I’ve Been Tagged!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 9, 2012 by stevenbarnes

Thanks to John Grover for the opportunity. Below you’ll find ten question I’ve been asked to answer. Enjoy!

1) What is the title of your next book/work?

I’m working on a project with Jason Brannon called “The Horseman”. Not sure if this will be the working title. I love writing with Jason. He has such a powerful voice that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book/work?

After Jason and I sold our short “Electra Moscato Wine” to Biting Dog Publications, Jason asked about doing a much larger project involving dead serial killers being plucked out of hell to fight for the right to ride the pale horse.

3) What genre does your book/work fall under?


4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

With such a wide cast of characters it’d be too hard to tell.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

How about a quick glimpse of our first paragraph of “The Horseman” to whet your appetite?

The clown was running. His bare feet mashed through soft, ripened flesh of dismembered bodies. He stumbled once, twice, three times, before regaining his balance and pressing on. Out of breath and gasping and lungs burning, his fleshless sides heaved and pounded. The scent of sulfur choked him. He recognized he wasn’t the only one running. People ran ahead of him. He could see them now. He looked back over trembling shoulders and saw the flying things coming, closing the gap.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Hard to say, but we do have a publisher interested so we’ll have to wait and see.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Still working on the first draft.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

“The Hunger Games” and Stephen King’s “The Long Walk”. Jason and I have all sorts of goodies from the past in our story—some of which who plagued the headlines in the 20th and 21st century.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

When Jason approached me about this little gem, “The Hunger Games” and “The Long Walk” immediately came to mind. We’re going to write it as a series.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

We have some of the worst, most foul minds to ever walk the earth in “The Horseman”. Trust me, they get their just deserts.

I want to thank John Grover for this opportunity! My day job has me going crazy with overtime hours, so I’m sorry if the questions seem answered too quickly or not enough. Rest assured, dear reader, “The Horseman” will satisfy your every need.




Electra Moscato Wine

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2, 2012 by stevenbarnes


Just wanted all of you to know that Biting Dog Press has just added a new title to their extensive library today called “Electra Moscato Wine”, written by myself and Jason Brannon. Collaborating with Jason was a real treat. Thanks to Biting Dog for making this a reality.



And for Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A444404/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_-fTNqb1GZWAG2

Butch Stevenson has a problem. His mistress was found butchered in her uptown apartment last night. He’s sure to be a suspect. Dark secrets begin to surface as a serial killer gets a taste of his own medicine that he won’t soon forget…..

Brothers Is Now Live

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2012 by stevenbarnes





Beth Conwell knows who killed her daughter but no one will listen to her. Police have released him of all wrongdoing. Still, Beth knows he did it. She’s been watching and all she needs to do to catch him is turn his world upside down. To do that she’ll have to slip into the monster’s lair on her own. All Beth wants is a little privacy with him. A little time alone. That’s all it’ll take to do what she needs to do. Maybe she’ll just scare him or maybe… just a little bit more than that.

In 2009 Out of the Gutter Magazine published this little gem in their anthology. What they didn’t tell me was that they lost my bio. Searching through the internet, the editors came across a writer by the same name. This was the first time I’d used my real name. Turned out to be a blunder I’ll never repeat again. So I check in the back of the contributor copy to see the other names listed. Fine bunch of folks! And then I saw my bio. Wait for it—Bestselling author Steven Barnes is there. I scrambled, emailed Steven right away. He was a good sport about it, said, ‘I hope it was a great story.’ I told him that it was. I hope they retracted the rest of the print line before publication.

And I added/subtracted some stuff in this edition that wasn’t in the OFTG story.


Two Great Reviews!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2012 by stevenbarnes

Becky’s Book Notes gives you two great reviews of my two uploaded stories on Amazon. Check out her site here: http://rebeccavance.com/


Greetings! I’m am sorry for not writing in so long! I promise to do better in the future. I think I am reading so many all at once right now  mainly research books for my novel, that I haven’t finished a larger work. That is why I would like to introduce you to a couple of short stories that are great reads when you want to be entertained and may not have a lot of time. They are both by a debut author, Steven Lloyd. I really think Steven is someone you might like to follow in the future, because I believe he is really going places.

