C.R. Berry writes conspiracy thrillers with lashings of sci-fi and fantasy. He is a former lawyer turned full-time writer and blogs regularly about conspiracy theories, time travel and otherworldly weirdness.
He was shortlisted in the 2018 Grindstone Literary International Novel Competition and has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Storgy, Dark Tales, Theme of Absence and Suspense Magazine. He was also shortlisted in the Aeon Award Contest, highly commended by Writers’ Forum, and won second prize in the inaugural To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition.
Why conspiracy thrillers? Because Berry’s favourite characters are often the villains, and in a conspiracy thriller, the villains are numerous and everywhere. They tend to be part of the government, the church, a big corporation, or a secret society, which makes them much scarier — and harder to beat — than a singular bad guy. Part of the fun of a conspiracy thriller is unveiling those involved, discovering their plans, and exposing the ‘big bad’ who masterminded it all.
Berry grew up in Farnborough, Hampshire, a town he says has as much character as a broccoli. He’s since moved to the “much more interesting and charming” Haslemere in Surrey.
Book One of the Million Eyes Trilogy
Time is the Ultimate Weapon
What if we’re living in an alternate timeline? What if the car crash that killed Princess Diana, the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower, and the shooting of King William II weren’t supposed to happen?
Ex-history teacher Gregory Ferro finds evidence that a cabal of time travellers is responsible for several key events in our history. These events all seem to hinge on a dry textbook published in 1995, referenced in a history book written in 1977 and mentioned in a letter to Edward III in 1348.
Ferro teams up with down-on-her-luck graduate Jennifer Larson to get to the truth and discover the relevance of a book that seems to defy the arrow of time. But the time travellers are watching closely. Soon the duo are targeted by assassins willing to rewrite history to bury them.
Million Eyes is a fast-paced conspiracy thriller about power, corruption and destiny.
Million Eyes, the first book in the Million Eyes trilogy, is published by Elsewhen Press and available to buy as an ebook from all ebook platforms and a paperback from all good bookshops.
Million Eyes: Extra Time is a compilation of short stories set in the universe of my time travel conspiracy thriller trilogy, Million Eyes.
The stories act as an introduction to the Million Eyes world, exploring themes that are central to the trilogy and offering a unique insight into its time-travelling villains. They focus on side characters who (mostly) do not appear in the trilogy while revealing clues to key storylines in all three books.
Many of these stories are inspired by conspiracy theories and urban legends you may recognise.
Think of these tales as a bit like the mini-episodes you get with TV series – Star Trek: Short Treks, Lost: Missing Pieces, and Doctor Who’s many prequels, mini-adventures and ‘Tardisodes’.
While the stories in Million Eyes: Extra Time can stand alone, you’ll notice that a number of them are strongly linked and follow a loose chronology. My advice is that you read them in the order that they are presented.
At the end of the book, you’ll find an extract of the first book in the Million Eyes trilogy.