"Pesemist is a name created by an optomist to describe a realist." Raymond Walker is the author of five novels, two compendiums of short stories and a book of poetry.He was born in 1962 and raised in Campbeltown, Argyll, before moving to Edinburgh to attend university.His love of the countryside, forests, mountains and the relics of his native Scotland are reflected deeply in his writing. His tales echo the dark past and history, the unknown places and wonders of Scotland at the point where reality dips into fantasy until nothing is quite as it seems. Never bound by genre his books range from romances and ghost stories to historical fiction and fantasy. He is the winner of several writing competitions and his books have recieved critical acclaim worldwide. He currently resides in Prestwick, Scotland and is working on two new novels; "A pale shadow creeps" and "feathers" both of which will be available soon and complete the KIlmartin trilogy started in "A Shiver". Additionaly he is also working on a second volume of the criticaly acclaimed "A River of Tears".