TIH 018: Ray Cluley on Water For Drowning, What Makes A Good Short Story and The Joy Of Writing


In this podcast we talk to the award-winning author Ray Cluley about his forthcoming This Is Horror release, Water For Drowning, the award-winning ‘Shark! Shark!’, the short story form, mermaids and much more.


[00:46] Ray Cluley biography

[03:27] Water For Drowning 

[06:00] Dan asks the important Mermaid questions

[10:45] Short stories

[16:40] Different markets and genres

[24:35] Writing full-time

[29:05] Moving to a Greek Island

[31:45] What makes for a good short story

[34:44] New story from Spectral Press

[44:20] Sending stories to new homes

[51:15] Favourite stories read this year

[01:02:00] The joy of writing

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Pre-order Water For Drowning by Ray Cluley

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Horns by Joe Hill 

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