|Born||30 May 1919|
Isleworth, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
|Died||20 March 2001 (aged 81)|
Teddington, Middlesex, England, UK
|Pen name||Ronald Henry Glynn Chetwynd-Hayes, R. Chetwynd-Hayes|
|Occupation||Novelist, short-story writer|
|Notable awards||Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement|
British Fantasy Society Special Award
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Chetwynd-Hayes worked in the furnishing trade. His first published work was the science fiction novel The Man from the Bomb in 1959. He went on to publish many collections and ten other novels including The Grange, The Haunted Grange, And Love Survived and The Curse of the Snake God. Several of his short works were adapted into anthology-style movies in the United Kingdom, including The Monster Club and From Beyond the Grave. Chetwynd-Hayes' book The Monster Club contains references to a film-maker called Vinke Rocnnor, an anagram of Kevin Connor, the director of From Beyond the Grave. John Carradine played Chetwynd-Hayes in The Monster Club.
He also edited over 20 anthologies. Chetwynd-Hayes took over the editorship of the Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories after the departure of the previous editor, Robert Aickman. Chetwynd-Hayes also edited several other anthologies, including the Armada Monster Book series for children. Chetwynd-Hayes was nicknamed "Britain's Prince of Chill" by British horror fandom.
Mike Ashley described Chetwynd-Hayes' story "The Gatecrasher", about the ghost of Jack the Ripper, as a "powerful tale". Chris Morgan stated about Chetwynd-Hayes: "at his best he is a fine writer, capable of producing gripping and wonderfully atmospheric stories at all lengths".
Chetwynd-Hayes died from bronchial pneumonia on 20 March 2001.
- Adrian, Jack (2001-03-31). "R. Chetwynd-Hayes". The Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
- Mike Ashley , Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction. Elm Tree Books, ISBN 0-241-89528-6. (p. 52-3)
- Chris Morgan, "Chetwynd-Hayes, R(onald Henry Glynn)" in David Pringle, St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers. London : St. James Press, 1998, ISBN 978-1-55862-206-7 (pp. 135–137).
- Lentz, III, Harris M. (2002). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2001. McFarland. p. 63.
- SciFiPedia Entry
- Chetwynd-Hayes: An Appreciation at the Wayback Machine (archived March 19, 2003).
- Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes at IMDb
- R. Chetwynd-Hayes at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- R. Chetwynd-Hayes at Library of Congress Authorities, with 7 catalogue records
- Angus Campbell at LC Authorities, with 1 record