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


The Rogue Missile
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 580. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2012. Category: Fiction
To prevent the deaths of millions, a groundbreaking technology is utilised. Where the Rogue Missile went? Only time will tell.
The Illuminators
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 840. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2012. Category: Fiction
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
Every person thinks they have one good book in them. It is the job of The Illuminators to sort the good from the bad. Sometimes they are wrong. This is one example.
Three Hours Past Midnight
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
(3.00 from 1 review)
What passes through a gate guards mind to occupy the time on a night shift? WARNING! Contains swearing!
Death Wears A Black Basque
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 880. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2012. Category: Fiction
(2.00 from 2 reviews)
A desperate man on the run from a shadowy past is caught by the one thing he feared above everything else. When faced with his fate will he go quietly?
Tales To Distress Part 1 - The Big Bad Wolf
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2012. Category: Fiction
In a land ravaged by the zombie apocalypse, how will three little pigs cope in their newly built homes? Are they ready for all the evils that this world has to offer?
The Process
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
Set in the world of Blade Runner long before the days of the Nexus 6, we follow the workers of Tyrell Corps as they impliment The Process. Is it all it seems?
The Day We Joked About The Dead
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 820. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2012. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Even after the dead have risen the living will try to carry on a normal existance. And try to laugh in the face of adversity. Where ever that's possible.
The Nature Of The Lady
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2012. Category: Fiction
A solitary Captain & his AI ship roam the depths of space charting new places and meeting new life forms. In a deadly game where chance counts has his luck finally run out?
The Day We Refused To Fight
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 980. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2012. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
WAR! What is is good for? Absolutely nothing. So when faced with yet another pointless conflict the junior ranks decide enough is enough. All wars should be fought this way. (Contains some swearing)
The Secret Weapon
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 400. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(2.33 from 3 reviews)
After a global war with devastating losses does one side finally dare to use its fearsome secret weapon?
The One Commandment
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 620. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
For a hundred centuries they sought the one who could decipher the last holy message. Could that one be found? Would the message bring the wisdom they hoped for?
Little Green Men From.....
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
On an exploration mission into deep space to an apparently dead planet that suddenly starts sending out signals. What will they find? A warm welcome? Or?
The Invisible Knight Collection
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 4,470. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Fiction
A collection of poems written over the course of many years about character from the days of nobility and chivalry and notes on how each poem started life.
The Spaceship To Last Week
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 1,480. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Fiction
Can an amazing spaceship be used to save the Earth from destruction?
Blade Runner Time Line
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 2,380. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
A time line showing the life of Doctor Eldon Tyrell and the formation of Tyrell Corps, along with the development of the various Nexus models. Prior to writing no details existed about Tyrells life or how Replicants were created.
A Taste Of Your Own Private Hell
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 840. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Category: Fiction
A great man once said "Hell is other people". I beg to differ. Find out exactly what hell is like in this short story.
Crash Report
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 440. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Category: Fiction
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
You'd better not shout, you'd better not cry. You'd better not pout, I'm telling you why. Something bad has happened to Jolly Old Saint Nick. Read what happened in this leaked document.
The Monster
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 380. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
In a bedroom in the dark, someone is scared of The Monster. He is hiding, trying to keep himself safe from the creature he fears the most. Beware of the darkness, avoid the light, Fear The Monster, fear the night. Creature is coming, when you sleep, He is close, he will creep.
Will You Carry Me?
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2011. Category: Fiction
The journal of Dad and his family, during the days of the zombie apocalypse. What it takes to survive and how it binds people together.
The Last Man In The War
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 4,020. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
In a war on an unknown planet against an unknown enemy is Trooper Alex Ford truly the last man in the war?
Shadow Chasers
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 1,640. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2011. Category: Fiction
A young runner rails against a former friends ego, using dark forces to wreak his revenge
In The Mist
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2011. Category: Fiction
On a battlefield in some alternate dimension a lowly trooper deals with his situation as best he can
The Wipeboard (Terminator Flash Fiction)
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 380. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
A short piece of flash fiction set in the world of The Terminator
Nursery Crimes - case 1
By Ray Daley
Series: Nursery Crimes, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 880. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
A sideways looks at the real life of nursery rhyme characters
Name Deleted
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 2,400. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Category: Screenplays
(2.00 from 2 reviews)
A 10 minute long script set in a dystopian future where political correctness has gone mad. Please note - THIS IS A SCRIPT! A new reformatted version has now been uploaded. Prior to that 64 other people had no issues with the formatting.
The Kid
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 510. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 8 reviews)
Flash fiction set in a Western frontier town
The Traveller
By Ray Daley
Price: Free! Words: 890. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2011. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Short piece of sci-fi following the idea of alternate realities

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Smashwords book reviews by Ray Daley

  • Bucketheads on May 12, 2011
    star star star
    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
    star star star
    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.
  • EarthStar: A Steampunk Space Opera - Prelude on July 20, 2011
    star star
    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
    star star star
    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
    star star star
    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
    star star
    That's a right cracking little read for such a short story. Nice Going!
  • Ménage à Moi on April 18, 2012
    star star star
    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
    star star star star
    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
    star star star
    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
    star star star
    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
    star star
    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
    star star
    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
    star star
    paragraph breaks would greatly aid the readability of this.
  • All About Aliens: (Are Aliens Real?) on June 22, 2012
    star star
    Bad news, Roswell wasn't Aliens. It was German tech stolen by the Russians.
  • The War Machine on June 26, 2012
    star star
    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
    star star
    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
    star star star
    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
    star star star
    Interesting little collection, seems to have covered most time travel tropes.
  • Survivor on Feb. 03, 2013
    star star
    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
    star star star star
    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
    star star star star
    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
    star star
    A bit disappointing to be honest, I half expected this to be a memoir of his time but comparing it to modern times.