L.C. Barlow is a writer and professor working primarily in the field of speculative fiction.  She has an MA in English from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program.  She has studied with popular writers, including Nancy Holder, Elizabeth Hand, Ted Deppe, James Patrick Kelly, Elizabeth Searle, David Anthony Durham, and Theodora Goss.  Her work has been published in Oak Bend Review, Flash Fiction World, Linguistic Erosion, Flashes in the Dark, Separate Worlds, Every Day Fiction, and Popular Culture Review.  Her fiction has reached over sixty-five thousand readers and garnered praise, including a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Awards, a winner of the Indie Reader Discovery Awards, a winner of the eLit Awards, and IndieReader’s Best Books of 2014.  Barlow’s horror trilogy – PivotPerish, and Peak – was picked up in 2018 by California Coldblood Books, an imprint of Rare Bird Books.  The first of the trilogy, Pivot, will be released in the Fall of 2019.  Barlow lives in Dallas, TX with her two cats, Smaug and Dusty.

Upcoming Releases

L.C. Barlow’s Jack Harper trilogy – Pivot, Perish, and Peak – was recently acquired by California Coldblood Books, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. The audiobook rights to the trilogy sold to Brilliance Audio. Pivot started as a self-published novel, moving 65,000 copies and being nominated for and winning many awards. The updated version of Pivot will be published by CCB in October of 2019. Book 2 of the series, Perish, will be published in 2020. Finally, Book 3, Peak, will be published in 2021.

  • Pivot
    2019

  • Perish
    2020

  • Peak
    2021

Reader Reviews

Check out what readers have to say about the books...

PIVOT is an intelligent, beautifully written thriller filled with equal parts terror and bizarreness, but never forgetting that it has a heart far larger than it at first lets on.

Charles Baker, for IndieReader

L.C. Barlow’s Pivot is a surprisingly thoughtful and emotionally rich horror novel… Pivot was an engrossing read full of twisted relationships and otherworldly powers. Barlow managed the feat of giving both the characters and the world a sense of depth… A highly recommended debut novel.

Antonio Urias, author of THE ALCHEMIST IN THE ATTIC

Beyond good and evil, Pivot juggles archetypes until you’re not sure which ball is airborne and which is still in the author’s hand. A story about cracking free of your intended role in life, as plot and depth travel at the same exceptional speed.

Josh Malerman, author of BIRD BOX

Another award winner on the table!... Read this one by daylight only!

Jenny Bravo Books

If there's beauty to be found in horror, you'll find it here in this amazing book… I was almost hypnotically immersed… The more I read, the more fascinated I became by the story that unfolded. L.C. Barlow is a brilliant author. I look forward to the next book in her remarkable series.

Angel Gelique, GoodReads

Pivot by L.C. Barlow is one of the most unique books I've read all year. The story was so captivating that I actually woke up in the middle of the night to pick up the book again and keep reading… Pivot is more literary than other books in the horror genre which could be part of the reason I enjoyed it so much. The characters are three dimensional, realistic and psychologically entertaining… Very well done and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

Maureen Daniels, GoodReads

PIVOT is an intelligent, beautifully written thriller filled with equal parts terror and bizarreness, but never forgetting that it has a heart far larger than it at first lets on.

Charles Baker, for IndieReader

L.C. Barlow’s Pivot is a surprisingly thoughtful and emotionally rich horror novel… Pivot was an engrossing read full of twisted relationships and otherworldly powers. Barlow managed the feat of giving both the characters and the world a sense of depth… A highly recommended debut novel.

Antonio Urias, author of THE ALCHEMIST IN THE ATTIC

Beyond good and evil, Pivot juggles archetypes until you’re not sure which ball is airborne and which is still in the author’s hand. A story about cracking free of your intended role in life, as plot and depth travel at the same exceptional speed.

Josh Malerman, author of BIRD BOX

Another award winner on the table!... Read this one by daylight only!

Jenny Bravo Books

If there's beauty to be found in horror, you'll find it here in this amazing book… I was almost hypnotically immersed… The more I read, the more fascinated I became by the story that unfolded. L.C. Barlow is a brilliant author. I look forward to the next book in her remarkable series.

Angel Gelique, GoodReads

Pivot by L.C. Barlow is one of the most unique books I've read all year. The story was so captivating that I actually woke up in the middle of the night to pick up the book again and keep reading… Pivot is more literary than other books in the horror genre which could be part of the reason I enjoyed it so much. The characters are three dimensional, realistic and psychologically entertaining… Very well done and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

Maureen Daniels, GoodReads

Other Projects

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