Barry Hutchison is a children's author, screenwriter and director, born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland.
He was just 8 years old when he decided he wanted to become a writer, but it wasn’t until Barry was 17 that he sold his first piece of written work. The dark comedy horror screenplay, Curse of the Bog Women, was picked up by a movie producer from New York.
In an attempt to raise money to help fund production a promotional website was created. The website took the form of a community site created by the 67 residents of Glen Lachart, the fictional village featured in the Bog Women script. With features including a weekly online newspaper, bustling forums and even a webcam in a local pub which allowed site visitors to buy real drinks for those in the bar, Glen Lachart Online quickly became one of the most popular sites in the UK, attracting a million visitors every month at its peak. Despite the success of the site, the movie didn't make it into production, and the rights to the screenplay reverted to Barry a few years ago.
Barry's second screenplay, Making a Killing, was optioned soon after by UK production company, Pilgrim Films, but once again no movie was ever produced.
In October 2008 Barry signed a six-book deal with HarperCollins to publish his Invisible Fiends horror series for the 9+ age group. The first book – Mr Mumbles – is released on 4 February 2010 in the UK, with various other territories – including Canada, Germany and Australia – publishing the book soon afterwards.
In 2013, Barry wrote 36 episodes of the live action CITV comedy series, "Bottom Knocker Street" starring comedian Phill Jupitus.
- Bottom Knocker Street (2013)