(1970- ) UK journalist and author, some of whose early work is horror, beginning with Hinterland (2005), in which the badland borders of semi-rural quasi-suburban England are Crosshatched with a land which seems simultaneously to resemble Faerie [for Crosshatch and Faerie see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and Hell. Angelglass (2007) more ambitiously interweaves two tales set in Prague in different eras, the only immediate link being a mysterious wanderer with Amnesia. The pantomimic aspects of modern Prague are lovingly but sharply delineated. Early stories have been assembled as The Janus House and Other Two-Faced Tales (coll 2009).
Of sf interest is the Gideon Smith sequence, a projected trilogy comprising to date Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl (2013) and Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon (2014), set in a Steampunk Alternate History version of 1890s England. The narrative initially carries its protagonist from Yorkshire to London and the shadowy intricacies of Egypt as he searches for his lost father. The story also involves Walter Sickert (1860-1942), here oddly described as aged, and other characters evocative (though Barnett's tongue is moderately sharp) of the Royals-and-Ripper-infatuated Gaslight Romance form [again see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], including Charles Darwin (1809-1882). America is visited by the protagonist questing for his kidnapped lover. [JC]
born Wigan, Lancashire: 11 January 1970
- Hinterland (Stafford, Staffordshire: Immanion Press, 2005) [pb/David Gentry]
- Angelglass (Stafford, Staffordshire: Immanion Press, 2007) [pb/]
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