Author Barbara Barnett

Announcing my forthcoming book The Apothecary’s Curse. Be sure to read about it in the tabs to the right–and sign up for the TAC mailing list!

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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, ngood profile picot Kirk; Han Solo, not Luke Skywalker!).

My first book, Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. (ECW Press, 2010) was built on my fascination for one of television’s most complex Byronic heroes–Dr. Gregory House, and his world. Chasing Zebras has since been translated into three languages and enjoyed by fans worldwide. Since that book, I’ve been privileged to contribute to other books, as diverse as an anthology on Zombie Love with my short story, “The Z-Spot” to a wonderful book on the spirituality of impending motherhood.

But I must confess that my first writing love has always been fiction, and since I was a teen, I’ve always had that first novel in my head. I suppose, if you examine the hard drive of any writer, somewhere you’ll find that elusive “great American novel” somewhere in progress.

And now, I am so pleased to announce my forthcoming novel The Apothecary’s Curse to be published October 11 by the fabulous SF publisher Pyr! Click on the tab to read more about it. Fill out the form below to join the Apothecary’s Curse mailing list! 

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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…

In Victorian London, the fates of physician Simon Bell and apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune entwine when Simon gives his wife an elixir created by Gaelan from an ancient manuscript. Meant to cure her cancer, it kills her. Suicidal, Simon swallows the remainder—only to find he cannot die. Five years later, hearing rumors of a Bedlam inmate with regenerative powers like his own, Simon is shocked to discover it’s Gaelan.

The two men conceal their immortality, but the only hope of reversing their condition rests with Gaelan’s missing manuscript. When modern-day pharmaceutical company Genomics unearths diaries describing the torture of Bedlam inmates, the company’s scientists suspect a link between Gaelan and an unnamed inmate. Gaelan and Genomics geneticist Anne Shawe are powerfully drawn to each other, and her family connection to his manuscript leads to a stunning revelation. Will it bring ruin or redemption?

Some early praise for The Apothecary’s CurseThe 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 is a wonderfully entertaining and richly textured novel—truly “high concept.” Deft evocation of characters and a wonderfully authentic use of language…. Barbara Barnett appears to really know a lot about chemistry, languages, genetics, mythology, and history” -Mark Spencer, A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of the Allen House

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   Between magic and science, medicine and alchemy, history and mythology….

 

My official writing home is at Blogcritics, where I serve as Executive Editor and Publisher. It is there I’ve posted nearly 1,000 articles on entertainment, pop culture, and politics. You will find my exclusive interviews with authors, television stars, producers, and writers. The folks I’ve interviewed include SF icons Jane Espenson, Joseph Mallozzi, Kevin J. Anderson, and Dean Haglund, television showrunners like David Shore and Katie Jacobs, and stars, including Lisa Edelstein, Jesse Spencer, Lana Parrilla, and music legends like singer-songwriter Tom Paxton–and many others. Pay us a visit. You won’t be disappointed. I promise!

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Barbara Barnett is author of the forthcoming novel The Apothecary’s Curse and Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (blogcritics.org) an Internet magazine of pop culture, politics and more, for which she has also contributed nearly 1,000 essays, IMG_0421reviews, and interviews over the past decade.

Always a pop-culture and sci-fi geek, Barbara was raised on a steady diet of TV (and TV dinners), but she always found her way to the 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!)

It was inevitable that she would have to someday create one of her own with the forthcoming The Apothecary’s Curse. She is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA’s HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as “The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture,” “The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes,” “The Hidden History of Science Fiction,” and “Our Passion for Disaster (Movies).”

A life-long resident of the Chicago area, she lives with her husband Phil not far from the beautiful Lake Michigan coast of Chicago’s North Shore that serves as the modern-day setting for The Apothecary’s Curse. She is the proud mother of Shoshanna (Mike) and Adam, and the loving savta of Ari.

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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