Chris Barili


I started writing stories in my early teens, after being inspired by J.R.R Tolkien’s works and thinking how amazing it would be to create something that touched people that way. Influenced by David Eddings, Terry Brooks, Piers Anthony, Terry Goodkind, J.V. Jones, Robert Jordan, and others, I hand-wrote (yes, with a pen and lined notebook paper) my first novel in 1981, and transcribed it using an IBM Selectric II typewriter the next year. That book went on to occupy a box in a dark, inaccessible corner of my home office where no one will ever see it as long as I live. I worked as Co-Editor of The Tempest, the first-ever literary magazine of Lake George Central High School in upstate New York, and won Literary Student of the Year for my graduating class.

When not oppressed by my day job, I write all kinds of stories, and have published fantasy, science fiction, horror, western, and paranormal romance. I am excited to start work on Book Three of the Hell’s Butcher Series this spring! So far. Guilty (Prequel), Hell’s Marshal, and Hell’s Butcher are out, with Hell’s Marshal twice ranking in the top five of western horror on Amazon. I did make a brief foray into the world of nonfiction–editing a couple of websites and doing some freelancing–but writing stories is my true passion.

I believe that while storytelling is a talent, the tools and craft of writing well can be taught, making education crucial. Thus, I hold a BGS in English from University of Nebraska at Omaha, and an MFA in Creative Writing, Popular Genre Fiction, from Western State Colorado University. I’m lucky enough to live in the gorgeous state of Colorado with my family, so I get plenty of inspiration from the Rocky Mountains.

Working at a desk, then coming home and writing at another desk, isn’t great for the body. We’re not meant to be sedentary, so I also enjoy mountain biking and Shotokan Karate, both of which keep me active and sometimes find their way into my writing.

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The Hell's Butcher Series
Gunfighter Frank Butcher is in Hell. Real Hell, where he belongs, as far as he sees it. That is until the judges of the underworld appoint him Hell's Marshal, and charge him with bringing back the souls who escape from eternal damnation. First on the list: the infamous and deadly Jesse James, who's back in his old stomping grounds,stirring up a revolution. Frank and his misfit posse have to stop James before he re-ignites the U.S. Civil War.


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Hell's Marshal

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Hell's Butcher

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Series: The Hell's Butcher Series, Prequel. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,950. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2018 by Stealth Publications. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Gunfighter Frank Butcher faces testing in the underworld to determine his eternal fate.
Hell's Butcher
Series: The Hell's Butcher Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,210. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2017 by Stealth Publications. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Frank and his posse from Hell go after John Wilkes Booth on the east coast.
Witch's Kiss - A Hell's Butcher Short Story
Series: The Hell's Butcher Series, Short Story #1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,470. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2017 by Stealth Publications. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Hell's Coachman, Stanley Dobbs, faces an impossible decision. Does he betray Hell's Marshal and save his mother, or remain loyal and watch her die? With long-dead John Wesley Hardin looking to end Hell's Marshal's term, time is running out. Stan must do something or risk losing them both. This short story takes place in the Hell's Butcher universe.
Hell's Marshal
Series: The Hell's Butcher Series, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,890. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2017 by Stealth Publications. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Gunfighter Frank Butcher went to Hell, and now the judges of the under world need him to bring back souls who escape their eternal damnation. First on his list: Jesse James. The notorious outlaw is plotting to restart the Civil War unless Frank, and his ragtag posse, can bring him back to Hell.

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