Ray Nayler’s Science Fiction short stories, “Mutability,” "Do Not Forget Me" and "Winter Timeshare" have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. "Mutability" was also published in The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016. Ray's poetry has been published in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Weave, Juked, Able Muse, Sentence, Phantom Limb, and many other magazines. His detective novel, American Graveyards, was published in the UK by Third Alternative Press. His short stories across many genres have been published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Deathrealm, Crimewave, and the Berkeley Fiction Review, among others. Ray is a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan. Ray speaks Russian and Azerbaijani. He has lived and worked in the countries of Central Asia and the former Soviet Union for nearly a decade. His current posting is to Baku, Azerbaijan.
"Kyzyl-Orda" in Badlands Literary Review , January 2017
"Winter Timeshare" in Asimov's, January 2017
"August, Ashgabat" in Mud Season Review Spring 2016
"Do Not Forget Me" in Asimov's March 2016
"Mutability" in The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, Ed. Rich Horton
"Beehive, Birdbath, Gas Station Flowers" in Minetta Review Fall 2015
"The Cigarette Machine" in Pinball #5
"To the Savages" in Antiphon #12
"Mutability" in Galaktika 311 (Hungarian) February 2016
"Mutability" in Asimov's June 2015
Two Suburban Sonnets in The Collapsar
Suburban Triptych in Juked Number 11
Letters to Cities in the Fall in Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics Issue 10
"Casting" in Weave Magazine Issue 11
" Confluence," "Varangian" and "The Wooden Sword" in Elohi Gadugi
Three Suburban Sonnets in Clapboard House Journal
Three Suburban Sonnets (Eclectica Magazine April/May 2013)
Streptomyces (PiF Magazine December 2012)
A Fat Girl in Paris (PiF Magazine December 2012)
Custer Shoots His Horse (PiF Magazine November 2012)
The Idiot Birds (nthposition.com)
Three Suburban Sonnets (Able Muse Volume 15)
Old School (Beloit Poetry Review, Summer 2013)
"Never have a town named after you" (Phantom Limb, Summer 2013)
Present in the Past (Shadow Road Quarterly, Fall 2013)
The Mojave is a graveyard. It lies between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and through it runs a road where, in the middle of desert nights, all of the human predators in those two cities come to dump their prey. The desert is a burying ground for nuclear waste, for garbage and slag from the silver and gold mines, for abandoned cars and for abandoned people. Outcasts huddle in shacks far out in the night, away from prying eyes. In makeshift labs they mix methamphetamine and speed. Everything discarded, everything killed or broken or unwanted, it seems, ends up here. Sometimes, people find things. A hiker stumbles across a skull, a rusted six-shooter, a dead cowboy who took shade under a Joshua tree a hundred years ago and never stood up again. The police dig up a body and find two more beneath it. Most of the time, though, things stay buried…
Lance Bailey, PI, is on his last case and his last legs. The murderer he has been hunting all his life is just one step ahead of him. But before he can exact his revenge, he must unravel a nasty web of conspiracy and murder in the Mojave desert. Haunted by an enigmatic nightmare and slowed down by age, Lance finds himself struggling to keep up with a world that is growing more and more fragmented and deadly with each passing moment.
This 10th Anniversary Edition of the critically acclaimed American Graveyards, with cover art by Cesar Sebastian Diaz, is the “director’s cut” of the publishing world – including three short stories related to the novel, “cut scenes,” an in-depth interview with the author, and the “Birds of Paradise” fragment – an early version of the book that now reads like an alternate, unfinished universe. All these extras provide insight into this excellent, fast-paced detective gem.
The 10th Anniversary Edition of American Graveyards is available for purchase here
A high school dropout working at an arcade faces death with a samurai's calm. A kidnapper takes her tiny victim to the mall. A boy with a lisp transforms himself into a hero - by endangering himself and everyone around him. An old woman commits a dreadful crime to protect the simple, ordered world she loves. A successful young woman's life is forever changed by a brush with death in human form. A stranded highway patrolman finds himself defending a woman against a killer, with only his own hatred and ghosts to help him . . .
Sometimes a subtle re-take on genre classics, sometimes uncanny and surreal, the stories in this collection are connected to one another by the dread and darkness in every line. Set in motels, parking lots, video game arcades, malls, roller-rinks and trailer parks, along lonely wooded highways and in lonelier subdivisions, these tales catalogue the lives of the discarded. In the best noir tradition, the heroes and anti-heroes here are trapped by circumstance, willing to commit desperate acts to get the things they want.
Sleepwalking is available for purchase here