Most of Clay Reynolds early life is unknown; however, at the age of fifteen, Clay Reynolds met Eldred Jonas and began to ride with him. Although Reynolds was a womanizer and narcissist, known for showing off by twirling his fancy silk-lined cloak, he was by no means unintelligent. For this reason, Reynolds was liked by Jonas, he asked few questions, kept quiet, and only needed to have the plans explained to him once. Still, all this being true, Clay Reynolds was never a loyal man and had repeatedly thought about leaving Jonas in favor of more profitable self-ventures throughout the years.
After Roy Depape joined Clay and Eldred, all three men got little blue coffins tattooed on the webbing between their right thumbs and forefingers. Named for their tattoos, the three men became known as the Big Coffin Hunters. Hired by John Farson, the trio was assigned to the town of Hambry. Clay Reynolds loathed the town and its entire people; especially Chancellor Rimer, who had made fun of Reynolds’ cloak on their first meeting. Later when it came time to kill Mayor Thorin and the Chancellor, Clay Reynolds chose to take care of Rimer himself, leaving the Mayor to Depape.
At the time of the demise of his fellow Coffin Hunters, Clay Reynolds was running an errand in town for Jonas, thus narrowly avoiding the massacre at Eyebolt Canyon. Now his own boss, Reynolds joined up with Coral Thorin and they set off to make a new life for themselves. Their run of banditry came to an early demise when cornered by an enterprising sheriff and an armed citizenry who shot and killed the two during a failed robbery.
The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass
Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake, and Jake’s pet bumbler survive Blaine the Mono’s final crash, only to find themselves stranded in an alternate version of Topeka, Kansas, one that has been ravaged by the superflu virus. While following the deserted I-70 toward a distant glass palace, they hear the atonal squalling of a thinny, a place where the fabric of existence has almost entirely worn away. While camping near the edge of the thinny, Roland tells his ka-tet a story about another thinny, one that he encountered when he was little more than a boy. Over the course of one long magical night, Roland transports us to the Mid-World of long-ago and a seaside town called Hambry, where Roland fell in love with a girl named Susan Delgado, and where he and his old tet-mates Alain and Cuthbert battled the forces of John Farson, the harrier who—with a little help from a seeing sphere called Maerlyn’s Grapefruit—ignited Mid-World’s final war.