Ray Hecht


Long story short, raised in America from the Midwest to the West Coast on a starchy diet of movies and comics and science fiction paperbacks. There's a Mid-East connection in there too. I like to write about such states as California and Ohio, and such provinces as Guangdong. Japan being an interesting topic as well.

Lived in Shenzhen, China since 2008 (has it really been that long?), a lovely Special Economic Zone Hong Kong-bordering chaotic city that has given me so much. I occasionally do some freelance journalism for various local publications. If you're actually interested, just google "Ray Hecht Shenzhen" for more...

A few inspirations, if I may: Irvine Welsh, William S. Burroughs, James Joyce, Grant Morrison, Daniel Clowes, Haruki Murakami, Bret Easton Ellis, Neal Stephenson, Philip K. Dick

Smashwords Interview

How old were you when you started writing? When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I always had a fondness for writing, but I wanted to be an artist when I was young. When I was little, I wanted to be a paleontologist. Obviously. After a wayward youth, I eventually took film classes in California and tried my hand at screenwriting. Though I enjoyed my student films, I learned that I don’t play well with others. What I truly adore is the purity of prose writing; it’s just the one author and a blank page and that’s all you need to tell stories. I started writing novels when I was twenty-three. Almost a decade ago. My first attempts may not have been very good, yet slowly and slowly I got better at it perhaps I’m a bit decent at this point…
What would you say motivates you to keep writing?
I don’t know. I just feel compelled. Like I’m used to it at this point in my life. I don’t feel productive unless I’m working on a long-form writing project.

I often tell aspiring writers that it’s a bad idea to be a writer. It’s very unthankful. It’s not cool at all, not romantic. Years and years of thankless work that no one will appreciate. And if you actually do think you’ll achieve a modicum of success, well that’s about as realistic a goal as winning the lottery.

But I just can’t help it. I’ve had a lot of empty, sleep-deprived nights. Little payoff so far. That’s not the point. I just want to write so I write.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Ray Hecht online


A Random Assortment of Cautionary Tales
Price: Free! Words: 180. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics, Fiction » Anthologies » Graphic novels/comics/manga
(5.00 from 1 review)
Twelve whole pages of comics gloriousness... or rather not, perhaps just a bunch of pages about something or other. I drawed it.
Nan -heart- Nu
Price: Free! Words: 160. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
This is a silent story. Not much to say. Boy meets girl, and...
Price: Free! Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
It is Mid-Autumn Festival in Lunar Colony 01111001's Chinatown, a holiday celebrated by eating mooncake and regaling with tales of Chang'e flying to the moon. Little Xiao Yue asks her grandfather what it all means. There is always a generation gap. How can precocious children in the future understand the metaphor? Enjoy this short short, a taste of one writer's science fiction and Sino overlap..
Triple Agent Love Story
Price: Free! Words: 160. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
An unfinished comic I made. Bonus, 2 random sketches pages!
Cupcake Dreamy #1
Price: Free! Words: 190. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
(4.00 from 1 review)
Shopping Spree. It can mean different things to different people. In this first installment of the indie comics series Cupcake Dreamy we find Angie and Kent, two lost souls wandering the streets of Hollywood. As they say, this is where dreams go to die. And some may take that too literally.

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Smashwords book reviews by Ray Hecht

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Aug. 23, 2013

    Not only is this an incredibly helpful guide to getting started on Smashwords, invaluable in the process. but its also a great tutorial on Microsoft Word. We've all probably been using Word for years and didn't realize how all those options work. I'm grateful for all I've learned. And, of course, the price is right. I am officially on the road to online self-publishing, now that the formatting part is done let's see if the writing is actually good and I can have some success... In any case, thanks Mark!
  • A Week And A Day In The Lives Of Two Angry Young Men on Dec. 29, 2013

