Announcement for my novel

Here’s the official announcement for my forthcoming novel, Death At The Flea Circus:


Bottle of Smoke Press is proud to announce the upcoming release of

Death at the Flea Circus, a Novel by David Barker

Release date is May 15, 2011.

In a 1960s California beach town, someone is murdering wayward girls visiting from Kansas. Staying at the same hotel as the girls is the enigmatic Mr. Barker, who is either a college student spending his days poolside, or a Victorian British detective investigating the crimes, or a vagrant wandering a post-apocalyptic wasteland in search of tools, or a mystic poet—or the killer himself. Or are the unfolding events merely the sinister daydream of a nameless man sitting in an air-conditioned cafeteria, watching a waitress wipe down the tables? In this surreal comic novel, people, places, and possibilities leak from one century into another, and identities run together like warm blood and sea water. Written forty years ago and left forgotten in a closet, this newly discovered novel is unlike any other you’ve ever read. 168 pages.

Limited to an edition of 260 copies.

The paperback edition is limited to 200 copies, perfect bound in wraps with letterpress printed dust jacket ($15 plus shipping.)

The Hardcover edition is limited to an edition of 50 copies signed by the author and quarter bound in 180 year old re-purposed sheep vellum ($40 plus shipping.)

The bureau edition is limited to 10 copies, in over-sized clamshell, each containing both editions of the book as well as appropriate inclusions, including items mentioned in the book, printing plates, original art, holographic poems, etc. ($650 plus shipping.)

Please visit to reserve a copy.


About David Barker

David Barker is the author of two works of weird horror fiction written in collaboration with W. H. Pugmire: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal and In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales (both books were published by the now defunct Dark Renaissance Books, but copies are still available from Dark Regions Press.) Barker and Pugmire also collaborated on a Lovecraftian horror novel, Witches In Dreamland, which will be published by Hippocampus Press, possibly in late 2017. Recently, his stories and poems have appeared in Fungi, Cyaegha, Spectral Realms, The Art Mephitic, The Audient Void, The Indiscriminate Mixture and on He has a short story in the weird fiction anthology, Nightmare's Realm, edited by S. T. Joshi and published in 2017 by Dark Regions Press. He also has published several works of horror and bizarro fiction as Kindle ebooks, including the bizarro zombie novel Dead Guys in Packards. Together with Jordan Hofer, David Barker has written two nonfiction books about UFOs and alien abduction: Little Gray Bastards (published in 2016 by Schiffer Publishing) and Unidentifiable Flying Objects (due in Fall 2017 from Schiffer.)
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