Richard Farren Barber, The Living and The Lost review

Horror Novel Reviews

Reviewed by Paula Limbaugh

Richard Farren Barber has written plenty of short stories and novellas but never a full-length novel, this is a first and a brilliant one at that! The Living and the Lost is a uniquely different type of ghost story, a supernatural tale that takes ghostbusting to a ‘whole nother level’.

Our protagonist Karl has been drifting in and out of jobs since leaving school but when he hires on with the Department of Environment and Waste, he has finally found his calling. Not that he expected his job would be to help usher the dearly departed to the great beyond but after a few jobs with his mentor, Archie, he’s hooked.

Things are going along swimmingly as Karl begins to pick up tricks of the trade from Archie that is…until the latest call for help. Sometimes the dead can get a bit confused and aren’t sure…

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