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DARK WATER (Cooper M. Reid #1)
As a former Special Agent within a shadow branch of the government, Cooper M. Reid’s work took him to some odd places…researching time vortexes in Kansas, demons in Norway, and UFOs in Jerusalem. The work only got weirder when he decided to go rogue and start investigating for himself.
So it came as no real surprise when he disappeared one year ago.
Now that he has re-appeared, Cooper has no recollection of what happened to him. All he knows is that he is now driven to help those that are being tormented by the paranormal, and that he needs to stay hidden from the people he once worked for.
In DARK WATER, Cooper finds himself drawn to a beach-side community in North Carolina where children are drowning by inexplicable means. But what Cooper quickly discovers is that while the deaths are certainly tragic, the real horror lies in what drew the children to the ocean in the first place.
RIVAL BLOOD (Cooper M. Reid #2)
In RIVAL BLOOD, Cooper learns that members of an inner-city gang are dying off in gruesome and mysterious ways. He believes it’s the work of a mythological creature that he always believed to be nothing more than fiction. As he investigates deeper he finds himself not only in the middle of a potential gang war, but also hunted by a seemingly unstoppable monster.
BREAK EVERY CHAIN
In his first venture outside of the horrific and supernatural, Barry Napier tackles the personal and controversial topics of faith and sexual slavery with Break Every Chain.
Can you imagine what it would be like for a person who has no real faith to be thrown into a situation in a foreign place where his faith is the only thing that can save his life?
After running his life into the gutter through alcoholism and sexual addiction, Ryan Fulbright takes part in an impromptu mission’s trip in an attempt to redirect his life. Ryan visits a rescue home for underage girls in Nicaragua who have been rescued from sexual slavery. Seeking answers, he quickly finds himself at war with his fragile faith.
In the midst of this, he becomes involved in an ill-advised rescue attempt that leaves him stranded and wounded in the mountains of Nicaragua. With only a six-year-old girl to help, Ryan needs to not only figure out how to survive, but also how to save several young girls who have recently been sold into sexual slavery.
Clarkton Lake is a picturesque vacation spot located in rural Virginia, great for fishing, skiing, and wasting summer days away.
But this summer, something is different. When butchered bodies are discovered in the water and along the muddy banks of Clarkton Lake, what starts out as a typical summer on the lake quickly turns into a nightmare.
This summer, something new lives in the lake…something that was born in the darkest depths of the ocean and accidentally brought to these typically peaceful waters.
It’s getting bigger, it’s getting smarter…and it’s always hungry.
The monsters came out of nowhere. Even before we starting dropping nuclear warheads on them, we didn’t know where they came from. We just knew that they were huge. Most of the population perished as a result of the monsters, the bombs, or the fallout.
Those that survived roamed the landscape for supplies or other people. Some of them discovered that the monsters left behind nests that sit upon the landscape like sunken storm clouds. And something inside is alive.
Kendra and Eric face their own trials as they seek out a rumored military safe zone. With a baby in tow and violence at every turn, the nests become an afterthought until they find themselves forced to enter one. Inside, there is only death and madness—something they will have to adapt to if they want to survive.
As John Brighton is helping clean up his church one night, a distressed and frightened man shows up looking for help. John reluctantly decides to lend a hand and, as a result, comes face to face with genuine evil. A young man named Donovan has been possessed by an evil presence and even with the help of the church’s pastor, elders, and a demonology expert, all attempt to banish the presence are unsuccessful.
As if that weren’t bad enough, John quickly learns that the evil he is facing seems to know intimate details about his son…particularly about the car accident that put his son into a coma nearly one year ago.
Through a dark maze of spiritual warfare and shaken faith, John discovers that the car accident and Donovan’s possession are linked by a dark secret that John must unravel to not only rid Donovan of the evil, but to potentially save his son’s life.
An early morning phone call stirs Winn awake to find that his wife is missing. There is a stranger on the other end of the phone that claims he has kidnapped Winn’s wife. If Winn ever wants to see her alive again, he must bring the stranger his son…who died three years ago.
Upon visiting the cemetery where his son was buried, Winn is shocked to find an empty hole where his son was laid to rest.
Winn is thrown into a search for the man responsible for all of this, a man that local fables have labelled a monster of sorts. He must face his own demons along the way, discovering that the darkness within himself might be darker than anything he had previously imagined.
THE BLEEDING ROOM
Some houses appear to be haunted: their ruined facades and fabled pasts lead to stories of haunts and spirits. Some houses are legitimately haunted: ghosts that refuse to leave this world behind roam their rooms and hallways trying to recapture the life that has been taken from them. But there are some houses that go beyond these simple haunts. There are some houses that hide secrets so dark and grisly that the very essence of evil seeps from their walls.
One of these houses sits tucked away in the quiet woods of southern Virginia in the sleepy little town of Ponderbrook. Terrence Bennet, an esteemed author, is taking his small crew to Ponderbrook to investigate the house for his next book. A skeptic at heart, he approaches the house and its history as nothing more than another spooky tale.
But he will soon learn that there is a very real evil that separates normal haunts from those that twist the mind and damn the soul. And when this evil is stirred awake, it is rarely content to stay confined to the four walls of the house in which it has grown.
“Napier paints a chilling picture of ancient, bloodthirsty evil – then brings it to life.” – David Dunwoody, author of EMPIRE’S END and UNBOUND & OTHER TALES
“Novelist. Poet. Comic book writer. This guy is a legit talent who is always thinking outside the box. It’s no surprise Barry Napier is building a following faster than a Mayan handing out 2012 prophecies.” – – Gregory Hall, host of the Funky Werepig and author of At the End of Church Street
The Bleeding Room feels like proper old school horror. The novel has a slow build up which works nicely, adding an air of creepy tension that should send the odd shiver up any reader’s spine. – The Eloquent Page
Broken Nightlights is a collection of thirteen short stories by Barry Napier, all published in print or online publications over the past four years. The stories included in the collection walk the fragile line between horror and supernatural fiction, often merging the two voids as one.
