Barbara Barnett

Author of The Apothecary’s Curse

Available from Pyr October 11, 2016

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Welcome to my world! Hectic, eclectic, sometimes exhausting. Reading, watching or writing, I’ve always had an affinity for literature’s (and pop culture’s) tragic antiheroes and misunderstood champions, whether on TV, in the movies or in literature. (In other words, Spock, not Kirk; Han Solo, not Luke Skywalker!).

About The Apothecary’s Curse…

Coming out October 11 from Prometheus Books’ Pyr Imprint, this genre-bending historical/urban fantasy mixes alchemy and genetics as a doctor and an apothecary try to prevent a pharmaceutical company from exploiting the book that made them immortal centuries ago…

Some early praise for The Apothecary’s Curse

The Apothecary’s Curse is part medical drama, part thriller, and completely absorbing. Barnett explores the dark side of one of humanity’s oldest obsessions—the quest for immortality—and tells a great story about greed, unintended consequences, and ultimately love” – John VanZile, The Legend of Arkatak

The Apothecary’s Curse has something for every fiction fan – sci-fi, horror, romance, and fantasy – but the story interweaves the genres so deftly that the reader is focused on the story – and what a story it is! Barbara’s gift for credible, era-specific dialogue and detail is wonderful, as is her pacing and the story’s pay-off.” Denise Dorman, WriteBrain Media

Books

In Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D., Barbara Barnett takes fans deep into the heart of the show’s central character and his world, examining the way this medical Sherlock Holmes’s colleagues and patients reflect him and each other. Complete with an episode-by-episode guide and numerous interviews with cast members, producers, and writers, Chasing Zebras is an intelligent look at one of television’s most popular shows.
Shawn Tassone and Kathryn Landherr’s book on the nine-month journey to motherhood. I was privileged to contribute several chapters and additional material for this wonderful book!
Riverdale Ave’s sequel to “Hungry for Your Love.” My story, “The Z-Spot” explores love in a post-Zobmie Apocalypse Chicago.
My story about a snarky Victorian diagnostician won second place in this competitively compiled bit of fun and fluff from MediaBistro’s Galley Cat,

Sampling of Speaking Engagements

MENSA's HalloWEEM 2015: "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes"

In October 2015, I was privileged to return to MENSA’s annual convention in Chicago and present to a packed house! My topic: The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes, which traced the cinematic (big and small screens) evolution of Conan Doyle’s famous consulting detective. Here’s my Power Point presentation. Interested in featuring my talk at your next Con or conference?

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MENSA's HalloWEEM 2014: "Fear and Wonder - A Subjective History of Science Fiction"

From the first telling of the Gilgamesh story to Johannes Kepler’s stories of space exploration, humans have had a fascination with science fiction, sci-fi, SF, or whatever you call it. A lively audience and a packed house listened to my highly subjective history of fiction’s most enduring genre.

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From Blogger Mom to Published Author: A Writer's Journey

From the first telling of the Gilgamesh story to Johannes Kepler’s stories of space exploration, humans have had a fascination with science fiction, sci-fi, SF, or whatever you call it. A lively audience and a packed house listened to my highly subjective history of fiction’s most enduring genre.

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