TIH 124: Ray Cluley on Authentic Storytelling, Researching Locations and Short Story Writing

TIH 124 Ray Cluley on Authentic Storytelling, Researching Locations and Short Story Writing

In this podcast Ray Cluley talks about full-time and part-time writing, authentic storytelling, research for stories and much more.

About Ray Cluley

Ray Cluley has been published in Black Static, Interzone and Crimewave from TTA Press, Shadows & Tall Trees from Undertow Press, and Icarus from Lethe Press, as well as featuring in a variety of anthologies. ‘Shark! Shark!’ won the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story in 2013, while Water For Drowning was nominated for Best Novella in 2015. His most recent work includes Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow from Snowbooks and a collection, Probably Monsters, from ChiZine Press.

Show Notes

  • [03:25] Interview start
  • [04:30] Full-time writing and writing while working
  • [10:00] Conveying fear in different mediums/television talk
  • [22:25] Jake Marley, via Patreon, asks about short story writing process from start to finish
  • [40:00] Objectionable characters and controversy/separating the art and the artist
  • [49:10] Authentic storytelling and researching places you haven’t been

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1 comment

  1. I homed in on this episode because, like Ray, I am a teacher (or to be more accurate, ex-teacher) and a writer of dark fiction. So it was interesting to hear of his mind-set in terms of f.t. writing versus f.t. teaching/fitting the writing around a hectic schedule. I’ve personally found, since finishing teaching, that the residual routine of accounting for every minute and living life by the bell helps in terms of self-discipline. The insights into short story writing were also fascinating. It was a shame that Ray’s side of the interview seemed to suffer from a bad connection or interrupted audio but I guess one can put it down to podcast gremlins. Anyway, keep up the good work and I look forward to stopping by the podcast again.

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