    That cover is particularly disturbing if you make it to the end. Be careful with spoons! In the esteemed tradition of the epistolary format, these diary entries tell it all... Don't trifle with the Kind of the Leprechauns indeed.
  • The Towering Inferno Versus The Mighty Quinn on Dec. 30, 2013

    Now that was a fun read. Stripper versus a horny fire demon, and all the action that can ensue. The premise itself is very funny and imaginative, and execution is well-written. Some of the best lines are simply the fire demon YELLINGGGG! My favorite part is the end, when we discover the specifics of the anatomy and the story concludes well with a great payoff, both for me and for Mandy. I'll have to pay more attention to this writer...
  • Claude The Unhappy Caterpillar/Popo The Cheeky Monkey/Sselmorg The Fire Breathing Dragon on Jan. 02, 2014

    This short story with the very long-title is an amazingly irreverent. Its postmodern, metafictional, it breaks the 4th wall and its guaranteed to be funnier than your favorite high-brow experimental theatre piece. There is a treatise on the nature of storytelling, how characters get away from you. Dig deeper and let us question the nature of identity; what makes all these reboots the "same" character just because the narrator says so? Speaking of the narrator, one could get quite theological... With some commentary on sexism in high-fantasy epics to boot. Incidentally, I like Popo the Cheeky Monkey as the best incarnation. Sselmorg vs. Kylie was fun too. And I love how there's a new Smashwords licensing note everytime the story starts over, Smashwords is mentioned in it as well, I mean really how's that for self-referential brilliance?! A bit anticlimactic at the end, but that's kind of the point.
  • It's The End Of The Universe As We Know It [And I Feel Scared] on Feb. 16, 2014

    Great comedic science fiction - a subgenre we don't see nearly enough of - in the tradition of Douglas Adams. It was too short, I wanted more, which is what good flash fiction should do. The mirror image spaceship, the one-liners, and the shock! ending. Enough has been said about the bizarre concepts, read it yourself. What, you want a detailed review that's almost as long as the whole piece? However, I don't think the explanation at the end of where the author got his story ideas is necessary. It's all well and good that a writing assignment had such requirements, but I'd kinda rather not know that and just let myself assume it was all from one crazy imagination. We all take inspiration where we can get it, but unless you want to credit the writing teacher there's no need to detail that...
  • Oblivious on Feb. 19, 2014

    Full of very well-written descriptions, the writer is a talent. The reader really feels the woods, the textures, the emotions, the animals and this cruel man. Every little detail concerning the natural setting and many lifeforms therein, it sets the mood perfectly. I look forward to one day reading something more long-form from Mr. Carter. Also, karma's a bitch!
  • Let the Reader Beware on April 04, 2015

    What an interesting thought experiment by Jonathan Strickland. Can't say I've ever come across this type of prose before. It's definitely NOT a choose-your-own-adventure kind of thing. The premise (hopefully hypothetical...) concerns the possibility of genocide and how to react to that based upon certain possible reactions. A superior life form - though one that seems a bit full of itself - presents a choice. What would you do? In the end, you'll never guess what saves the day! Do read to the end, and read carefully as you go. Stay absurd.
  • Outskirts of Vision: first chapter on April 06, 2015

    Outskirts by Nir Levie is a beautiful work of art. The sketchy stylings with a monocolor of red create a surreal atmosphere that perfectly suits the narrative. Nature is weird, something off, as we are meant to question this setting... The story introduces Ben, an everyman architect, and then juxtaposes him against a contrasting 'duplicator' - one punk rocker. The mysteries of the city are expounded upon, the *zone*, and the two wax philosophical about just what is going on in this place. “No mental phenomenon is more characteristic of the big city than indifference," is said, and then that bounces off to a host of counterpoints. Examples abound. Point is, one thinks, question the cityscape. I know not if all the mysteries are to be resolved, if there's something not to be gotten, but I think there is much within this piece that does not directly need be said. It is to be read, and reread again, filling in the blanks with our own perspective, I very much look forward to reading and observing more art more from Mr. Levie.