Ray Garton

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Ray Garton
Born (1962-12-02) December 2, 1962 (age 56)
Redding, California, U.S.
Pen nameArthur Darknell
Joseph Locke
GenreHorror fiction, Young adult fiction

Ray Garton (born December 2, 1962 in Redding, California) is an American author, well known for his work in horror fiction. He has written over sixty books, and in 2006 was presented with the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award.

Personal life[edit]

He currently resides in Northern California with his wife Dawn.



  • Seductions (1984)
  • Darklings (1985)
  • Crucifax Autumn (1988) (variant title of expurgated edition: Crucifax (1989))
  • Lot Lizards (1990)
  • Trade Secrets (1990)
  • Kill the Teacher’s Pet (1991) as Joseph Locke
  • New Neighbor (1991)
  • Dark Channel (1992)
  • Kiss of Death (1992) as Joseph Locke
  • Petrified (1992) as Joseph Locke
  • Game Over (1993) as Joseph Locke
  • The Teacher (1993) as Joseph Locke
  • 1-900-Killer (1994) as Joseph Locke
  • Vengeance (1994) as Joseph Locke
  • Biofire (1996)
  • Shackled (1996)
  • 411, a novella (1998)
  • Sex and Violence in Hollywood (2001)
  • Zombie Love (2003)
  • Scissors (2004)
  • The Loveliest Dead (2005)
  • Serpent Girl (2008)
  • The Arthur Darknell Double (2008, Lonely Road Books) as Arthur Darknell (features two original novels attached back to back in the style of the old Ace Doubles: Loveless and Murder was my Alibi)
  • The Most Interesting Prospect (2008, Lonely Road Books) as Arthur Darknell (26 copy limited edition chapbook of a unique short story that came with the Lettered Edition of The Arthur Darknell Double)
  • Death Hunt on Ervoon (formerly known as Vespix) (Cemetery Dance Publications, 2010)


Blood and Lace series[edit]

Writing as Joseph Locke

  1. Vampire Heart (1994)
  2. Deadly Relations (1994)

The Folks series[edit]

  1. The Folks (2001)
  2. The Folks 2 (2008)

Live Girls vampire series[edit]

  1. Live Girls (1987)
  2. Night Life (2005)

Werewolf series[edit]

  1. Ravenous (2008)
  2. Bestial (2009)


Movie novelizations by Ray Garton:

TV series tie-in contributions[edit]

TV series tie-in novels:

The Secret World of Alex Mack[edit]

Featuring characters from The Secret World of Alex Mack TV-series:

  • Hocus Pocus (1997) as Joseph Locke
  • Lights, Camera, Action! (1998)

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch[edit]

All featuring characters from the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch TV-series:

  • Ben There, Done That (1997) as Joseph Locke (ISBN 0-671-01680-6)
  • The Troll Bride (1998) as Joseph Locke
  • All That Glitters (1998)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer[edit]

Featuring characters from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV-series:


  • Methods of Madness (1990)
  • Pieces of Hate (1995)
  • The Girl in the Basement and Other Stories (2004)
  • 'Nids and Other Stories (2005)
  • Slivers of Bone (2008)

Short Stories[edit]

  • "Active Member" (1987)
  • "Monsters" (1988)
  • "Sinema" (1988)
  • "Punishments" (1989)
  • "Dr Krusadian's Method" (1990)
  • "Fat" (1990)
  • "The Other Man" (1990)
  • "The Picture of Health" (1990)
  • "Shock Radio" (1990)
  • "Something Kinky" (1990)
  • "Pieces" (1992)
  • "Screams at the Gateway to Fame" (1996)
  • "Hair of the Dog" (1997)
  • "Haunted in the Head" (1997)
  • "From Eight to Nine O' Clock" (2007)


  • In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting (1992) Co-authored with Ed Warren, Lorraine Warren, Al Snedeker, and Carmen Snedeker.[1]

In a Dark Place is based on the events of the Snedeker family's alleged encounter with the paranormal. Garton has, however, noted that he doesn't like this book, and is glad it is out of print, saying: "The family involved, which was going through some serious problems like alcoholism and drug addiction, could not keep their story straight, and I became very frustrated; it's hard writing a non-fiction book when all the people involved are telling you different stories."[1] Garton appeared on MonsterTalk episode "A Connecticut Haunting in a Keen Author's Court" released in August 2011 discussing the book/haunting, calling the book "the low point of [his] career".


Reception to Garton's work has been mixed to positive,[2] with his books receiving positive reviews from Dread Central and Rocky Mountain News.[3][4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Rathsack, Richie. "Foolishness or ghoolishness? Film puts spotlight on Meriden Ave. house". Record Journal. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Argendeli, James. "There is such a thing as a free book review". CNN. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Butane, Johnny. "Live Girls (Book)". Dread Central. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  4. ^ Johnson, Scott. "Bestial (Book)". Dread Central. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  5. ^ Graham, Mark (April 8, 1990). "DARK HARVEST REAPS FINE CROP". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved September 5, 2012.

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