Conrad Johnson


A quote from a Flannery O' Connor interview that echoes my own writer's voice. She said:
"I am tired of reading reviews that call A Good Man brutal and sarcastic," she writes. "The stories are hard but they are hard because there is nothing harder or less sentimental than Christian realism... when I see these stories described as horror stories I am always amused because the reviewer always has hold of the wrong horror." --Flannery O' Connor

Johnson (pen name for John H. Byk) grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Not the suburbs. In the city. He escaped violence and despair by going to sea and studying literature and then earning his M.A. in Classical and Modern Literature. What does he do? He is the mode equivalent of Thoreau. In his Walden, located in the remote backwoods of Michigan's Upper peninsula, he fishes and all with a dog by his side, loving nature and viewing the world from afar and liking not much of it. He is a singer, writer, eye on the ridiculous and telling us about it so that it scares us to death. Mostly, he is the most wonderful champion of anyone with a creative thought in their head. If they treat him like a writer, he will treat them in kind like they truly have something to say on his podcast blog at

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Boredom, a kick in the butt by my friend and reflections of my travels and life on the high seas mixed with my interest in nanotechnology.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Isolation and rejection.
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Crying Bullets
You set the price! Words: 85,850. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
Arnold Penxa is a white Detroit, semi retired cop and war veteran in black Detroit, Michigan who is determined to save the lives of children no matter the cost, no matter the color.

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Smashwords book reviews by Conrad Johnson

  • Before Her Eyes on March 15, 2013

    I like it when talented writers like Forster decide to break from their established pattern of success and try something new. Before Her Eyes is a brilliant and bold narrative told in a completely different way than this author's other works in The Witness Series, using a fantasy overlay that is meshed seamlessly into the conventional storyline, crime narrative which she has become such an expert at producing. The tension, the suspense, the plot twists, the powerful characterizations--all these things that readers of Forster's have come to expect are in this book and more! Grab it now and listen to her talk about what inspired the concept of this novel in my interview with her at