Joseph Barone


I'm a Brooklyn author with many different likes and styles of writing such as fantasy, Scifi and other speculative genres, horror, etc. I have a passion for the act of writing and a beautiful family, each of which make me paradisiacally happy.

My first novel, Harold the Imp, was published last year and I'm currently in the process of working on a sequel.

My family is why I write, and they have always been extremely encouraging. I'm in the process of making things happen in the publishing space and looking to grow my brand bigger and better. To that end, I've been putting a couple of things on Smashwords for free so that readers can get a sampling- something that says, "If you liked that even a little, you'll LOVE what this guy can do with his pay books!"

That last part was a little cheeky to ensure you were still reading. If you'd like to connect to collaborate, network, or are interested in an editor, ghostwriter, ?pen pal? -

Then email me at

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind The Great Vampire Robbery?
The Great Vampire Robbery was a writing exercise I began in college with a colleague of mine. The intent was to write freely and have as much fun during the creative process as possible.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
All those publisher rejections :-)
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The Spoofer Revolution
Price: Free! Words: 45,120. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Gifted psychic from planet Dactil seeks to overthrow the imperial Rhean overlords of his world.
The Clown Don
You set the price! Words: 74,040. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mashups
When his third in command gets brutally murdered, mob boss Enzo Clowneone immediately suspects his archnemeses, the Juggler and Mime families. In order to stand a chance against their combined might, he must rally allied Carnival families to his cause - but who are his true allies?
Today Is A Very Nice Day
Price: Free! Words: 580. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The animals in the forest have a discussion about what makes it a nice day - the sun, or the rain? This rhyme is a great bedtime story for children who love animals and sunny or rainy days.
Harold Into Chaos
You set the price! Words: 45,290. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fairy tales
Harold was the King of the Imps. He had long admired humanity and sought to live among them. One hundred years ago, he gave up his Imphood to become human. Now, he must face a new peril - someone mysterious, unknown and immensely powerful is causing all the magical kingdoms on earth to disappear, one by one. As the hammer approaches, will it fall on Harold as well?
Prestigium: a fantasy novel
You set the price! Words: 75,340. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
When NYPD Detective Tanya Cora investigates a series of robberies of magical artifacts, followed by the murder of a college student by an apparent vampire, she is forced to consider a world beyond the one she was trained to deal with.
Harold the Imp
You set the price! Words: 50,340. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Harold was no ordinary imp. His old age and great power gave him a perspective of the world that other Imps lacked. Tired of pulling the same old tricks, he longed to become human- to experience the gift of human frailty, ingenuity, and love. Abandoning his imp Kingdom of Monello, he seeks a witch to transform him. But the price for humanity may have been higher than advertised.
Short Stories By Joe
Price: Free! Words: 36,700. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is a book of short stories written by Joseph Barone, author of Harold the Imp and The Great Vampire Robbery. The tales range from futuristic sci-fi, to fantasy, to vampire and some horror for good measure. This book is a good introduction to Joseph Barone's prose and imagination.
Shards of Aether: The Chaos Splinter
Price: Free! Words: 29,550. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mashups, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
NaNoWriMo 2015 book. Last updated 2015-11-10 19:43:16
Long ago there were five Shards of Aether: Time, Energy, Order, Chaos and Magic. No one truly knows when the shards shattered into billions of pieces. Some remains were as small as powder grains, and some were as large as splinters. The world is now in chaos. Something has upset the delicate balance. It's almost as if a splinter of Chaos had gone missing...
Adam's Novel
Price: Free! Words: 18,750. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Plays » Ancient & Classical
Adam Ferro, a salesman with cancer, takes his therapist's advice and embarks on a novel- something he's always wanted to accomplish. He creates a character that is at first too perfect to be genuine, who then gradually parallels the author's own trials, and both are challenged to "live" their remission- whatever that means to them.
The Great Vampire Robbery
Price: Free! Words: 52,560. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This is a silly comedy about a fantasy world in which humans are believed to have gone extinct and magical creatures have inherited power in their absence. How do we know that humans aren't REALLY extinct? Because the Gorgon President has just caught a blood-drinking vampire on safari! And where there's vampires...

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