L.C. Barlow is a writer and professor working primarily in the field of speculative fiction. Her work has been published in a variety of magazines and has been nominated for and won several awards. Her fiction has moved over sixty-five thousand copies. On Quora, her posts have received over 12 million content views. Barlow’s horror trilogy – PivotPerish, and Peak – was picked up in 2018 by California Coldblood Books.  The first of the trilogy, Pivot, was released in October of 2019.  Perish was released in October of 2020.  Peak will be released in October of 2021.

Barlow is represented by Jonathan Lyons at Curtis Brown.

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Current 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, and Emma Galvin – the voice of a myriad of works, including Winter’s Bone and the Divergent series – voices Pivot and Perish. Pivot started as a self-published novel, moving 65,000 copies and being nominated for and winning many awards. The updated version of Pivot was published by CCB in October of 2019. Book 2 of the series, Perish, was published in 2020. Finally, Book 3, Peak, will be published in October of 2021.

  • Pivot
    2019

  • Perish
    2020

  • Peak
    2021

Reader Reviews

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

A darkly imaginative thriller featuring plenty of sharp characters and emotional complexity.

On Pivot Kirkus Reviews

Whether you’re new to the Jack Harper series or a returning fan, your heart will be racing as you read Peak at the edge of your seat. Every word is both chilling and delightful in Barlow’s latest fantastical thriller that blurs the lines between good and evil.

On Peak Rena Mason, three-time Bram Stoker Award® winning author of The Evolutionist and “The Devil’s Throat”

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.

On Pivot Josh Malerman, NYT Bestselling Author of BIRD BOX

In Perish, Barlow sings the siren song of anger and revenge, expanding the universe of the terrible, and introducing us to even greater threats as she builds a world of the awful.

On Perish Weston Ochse, Bram Stoker Award Winning Author of Bone Chase and Burning Sky

Impressive and arresting prose drives this vivid debut. (...) Barlow’s gorgeous writing will easily propel readers through the rest of the series.

On Pivot Publishers Weekly

Barlow’s remarkable sequel keeps the tension high, and the twists consistently feel fresh and unexpected... The final third consists of carefully arranged surprises, each adding psychological complexity to the story—and hints that the next volume will be even grander. A tight series installment that thrives on narrative risk.

On Perish Kirkus Reviews

A darkly imaginative thriller featuring plenty of sharp characters and emotional complexity.

On Pivot Kirkus Reviews

Whether you’re new to the Jack Harper series or a returning fan, your heart will be racing as you read Peak at the edge of your seat. Every word is both chilling and delightful in Barlow’s latest fantastical thriller that blurs the lines between good and evil.

On Peak Rena Mason, three-time Bram Stoker Award® winning author of The Evolutionist and “The Devil’s Throat”

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.

On Pivot Josh Malerman, NYT Bestselling Author of BIRD BOX

In Perish, Barlow sings the siren song of anger and revenge, expanding the universe of the terrible, and introducing us to even greater threats as she builds a world of the awful.

On Perish Weston Ochse, Bram Stoker Award Winning Author of Bone Chase and Burning Sky

Impressive and arresting prose drives this vivid debut. (...) Barlow’s gorgeous writing will easily propel readers through the rest of the series.

On Pivot Publishers Weekly

Barlow’s remarkable sequel keeps the tension high, and the twists consistently feel fresh and unexpected... The final third consists of carefully arranged surprises, each adding psychological complexity to the story—and hints that the next volume will be even grander. A tight series installment that thrives on narrative risk.

On Perish Kirkus Reviews

Other Projects

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