Prior to this, Barker had edited & published the first two collections of short stories by the noted author Reggie Oliver. Further back, he had obtained business mgt qualifications while working in the civil service, local government & the private sector. He is keenly interested in listening to & creating music and in collecting gothic fiction & C19th supernatural horror, particularly that of a weird & decadent nature.
Barker is the author of the short story collection, "Tenebrous Tales" (Ex Occidente Press, 2010). His poem, 'In Every Parting, The Shadow Of Death' appeared on the 2016 Klanggalerie album, "From Vienna With Love", accompanied by a dark ambient soundtrack by Attrition. Writing as 'Jane Fox', he won a prize for his story 'The Mine Field' (British Fantasy Society, 2015).