Bruce Barber


Bruce Barber is co-author (writing with Virgil Burnett, [1928-2012] as "Bevan Amberhill") of two mystery novels published by The Mercury Press (Toronto), The Bloody Man (1993) and The Running Girl (1996), and is sole author of the third book in the series, Downstage Dead (Pasdeloup Press, Stratford 2007). He is also author of one book of poetry, The Liquid Hour (Pasdeloup Press, Stratford 2007) His previously-published short fiction is now available as the ebook BLUES IN THE SHADOWS. He lives in Stratford, Ontario, is unmarried, and has no children or pets, nor is he currently harbouring any fugitives. He has worked at many jobs to support his narrative-habit, freelancing as a proofreader, editor, and web designer, and has toiled in the field of book, music, film, and theatre-oriented retail. He is and has for the last several years been employed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
William S. Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut, Samuel R. Delaney, Franz Kafka, Vladimir Nabokov, Alice Munro, Robert Anton Wilson, Ursula K. LeGuinn, Tom Robbins, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Angela Carter, Neil Gaiman... this is pointless -- the list goes on and on and on...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, watching films and television, and I have a seasonal day-job.
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Downstage Dead
Series: Jean-Claude Keyes Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,720. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Biographer Jean-Claude Keyes becomes involved with an enticing woman named Kaylyn Dionne, who is directing a Stratford Festival production of Count Dracula. On a most unusual “first date,” Keyes and Kaylyn discover the bodies of her sister and another member of the acting troupe, murdered horrifically. But the show must go on, even in the ensuing atmosphere of fear, distrust, and confusion.
The Running Girl
Series: Jean-Claude Keyes Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,900. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In this second book of the Jean-Claude Keyes trilogy by Bruce Barber and the late Virgil Burnett (as "Bevan Amberhill"), Claude and his Toronto editor are following his furniture to his new home in Stratford when a savage snow-storm strands them, along with a motley crew of strangers, at the Blue Bayou Motel just outside Stratford, where they become further inconvenienced by murder.
The Bloody Man
Series: Jean-Claude Keyes Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 45,770. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In the first of the Jean-Claude Keyes trilogy, by Bruce Barber and the late Virgil Burnett (as "Bevan Amberhill"), Keyes travels from Toronto to Stratford, Canada and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. The fire of emotion beneath the glamour of the world of the stage emerges when Keyes discovers the body of a young actor, murdered outside the theatre.
Blues in the Shadows
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,070. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Blues in the Shadows collects for the first time the published short fiction of Canadian author Bruce Barber. These finely-crafted tales defy categorization into genre, but whether you are a fan of whimsy, fantasy, SF, magic realism, horror, or humour, you will find something here to delight and surprise you.

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