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Barney Bumpkin was born on 17 January 2016 when this penname was first used to serialise the novel "Teacher Training" on the US-based Nifty Archive website. This work remains freely available on Nifty and also in PDF form from the author.
A variety of homo-erotic short stories, featuring inter-racial gay sex with a sadomasochistic twist, soon followed which were well liked by Nifty readers. Four of these were revised and re-published on Amazon alongside a new story in the anthology "A Homage to India" in May 2019. A second anthology of Barney's work "EXPOSED" featuring three more stories was published on Smashwords in November 2019.
The less erotically explicit, inter-racial gay coming of age romance "Finding Friends" aimed at older teenagers was also made available on Kindle in January 2019. This illustrated novel was written many years ago but remained unpublished, so now provides a snapshot of the challenges faced by young gay men seeking friendship and love during the Thatcher era and at the height of the UK AIDS epidemic.
It is Barney's belief that what makes good erotic writing is not so much the description of sexual acts or the beauty of those involved but the insight it provides into the thoughts, emotions and fantasies of its protagonists. Combine these insights with everyday settings and sexual encounters which, however daring, do not stray beyond the bounds of possibility and you end up with tales frequently more enjoyable than the real thing!
Although Barney tries his best to combine the roles editor and proof-reader with those of author, proofing errors continue to elude him. So if you spot any please let him know so new readers do not have to suffer them.
Smashword customers are understandably reluctant to publicly review works of gay erotic fiction on-line. So if you have any comments to make on what you have read please message the author directly as feedback both critical and complimentary is most welcome.
Hope you enjoy.