Tarn Richardson

Tarn Richardson was born in Bristol in 1972 and developed an unhealthy interest in ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night from a very young age. When he was seven, he moved to a remote seventeenth century farmhouse near Taunton, Somerset, rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl - the news being the icing on the cake as far as Tarn was concerned.

Growing up on a diet of Tolkien, David Eddings and 2000AD comics, after school Tarn attended art college, spending most of the year writing when he should have been drawing, and he's not stopped for the last twenty years.

In 2014, he was offered a three book deal with Duckworth Overlook and Overlook Press (in the US and Canada).

The Darkest Hand trilogy is his epic work of dark fiction, featuring the flawed but brilliant Inquisitor Poldek Tacit.

THE DAMNED, his debut novel and the first in The Darkest Hand trilogy was released in 2015.

THE FALLEN, the second in the trilogy, was released 5th May 2016.

THE RISEN, the final instalment of the trilogy, is released in the UK and Australia on 18th May 2017 and in the US and Canada in 2018.

He lives in Salisbury, England, with his wife, the portraiture artist Caroline Richardson.

May 7th 2017 interview with Tarn Richardson

I suppose we should start by saying ‘congratulations’ on completing The Darkest Hand trilogy! You must be really pleased to have finally finished writing it? Pleased! Relieved! I loved writing the books, loved writing about the characters, loved entombing [...]

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Tarn Richardson reviews

The Damned

The Darkest Hand #1 written by Tarn Richardson

1914. The outbreak of war. In the French city of Arras, a priest is brutally murdered. The Catholic Inquisition - still powerful, but now working in the shadows - sends its [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews


The Fallen

The Darkest Hand #2 written by Tarn Richardson

1915. As the second battle of the Isonzo Front rages on the Italian Austro-Hungarian border, war threatens to engulf the Inquisition and dark forces muster amongst the most [...]

Published: 2016

Our rating: 7.5 | 0 positive reader reviews


The Risen

The Darkest Hand #3 written by Tarn Richardson

1917. As war and revolution consume the world, the End Times have arrived. With the apocalypse imminent, the world needs a hero to push back this tide of darkness and save [...]

Published: 2017

Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews