Muriel Gray was born in Glasgow in 1958, is a BA honours
graduate in graphic design and illustration of the Glasgow School
of Art, and worked as a professional illustrator before joining the
National Museum of Antiquities in Edinburgh as assistant head of
She then moved into broadcasting starting as a presenter on Channel 4's seminal music programme The Tube, presenting all five series alongside Jools Holland and the late Paula Yates, whilst still retaining her post at the museum.
A full-time career spanning more than three decades in the media followed, presenting many diverse flagship network radio and television programmes, including: The Media Show, Frocks on The Box, Ride On, The Booker Prize Live, Start The Week, The John Peel Show, Bliss, The Munro Show, Art is Dead, Walkie Talkie, The Snow Show and many others, as well as producing, directing, and then founding her own award-winning production company which grew into the largest in Scotland.
She became a bestselling novelist with the publication of her debut horror novel, The Trickster, in 1995, and this was followed by Furnace in 1998 and The Ancient in 2001, which Stephen King hailed as being `scary and unputdownable'.
She is also known as a political opinion writer for Time Out magazine, The Sunday Correspondent, The Sunday Mirror, Scotland on Sunday, The Sunday Herald, and continues to contribute regularly to The Guardian and other publications. She has won several prizes for journalism including columnist of the year at the Scottish press awards.
Muriel is a former rector of Edinburgh University, still the only woman to have held this post, and has been awarded honorary degrees from the University of Abertay and Glasgow School of Art via Glasgow University. She is currently chair of the board of governors
at Glasgow School of Art, also the only woman to have held this post.
She lives in Glasgow with her husband and three children. Her greatest disappointment is that she has not yet been abducted by aliens.
From the reviews of The Trickster and Furnace:
'The Trickster is written with incredible vigour... thuggish, gory, sentimental, cosy. It grips'
'Gray tells her tale with immense elan. A smashing debut that's gutsier than most authors could ever be' Time Out
'Pacy, energetic, violent entertainment whose flashes of intuition and glittery neurosis give it an idiosyncratic edge' The Times