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Barry Napier

Barry Napier - Ghostwriter

Lynchburg, United States

Published author and ghostwriter specializing in thrillers, horror, adventure, middle grade, and Christian fiction.

Overview

I'm a published author and ghostwriter. I've ghostwritten a wide variety of fiction over the last eight years, from romantic comedies to horror and everything in between. I specialize in Middle Grade fiction and most types of suspense. My work has appeared in a Norton anthology and, in 2012, awarded me a contract with 47 North/Amazon when I won a contest comprised of more than 2,000 entrants. I've ghostwritten novels (some of which remain consistently in Amazon's Top 25 within their genres), short stories and even a mobile game script (which TIME magazine reviewed favorably). Always open to new avenues and ideas, I'm eager to try something new or to expand on existing ideas.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Children's - Middle Grade Christian Crime & Mystery Dystopian Horror Thriller Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Ghostwriter

Self-employed
March, 2011 – Present (over 6 years)

In 2012, I won Amazon’s Write a Dead Man contest. My entry was selected by NY Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg out more than 2,000 entries, awarding me a contract with 47 North to write an installment of Amazon’s Dead Man series.

In 2014, my horror novel Nests was published by Severed Press, a small horror press. It was translated into German by another press, Luziver Verlag, whom I am also signed with, making me an international author.

My flash fiction story “Through Tiny Windows” was included in Norton’s Hint Fiction anthology in 2011 alongside names like Peter Straub and Joyce Carol Oates. The story was one of three selections that was featured on NPR to promote the book.

In 2015, I worked with a small mobile game start-up, developing and writing the script for a mobile game that riffs on Choose-Your-Adventure books. Marketed as “interactive fiction,” it is currently selling in consistent numbers for most mobile devices.

Was hired in 2016 as a creative consultant by Rabbit Publishers to improve their middle grade product. This resulted in a 6-book deal to work as co-writer on future books.

Have ghostwritten 12 novels for indie writers between 2012 - 2017. Six of those novels are part of a series that have consistently been in the top 20 of their genres on Amazon.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Dark Water (Cooper M. Reid Book 1)

Barry Napier

Who is Cooper M. Reid?As a former Special Agent within a shadow branch of the government, Cooper M. Reid’s work took him to some odd places…researching time vortexes in Kansas, demons in Norway, and UFOs in Jerusalem. The work only got weirder when he decided to go rogue and start investigating for himself.So it came as no real surprise when he disappeared one year ago. Now that he has re-appe... read more

Who is Cooper M. Reid?As a former Special Agent within a shadow branch of the government, Cooper M. Reid’s work took him to some odd places…researching time vortexes in Kansas, demons in Norway, and UFOs in Jerusalem. The work only got weirder when he decided to go rogue and start investigating for himself.So it came as no real surprise when he disappeared one year ago. Now that he has re-appe... read more

Rival Blood (Cooper M. Reid Book 2)

Barry Napier

Who is Cooper M. Reid?As a former Special Agent within a shadow branch of the government, Cooper M. Reid’s work took him to some odd places…researching time vortexes in Kansas, demons in Norway, and UFOs in Jerusalem. The work only got weirder when he decided to go rogue and start investigating for himself.So it came as no real surprise when he disappeared one year ago.Now that he has re-appea... read more

Who is Cooper M. Reid?As a former Special Agent within a shadow branch of the government, Cooper M. Reid’s work took him to some odd places…researching time vortexes in Kansas, demons in Norway, and UFOs in Jerusalem. The work only got weirder when he decided to go rogue and start investigating for himself.So it came as no real surprise when he disappeared one year ago.Now that he has re-appea... read more

Dust and Bones (Cooper M. Reid Book 3)

Barry Napier

Continuing his trek across America in search of paranormal cases to solve, Cooper is led to a rural backwoods town in Georgia where people are dying in peculiar ways. What at first appears to be a mystery centered around head traumas soon becomes a study into cracks in space and time. Just as Cooper starts to put the pieces together, he is captured by a group of locals that either know much mo... read more

Continuing his trek across America in search of paranormal cases to solve, Cooper is led to a rural backwoods town in Georgia where people are dying in peculiar ways. What at first appears to be a mystery centered around head traumas soon becomes a study into cracks in space and time. Just as Cooper starts to put the pieces together, he is captured by a group of locals that either know much mo... read more

Serpentine

Barry Napier

Clarkton Lake is a picturesque vacation spot located in rural Virginia, great for fishing, skiing, and wasting summer days away.But this summer, something is different. When butchered bodies are discovered in the water and along the muddy banks of Clarkton Lake, what starts out as a typical summer on the lake quickly turns into a nightmare.This summer, something new lives in the lake...somethi... read more

Clarkton Lake is a picturesque vacation spot located in rural Virginia, great for fishing, skiing, and wasting summer days away.But this summer, something is different. When butchered bodies are discovered in the water and along the muddy banks of Clarkton Lake, what starts out as a typical summer on the lake quickly turns into a nightmare.This summer, something new lives in the lake...somethi... read more

