Eric Barnes of is the author of the novels Something Pretty, Something Beautiful from Outpost19, and Shimmer, an IndieNext Pick from Unbridled Books. He has published more than 30 short stories in journals such as Prairie Schooner, The Literary Review and Best American Mystery Stories. www.ericbarnes.net
Praise for Something Pretty, Something Beautiful:
"Elegantly constructed and lovingly, tenderly, savagely written... the most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into manhood that I've ever read.
And the truest." - Benjamin Whitmer
“[A] remarkable book. … This is a world where the pull of friendship is far stronger than the pull of family, where cars are freedom, stories are everything, and home is thick with ghosts.” – Emily St. John Mandel, The Millions
“The new novel chronicles in stark, effective prose a boy’s tragic discoveries about how friendship works.” - Peggy Burch, The Commercial Appeal
“Elegantly constructed and lovingly, tenderly, savagely written…. The most harrowing portrait of American boys careening into manhood that I’ve ever read.” - Benjamin Whitmer, Satan Is Real
“…the book’s impressionistic, running narrative, the immediacy and matter-of-factness of its full-throttle prose.” – Leonard Gill, The Flyer
“[A] disturbing but finely and passionately wrought novel.” - Rebecca Oppenheimer
Praise for Shimmer:
"Case's slow but accelerating downward spiral drives the narrative...." -- Publisher's Weekly
"One is reminded in Barnes' language and locution of Don DeLillo's scalpel-sharp delineation of American corporate culture and paranoia, and of David Foster Wallace's penetration into the heart of the relationship between human consciousness and rapidly changing technologies." -- Fredric Koeppel, The Commercial Appeal
"Robbie is one of those engagingly conflicted heroes who comes along from time to time." -- Booklist
"A remarkable character study, unflinchingly probing the psyche of its flawed but compelling protagonist." -- Benjamin Whitmer, INDenverTimes
Barnes published "Something Pretty, Something Beautiful" in the Best American Mystery Stories 2011. Kirkus Reviews: "Eric Barnes shows teenagers wreaking havoc for no particular reason in his slow-moving "Something Pretty, Something Beautiful."
Barnes is the publisher of The Daily News and The Memphis News, two local publications covering business and politics in Memphis. Eric was once COO of a national publisher of city guides, books, maps, city sites and business directories for cities around the country. The company went under in 2003, a sad and endless and unforgettable experience that culminated in the purchase of a few cases of beer for the remaining staff at one final staff meeting at Union and Mclean.
Prior to that, Eric was managing editor of a business magazine in New York City, which was in the midst a transition from what's known as a "business opportunities" magazine to a legitimate business magazine. Business opportunities magazines run ads for get rich quick schemes and, it seems now, those ads were an influence on the much bigger schemes in Shimmer.
Eric lives in Memphis. Previously he lived in New York, and before that in New London, Connecticut. He grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and Juneau, Alaska. He attended the Columbia University School of the Arts, Connecticut College, and Woodrow Wilson High School.