Friday, 2 October 2020

The Maleficent Seven

 The news is out! My new book, The Maleficent Seven, will be published next year by Angry Robot.

https://www.thebookseller.com/news/johnston-returns-angry-robot-third-title-1220963 

The synopsis:

Black Herran was a dread demonologist, and the most ruthless general in Essoran. She assembled the six most fearsome warriors to captain her armies: a necromancer, a vampire lord, a demigod, an orcish warleader, a pirate queen and a twisted alchemist. Together they brought the whole continent to its knees... Until the day she abandoned her army, on the eve of total victory.

Forty years later, she must bring her former captains back together for one final stand, in the small town of Tarnbrooke: the last bastion against a fanatical new enemy tearing through the land, intent on finishing the job Black Herran started years before.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

A new book...

I have signed a contract. A new book is officially happening! 

More news at some later point, when I can actually go into more detail...

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

The Butcher Queen

Just for some fun, SPFBO judge Timy has rounded up a bunch of authors (no idea who!) to write a free serialized story.

Read Part 1 of 'The Butcher Queen', as I kick off this season of To Be Continued...

I started off this story, but other authors will carry it on and finish it - I have no idea how this story will end, but I can't wait to find out!


Tuesday, 11 February 2020

God of Broken Things translated into Hungarian

Coming on February 18th from Főnix Könyvműhely - the Hungarian translation of God of Broken Things.

It's always incredibly cool to see my writing published in other languages, though it feels deeply odd I can't read it.



Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Warhammer 40,000 Short Story

This week sees my first ever Warhammer 40,000 story published by the Black Library, Games Workshops' fiction publishing arm: Faith in Iron, A short story about the Iron Hands space marines, a Nurgle plague, and terrified guardsmen caught in the middle.


The tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus eschew the weakness of flesh, preferring to show their faith in the Omnissiah by replacing their organics with machine parts. As well as religious, this is practical – disease can't affect the machine… or can it? On the agri-world of Dundas II, Tech-Priest Viridan Shale is dealing with a deadly outbreak brought to the world by the Death Guard. Nothing is safe as the contagion affects flesh and metal alike. With both biology and machinery under threat, she must find a way to defeat the plague and survive. The arrival of Iron Hands Space Marines – who similarly strive to overcome the weakness of flesh – may prove key to the world's salvation… if they are willing to aid Shale and her allies.

Monday, 28 October 2019

Three Crows Magazine Interview

The most excellent Three Crows Magazine has an interview with me in this month's Issue 5
http://threecrowsmagazine.com/product/issue-5/ wherein I talk about how I got started and why I write the sort of fantasy I do.




Monday, 29 July 2019

Worldcon 2019 Schedule

Hey folks,

If you are interested in seeing me at Worldcon in Dublin this year, all the details of confirmed events are listed below:

Introduction to grimdark
16 Aug 2019, Friday 18:00 - 18:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)
Grimdark is a fantasy subgenre defined, amongst other things, by its cynical outlook and flawed protagonists. The term was originally pejorative, stemming from the Warhammer 40,000 description: ‘In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war’ – but many authors have turned the insult around and claimed it as their own. The panel will offer a brief introduction to the history and tropes of grimdark fantasy as well as reading recommendations.
Devin Madson (M), Elliot Craggs, Kim ten Tusscher, Cameron Johnston, Jenn Lyons


It’s all gone to shit: grimdark worldbuilding
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 10:00 - 10:50, Wicklow Room-2 (CCD)
Let’s build a dark and dreadful world, and then make it worse. Join our super-serious panelists as they discuss the darker aspects of worldbuilding in fantasy.
Robert Corvus (M), Anna Smith Spark, Cameron Johnston, Joe Abercrombie, R.F. Kuang

Signing
18th August 2019, Sunday 11:30am-12 Book signings at the Angry Robot stand
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