Author Barry Durham’s haunting fascination with the occult has spawned a quartet of supernatural crime novels in less than four years.
All four are set in familiar territory, not far from his home in the picturesque Ribble Valley, with the latest, Sweet Molly Alone, about to be launched in paperback form at the Chipping Christmas Fair on December 5 (11am to 3pm).
“It’s an area I know and an area I love,” explained Barry who, in complete contrast, also writes children’s books.
“It all began I suppose with the stories of the Lancashire Witches which have fascinated me since I was a teenager. So it was maybe no surprise I had to bring their descendants into my writing.”
Barry’s debut novel, The Demdike Legacy, was first published in February 2012. The next, Familiar Territory, which was really a prequel, came out in October 2013.
Fell Creatures was released in June last year and now Sweet Molly Alone, which was first came out as an e-book, is coming out in paperback.
“My books are probably best described as supernatural crime mystery/thrillers,” said Barry, who worked as a journalist in Lancashire for more than 40 years - starting as a junior reporter on the Garstang Courier - and a university lecturer for seven. “Finally I’m retired and able to be a full-time author, which has always been my first love. “
Barry’s latest book is set in and around Longridge, Chipping and Preston. He has teamed up with young artist Abi Griffin who has produced a scary cover for the paperback which will retail at £11.99.
Joining him at the launch will be Preston’s Katharine Ann Angel, the acclaimed author of Being Forgotten, The Froggit Chain and her latest release The Burglar’s Baby.