Barry Napier

Barry Napier – Ghostwriter

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


I'm a published author and ghostwriter. I've ghostwritten a wide variety of fiction over the last ten years, from romantic comedies to horror and everything in between. I specialize in Middle Grade fiction and most types of suspense. I have worked with all types of clients, from stay-at-home parents to New York Times bestselling authors. I've ghost-written more than 40 novels in that time, as well as 12 of my own novels.

My own personal 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. Many of the novels I have ghostwritten remain consistently in Amazon's Top 25 within their genres. As recently as May 2018, one of the Middle Grade projects I served as ghostwriter for has been nominated for an AL Camellia Award. I have also ghostwritten 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.
Christian Fiction Horror Middle Grade Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense Young Adult
English (US)

Work experience


Mar, 2011 — Present

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 21 novels for indie writers between 2012 - 2019. Eight of those novels are part of a series that have consistently been in the top 20 of their genres on Amazon while another, a middle grade project, has been nominated for several awards.



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 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, ... 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 e... 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 eng... 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, R... read more

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 ... 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 h... read more

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 Lak... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... read more

Barry has 9 reviews





Charlie C.

Charlie C.

Jan, 2024

Barry Napier is a very competent writer and was responsive to my suggestions throughout the project.
Edwin T.

Edwin T.

Jul, 2022

I felt this last collaboration was excellent. Barry is good and provided me with a much better story. In short, you'll get your money's worth. Ed
Rupert K.

Rupert K.

May, 2022

Barry wrote an excellent story for middle-grade readers based on my short synopsis. His work was on time and of a very high standard. Would recommend!
Edwin T.

Edwin T.

Apr, 2022

Barry responded with professionalism and in a timely manner. He helped me to develop my story to a higher level. He was politely straight to the point from day one. I describe his critique as pulling no punches, I would be willing to work with him again in the future.
Ryan S.

Ryan S.

Nov, 2021

Barry is an excellent writer, highly skilled and creative. He delivered the project on time and in strong shape.

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