Reviews

The Perfect Coordinates to Raise a Child

“A delightful tale. An excellent metaphor on vicarious aspirations. Recommended.” – Frank Dutkiewicz, Diabolical Plots

The Swan Maiden

“Nicely atmospheric” – Sam Tomaino, SFRevu

The Girl Who Welcomed Death to Svalgearyen

“A charming fable with a Norwegian setting and some stubborn, strong-willed characters … I particularly liked the personified cold draft trying to get into the house and the playful flickers of firewood that light Adda’s way.” – Lois Tilton, Locus Online

“I love the literalness of this to-the-point folk tale. The text is efficient and clean while still imparting plenty of character and adventure. The opening draws us in and presents the setup with enviable clarity. I recommend this story for a fun study on how to outwit trolls and talk with Death.” – Michelle Ristuccia, Tangent Online

Mortis Persona

“Barnett’s lush prose does a fantastic job of building this world.” – Richard E.D. Jones, Tangent Online

“This is one of the loveliest stories I’ve read in a long time … truly haunting and beautiful.” – Nicole McClain, The Portal

“A fine payoff for the subtly sad buildup … The worldbuilding is especially nifty, playing as it does with actual history and imagined history.” – Brit Mandelo, Tor.com

The Little Things

“Very funny story about nitpicking tiny flaws in a romantic relationship.” – David Steffen, Diabolical Plots

The Holy Spear

“The way this story ends is what distinguishes it from the standard zombie tale and makes it worth reading.” — Sam Tomaino, SF Revu

“It is a very thought-provoking story as a discrete entity of fiction. And a compelling Zombie one, to boot.” — D.F. Lewis

The Wounded House

“Outstanding” – Colin Harvey, Suite101

“More keenly than any ghostly visitation, Barnett’s prose conjures up the confused state of mind of a teenager and the way in which the gleeful amorality of childhood gives way, hopefully, to a burgeoning sense of responsibility.” – Peter Tennant, Trumpetville

“Can a house be wounded? This effective little piece provides us with some speculation.” – Sam Tomaino, SF Revu

A Red One Cannot See

“Touching tale” – Sam Tomaino, SFRevu

To Someone Who Needs Prayer

“A brief but brilliant gem that had me laughing out loud several times by the end. Highly recommended.” – Douglas Hoffman, The Fix

Efficiency

“Clever little story with a nice sting.” – Sam Tomaino, SFRevu

Second Moon

“This story combines human, believable characters with strong pacing and powerful irony.” – M. Arkenberg, Mirror Dance

To Worship Death

“Amid a selection of stories I really liked throughout … others that stood out were … ‘To Worship Death’ by B. A. Barnett.” – Rich Horton, The Elephant Forgets

The Poet

“‘The Poet’ is a sweet little love story in a small town … While it’s an old convention, Barnett puts enough heart into it to make it interesting, and you root for Galen to get his girl.’ – M. David Schafer, Tangent Online

Love Spells

“So, Terry’s favourite? ‘Love Spells,’ B.A. Barnett’s craftily plotted gem which has an immensely satisfying twist in its tale, but manages to move the reader at the same time.” – Terry Grimwood, Whispers of Wickedness