is a freelance writer and editor. He is the author of The Beggars' Signwriters, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the University of Johannesburg Prize in 2007. In 2010 he compiled and edited Home Away, published by Zebra Press. His new novel, Dark Windows, will be published in 2014. As S.L. Grey, he co-writes urban horror novels with Sarah Lotz. Their first novel, The Mall, was published by Corvus in the UK in 2011 and The Ward in 2012. The New Girl is due in 2013.
Along with his Master's degree in modern horror fiction, Louis has a doctorate in English literature, specialising in the post-religious apocalyptic fiction of Douglas Coupland. He worked as a bookseller, copywriter and marketer at a major book retail chain for 13 years, and now edits and proofreads general non-fiction and literary, thriller and youth fiction for various publishers, including Penguin and Random House. He has also edited academic journals and for corporate clients.