The Bleeding Room

Barry Napier

Some houses appear to be haunted: their ruined facades and fabled pasts lead to stories of haunts and spirits. Some houses are legitimately haunted: ghosts that refuse to leave this world behind roam their rooms and hallways trying to recapture the life that has been taken from them.But there are some houses that go beyond these simple haunts. There are some houses that hide secrets so dark an... read more

Some houses appear to be haunted: their ruined facades and fabled pasts lead to stories of haunts and spirits. Some houses are legitimately haunted: ghosts that refuse to leave this world behind roam their rooms and hallways trying to recapture the life that has been taken from them.But there are some houses that go beyond these simple haunts. There are some houses that hide secrets so dark an... read more

Bound

Barry Napier

A shaken faith. A terrorizing evil. And one dark secret. As John Brighton is cleaning his church one night, a distressed and frightened man shows up looking for help. John reluctantly decides to lend a hand and as a result, comes face to face with a dark side of spirituality he hardly knew existed. A young man named Donovan has been possessed by what John assumes can only be a demon. When John... read more

A shaken faith. A terrorizing evil. And one dark secret. As John Brighton is cleaning his church one night, a distressed and frightened man shows up looking for help. John reluctantly decides to lend a hand and as a result, comes face to face with a dark side of spirituality he hardly knew existed. A young man named Donovan has been possessed by what John assumes can only be a demon. When John... read more

Break Every Chain

Barry Napier

Can you imagine what it would be like for a person who has no real faith to be thrown into a situation in a foreign place where his faith is the only thing that can save his life?After running his life into the gutter through alcoholism and sexual addiction, Ryan Fulbright takes part in an impromptu mission’s trip in an attempt to redirect his life. Ryan visits a rescue home for underage girls... read more

Can you imagine what it would be like for a person who has no real faith to be thrown into a situation in a foreign place where his faith is the only thing that can save his life?After running his life into the gutter through alcoholism and sexual addiction, Ryan Fulbright takes part in an impromptu mission’s trip in an attempt to redirect his life. Ryan visits a rescue home for underage girls... read more

Streets of Blood (Dead Man Book 18)

Barry Napier, Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin

Matt Cahill was an ordinary man leading a simple life until a shocking accident changed everything. Now he can see a nightmarish netherworld that exists within our own. Now he's on a dangerous quest for the answers to who he is and what he has become...and engaged in an epic battle to save us, and his soul, from the clutches of pure evil.An elderly, bed-ridden woman in a retirement home is hav... read more

Matt Cahill was an ordinary man leading a simple life until a shocking accident changed everything. Now he can see a nightmarish netherworld that exists within our own. Now he's on a dangerous quest for the answers to who he is and what he has become...and engaged in an epic battle to save us, and his soul, from the clutches of pure evil.An elderly, bed-ridden woman in a retirement home is hav... read more

The Amazing Adventures of Harry Moon Run Harry, Run

Mark Andrew Poe, Barry Napier

What's Harry Moon to do when he receives a mysterious text, inviting him to take part in a super-secret app that promises the key to all kinds of magic? Simple. He downloads the app and goes on a dangerous adventure to find the key to being the best magician ever. Harry discovers that this magical app might be something much more sinister that just a mobile game. But by the time he realizes th... read more

What's Harry Moon to do when he receives a mysterious text, inviting him to take part in a super-secret app that promises the key to all kinds of magic? Simple. He downloads the app and goes on a dangerous adventure to find the key to being the best magician ever. Harry discovers that this magical app might be something much more sinister that just a mobile game. But by the time he realizes th... read more

The Hollows

Barry Napier

One hundred years ago, a tragic event took place in the forests of Otter Creek. Houses were burned, people were killed, and an unspeakable curse was loosed on the small town. That curse still exists, defining and haunting numerous families. From time to time, the curse demands its due…the forests demand blood. The fathers of these affected families must disregard their hearts and heritage, for... read more

One hundred years ago, a tragic event took place in the forests of Otter Creek. Houses were burned, people were killed, and an unspeakable curse was loosed on the small town. That curse still exists, defining and haunting numerous families. From time to time, the curse demands its due…the forests demand blood. The fathers of these affected families must disregard their hearts and heritage, for... read more

Nests

Barry Napier

The monsters came out of nowhere. Even before we starting dropping nuclear warheads on them, we didn’t know where they came from. We just knew that they were huge. Most of the population perished as a result of the monsters, the bombs, or the fallout. Those that survived roamed the landscape for supplies or other people. Some of them discovered that the monsters left behind nests that sit upon... read more

The monsters came out of nowhere. Even before we starting dropping nuclear warheads on them, we didn’t know where they came from. We just knew that they were huge. Most of the population perished as a result of the monsters, the bombs, or the fallout. Those that survived roamed the landscape for supplies or other people. Some of them discovered that the monsters left behind nests that sit upon... read more

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