Chris Johnson

Biography

An Australian author, Chris Johnson lives close to a lake in the western suburbs of Brisbane with his wife and daughter. Having grown up in the 1980s on a diet of Atari computers, comics, and a fascination with the weird and wonderful. When not writing, Chris enjoys running, reading, practising kung fu, and performing as a stage mentalist.

Chris Johnson's unique stories blend esoteric mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, a dash of Twilight Zone, and a twist of dry humour. With numerous published short stories and novels under his belt, he continues creating as his mind sprouts ideas from a bottomless well.

Chris Johnson's story and book ideas come from a rich background as a stage magician, mentalist, psychic, and even a computer systems programmer!

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I always enjoyed writing from the age of ten. In school, I used to love Tuesdays because that was creative writing day. The story "The Magic Carousel" in "Twelve Strokes of Midnight" was a story I first wrote in seventh grade. My teacher Mrs Gabriel loved it so much she read it out to the class - all 102 words. It's been fleshed out and gained grit since then for the book, but the basis of the toy carousel and what it could do are still there. I decided to try writing novels when I was fifteen, and I still have those manuscripts with me. A version of those novels may see the public light soon.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Rockhampton, a small city in Central Queensland, Australia,

Sometimes I joke about Rocky and call it a hole. But it was a good place to grow up in the 1980s.
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Where to find Chris Johnson online

Series

Craig Ramsey
Craig Ramsey is a psychic detective. With a touch of his hand, he can know about what you did last summer. And he can talk to dead people - all the time. Detective-Sergeant Brianna Cogan is a sceptic. And she doesn't like so-called psychics encroaching on her investigations and stuffing things up. Then she meets Craig Ramsey, a psychic who does just that, but how does he know so much about her? Soon Cogan's supervisor, Det-Inspector Myles pushes the two of them together to investigate strange cases in the city...
Dead Cell
Price: $4.99 USD.
Demon Blade
Price: $4.99 USD.

Books

While He Was Sleeping
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,850. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Norman Cole, a bullied teenager, lies comatose in hospital after a freak cycling accident. Soon after, his best friend Robin experiences nocturnal mutilations and nightmares after a beautiful stranger appears claiming to be Norman's girlfriend. Meanwhile, Norman's bullies die in strange accidents across town. Until...
Demon Blade
Series: Craig Ramsey. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,990. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A serial killer is stalking the city of Statton. A bloodthirsty beast with many faces and an ancient hidden history. Psychic investigator Craig Ramsey and Detective-Sergeant Brianna Cogan are soon involved in a cat-and-mouse chase for the killer which always seems one step ahead of the authorities. But there is more to the killer than a bloodlust for prostitutes and strippers.
The Bag of Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,780. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Gibbs thought killing the African witch doctor ended it. But it had only begun. At first, immortality seemed a gift, but the Bag of Life carried a dual purpose.
Bootstrap’s Journey
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,290. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
A letter addressed to Claire Hilyer years before her birth takes her on an incredible journey through time.
Date With Norma Jean
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,230. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Some people wish they were born in another time. So did Glen, but he wished for more. When Glen and his friends visit a mysterious stranger's house for a psychic party, the seance presents something he can't resist - a chance to have his wish granted. Sometimes you must be careful what you wish.
Dead Cell
Series: Craig Ramsey. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,310. Language: Australian English. Published: November 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
People are dying in mysterious road accidents across the city of Statton, Queensland, Australia. And the list grows daily. Are they horrific coincidences, or are supernatural assassins at work? When psychic investigator Craig Ramsey learns his daughter is a victim, he takes the case.
Twelve Strokes of Midnight
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,240. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A loving mother sacrifices her after-life existence to keep things right for her child, a young married couple discover a terrible family secret, and a little boy learns that some clockwork toys come with warnings. They are not the first and will not be the last before the final sacrifice upon the witching hour.
The Trick
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,670. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
The Great Maximilian, a young successful stage magician, discovers the secret of real magic: a secret that can make all dreams come true. But he has made a huge mistake. Max’s jealous brother, a philandering man with a gambling debt and expensive tastes, wants what the secret can bring him: fame, fortune, and all the women he desires. He will stop at nothing to attain it, even if it means murder

