Once upon a time, two paretns produced an extraordinary child ... 

That child was ... Edgar Allan Poe.

On behalf of all us mere plagiarists who have come along in his wake, we are extremely grateful to those two parents!

I myself however was born in 1964 in Wigan, Lancashire, England.

This location is situated between two great cities: Liverpool and Manchester.  The first being quite an extraordinary producer of horror writers, namely: Ramsey Campbell and Clive Barker, and the second lending its name to an extraordinary film, The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue (sorry couldn't think of anything else horror-related for Manchester!)

I grew up with a love of humour and horror in equal amounts, the humour being Monty Python's Flying Circus and the horror being supplied by The Pan Book of Horror (a horror anthology series - for those less enlightened souls who don't know what it was!)

I have, since the age of 14, written much humour and horror of my own.

I have just had my debut (non-fantasy) related novel published, Ever Fallen in Love, about growing up in the 70s punk era in the north of england.

In the past, I landed a job writing articles for a short-lived men's lifestyle magazine (which shall remain nameless) for which I penned an article about Clive Barker, and customising hearses, amongst other things!

Shortly after leaving the magazine, I began writing a novel, Malevolent.  No luck with agents on completetion prompted me to put some of my fiction - including the first three chapters of this work - onto the Internet in the hope of being discovered.  (I have now shelved that particular novel and am currently working on a children's dark fantasy trilogy, which is looking very promising and i'm on about the 5th draft of the first book

As a lot of you know I am the editor of Lost Souls Magazine, my own online ezine, an usuallyd include one of my own stories and in the past, a few articles I had written about horror and fantasy related this and that.


David Barton

August 2003 (Revised March 2011)