Johnny Strike


Johnny Strike is an American writer, who William S. Burroughs praised with: “These are real maps of real places. That is what makes the artist. He has been there and brought it back”
Headpress published Strike’s first novel in 2004, Ports of Hell. He has interviewed Paul Bowles, Mohamed Choukri, Herbert Huncke and traveled, with extended stays in Morocco, Mexico and Thailand, where he set his fiction.
His writing has appeared in Ambit Magazine, Headpress Journal, Si Señor, and Pulp Adventures. His short story collection, A Loud Humming Came From Above, was published by Rudos and Rubes in 2008. Richard Sala, a popular artist, provided the accompanying illustrations.
He is also known as a songwriter, guitarist and singer for the proto-punk band Crime, based in San Francisco.
Naked Beast is his latest music endeavor with Guitars and Bongos. His novel Murder in the Medina follows another Tangier mystery, Name of the Stranger, both published by Bold Venture Press.

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The Exploding Memoir
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,040. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2018 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
After Eddie Knox settles in Chinatown, the mysterious Dr. Kublar gifts him with a job running "errands," plunging him into a quest for an ancient stone tablet with powerful occult secrets. Now Eddie is the unwitting courier, cautiously threading his way between the authorities and the local tongs, against the backdrop of San Francisco’s underground music scene.
Murder in the Medina
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,690. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2017 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Horror » Occult
In modern Tangier, wayward expat artists find themselves targeted by a diabolical cult. Aided by the enigmatic Inspector Hassan, and his knowledge of mystic menaces, they may have a slim chance at survival. With more twists and turns than the passageways of the Medina; the battle ensues in a noirish mystery, an exotic adventure, and a psychological exploration into uncharted psychic landscapes.
Name of the Stranger
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,830. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2016 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Robert Sutherland seemed harmless enough until Dr. Mason Stevens announced he was closing his practice. Soon Dr. Stevens is at peace half-way around the world … until Sutherland appears. "Name of the Stranger" is a contemporary thriller, written in the spirit of Patricia Highsmith, about a mental patient demanding "closure" -- but this psychologist won't close this case without a fight.

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