short story. Nice Going!
  • Ménage à Moi on April 18, 2012

    It makes a change to read erotica written by someone who actually does sound like they've HAD sex more than once. Unlike a lot I tend to see.
  • Socks on April 22, 2012

    Instead of sticking to a thousand word limit, you should develop this into something longer. It'd be cool to see the world before, perhaps as a prologue so you can meet some the characters who go underground. Maybe learn about the bombing & the reasons behind it. develop out the quest for the library, the discovery then the search for the equipment to read it. possibly even have a few inserts from the ppl in the bunker. I reckon you have more than enough to work into a novella here. Go for it!
  • Wrong Frequency on April 23, 2012

    This is an odd little story, it's not bad but a little muddled at the end. As a child I actually WAS haunted myself so I was reading it to see what other people make of the subject. I know the most basic rule of horror is that less is more and the 2nd rule is normally wait as long as possible to reveal the scare, but in this case whatever it was never came so this ended up being more psychological horror than actual horror. weird but readable, see what you think.
  • Perry's requiem. on April 23, 2012

    This isn't half bad for a short, spotted a spelling mistake though. "A raven haired mad sat up". You probably meant man? Lose that 6 at the end too. Both easily fixed though. Zombies unlike any I've read about before, impressive. More, please!
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside on May 10, 2012

    An interesting idea, using the lyrics of a well known song to base a story around. Quite cleverly done.
  • Ian's Gang - The Bad Ian on May 20, 2012
    (no rating)
    Aren't you selling this on Amazon as well? So releasing it here is in violation of your Amazon contract.
  • The Gift on May 24, 2012
    (no rating)
    This would be a lot easier on the eyes with paragraph breaks in it.
  • Cemetery Tree on May 28, 2012

    once you fixed the fact you had put up a blank instead of a story this actually wasn't half bad. It could easily be developed into something longer as it has the basic back story established here
  • Frontier 9 on May 28, 2012

    paragraph breaks would greatly aid the readability of this.
  • The War Machine on June 26, 2012

    hmm, interesting but that ending really fizzles out. could do with a bit of tweaking. Its also a bit hard to think anyone making something doesn't kow (or bother asking anyone) how what they are making is used pretty much right away.
  • What really happened at Roswell? on June 26, 2012

    Change the cover, it gives the story away WAY too much.
  • The Island - Part 1 on June 26, 2012
    (no rating)
    Unless you are releasing the MOBI/PRC version of this on Amazon I am a bit puzzled why you chose to publish every format but those here on Smashwords? The Kindle exists.
  • 7:45 Evil Time on July 12, 2012

    Hard to read? Insanely hard to read! Seriously, learn what a line space is.
  • Diary of Infection: The Turning on July 31, 2012
    (no rating)
    any chance of you fixing the info mettags on all 3 of these so they don't show up with terrible tmp filenames on the Kindle?
  • Why 'The Devil Came Down to Georgia' Is a Stupid Song on Aug. 30, 2012

    Pretty funny
  • Samuel the Sliding Sausage - Boodles HooHa House Origins on Oct. 10, 2012
    (no rating)
    Unfortunately all the images are missing.
  • Teeny Time Travel Tales on Oct. 30, 2012

    Interesting little collection, seems to have covered most time travel tropes.
  • Survivor on Feb. 03, 2013

    It's not entirely terrible. Factually you need to learn how DNA works (not the way you think it can here, go watch Blade Runner and Roy Batty talking to Eldon Tyrell near the end) and how people recycle used rifle rounds (also not the way you describe, your magnet method is totally unnecessary because there are boxes designed to catch ejected rounds). On the whole its not a bad story, gets into the idea easily enough. Worth carrying on with, maybe go twice as long next time.
  • Hunting Comp. on June 10, 2013

    Kinda reminds me of Ray Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" which inspired the story which inspired you. Nice twist at the end and the science sounds pretty cohesive too! Oh, and thanks for all the reads & reviews. Most appreciated.
  • My first time visiting an escort to be dressed as a girl (Part 1) on July 01, 2013
    (no rating)
    certainly needs a re-read for proofing, adding an "End of part 1" might avoid confusion when the story fizzles out to nothng.
  • A Halo Too Deep (a flash fiction story) on Oct. 24, 2013

    I'm not a history buff or expert on greek myths but I know weird when I read it and I liked this for its weirdness!
  • Notes from Underground: A Cold War Missileer Goes Home on Dec. 09, 2013

    A bit disappointing to be honest, I half expected this to be a memoir of his time but comparing it to modern times.
  • Tale from Omega Station: Accidents Will Happen on Dec. 11, 2013

    I've been enjoying these so far but did I miss number 8 being released?