About Tarn


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.

Attending Taunton School, his education was remarkably unremarkable except for one thing. At the age of eight, his class teacher, Mrs Jones, read him and his class The Hobbit. “I can still remember the moment very clearly. I’d never known, let alone heard, anything like it. The language, the scenes, the characters, they all seemed to talk to me. I knew exactly what Tolkien was trying to say, as if I too inhabited his world. It was as if a light had gone on in my head. I knew after that what it was I wanted to do with my life. Write stories.”

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.

He’s worked for IBM working as a copywriter, writing scripts for CDs and content for the very first web sites, as well as murder mystery dinner party games, including titles for The Whodunnit Murder Mystery Company.


Tarn_Richardson_330.jpgIn 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.