Thursday, 12 July 2018

The Traitor God returns!

My good friends at Angry Robot have announced the sequel to The Traitor God. Colour me excited with a proper party hat on!

Tentatively titled, God of Broken Things, the novel will be dropping in June next year and sees your favourite antihero Edrin Walker back in the midst of all that terrible, beautiful action.

Here’s the synopsis:

Tyrant magus Edrin Walker destroyed the monster sent by the Skallgrim, but not before it laid waste to Setharis, and infested its magical elite with mind-controlling parasites. Edrin’s own Gift to seize the minds of others was cracked by the strain of battle, and he barely survives the interrogation of a captured magus. There’s no time for recovery though: a Skallgrim army is marching on the mountain passes of the Clanhold. Edrin and a coterie of villains race to stop them, but the mountains are filled with daemons and magic, and Walker must stop at nothing to win, even if that means losing his mind. Or worse…

For those of you who’ve yet to have read The Traitor God, called this year’s best and most brutal grimdark (by Angry Robot no less!), then you can get a sneak peek of the first chapter right here.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Head Games reprinted in Mirror Dance

I've been asked a few times where the idea of the character of Edrin Walker and the city of Setharis came from - and here it is, the short story that spun off and exploded into becoming The Traitor God: Head Games has been reprinted in Mirror Dance.

If you want to see a slightly earlier version of Edrin Walker taking place before he went into exile, you should probably read this.

Seven corpses lined the side of the alley, heaped atop pig shit and kitchen slops. Stained blankets did little to conceal the lumps of butchered human meat beneath. A black-clad warden wearing the red sash of a captain stood in the middle of the bloody mess, his back to me, hand resting on the pommel of the sword at his waist. I pried the bent rollup from my lips and yawned tabac smoke, scratching at my chin, bristles rasping. They had hauled me out of a warm bed and sent me trudging halfway across the bloody city for this? ...

Thursday, 21 June 2018

The Traitor God In Translation

If you haven't already seen the news posted on Angry Robot's website then let me enlighten you by repeating it below:

We’ve got some great news for our buddies over in Europe! Excellent grimdark novel The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston is going to be translated into both Hungarian and Czech!

In Hungary the translation rights have been acquired by Főnix Könyvműhely, with the book being published sometime within the next year. Czech folks will see the translation published by Euromedia Group sometime within the next two.

We told Cameron, and once he’d woken up from his dead faint asked him to give us a couple of words on the deals. Here he is:

“When my book was published several people said they were going to borrow it through their local library – whoa, my book being in a library gives me all the feels. As a kid I spent so much in mine time picking out and reading armloads of books. It is a wonderful feeling that mine has now joined the others on those hallowed shelves.

But wait, what is happening now? People want to translate The Traitor God? *stares* How AWESOME is that! It’s such a strange but similarly heartwarming feeling to know that something I have created will be published in other languages (that I can’t read) for people to enjoy. I wish them the best of luck translating all those unusual sweary words!”

Massive thanks to the Watkins Media rights team, who broker our translation deals. You guys are the best! *blows kisses*

Now to wait for the incoming covers, which we’re sure will be totally kickass. You’ll see them here as soon as our optical orbs get to process them.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Newcastle event with RJ Barker

I will be in Newcastle's Forbidden Planet on June 14th, up to no good with that master of assassins, RJ Barker.

Join CAMERON JOHNSTON and R J BARKER, in conversation, at the Forbidden Planet Newcastle Megastore on Thursday 14th June from 6 - 7pm!

Spend an evening with two of Grimdark’s most exciting new authors, Cameron Johnston (The Traitor God) and RJ Barker (Blood of Assassins). The pair will interview each other on their writing processes and what makes great fantasy in 2018. Books will be available for signing post-event!

All the details are on the Forbidden Planet page.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

The Traitor God is here!

The Traitor God has been unleashed upon the world!

A city threatened by unimaginable horrors must trust their most hated outcast, or lose everything, in this crushing epic fantasy debut.

After ten years on the run, dodging daemons and debt, reviled magus Edrin Walker returns home to avenge the brutal murder of his friend. Lynas had uncovered a terrible secret, something that threatened to devour the entire city. He tried to warn the Arcanum, the mageocracy who rule the city. He failed.

Lynas was skinned alive and Walker felt every cut. Now nothing will stop him from finding the murderer. Magi, mortals, daemons, and even the gods – Walker will burn them all if he has to.

After all, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s killed a god...

Available now from:

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Mysterious Box

So, so, so...yesterday this mysterious box arrived while I was out.

What could it be? I certainly couldn't find out for the next ten hours. NGHHHhhhhh! So frustrating.

Of course I did have a pretty good idea what would be inside. *had fingers crossed they hadn't sent me somebody else's books*.

OH! Look at that. It's my book. It's really real. Such a surreal but wonderful feeling to see a box -a whole box!- of my own books, then to pick one up and feel its weight in my hand, turn it over and read the back as if I was browsing the shelves of a book shop.
What a wonderful moment :)

Friday, 11 May 2018

It's Alive. ALIVE!

It's Alive. ALIVE!

Thanks to Angry Robot for teasing us all with a little preview of The Traitor God in actual real-life 3D paper book format.


Feel the grimdark terror and lust for swords and sorcery seeping into your bones. Witness the fearsome might of my national animal! (The unicorn is Scotland's national animal. Really. How cool is that :D )
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