RJ Barker lives in Leeds with his wife, son and a collection of questionable taxidermy, odd art, scary music and more books than they have room for. He grew up reading whatever he could get his hands on, and has always been 'that one with the book in his pocket'. Having played in a rock band before deciding he was a rubbish musician,
RJ's fourth novel, The Bone Ships, won the 2020 Robert Holdstock best novel award. His first trilogy The Wounded Kingdom (Age, Blood and King of Assassins) was nominated for the Gemmel award the Kitschie Award, The Compton Crook and the British Fantasy Society’s Best Debut and Robert Holdstock Best novel. His latest trilogy is the critically acclaimed, and pleasingly alliterate, Tide Child Trilogy: The Bone Ships, Call of the Bone Ships and The Bone Ships Wake (sept 2021).