Short Description of my novel

My draft “Author’s Note” for the forthcoming novel Death At The Flea Circus was too long and so we cut the following paragraph.  It’s a brief description of what the book is about, and so I’m giving it new life here:


The story is told in first person, mostly present tense. [spoiler deleted here]. It’s set in a sleepy California beach town, where someone is murdering 33 wayward girls visiting from Kansas, one by one. 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 to repair his gun, or a mystic poet plagued by religious visions—or the killer himself. On the other hand, the entire narrative, murders and all, may simply be the macabre daydream of a young man sitting in an air-conditioned cafeteria, watching a waitress wipe down the tables.


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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