Richard Farren Barber
Horror and Dark Fantasy Author
Twenty Years Dead | Buy online
03/11 New blog post. Reflecting on writing Caborn & Reeves #2
02/11 Finished! Finally completed the first draft of Caborn & Reeves #2, which comes in at somewhere around 146,000 words.
25/10 My short story "To be Alone" is published in "Madame Gray's Graveyard of Blood."
20/10 First draft of new short story completed: "Seven Years." Basically clearing the palate before returning to the novel.
23/07 passed 100K words on my current work in process; a commercial novel intended to be about 90K. And I reckon I still have about 25K to write, which means there's going to be some serious editing needed when this is done.
19/07 My short story "Flash" is published in "Flashes of Nightmare"
02/05 Okay, buckle up, I'm, going in! I started a trilogy a couple of years ago.. and it didn't work. I abandone the idea during the first third of the second book in the series (and then went on to write the third book as a stand-alone title, go figure.) So now I'm going to go back to that abandoned draft and see if i can breathe new life into it. Wish me luck, folks!
30/04 First draft of new short story "Flash" finished.
25/03 First draft of novella "Kilipgradska" finished - part of a secret project! Ssshh!
08/12 First draft of new short story finished. "The Wrath" I've got to be honest, it's truly awful, but it needed writing... This one might stay in the bottom drawer a long time.
26/11 Ran my workshop "Create your own Monster (TM)" at the Other Worlds writing conference. A fantastic crowd of people and I had a great time talking about writing and horror fiction.
19/10 First draft of new short story finished. "Every Day"
14/08 "Twenty Years Dead" picks up a great review over on HorrorAddicts.
09/07 New blog post about the strangely creative task of copy typing.
06/06 View my book recommendations over on Shepherd for "The Best books set in Graveyards"
06/06 Guest post on Mark West's blog about the challenges of editing.
29/05 "Twenty Years Dead" is reviewed on Stalemate of Dust and Desire: "Not only has Richard Farren Barber introduced a unique, captivating idea, but he has also executed it with skill and precision. It is an evocative, chilling, absolutely absorbing meditation on family, mortality, and choices."
27/05 And we're off! "Twenty Years Dead" is now out in the wild.
25/05 Before release, "Twenty Years Dead" has hit the charts! Number 10 in the Amazon UK Top New Horror releases.
23/05 "Twenty Years Dead" is reviewed on Ginger Nuts of Horror: "Twenty Years Dead comes with the very highest of recommendation, turning a great idea into a very readable, funny and chilling page-turner."
17/05 My short story "The Rising of Ms Hazel Freeson" is published by Crystal Lake for the Patreons in advance of the release of "Twenty Years Dead."
09/05 "Twenty Years Dead" is starting to pick up early reviews over on Goodreads.
07/05 My flash fiction piece "The Hunted" is a finalist in the Crystal Lake monthly competition.
05/04 First draft of new novelette completed: "Shirewood Road"
31/03 New blog post: Cover reveal; Twenty Years Dead
30/03 It's coming! Cover reveal for my forthcoming novella: Twenty Years Dead
11/03 First draft of new short story completed: "20YD"
15/02 New blog post: Review of John Illsley's book "My Life in Dire Straits"
01/02 New blog post: The perils of bad editing
18/01 New blog post on my writing woes in 2021.
17/01 First draft of short story completed "Dust and Bones."
26/12 It's alive!
After converting my site ... it stopped working. It's taken me nearly six months to figure out what was wrong with the configuration and thankfully I finally worked it out and it's now live once more. So expect to find more regular updates shortly.
14/12 First draft of short story completed "Bite me."
08/12 First draft of short story completed "Busy night."
14/07 And we're live in 3... 2... 1...
I received a flurry of emails from Google over the past few months telling me my website needed to adapt or die, so I've just finished converting it to the new system and published it. I've restructured the site and hopefully made it easier to read.
25/06 Passed the 50,000 word mark on The Killing List #2. I may be getting slightly carried away as I figure I'm about 1/3 of the way through the plot.
13/05 Started first draft of "The Killing List #2" (It makes sense.. honest).
11/05 Edit #1222224545464 of "The Killing List #1" finished. And no, it's not the final edit.
04/03 First draft of the novella "Dreamers/NPC" completed
12/02 New Blog post about the writing of "The Screaming Dead."
12/02 First draft of new short story completed: "Helen O' MiLady"
09/02 "The Screaming Dead" is published by Crossroads Press
01/02 First draft of the novella "JT: Teevurcher" completed
20/12 Edit 3 of "The Killing List #1" complete
Opening Chapters written of eight potential novels (I know...)
23/07 Final edit complete on the novella "Twenty Years Dead"
02/07 Second edit complete on the novel "The Killing List #1"
22/06 Final edit (the seventh!) complete on the novella "One of the Dead"
Fourth edit complete on the novel "Memory Leak"
09/04 First edit complete on the novella "What happens at Midnight"
Third edit complete on the novel "Memory Leak"
16/01 First draft complete on the novella "What happens at Midnight"
30/11 New blog post up "Four Seasons in One day"
30/11 "The Coffin Walk" published
13/11 New blog post up "Not again!"
05/11 Started first draft of new novella. (Tentative title: "Twenty years dead")
05/11 New blog post up "It is Done."
02/11 First edit of "Fodder" complete.
08/10 "Black Light" accepted for publication.
02/10 "Tag" accepted for publication.
29/09 "War Effort" accepted for publication.
21/09 "Closer Still" my latest novella, is published by Black Shuck Books.