A young boy discovers a unique way to cope with the tragic loss of his father.
A trip home from the local bar on a wintry night quickly turns into a nightmare for a small group of men.
A twist on classic legends about musicians selling their souls to the Devil reveals the darker side to music.
A book written by the most sadistic people in history continues to grow in length with each new person that reads it.
And much more…
From the spectral fringes of hope to the jagged edges of damnation, 13 Broken Nightlights is a perfect fit for those that enjoy traditional ghost stories as well as those that are seeking something much darker.
“Whether on the greens of a country club (in Farewell, From the Eleventh Hole), in what goes on behind closed doors at the office (in All The Little Secrets) or a young boy poised to deal with the sadness of death and the question of whether ghosts truly exist (in Riding in Trucks With Ghosts), Napier’s talents for exploring the deep corners of dark fiction are illustrated with skill in this 13-story collection.” – from an Amazon.com review
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THE MASKS OF OUR FATHERS
There is a powerful secret waiting in the forests of Moore’s Hollow. Buried in myths and ignored by history, there are dark things in the woods that laid claim to the land many years ago.
Jason Melhor heard about this secret around summer campfires as a boy. As a child, he came to know the legends well. But as he grew older, these fables disappeared with other childhood things.
Now, as a man unable to escape a past marred by an alcoholic father and his mother’s suicide, Jason has returned to Moore’s Hollow to bring his sordid family tragedy to a close. He has packed only a pistol and a single bullet.
But the secrets of Moore’s Hollow that Jason passed off as myths over the years are still lurking in the forests.
Something knows Jason has returned…and he has returned at the worst possible time.
“Any time I read something in the Horror genre I inevitably compare it to King’s macabre sensibilities. Unfair? Yes….But a funny thing happened as I started to delve into the tale of Jason Melhor, Napier’s protagonist. I started to get that creepy King vibe.” – The Pocket Geek
THE EVERYTHING THEORY SERIES
Gabe is a disenchanted twenty year-old that has been dragged down for most of his life by the bizarre legacy his deceased father left behind. At the age of seventeen, Gabe was contacted by government employees that once worked with his father, offering him an outrageous salary if he would take part in an effort to revitalize his father’s work. Bit by bit, Gabe discovers that the work his father was involved in was incredibly strange. His father was viewed by his peers as a mad scientist of sorts, dabbling in controversial projects concerning genetics manipulation, advanced space exploration, time travel, and ESP.
Cold Compass, the first book in the Everything Theory series, opens as Gabe is tasked with his first assignment as an unofficial member of a shadow organization known as the Center for Scientific Anomalous Research (CSAR). With the assistance of a CSAR official posing as an FBI agent, Gabe travels to the small town of Hasper, North Carolina where people are being killed by an ancient evil that lurks beneath the town. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Gabe learns that it could all very well be the result of one of his father’s failed studies.
Along the way, Gabe must also contend with the fact that he is beginning to see ghosts and is being hunted down by an enigmatic figure that calls himself Garrison Sleet. As he slowly unravels the mysteries of his father, Gabe slowly understands that even the evil lurking beneath Hasper is tied to not only his father’s work, but to some integral part of him as well.
“Everything Theory is a dark and creepy ride that takes you right into the lair of the things that go bump in the night.” -Robert Swartwood, author of The Serial Killer’s Wife and Man of Wax
“The Sixth Sense meets The X-Files…Barry Napier does an outstanding job of drawing you into the storyline while teasing you with glimpses of the larger world to come. Everything Theory: Cold Compass is a veritable page turner that will leave you begging for the next book, and has all the qualities of being an epic series.” -Gabriel Beyers, author of Guarding the Healer
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That curse still exists, defining and haunting numerous families. From time to time, the curse demands its due…the forests demand blood. The fathers of these affected families must disregard their hearts and heritage, forced to commit dark and brutal acts.
They have no choice but to obey. They can only do what their fathers did before them and carry their grisly offerings to a place feared by the town…a place feared by history itself. A place called The Hollows.
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A MOUTH FOR PICKET FENCES (poetry-currently out of print)
The bulk of the poems within are mostly dark, but not so dark that they would fall neatly into the genre of “horror poetry.” The collection deals with normal people, assumed to be living within the same neighborhood or town, and how they are affected by loss, the presence of evil and the testing of their moral and spiritual beliefs.
Broken into three parts, A Mouth for Picket Fences operates with a very subtle narrative thread connecting the three parts.
I’m a big fan of imagery, especially poems which surprise and sometimes shock. These kind of treats fill A Mouth for Picket Fences…If you like dark poetry and delight in surprises, look no further. – Skull Salad Reviews
A Mouth for Picket Fences showcases Barry Napier’s unique voice and maturing skill as a poet. His is a name worth watching, and “A Mouth for Picket Fences” is a collection worth reading. – Shroud Magazine
Barry Napier’s collection of around forty poems is a substantial work worthy of wider notice. It courageously explores areas of life that are left untouched by many other art forms. -The Future Fire Reviews
THE ONLY MOTH AMONG THE DARK
A poetry chapbook. A series of poems that interconnect to tell the story of an unfortunate expedition into uncharted regions of the jungle to locate a fabled artifact. Upon discovering it, the explorers find that some things were never meant for human hands. Some things are best left undiscovered in the darker pits of the world.
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