Chris Johnson


Get ready for a wild ride through the imagination of Chris Johnson, an author who's not afraid to blend science fiction, light urban fantasy, and a dash of quirky humor. With a talent for creating wise-cracking heroes and heroines who always find themselves in strange situations, Chris knows how to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

A child of the 1980s, Chris grew up on a diet of Atari computers, comics, and cool music in a small town. Since then, he's graduated with a degree in Computer Science and gained experience in public relations and communication. But that's not all – Chris has a range of hobbies and interests, including running, kungfu, and even re-attaching butterfly wings with glue.

In a career that has included predicting the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, hustling at Three-Card Monte, and hunting ghosts, Chris's most unusual gig has been as a professional mentalist and psychic entertainer. He's performed on stage, television, radio, and at private events, wowing audiences with his abilities.

Chris is also collaborating with the love of his life on a romance novel, so stay tuned for that at

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Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite mainstream writers are Matthew Reilly, David Morrell, Traci Harding, JK Rowling and a few others.

But I’m also enjoying some fantastic Indie authors including Al Macy, Richard Bard, Kory Shum and David Wood. Be sure to check them out on Smashwords too.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Rockhampton, a small city in Central Queensland, Australia. Although I jokingly call it a hole, it still holds a place in my heart.

Some of my stories are based in a town similar to Rockhampton.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Chris Johnson online


Embark on an epic journey through time in the ChronoSpace series, where adventure, danger, and the enigma of time intertwine. In Bootstrap's Journey, Claire receives a cryptic letter from her friend Tony, plunging her into intrigue. Racing against time, Claire must save Tony from a deadly enemy seeking time travel's power. Their tale brims with hope, danger, and romance. The Paradox of Buck Nowlan focuses on Tony, inventor of ChronoSpace. Breaking promises, he explores his personal history, hurtling through time due to a malfunction. Witnessing disasters, he forges alliances and faces adversaries, pushing trust and loyalty to the limit. Will Tony return to his time? These captivating stories define the heart of the ChronoSpace series. Each page transports readers, revealing thrilling twists and unexpected truths. Friendship, truth, and destiny intertwine as characters risk everything. Join Claire, Tony, and unforgettable companions on a grand adventure through the paradoxes of time. Hope, danger, and courage merge in this spellbinding tapestry of past, present, and future collisions.
Bootstrap’s Journey
Price: $3.99 USD.
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 talks 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.
The Universe Crack'd
Price: $4.99 USD.


The Paradox of Buck Nowlan
Series: ChronoSpace, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,650. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A gripping time-travel odyssey by Chris Johnson. Join Tony Buck Nowlan, inventor of the clandestine ChronoSpace, as he uncovers a shocking personal secret. Balancing curiosity and a promise to his wife, Tony embarks on a perilous journey through time. Witness historic disasters, encounter allies and adversaries, and unravel the essence of trust and sacrifice. Will Tony triumph over time's grip?
Deja Two
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,750. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
It’s extraordinary when two men have the same dream at night. But simultaneously – in different cities? Something is afoot! For the vision concerns one man’s lover dying in a pool of blood as he watches in vain. The other man is Craig Ramsey – an occult detective with psychic abilities, who recognises the dream from a prophecy he had made as a teenager.
The Universe Crack'd
Series: Craig Ramsey. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,860. Language: Australian English. Published: December 21, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Join psychic investigator Craig Ramsey on a heart-pounding journey as he returns from the dead to uncover a city-wide conspiracy and save his home from destruction. Confronted by disbelief from loved ones and missing ghosts, Craig uncovers a cryptic clue that leads him on a dangerous quest against time.
While He Was Sleeping
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,850. Language: Australian English. Published: March 15, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
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: 85,280. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » Crime
A bloodthirsty monster with supernatural links is terrorizing the city of Statton. As the body count rises, psychic investigator Craig Ramsey and Detective-Sergeant Brianna Cogan join forces to track down the elusive killer. But as they delve deeper into the investigation, they discover a shocking connection between the killer and Craig's own dark past.
The Bag of Life
Price: Free! Words: 6,430. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Occult
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
"He clutched the black velvet bag like his life depended upon it. In a way, it did. But not the way I expected." Long ago, a rogue priest cursed Gibbs with a voodoo effigy. To protect his life, Gibbs sought to protect the doll and constantly kept it by his side. But the curse carries a double-edge that leads him to a long, cold and lonely life. That was just the beginning.
Bootstrap’s Journey
Series: ChronoSpace, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,750. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Join Tony "Buck" Nowlan on a time-traveling adventure as he faces unexpected challenges and a relentless enemy. Stranded in the past, Tony must rely on his determination and inner strength to survive and find his way back home. Experience the twists and turns of self-discovery and determination in this captivating journey.
Dead Cell
Series: Craig Ramsey. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,310. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
When Craig Ramsey's daughter dies in a mysterious car crash, he joins forces with skeptical Detective Brianna Cogan to uncover the truth. Unraveling a sinister plot of supernatural forces and a secret government operation, they must confront their own demons, fight their attraction, and survive a murderous spirit's vengeful plot to save the city.
Twelve Strokes of Midnight
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,230. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Discover the dark and enchanting secrets lurking in everyday life in this devilish anthology. From a mysterious wrong number to a creepy spare room inhabitant, experience shivers and magic in tales that explore the unknown powers of the universe. Get ready for an eerie journey with this Devil's Dozen collection...
The Trick
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,290. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Step right up and be transported to the enchanting world of vaudeville magic with "The Trick" by Chris Johnson. Follow the journey of Maximillian, the greatest Australian entertainer of the Depression Years, as he embarks on a quest to uncover the elusive secret of real magic. But he's not alone in his pursuit, as a sinister figure is also after the same secrets and will stop at nothing to get it!

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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.
  • 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.
  • Not Far from Eden on Jan. 09, 2023

    I found this an interesting take on the tale of the Annunaki as seen in Genesis. The main difference is its slightly more modern setting which adds to its satire.
  • The Zombie-Driven Life on Jan. 19, 2023

    First of all, I read this book purely because I have LOVED other books by David Wood. Something about the blurb told me more could be found in this story than a straight-out zombie gore-fest -- which I abhor. You know what? I actually found a zombie story that made me think. The writer has taken an apocalyptic theme, overlaid it with examples of real life (getting and going to work), then added philosophy! The result: a damn surprisingly good read, in my opinion. In this story, the main character is close to giving up on life in a zombie-infested world when in stumbles his high school crush. Luckily, he doesn't kill her because they end up going on the run together. Kenan (the lad) soon experiences new things in life, good and bad, before he comes across another character who teaches him a new way to look at faith and how to find his own purpose in life. If this had been just a young adult story of self-discovery, I wouldn't rate it so highly. The same if it had just been about slaughtering zombies. The story would not have resonated as well if either of the elements had been missed. NOTE: I have no desire to read other zombie-themed stories. This story set the bar too high.