Jean Ray is a pseudonym of Belgian writer Raymundus Joannes de Kremer, who was known for his macabre tales. Ray's most famous works include Les Contes du Whisky, Le Grand Nocturne, and the Ghouls in my Grave series.
He served a prison sentence for embezzlement. During his time behind bars, he wrote The Shadowy Street and The Mainz Psalter.
He wrote a series of detective stories called The Adventures of Harry Dickson, the American Sherlock Holmes. These stories were based upon a series of German tales.
His father was a low-level port official in Ghent, Belgium, and his mother was the director of a girls' school.
His 1943 macabre novel, Malpertuis, was made into a 1971 film starring Orson Welles.