Chris Johnson


Chris Johnson is an Australian author who lives in Brisbane with his wife and their little girl. His books blend the esoteric mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, with a dash of Twilight Zone, and a twist of dry humour. He has published numerous short stories and novels, and many more to come.

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

His first book, Twelve Strokes of Midnight, is a collection of short stories, steeped in twists and turns, containing threads he says may lead into his other works and even each other. Each short story in the Devil's dozen coincides with a clock strike, drawing you into the witching hour and the impending horrors watching you from the shadows. It contains Easter Eggs, just like a DVD, personal messages to friends, family, and his beloved readers.

His novel, Dead Cell, has been compared to the writing of "early Dean Koontz" for its supernatural content, and its vibrant and likeable characters working together to the final outcome.

Not sure where to start? You can visit Chris Johnson at to see a full list of his books, read his blog, learn about upcoming books, and subscribe to his list for a free ebook.

Smashwords Interview

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 have no wish to return to live there, it was a great place to grow up. Some of the people and locations in my book, Twelve Strokes of Midnight, are based on similar from that vicinity. My first novels I wrote (a series that might see the light of publishing) were based on Rockhampton.
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.
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Where to find Chris Johnson online


Demon Blade
Pre-release—available November 27, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,020. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
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: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,780. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Screenplays » Short
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
H'anga the black African witch doctor was a devil of a priest. And he refused to let the Old Ways and his hatred of the whites go. He hated how his people willingly worked for the white plantation owners decades after slavery ended. Revenge and blood lust ravaged his mind. Gibbs thought he had foiled the plan, but he was wrong. It was just the beginning.
Bootstrap’s Journey
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 39,380. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
(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
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 78,310. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
The city of Statton’s road toll jumps overnight for no apparent reason. Despite the number of deaths, authorities can find nothing more than driver carelessness and bad luck. Craig Ramsey, psychic investigator, believes the causes are supernatural. He and his spirit companion Emily Fraser form an uneasy alliance with the sceptical Detective Sergeant Cogan to hunt the killer from beyond the grave.
Twelve Strokes of Midnight
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,250. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Urban
Twelve Strokes of Midnight is a collection of short stories, one story per clock strike, culminating upon the final stroke/story for the ultimate sacrifice of the witching hour. A young boy discovers the hidden powers of a simple clockwork toy and its horrifying truth; a young couple learn the horrible truth of their new home’s spare room; and a mother takes incredible lengths protecting her kin.
The Trick
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,630. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The world of stage magic and illusion is an unholy combination of smoke, mirrors and deception - and that's just the shows! Behind the scenes, deception and intrigue happen behind every curtain and under every trapdoor imaginable so that even magicians can't trust their "brothers in magic" with their secrets. The Trick is a tale of two brothers, both in blood and in the golden art of stage magic

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Chris Johnson's favorite authors on Smashwords

Claire Gillian
Latest book: The P.U.R.E.. Published August 13, 2016.
Clinton Smith
Latest book: Project Thunder. Published October 10, 2018.
Grant Finnegan
Latest book: Flight 19. Published August 4, 2018.
Nicholas A. Rose
Latest book: Gifted Avenger. Published September 1, 2013. (5.00 from 1 review)

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.
  • Welcome to the Apocalypse - Pandora (Book 1) on Dec. 04, 2016

    I received an ARC (Advance Review Copy) of "Welcome to the Apocalypse" by DL Richardson just a week ago. "Welcome to the Apocalypse" is one of those tales I normally avoid because there seem to be so many of them. But it has much more than that, something most movies and books of this genre is missing: It holds a deeper history for its characters, giving them motivation that drives them deeper. The premise is based around three main characters who have been together since adolescence: Kelly, a grieving widdow; Jack, her brother and a website designer; and Reis the son of a senator. They each sign up for the game together for their own reasons. The game consists of a devilish Virtual Reality simulation played from inside NASA-designed simulation pods hooked up to a mainfraim. The game is simple: survive 24 hours of an apocalypse. The catch is that when they reach the end of the game, it throws them into another apocalypse, then another, and another, until it's apparent there is a huge problem! A computer malfunction! Will they die inside the pods, unable to communicate their dilemma to the outside world? When I first started reading the first game, I thought, "Not another zombie book". But I was pleasantly surprised as DL Richardson did that with more class than any other apocalyptic story I have experienced. Yes, there were zombies, vampires, alien invasions, and much more, but she also delved into the human psyche and provided a deeper analysis through her main characters. As they passed from one scenario to another, it became clear that the story deals with an Inception-like concept that will have you questioning your own reality. DL Richardson shows how much she has researched different apocalyptic situations that would blow the most hard-core survivalist away, and just when you think she's covered every single kind... she brings another out from the magic box! But that's not all! Just when you think there is a resolution to the issue, and there is, the final twist tells us there is even more to Welcome To The Apocalypse than steak knives! What is it? You'll have to read this product from Australia to find out! And when you do, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
  • 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.