C L Raven


C L Raven are identical twins and mistresses of the macabre from Cardiff. They’re horror writers, as ‘bringers of nightmares’ isn’t a recognised job title. They spend their time looking after their animal army and drinking more Red Bull than the recommended government guidelines. They write short stories, novels, and articles for Haunted Magazine and have been published in various anthologies and horror magazines. They’ve been longlisted in the Exeter Novel Prize twice, the Flash 500 Novel competition twice, and the Bath Novel Award. Soul Asylum was shortlisted in the 2012 National Self-Publishing Awards and Deadly Reflections was highly recommended in the 2014 awards. Several short stories have also been long and shortlisted in various competitions. They recently won third prize in the British Fantasy Society Award. In 2015, they were published in the Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper, which makes their fascination with him seem less creepy. Along with their friend Neen, they prowl the country hunting for ghosts for their YouTube show, Calamityville Horror and can also be found urb exing in places they shouldn’t be. They also unleash their dark sides playing D&D/RPGs and gracefully fall off poles as they learn PoleFit.

Where to find C L Raven online


Gunning Down Romance
The book trailer for our ebook, Gunning Down Romance

Our book trailer for our ten broken fairytales, released Friday 13th July 2012

Soul Asylum book trailer
book trailer for our debut novel, Soul Asylum. Made by Ryan Ashcroft of Fireclaw Films.

Romance is Dead
Romance is Dead book trailer

Bad Romance
book trailer for Bad Romance

Deadly Reflections
book trailer for Deadly Reflections


Romance Is Dead

Gunning Down Romance

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Bad Romance

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Romance is Dead

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Romance is Dead trilogy

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Silent Dawn
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,360. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Silent Dawn isn't real. She's a terrifying computer game character who erodes players' sanities. Just because her legend dates back to the 1600s, doesn't mean she's real. Just because people are vanishing, doesn't mean she's real. Just because she's standing in the corner…
The Malignant Dead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,630. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
1645. The year Scotland died. The Bubonic Plague ravages Edinburgh. Soon there will be more people buried under Edinburgh than living in it. The council hires Alex McCrae, promising him one hundred pounds to cure the wretched pest. But a man who makes himself a hero, makes himself enemies. But the plague isn’t the only way to kill a man. And in the city of the dead it’s not just ghosts who return.
Romance is Dead trilogy
Series: Romance Is Dead. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,750. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Don’t give your lover roses, give them nightmares. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like giving your lover a heart for Valentine’s. Especially when it’s ripped from their body before they’ve drawn their last breath. Gone are the expensive chocolates in fancy packaging, the wilting roses from the petrol station forecourt and the heart-print boxer shorts. Valentine’s is about to get bloody.
Romance is Dead
Series: Romance Is Dead, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,770. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Three dark stories that won’t give your lover butterflies, but nightmares. A fallen goddess enacts gruesome revenge on anyone who wrongs her; an artist turns a romance play into a horror story; and a hopeless romantic ensures his lovers live forever. They all share one belief: real love is worth killing for.
Deadly Reflections
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,780. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Death is only the beginning... You’re born, you live and you die. And sometimes, you come back. When the veil between life and death is torn down, the darkest souls crawl from the shadows to wander the world that rejected them. Thirteen stories that prove the monsters in your mind might just be real. The past is no longer a nightmare.
Bad Romance
Series: Romance Is Dead, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,490. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Three disturbing stories about the dangers of falling in love - an incompetent Cupid prepares for Valentine's Day, but his arrows melt faces, not hearts; a man's art exhibition conceals a macabre secret; and a betrayed bride makes unfaithful lovers regret their vow of 'til death us do part'. All their victims are bound by an unsettling truth - too much love can kill you.
Gunning Down Romance
Series: Romance Is Dead, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,810. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Three chilling stories themed around the dark side of love - one woman embarks on a grisly quest to create the perfect lover; a man uses his life's work to ensure his lovers stay with him forever and a reincarnated saint has a unique, macabre way of punishing unfaithful lovers which keeps her alive. All their unfortunate lovers will experience a Valentine's Day they will never forget.

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Smashwords book reviews by C L Raven

  • K's Awakening, a Randy's Diner story on July 21, 2012

    This is a miniskirt of a story - short and very sexy. We haven't read many of Anya's books but she is rapidly becoming one of our favourite authors (this is a very high accolade as we are incredibly fussy readers). K's Awakening is set in Randy's Diner, which is a totally unique place where service doesn't just come with a smile. Why doesn't Starbucks offer this? The story follows Karen as she embarks on a new job as a server at Randy's Diner, but it's her customer, Amy who ends up teaching her how to leave customers completely satisfied. Actually finished this story in an hour because it was so hard to put down. If you're looking for something quick and erotic that will leave you wanting more, then definitely buy K's Awakening. You will be totally satisfied and left wanting a return visit. Just don't forget to leave a tip.