William Barnwell



The search begins. If all is lost, what can be found? That is what young Blessing seeks to know. He begins an epic journey on an island that represents the whole of the new world.

The Blessing Papers

"As the huge door settled to the ground, there was a sigh like the sound of a thousand mourners. It startled Corvine, and he looked high up to see the overhead lights going out one by one. Soon he was cast into an almost absolute darkness. Only the thin yellow strips on the nearby panel remained, like the phantom lights seen behind eyes tightly squeezed. Since he knew the cave had been sealed with no exit, the old man backed to the wall, slid to the floor and waited with his slack arms crossed over his raised knees. He did not fear death; he knew now he had been prepared for that possibility. Instead, he was thankful that no one could ever find the cave or what lay buried within it.

The darkness was heavy and thick like ice. The only thing that moved was the light dust that fell gently to the vast, unseen solidity of the floor. The bodies of the two men were like shadows on shadow."

From the Prologue, page 7


When The Blessing Papers first appeared, a screenplay was proposed and written, with input from the author. But as happens in the movies, time lapsed without the film being made.

A contemporary thriller. See insert of part of Chapter 1.
When a group of over-the-hill entrepreneurs are working on at least one scheme a month, one of them has to work, right?
Barnwell has recently finished his ninth novel, a contemporary economic thriller, Practicing Resurrection, about a man who feels he was personally responsible for starting the Great Depression, and a family that has held the secret of an even bigger economic conspiracy dating back to 1913, but leading to bizarre murders in our time.
This novel is a prequel to the Blessing Papers series when an ancestor discovers a living metal that can destroy the world. The Blessing family vows to stop it.
With the loss of the ability to read, the world disintegrates. In the afterlife, in an Ireland of the future, a young man searches for reasons for the Fall and how to put it back together.
With all his doubts, how will Turly Vail/Blessing safely unlock the precious secret of the Blessing Papers?
Turly Blessing makes his way through arid valleys and the Lower Mountains, and his courage becomes the final test for the future of all things in the rise and fall of the sigma curve.
Young Adult Novel
In school, students, drugs, gangs and new challenges clash at an inner-city school under great pressure to do well. A strange narrator and a compelling outsider act together to either meet the challenge, or lose everything. I, Lord Several, an alt/punk rework of an earlier short story is being issued as a magazine serial as in the days of Charles Dickens. See first page of website with overview. See insert of Chapter 1.
Writing as a craft
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