John Barlow's fiction and non-fiction has been published by HarperCollins/William Morrow, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 4th Estate and various others in the UK, US, Australia, Russia, Italy, Germany, Spain and Poland.


His current project is the John Ray/LS9 crime thriller series.

Set in the north of England, it follows the life of John Ray, the

half-Spanish son of crime boss Antonio 'Tony' Ray. The series

will eventually comprise nine novels.


John was born in the village of Gomersal, West Yorkshire, England, in 1967. After leaving high school he worked as a cabaret musician for several years, then went on to study English Literature at Cambridge University, followed by postgraduate research into Language Acquisition at Hull University (UK). He worked as a university teacher until 2004, then moved to Spain to write full-time. He currently lives in the Galician city of A Coruna.


Apart from writing fiction, he also works as a ghost writer and journalist. He has written for the Washington Post,, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Penthouse, Departures Magazine and The Big Issue. He was a feature writer for the award-winning food magazine Spain Gourmetour, and contributes to the Spanish Government's website Foods & Wines from Spain.


John's first published work, the novella ‘Eating Mammals’, won the Paris Review's Discovery (Plimpton) Prize in 2002. He went on to publish a collection of novellas, EATING MAMMALS, the historical novel INTOXICATED, and EVERYTHING BUT THE SQUEAL, a food-travelogue about northern Spain. He then published the off-beat noir novel WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO JERRY PICCO? before embarking on the John Ray/LS9 series, which is scheduled to take him a decade to complete.


John has also worked with the conceptual artists Goldin+Senneby on the ACEPHALE project, which took him to Nassau, Bergamo, Oslo, Paris and London, and into the company of Bahamian off-shore bankers, defamation layers, artists and Martina Navratilova. His writing for the project has been published variously in English, Italian, Spanish, Swedish and Portuguese, and has featured in numerous art shows and galleries around the world. The novel HEADLESS, based on the project, was released in 2016 (Triple Canopy/Sternberg).