When I was a child I always thought I would become a fiction writer because I wrote so many stories in exercise books. What in fact happened was that for a while I wrote a lot of poems and songs, and then nothing at all for twenty-four years.
My consuming interest has always been the occult and religion, and in 2014 I joined A.E.O.N. a chaos magic group on Facebook. It was described as: "A Unique Art-Magic Collective made up of Highly Creative Individual Rebel Artists: Writers, Graphic Designers, Crafters, Pranksters & Performers. Art Transcends All Reason!"
For the sole purpose of contributing to this group, I started to write short stories and novellas. I teamed up with a chaos muse, a non-human entity, and channelled material from her so that we each wrote some of the pieces. Then I began to self-publish the resulting books.The more I learn about the professional writing world the more I am discovering that I don’t have anything in common with them. Therefore, I have now made all the books under my Candy Ray pen name free on this site.
I live on the south coast of England with my small family and I work part-time. The A.E.O.N. art group has faded from prominence now and has been succeeded by newer ones, but still:- Art Transcends All Reason!
Important update: check out The Eoss Trilogy, by my other pen name Lena Chere, here on Smashwords. Books 2 and 3, which are self-published, are now free. The main character, Eoss the Horse Goddess, came out of the A.E.O.N. project.
Jasper is an apprentice magician from Earth of the future. By mistake he transforms into a warrior knight in a parallel world.
He encounters Emin, an advanced magician who offers to swap places with him and be the knight leaving Jasper in his retreat up in space. Jasper must use his emerging magical abilities to return to the planet and fight aliens who threaten its people and the girl he loves.
Five short stories of surreal and slightly dark fantasy. An ancient legend meanders into strange directions. An inner demon seems to depart- but has he really gone? Alchemical fantasies sweep one man’s world into disarray. A living doll yearns to escape. Trading in crystals leads to an unexpected magical drama.
A magician undertakes a dangerous quest to become a psychopomp, a guide of the dead, and afterwards to find his true love who has gone hitchhiking without him. During his trance he encounters angels, gods, djinn and troubled souls, and joins a rescue circle of Spiritualists.
The common theme in this collection of Candy Ray’s short stories is the astral plane, which is both the realm of the dead and the plane of dreams. In each story the action focuses on a different aspect of this plane: mediumship, lucid dreams, life after death, visionary alchemical experience and esoteric magick. Dive deep into these other worlds and you will find that they intersect with your own.
These short stories were channelled by Candy Ray from a non-human chaos muse called Ino. Each one creates a vivid and enchanting world, sometimes in the past. Some of the stories have a narrative style that roves around observing. The tales are a showcase for Ino's unique views about human beings; her observation of people is very sharp, yet with a motherly quality
Maurice, an idealistic painter, is pulled into an art fraud against his will. He seeks a solution to his problem through a sigil spell.
Meanwhile the crisis of the fraud uproots him, wrecks his domestic life and drags him across three European countries as he flees the revenge he fears. Channelled from Ino.