About Chris Barnham

Chris Barnham is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and (sometimes) horror.

His short fiction has appeared in a range of magazines and anthologies, including Compelling Science Fiction, Interzone – the UK’s premier science fiction magazine – Black Static, and the late-lamented Pan Books of Horror.

Chris’s 2018 novel, Fifty One features a time-traveling cop who is marooned in 1940s London. The story was inspired by a real event, a German V1 rocket that fell on a busy shopping street in south London in July 1944, killing fifty-one people. Fortunately, Chris did not live there at the time.

His first novel, Among the Living is available as an ebook and paperback. It’s a hybrid of mystery, paranormal thriller and heartbreaking love story, in which a widowed father discovers that there is much more to his new lover than he could have imagined. To quote one reviewer, it “…transforms what starts out as a simple and passionate love story into a threatening, supernatural mystery.”


Chris worked for two decades for the British government, advising Ministers on education and employment policies. In 2013, he decided it was time to make stuff up for himself. He now combines writing with running a small business, and active involvement in community politics in south London, where he has lived since the 1980s. He lives in London, England, with three tall children and a scary wife. Whenever work allows, he spends as much time as possible out of town with mud on his boots. His latest walking challenge is the 630-mile South West Coast Path, around the Devon and Cornwall coasts. You can follow his (slow) progress on his blog at chrisbarnhamwriter.wordpress.com

He is (occasionally) on Twitter as @barnham_chris