For anyone in the Front Range area, I will take part in a reading done by Western State University students and alumni this Friday at 7 PM at the Pike’s Perk Coffee on Academy Blvd. Stop by and hear some great storytelling!

Sorry for the long absence, but I moved into a new home and it took  more of my time and energy than I expected. But I have good news!

Sandra Ruttan, Editor of Toe-Six Magazine, says that their inaugural print issue–which will carry my crime-noir story “Eighteen and Two”–will come out in January! I’m particularly proud of this story’s publication, as I will have published fiction in all the major genres!

I am writing Hell’s Sire, Book Three in the Hell’s Butcher Series now. It was supposed to be out this month, but the move derailed that. I am shooting for a spring release now.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

OK, so it took me a couple of days to update the main website here, but on Saturday, I signed a publishing contract with WordFire Press for my fantasy novel Shadow Blade! Shadow Blade tells the story of an assassin from an elite order of killers who falls in love with his target and cannot kill her. WordFire will do e-book and print on demand paperbacks, as well as possibly audio book versions of the story.

Here are some pictures of me signing the contract with the head of WordFire, Kevin J. Anderson.

Wow! My noir short story “Eighteen and Two” has been accepted to appear in the inaugural issue of Toe Six, a crime fiction magazine through Down and Out Books, edited by Sandra Ruttan (formerly of Spinetingler)! This will be a print edition, and they’re targeting summer of this year for release.

This checks off a bucket list item for me, as I will be published in all the major fiction genres: fantasy, SF, horror, western, romance, and now crime!

The Superstars Writing Seminars anthology Undercurrents: An Anthology of What Lies Beneath, featuring my short story “Heroes of the Russian Federation,” is now available for order! Both e-book and paperback are available.


I will be attending the Superstars Writing Seminar this weekend here in Colorado Springs, learning from the Best Sellers how to, well, become one of them.


I am officially attending MileHiCon October 27-29 at the Denver Tech Center Hyatt Regency! I have three panels:

Saturday at noon: Yes, This Is a Kissing Book/Story
Saturday at 6pm: Iron Hack panel
Sunday at 11: To His Koi Mistress

When I’m not on a panel, I’ll probably be at the table I’m sharing with NJ Tanger on Author’s Row. Stop by and say “HI!”

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Wondering if the Hell’s Butcher Series is for you? Already read Guilty, Hell’s Marshal, and Hell’s Butcher, but looking for more? You can pick up a free short story, Witch’s Kiss, and follow Stanley Dobbs (Hell’s Coachman) as he is forced to choose between saving his mother or saving Hell’s Marshal. Pick up your copy here.


OK, so the rumor is true! “Witch’s Kiss,” a spin-off short story from the Hell’s Butcher series, should come out later this month. This story centers around Stan, the coach driver for Hell’s Marshal, and his struggle to save his mother without betraying Frank and the others. The story will be a free download, at least at first, and may be the first of many spin-off stories.

Here’s a sneak peek at the cover for “Witch’s Kiss.”


From the rumor mill: Rumor has it that there may be a spin-off short story coming soon that will focus on a secondary character from the Hell’s Butcher series. Rumors state the story is in revision right now, and will be sent off to Editor Jen Severino next month. Once again, a cover will come from Michelle Johnson at Blue Sky Design, so you know this will be a professional product. Check back often to see if the story rumors have come true yet. 😉

If you enjoy the Hell’s Butcher series, I have good news! Guilty is now available for Kindle and as a paperback on Amazon! It tells the story of how Frank Butcher got to Hell in the first place and became Hell’s Marshal. Guilty spent a couple days at #2 on Amazon’s Western Horror listing, so grab a copy and find out how Hell’s Marshal came to be.



ANNOUNCEMENT: Hell’s Butcher, Book Two in the series by the same name, is out on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback!

And to celebrate a book released, I dropped the price of Book One, Hell’s Marshal, to 99-cents for a limited time: http://tinyurl.com/z2x2tsx

If that’s not enough, the pre-quel to this series, Guilty, should come out in April, so stand by for more fun, this time entirely in the under world.

From “The Snow Globe”

Welcome to my home page! This site is a living document, so bear with me as I change it from time to time.

I write all kinds of fiction, from speculative fiction to westerns and romances. A story’s a story, and the labels we slap on them aren’t nearly as important as the characters in them, and the way they move or touch audiences. My first fiction sale was a western, followed closely by two horror stories, another western, a paranormal romance, a fantasy, a science fiction story, and a dark fantasy. I’ve also written crime fiction, urban fantasy, and mainstream pieces. So I write whatever story the characters demand to be in, worrying about labels later, when it comes time to market the piece.

You’ll see visual art on here from several sources. The black-and-white vignette above (based on a scene from my short ghost story “The Snow Globe”) was done by my very talented daughter, Sarah Barili, who is working on more art to spice up my site and give visitors a visual idea of what my stories are like. You’ll see some covers on my short work page which were done by artists contracted by publishers who bought my stories. Soon there will be some cover art and other tidbits for Hell’s Marshal from Michelle Johnson at Blue Sky Design. And so far, the rest are photos of mine. I can put you in touch with Michelle or Sarah if you’re interested in their work.

For now, feel free to look around, click on links, and so on. If you have suggestions, please hit me up at authorchrisbarili@gmail.com.

Want to read a book with these reviews?

“a fun romp from hell and back”

“unique on a number of levels.”

“page-turning story I could not put down”

“Frank Butcher isn’t always a likable protagonist, but he’s never boring either.”

Then dive into the Hell’s Butcher Series, now on Amazon at the links listed above.