Books

The End of the Line (2019)

The End of the Line by Gray Williams cover

The End of the Line is a fast-paced thriller set in contemporary London but with one crucial difference: magic exists. Abras, as they are known, can harness these illegal powers, but for con-artist Coleman – whose father was a powerful and abusive practitioner – magic is anathema. When her criminal crew decide to hire an Abra to help with their heists, they don’t expect to raise a demon, or to quickly lose control of this murderous creature. Now Coleman and her crew must travel across Siberia to a remote circle of stones of vast magical power to kill this possessed man, who has destroyed everything they hold dear. But the wards that hold it in check are starting to break down and as the creature’s power grows, a battle of wills commences. The gang must fight to survive, facing demons both in chains and within themselves.

The End of the Line is available in both ebook and audio.

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Praise for The End of the Line

‘Williams creates an original world of wonder and menace that leaves the reader guessing’ – No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author, Linwood Barclay

‘Williams is a writer to watch’ – Steve Cavanagh, Sunday Times bestselling author of Twisted

‘A dark and thrilling mix of fantasy and noir, brilliantly told. Williams is a confident and exciting new voice in the genre’ – Mason Cross, author of Richard & Judy Book Club pick The Samaritan

The End of the Line is driven by non-stop action, strange magic, and gritty noir banter – fun, in other words. Gray Williams has created a matinee double-feature of mixed genre mayhem that aims to please’ – Andrew Pyper, bestselling author of The Homecoming and The Demonologist

‘An exceptionally satisfying read, by turns twisted, tense and heart-breaking with a couple of extraordinary set pieces that still linger on. This is a remarkably assured debut, with the promise of more greatness to come’ – Mark Stay, author of Robot Overlords

‘A  tense and claustrophobic read. The End of the Line is a hugely imaginative debut’ – Cameron Johnston, author of The Age of Tyranny duology

‘Absolutely brutal, doesn’t look away, and doesn’t pull a single punch… Reeves is an absolutely stand-out character’ – S.J. Morden, Philip K. Dick award-winning author of One Way

‘Great characters, brilliant set-pieces and so, so imaginative. A great new voice in fantasy’ – Michael R. Miller, author of The Dragon’s Blade trilogy

‘From the first chapter (well actually from the first sentence in the first chapter) I thought wow…  in my opinion a bloody good story’ – Shotsblog

Short stories

Over the years, I have written a lot of short stories, and some of them even got published before I really dove into the novel writing. At the time, I was writing under the name Grey Freeman. I don’t do that any more. You can find them all below. Some of them are quite old, don’t judge them too harshly! You can receive a more recent effort by signing up to my newsletter for a short story set in the same world as my novel, The End of the Line.

Promises (2012)

Cover of Something Wicked Anthology Volume Two featuring Promises by Gray Williams

Of everything that I’ve written, Promises has been the most rewarding. I once sent it around to a few of my colleagues at work and the new girl who had just joined that I was fast becoming good friends with loved it. She loved it so much that she asked me out. Now we’re married! Better than any advance, award or bestseller position.

Over its twenty-issue and seven-year lifespan, Something Wicked magazine published over 150 stories from new and established authors across the world. Volume Two marks the official transition of Something Wicked from magazine to annual anthology. The contributors are seasoned veterans and first-timers brought together in a single book containing tales of post-apocalyptic dystopias, alternate realities, far-future science fiction and good old-fashioned blood-chilling horror, edited and compiled by the doting godparents of South African genre fiction, Joe Vaz and Vianne Venter.

Let your mind wander across distant galaxies, down darkened alleys, and across oceans of floating cities and let Something Wicked be your guide. Let the journey begin.

Praise for Something Wicked

‘Joe and Vianne are talent-spotters of writers and illustrators par excellence, and superb editors. Definite recommend!’Lauren Beukes

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The Old Factory Award (2011)

‘A very unusual and clever satire’ – SFRevu

Published in e-magazine Abyss & Apex (who have also published big names like Lavie Tidhar, Jeremy Szal, Cat Rambo, Aliette de Bodard and have dozens of award nominations to their name), The Old Factory Award is my strangest (possibly most ‘Gaiman-esque’) short story I’ve ever written. It’s more a descriptive piece about a very strange annual award attended by some very strange people.

Read it for free here

Kids (2010)

A short story published in Electric Spec about the new paving over the old.

When I first submitted this story, it was rejected by everyone. Then, months later, when I was procrastinating and googling myself, I found a blog post with my name in the title. Turns out Electric Spec‘s editor had read Kids in the submission pile for another magazine and though it had been rejected there, he wanted it for Electric Spec. Now you can read it here!

Read it for free here

No Longer Living (2009)

It’s the Zombocalypse and a man fighting his grief holds a dark secret when a stranger begs for shelter.

My one and only successful zombie tale (I did right a few, they were all the rage back in the late 00s. Available free from RevolutionSF.

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Contract (2008)

Two men, one graveside and a strange meeting.

The first short story that I ever had published. When I first sent this out, one rejection said I had ‘a gift for dialogue’ which was just the kind of encouragement younger me needed. This one appeared in (the now defunct) Twisted Tongue Magazine and is available to download free as a PDF.

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So here you have my complete works from the start of my career. Remember, if you sign up to my newsletter, you’ll receive a recently written short story set in the same world as The End of the Line.

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