McAulay is the author of the novels Shelter Me, Oblivion Road, Lost Summer, and Bad Girls, published by Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster. He has written for the HBO series Eastbound & Down, and he wrote and co-produced the movie Flower starring Zoey Deutch, Kathryn Hahn and Adam Scott, which premiered at Tribeca in 2017. He is currently working on a new TV series set in Nashville with actor/comedian Jack Black.
Under the name Charles Douglas, McAulay has recorded five indie-rock albums, including The Lives of Charles Douglas which features Maureen Tucker from The Velvet Underground on drums, and Statecraft with Joey Santiago from The Pixies on guitars. He has also worked as an A&R executive for several record labels, and served as VP for No.6 Records in New York. He currently lives in Santa Monica.
- 2005 – Bad Girls (MTV/Pocket Books)
- 2006 – Lost Summer (MTV/Pocket Books)
- 2008 – Oblivion Road (MTV/Pocket Books)
- 2009 – Shelter Me (MTV/Pocket Books)
Discography (as Charles Douglas)
- 1995 – Minor Wave (Voltage Recordings)
- 1998 – The Burdens of Genius (Voltage Recordings)
- 1999 – The Lives of Charles Douglas (No.6/Caroline Records)
- 2004 – Statecraft (Enabler/Redeye Records)
- 2011 – Lives of Charles Douglas expanded reissue (Broken Horse/Southern UK)
- 2012 – Not Your Kind of Music 2 CD retrospective (Broken Horse/Southern UK)
- 2017 – The Burdens of Genius vinyl reissue (Mono-Tone Records, France)
- 2017 – Statecraft: Expanded 2 CD reissue (Broken Horse/Southern UK)