Ray Foy

Biography

Hi. I'm Ray Foy. I write mostly speculative fiction with paranormal, ecological and political threads. I spent many years working in Computer Network Administration, but always with the desire to express myself through story-telling. Finally, a Continuing Education class on short story writing prompted me to submit for publication. That led to my Smashwords page, where I offer my work directly to readers.

I live in the deep south with my wife, Donna, and black lab, Bella. My twin sons are biochemistry majors at an SEC university.

Please visit my website at www.rayfoy.com where I maintain a blog.

Where to find Ray Foy online


Books

Davis and the Goth
By Ray Foy
Price: Free! Words: 4,330. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2012. Category: Fiction
Marc Davis is just a wimpy kid at Church Camp bullied by a goth wannabe until he finds the power to slay his giant.
Fire Dance
By Ray Foy
Price: Free! Words: 5,440. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2012. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
In a near-future of militias and feudal estates, Brian Hunt has lost his wife and his job. Now, with his 12-year-old daughter apparently kidnapped by neopagans, he turns to a militia-man to help find her. Led by the rebel, Brian sneaks onto the lands of a powerful estate to save his daughter from a fiery ritual.
A Single Step
By Ray Foy
Price: Free! Words: 75,570. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2011. Category: Fiction
Bobby Lorman is bully-bait in his high school. When he is sent for the summer to his aunt and uncle's bed-and-breakfast near Natchez, Mississippi, he is introduced to an ancient wisdom that could help him. But to follow this new path he must face new bullies, religious censure from the community, and the ghosts that haunt a local Indian mound.
The Spark: The Story of a Christmas Soon to Come
By Ray Foy
Price: Free! Words: 22,260. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2010. Category: Fiction
Nicholas is a spirit with problems. His incarnations as Santa Claus will end if humanity's Christmas spirit isn't restored. Desperate, he seeks help from the Earth Mother, Gaia, who uses her remaining power to send him to a camp of homeless people where he must find a spark of true Christmas spirit. If he fails, he could disappear from the world, along with Christmas, forever.
Madam President
By Ray Foy
Price: Free! Words: 4,700. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2010. Category: Fiction
Senator Candace Wilke wants to be the first woman President of the United States. She has her party's nomination, but won't win the presidency without the endorsement of a mysterious, global power-broker. Gaining it could cost the compromise of her integrity and even the loss of her immortal soul.

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Smashwords book reviews by Ray Foy

  • Kamikaze Tomorrowland: A Future Fiction Story on Nov. 02, 2013
    star star star star star
    Kamikaze Tomorrowland is a very good little SF-Fantasy story. It is a well-structured tale that involves a movement through time (though not exactly hardcore SF "time travel") and resolves the time-traveler's dilemma of contradiction in a very pleasing way. I don't want to make this review a spoiler and the story is very short, so I won't go much into plot. It does begin in World War II with a Kamikaze pilot on his last mission. Akio Sarazawa is flying his Zero fighter over the ocean looking for the US fleet. He considers his past and certain future as he goes. He is especially concerned with what death will be like for him. The answer to that is greatly unexpected, and launches events that convey the point of the story. Mr. Hogue relates Akio's experiences in a voice that is believable for the actions and settings. He gives just enough technical information on WWII combat flying to work for a story of this length, showing he did his background study. And he's enough of a SF fan to know how to construct such a story that is appealing to other SF fans. Mr. Hogue uses images well (joystick, rosary, buddhist talisman, Kimigayo) as well as themes that give the story some depth--the futility of war, the futility of dying for a political cause (or at least, for a political/religious personality). His economy of words is also admirable. The story is some 5800 words but they are enough to convey that Akio's main prompt to become a Kamikaze was peer pressure combined with convincing propaganda. There's enough flashback to see his early, favorable connection to the United States and how that was marred by the napalm raids that killed his parents. Still, we get the feeling that his fight and self-sacrifice were not based so much on hate, as on a manipulated patriotism (i.e., love of emperor). It is an underscore of war's futility. Had this been all the good in Kamikaze Tomorrowland, I would have rated it 4 stars. But it was the extra dimension of the story that earned it a fifth star from me. John Hogue is a scholar of prophecy and a prognosticator in his own right. He is an authority on the life and writings of Nostradamus that you usually see commenting in programs about that French seer (though sometimes highly edited). He is a prolific writer on this subject and produces e-books on predictions for the coming year, every year. Kamikaze Tomorrowland is his attempt to extend his prophetic work into fiction. He describes the result as a new genre in science fiction he calls, "ScryFy." In his own words: I define Scry-Fy as a form of prophecy-science fiction and fantasy. It is neither fiction nor non-fiction. Scry-Fy is transfix-tion. ‘Scrying’ is a basic form of divination using objects that, in the hand of the initiate, can reflect the dark shadows of potential future destiny. I've read enough of Mr. Hogue's writings and heard him in interviews to have an understanding of how he views prophecy. I believe I see that view in Kamikaze Tomorrowland. In a nutshell, it seems to be that energies build in the numinous and physical worlds that lead to events that can be descried before they happen by the "initiate" tapping into those energies. Very often, what is seen are the potentialities for events (and consequences) more so than "this will happen at this time." The scrying process can produce insight as to courses to follow to avert or diminish an adverse future. Kamikaze Tomorrowland avers this idea in its plot, and in summation in Akio Sarazawa's words: ...I found myself at the crossroads of life and death. I was shown what might have been if... Read Kamikaze Tomorrowland to get the full impact of Akio's words in light of this view of prophecy, and to understand why great teachers teach with parables.
  • Black Face, White Face on March 21, 2014
    star star star star
    This is a very good story. It is built on compelling prose and sympathetic characters--even the tattooed, psycho killer-kidnapper. In fact, the joy of this novella is following the protagonist's (Juliet Cunningham) coping with the horrendous ordeal of her kidnapping and watching her evolve through it. Juliet calls her kidnapper, Half-Face, and we suspect from the start that he is more than he appears. The author handles him brilliantly, and brings him to an end that is pleasing and feels right. Most of the story's action takes place in Mongolia, which the author describes as believably alien (to me), but with enough interest to arouse my wanderlust. Indeed, the landscape becomes another antagonist towards the end. After the first couple of chapters, this story blossomed for me, and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. There's a novel's worth of material behind this novella, and I highly recommend it.