Jean Ray

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Birthday
8, 1887
Birthplace
Belgium
DEATH DATE
Sep 17, 1964 (77)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
8, 1887
Birthplace
Belgium
DEATH DATE
Sep 17, 1964 (77)

About

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.

Before Fame

He served a prison sentence for embezzlement. During his time behind bars, he wrote The Shadowy Street and The Mainz Psalter.

Trivia

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.

Family Life

His father was a low-level port official in Ghent, Belgium, and his mother was the director of a girls' school.

Associated With

His 1943 macabre novel, Malpertuis, was made into a 1971 film starring Orson Welles.