Smashwords book reviews by Chris Johnson

  • King's Ransom on Sep. 13, 2016

    I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when I started reading "King's Ransom". Having loved reading about Robin Hood as a child, and I had read many versions, I enjoyed Tabitha's version a lot. It's well-written, with a narration that occasionally breaks the fourth wall, and very funny. As I read it, I noted that Tabitha had taken the time to research both Prince John and King Richard. That impressed me. She also managed to weave together a tale that is not your normal Robin Hood story. It contains humour, growing tension, an unexpected conspiracy behind the legend, and the antics of a deerhound as a surprisingly brilliant support character. Occasionally, my wife would ask me why I was laughing; she thought I was listening to the same television program as she was, when I was really giggling at Pansy (or is it Ragges?) as the witness to something even funnier than "Robin Hood: Men in Tights". Read it as soon as you can.
  • Grow in Grace on April 05, 2018

    Grow in Grace is the second instalment of Susan Preston's Apostle John series. Christian historical fiction is not my first reading choice, but I found the story to be well-written. The characters are fleshier than in the preceding book, which is to be expected. Susan has made an obvious effort for her readers to immerse themselves in the time of the early Christians. There was some head-hopping, but I didn't find it enough to distract me from the story. I received Grow In Grace from the author as a free copy for my honest review. Susan's fans from the first book in the series are in for a special treat.
  • The Girl Who Was Buried in Her Ball Gown on July 15, 2018

    2 Show more Review I read this in just under a day, two sittings, and thoroughly enjoyed it. While it holds elements of the Ghost (the movie), the book stands on its own due to its location and inclusion of the New Zealand culture. Emma, a thirteen-year-old, dies on the night of the school ball mere minutes after her first (and last) kiss. Her death was accidental, and as you can imagine, it carried a ripple effect across the lives of her family, the boy she was with at the time (also injured), and the driver of the car that killed her, and others. Now a ghost, Emma learns to adjust to her new existence, encounters new enemies, and has to protect herself and everyone else related to her. She even adds to this by helping a few others. It's a simple story with hardly any confusing complications, but there is enough conflict between Emma, her family, and the other spirits to keep the story moving.
  • Nearly Departed on July 22, 2018

    Fantastic read. It kept me guessing; it even led me down the garden path. This is worth the time to read. Drastically underpriced though. The author took plenty of time in developing the characters and made each uniquely distinct from the rest of the cast. And the story kept popping along to the end.
  • How to Format or Reformat your OpenOffice eBook for Kindle and Smashwords on Aug. 01, 2018

    A handy little reference which pulled me out of a tight spot. My only criticism, a TINY one, is how the table of contents issue is handled. I required one, and the information fell short for me. But it’s easy enough to fix. This gained four stars because, as I said, it helped me out of a Meatgrinder jam. For that, I am thankful for the author’s time in writing this.
  • Graveyard Hill on Oct. 07, 2018

    I liked this. It reminded me of a scene in the book The Goonies where the kids spooked each other with ghost stories in the dark. It had the nice “story within a story” device and the characters even mocked the very same technique of drawing suspense - which the author used anyway. Totally brilliant. The ending wasn’t what I expected, but it suited the tale overall - considering the characters. I won’t say more because spoilers suck.
  • Origins Halloween on Oct. 07, 2018

    I enjoyed the tale. It reminded me in part of The Wicker Man; and like most Hollywood horror tales, it employs a good dose of artistic licence around Halloween.
  • For a Ghost-Free Time, Call on Sep. 06, 2019

    Loved it. Realistic, entertaining, and I loved it.
  • Dark Web on Dec. 25, 2019

    With a little more detail and depth, this promising little read could blow more minds. I say three stars with an extra half-star for keeping my attention. Nice work.
  • Yesterday's Thief, Tomorrow's Science: A Look at the Real-life Technology Behind Eric Beckman's World on April 12, 2020

    Funny and informative, I found this a great read.