The first short story, “The Wooden Box”, is about an aging man who is crafting a wooden box as a favor for his ailing wife. It is a story of love, memories, and promises that must be kept. It is heartwarming, reflective and bittersweet. I don’t want to say too much more and spoil anything for you as a reader. Check it out!

The second story I read while doing laundry! It even made that mundane task more fun, if you can believe it! This story, “When Darkness Falls”, is a story of a young boy visiting his grandfather, who has a story to tell him. This is a tale of horror and retribution. The grandfather, Max, is about to tell a tale to his grandson, Chad. Their evening together doesn’t go quite as planned however. Sometimes karma comes back to bite us on the behind. Read what happens when it all comes to a head, but a word of warning: If you read it at night, make sure all the lights are on! If not, keep looking over your shoulder…

If you have a Kindle e-reader, both stories are available for download.

When Darkness Falls

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2012 by stevenbarnes

ImageThis particular piece was published as a stand alone chapbook by Naked Snake Press in 2005. Ellen Datlow mentions the story in her Summation in “The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror” 2005. Although I mailed WDF to Ellen in anticipation of publication, I was not prepared to see my name and title within the pages at all. I knew there’d be stiff competition. I got the email from Donna Burgess that my story, along with a few others, had made it in the book. Not the story of course, but inside the pages nonetheless. For that I am grateful!



About the Story:
Chad hates everything about his grandfather–the way he smells, the way his long gray hair hangs over his cold, dark eyes. Despite his revulsion the story his grandfather weaves holdsChad fast. Grandfather spins a tale of youth, a stormy night in the 40’s and a hitchhiker that he and a friend picked up for a ride.Chad soon realizes there’s more to the story than his grandfather is letting on and the truth is much more horrifying than he imagined.

Naked Snake Press published When Darkness Falls by Steven Lloyd, about an elderly man who tells his grandson a frightening story about his youth—only some of which is true. The truth is much more horrifying.


 –Ellen Datlow

Steven Lloyd’s” When Darkness Falls showcases an original take on the idea of serial killing and supernatural revenge.  Lloyd crafts some creepy mojo from the get-go and never lets up.”


–Bryan Smith, author of House of Blood and Deathbringer 


 Creepy stuff!  A wild ride indeed . . . call me a big fan, ’cause I look forward to reading this guy for years to come . . . . “James Newman (MIDNIGHT RAIN, HOLY ROLLERS)


“A genuinely creepy trip to the dark side. Read it at night with the lights down low, and feel the chill.”
–Bill Crider, author of Keepers of The Beast.

Great Writing Lesson

Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2012 by stevenbarnes


A must read!


My Grandmother…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4, 2012 by stevenbarnes

My Grandmother can tell you what it felt like to ride a wagon to town.

My grandmother can tell you what it was like to have personally known men who fought in the Civil War.

My grandmother can tell you what it was like to watch silent movies.

My grandmother can tell you when and where she saw her first automobile.

My grandmother can tell you about the Great Depression start to finish.

My grandmother can tell you what it was like to have twelve siblings and one outhouse, and how, in the summer time, they kept the one story home cool in the summer by placing a block of ice in the window seal.

What my grandmother can’t tell you.

What she said five minutes ago.

What she had for breakfast lunch and dinner the day before, or that very day.

What her kids and grandchildren look like or what their names are.

But there’s one thing she hasn’t forgotten. How to play the piano.

My grandmother turns a hundred years old this year. She lived in an era that would most likely have killed us today.

I remember her strength. I remember her fried chicken on Sunday’s when we staid the weekend at her farm. She taught me how to skin chickens. She taught me a penny earned is a penny saved.

And I can tell you the first time she read one of my first stories and threatened to whip me with a switch because her daughter (my mother) would never lock me in my room because I had a giant earthworm growing in my stomach, and that it would come out at night and eat people. It took my sister a full day to calm her down. She didn’t switch me. “Stevie,” she said one day. “When you become a published writer, I’d love to read it. I’m so proud of you.”

Thanks, grandma! Thank you for all my childhood memories.