Interview – Brian Barr – The 3 H’s Trilogy

Book Name and Description: The 3 H’s Trilogy

Here it is- The 3 H’s Trilogy! The Head, The House, and The Hell are now available in a complete collection that is a weird mix of cosmic horror, weird fiction, comedic bizarro, and dark romance!

The 3 H’s Trilogy begins with the story of a woman who falls in love with a decapitated head. From there, the story only gets weirder and darker, and is unlike any other tale ever written.

Edited by Jeff O’Brien, who also provided an introduction for this collection. The amazing cover art, and interior art, was done by the talented artists Sullivan Suad and Zilson Costa!

Interview Questions:

What gave you the idea for The 3 H’s Trilogy?

I had a lucid nightmare at the beginning of last year that scared the hell out of me. When I woke up, I knew I had to make the dream into a story. The Head, the first book of the 3 H’s Trilogy, came from that dream. A lot of readers liked it, and a few stated that they wish they knew what was behind the mystery of the story. At first, I was just going to leave it as one story, but I got curious about the backstory as well. So I wrote The House and The Hell right after it.

 What got you into writing in this genre?

I always liked any genre that was innovative and imaginative. With horror, I loved reading and telling scary stories since I was a kid. I always loved reading about urban legends, ghosts, and monsters for as long as I can remember. So it influenced my want to write horror along with science fiction and fantasy as an adult.

How long have you been writing?

Since I was a kid. It started when I was 4 or so- I started with comics that I would draw on line paper. I remember writing my first story in the first grade or so. It was a horror story.

I started getting published work out there about 4 years ago. Short stories, comics, and novels.

Tell us about your past books and stories?

My first novel was the first installment to my Carolina Daemonic series, Book I: Confederate Shadows. It’s an alternative history novel, a dark mixture of horror, urban fantasy, and steampunk with weird science. I wrote short stories and a comic in that series as well. I’m planning to add more comics, short stories, and novels to it as well. The main novels of the series will be at least four, including the prequel.

My most recent novel is Serpent King: Shadow and Light. It’s a dark science-fantasy with occult elements. I also put out a collection of cyberpunk short stories set in Japan called Nihon Cyberpunk, which has great art from my friends Satoaki Amatatsu and Sean Sullivan on the cover.

What is your favorite book (other than your own book, of course) and why? What book disappointed you and why?

My favorite book is Tad William’s Otherland because it’s such a complete four-volume book series that fills in all of its gaps and provides thorough explanation as to what’s going on in the story. Great characters, cool technology, amazing scenes, and fantastic language. I loved reading a long series where the author could make sure he tied everything up so there wouldn’t be any loose ends, which isn’t easy for a complex story.

I think the last book I remember being disappointed was by an author I thoroughly respect and who is a big inspiration for me, so I don’t want to say what it was. But it was one bad book in a sea of books that I love from him. He’s an icon and a genius.

What piece of your own work are you most proud of?

That’s a hard one. The 3 H’s Trilogy is the most popular of my works at this time. Carolina Daemonic is a full series with so many avenues that I’ve explored, from pirate fiction and the occult to apocalyptic themes. I would choose between those two series.

For those who haven’t read any of your stories, what story/book of yours do you think best represents your work and why?

Carolina Daemonic, because it’s the mixture of all the genres I love and write in: horror, science-fiction, and fantasy. It represents me as an eclectic author more than anything else I’ve written.

What are you doing next?

I’m working on the third Carolina Daemonic novel. The second one is being edited right now and it’s called Rebel Hell. I’m writing a variety of short stories as well.

What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Keep writing.


Brian Barr is the author of the 3 H’s Trilogy, the Carolina Daemonic series, and the Nihon Cyberpunk collection.