Barbara S. Barnett

Barbara S. Barnett

Barbara S. Barnett is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA’s HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as “The Byronic Hero in Genre Pop Culture,” “The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes,” “The Hidden History of Science Fiction,” and “Our Passion for Disaster (Movies).” She has also lectured on writing and social media to numerous professional audiences.

Barnett is author of the forthcoming novel The Apothecary’s Curse and Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, ( an Internet magazine of pop culture, politics and more, for which she has also contributed nearly 1,000 essays, reviews, and interviews over the past decade. She is a contributer to the Zombie romance Anthology Still Hungry for Your Love and winner of MediaBistro's Varney the Vampire Mash Up short story competition. 

Barbara has covered the legendary San Diego Comic-Con as a journalist for the past four years, interviewing directors, producers, writers and the stars of numerous genre TV shows and films, as well as authors. Her podcast (now on hiatus) at BlogTalk Radio has had as many as half a million listeners and has featured conversations with legendary authors and genre TV scribes and stars.It was inevitable that she would have to someday create one of her own with the forthcoming The Apothecary’s Curse.


Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. (2010, ECW Press)

Varney the Vampire (GalleyCat/Media Bistro, 2012)

"The Z-Spot" in Still Hungry for Your Love (Riverdale Ave. Press, 2014)

The Apothecary's Curse (Pyr/Prometheus Books, 2016)

Nearly 1,000 essays, interviews and features on genre televison, film and books.

Awards and Memberships

Member, SFWA

President, Midwest Writers Association

Member, Society of Midland Authors

Member, Chicago Writers Association

Related Experience

Barbara Barnett is a popular annual speaker at the Midwest MENSA convention. She has presented to packed rooms on subjects as diverse as Disaster Movies and Byronic Heroes. Her Subjective History of Science was a huge hit, and she is contemplating a new non-fiction book based on this popular lecture. Please visit her site to view Power Point presentations of three of her most popular presentations.

Barnett has also lectuerd on the path to becoming an author, and on social media.

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