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


Service Provider
Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Categories: 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. Categories: 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. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
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. Categories: 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. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Historical » USA
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. Categories: 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. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Historical » USA
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. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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. Categories: 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. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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. Categories: 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. Categories: 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. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
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. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
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. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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. Categories: 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. Categories: 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. Categories: 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. Categories: 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: 1,230. Language: British English. Published: August 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
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. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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. Categories: 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. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Adventure » General
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: 970. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2012. Categories: 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: 270. Language: British English. Published: June 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
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. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » 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: 650. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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: 1,350. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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: 1,860. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » 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: 1,080. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » 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: 880. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Many things are done in the cause of Friendship. Friends don't let friends go out the hard way.
The King Of 8.04PM
Price: Free! Words: 450. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Alternative history
Some wait patiently for their reign as absolute Monarch. Others are not so patient. Witness the shortest reign in history.
The Case Of The Invisible Man
Price: Free! Words: 2,330. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Alternative history
The life of Sherlock Holmes as viewed by Doctor John Watson It's Holmes, but not as you know him!
Price: Free! Words: 5,500. Language: British English. Published: April 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Recognition is the best form of identification. Knowing is half the battle. Being able to recognise the signs keep yourself and everyone else alive. Know your enemy.
Peril At The Pop-up Library
Price: Free! Words: 850. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
What happens in a library when a pop-up book does more than just pop up? Find out inside!
Missing, Presumed Vanished
Price: Free! Words: 1,350. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After the escape from a robbery almost becomes a disaster, can two fugitives stay free from the long arm of the law?
The Sniper
Price: Free! Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
One man, one plan, deadly over long distance. The sniper seeks to fulfil his final mission. Or is it? Caution! Contains swearing.
The Boy Who Wouldn't Listen
Price: Free! Words: 700. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / General
Do people get what they deserve when they don't listen? Can they learn from their mistakes?
The Rogue Missile
Price: Free! Words: 570. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
To prevent the deaths of millions, a groundbreaking technology is utilised. Where the Rogue Missile went? Only time will tell.
The Illuminators
Price: Free! Words: 830. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
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
Price: Free! Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
What passes through a gate guards mind to occupy the time on a night shift? WARNING! Contains swearing!
Death Wears A Black Basque
Price: Free! Words: 870. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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
Price: Free! Words: 2,570. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
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
Price: Free! Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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
Price: Free! Words: 810. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
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
Price: Free! Words: 1,600. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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
Price: Free! Words: 960. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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
Price: Free! Words: 390. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
After a global war with devastating losses does one side finally dare to use its fearsome secret weapon?
The One Commandment
Price: Free! Words: 600. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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?

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Ray Daley's favorite authors on Smashwords

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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Frontier 9 on May 28, 2012

    paragraph breaks would greatly aid the readability of this.
  • 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?
  • The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror on Aug. 25, 2017
    (no rating)
    Tried to read both volumes of this, thinking about submitting. Reading them put me straight off. No linebreaks? What the hell is wrong with you? I know these are free but did you not want anyone reading them ever. It's just textblocks. Terrible on the eye.